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rEvolver Festival 2019
THE CHANGING STAGE
Wednesday, May 22-Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Vancouver, BC—Opening in four weeks, the seventh annual rEvolver Festival will present a program of 15 interdisciplinary productions by a mix of national and local Canadian artists including innovative and experimental solo and ensemble works. Held in-and-around The Cultch, the 12-day festival will run from Wednesday, May 22 to Sunday, June 2, 2019.


TOP STORIES:      

  1. Continuing commitment to diversity of voices - the line-up demonstrates the festival’s core mandate to present fresh and distinct voices reflecting a diversity of background, aesthetic, and practice.

  2. These days, it’s so important to laugh - this may be the funniest rEvolver ever with forward-thinking comedies including two all woman sketch comedy troupes that take on risqué subjects (Lady Parts, Mr. Truth), Contemporary Dance Solo that recreates teenager dance routines from YouTube with a gender twist, Surveil a comedy about being watched by Tom Hill and Devin Mackenzie, the gender-bending clown of LARRY, and more.

  3. Novel approaches taken to audience interaction - audience participation is not a new concept but festival artists play with its form this year with 4inXchange, an interactive site-specific game; Perfect Strangers, part-walking tour, part-platonic blind date and Fake Ghost Tours, a haunted high jinx tour of East Vancouver’s most haunted spots.

  4. New faces and new programs - the festival is pleased to welcome Davey Samuel Calderon as the 2019 Guest Curator. Davey will also, along with comedian and artist Jan Derbyshire, facilitate a new program, Brave Space, which asks how we can increase our capacity for uncomfortable feelings and relate to each other with compassion and empathy. This year’s program also features a unique one-off partnership with The Killjoy Play series, the company will curate and present three new works performed by emerging fem identified and non-binary playwrights.

  5. A new look for ’19 - Upintheair Theatre and rEvolver Festival’s recent rebranding addresses its ongoing allegiance on presenting interdisciplinary productions and broadening the festival to all genres, not only theatre: the festival has dropped “theatre” from the festival name, and launched a new, clean logo for the company.                                           

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Single tickets: $22 regular/$15 low income
Three-show pass: $51  |  Six-show pass: $96
604.251.1363|www.thecultch.com/tickets/

CONTACT
Publicist, Zoe Quinn: publicist@upintheairtheatre.com, 778.772.6846
Press photos are available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/media-resources-1

rEvolver Festival 2019: Single Tickets Now On Sale


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April 8, 2019

Single Tickets Now Available
rEvolver Festival 2019
THE CHANGING STAGE
Wednesday, May 22-Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Vancouver BC—East Vancouver’s rEvolver Festival, now in its seventh year of presenting innovative, interdisciplinary productions from diverse voices in the Canadian live performance community will run Wednesday, May 22 to Sunday, June 2, 2019 centred at The Cultch.

The 12-day festival will focus on presenting new works—critical, comedic and quirky—by emerging to early mid career artists. With nine main stage productions in its line-up, the festival also includes three site-specific experiences and three companion events. Featuring an eclectic collection of artists and characters with productions and events that will make audiences think, laugh, delight, and at times cringe—and provide a platform for reflections on contemporary concerns.

Productions from Toronto will explore friendship and identity on the dance floor in Body So Fluorescent, orgasmic hallucinations in MR. TRUTH and gambling culture with a twist in 4inXchange—with its own unique method of payment. Vancouver artists will examine alternative families in AWKWARD HUG, YouTube dance videos in Contemporary Dance Solo, satirical feminist sketch comedy in Lady Parts and laugh-out-loud gender-bending physical comedy in LARRY. Stunning tiny puppetry will be created in my dear Lewis, California surf culture and the WWII Jewish diaspora will be tackled in Other Inland Empires and Surveil will take a view on the pervasive undermining of privacy by technology.

Festival off-site presentations will include Fake Ghost Stories—a tongue in cheek walking tour of haunted landmarks—and Perfect Strangers will pair strangers for a unique walk in the neighbourhood.

The Updrafts Reading Series will return with plays-in-the-works by five BC playwrights and new companion events include The Killjoy Play Series with three new plays by emerging female and non-binary writers, and Brave Space, a unique event asking how we can increase our capacity for uncomfortable feelings.

MAIN STAGE SHOWS:     

  • AWKWARD HUG  |  O Albatross, Vancouver

  • Body So Fluorescent  |  Madonnanera, Toronto

  • Contemporary Dance Solo  |  Robert Azevedo, Vancouver  

  • Lady Parts  |  After Party Theatre, Vancouver

  • LARRY  |  Candy Bones Theatre, Vancouver

  • MR. TRUTH  |  Lester Trips (Theatre), Toronto

  • my dear Lewis  |  Kyle Loven, Vancouver

  • Other Inland Empires   |  Julie Hammond, Portland/Vancouver

  • Surveil  |  Hip.Bang!, Vancouver

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL EVENTS:

  • 4inXchange**  |  xLq, Toronto

  • Fake Ghost Stories**  |  Whells Phargo Productions, Vancouver

  • Perfect Strangers**  |  Popcorn Galaxies, Vancouver

  • Brave Space  |  Facilitated by Davey Samuel Calderon and Jan Derbyshire

  • The Killjoy Play Series  |  Killjoy Theatre, Vancouver

  • Updrafts Reading Series  |  Various artists

 * Offsite  |  ** Site-Specific

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Single tickets: $22 regular/$15 low income
Three-show pass: $51  |  Six-show pass: $96
604.251.1363  |  www.thecultch.com/tickets/

CONTACT

Publicist, Zoe Quinn: publicist@upintheairtheatre.com, 778.772.6846
Press photos are available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/media-resources-1

Single Tickets On Sale

rEvolver Festival 2019
THE CHANGING STAGE
Wednesday, May 22-Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Vancouver BC—East Vancouver’s rEvolver Festival, now in its seventh year of presenting innovative, interdisciplinary productions from diverse voices in the Canadian live performance community will run Wednesday, May 22 to Sunday, June 2, 2019 centred at The Cultch.

The 12-day festival will focus on presenting new works—critical, comedic and quirky—by emerging to early mid career artists. With nine main stage productions in its line-up, the festival also includes three site-specific experiences, three companion events and one offsite show. Featuring an eclectic collection of artists and characters with productions and events that will make audiences think, laugh, delight, and at times cringe—and provide a platform for reflections on contemporary concerns.

Productions from Toronto will explore friendship and identity on the dance floor in Body So Fluorescent, orgasmic hallucinations in MR. TRUTH and gambling culture with a twist in 4inXchange—with its own unique method of payment. Vancouver artists will examine alternative families in AWKWARD HUG, YouTube dance videos in Contemporary Dance Solo, satirical feminist sketch comedy in Lady Parts and laugh-out-loud gender-bending physical comedy in LARRY. Stunning tiny puppetry will be created in my dear Lewis, California surf culture and the WWII Jewish diaspora will be tackled in Other Inland Empires and Surveil will take a view on the pervasive undermining of privacy by technology.

At Havana Theatre, 404 will uncover a tense battle between ideologies set in Damascus, and off-site presentations include Fake Ghost Stories—a tongue in cheek walking tour of haunted landmarks—and Perfect Strangers will pair strangers for a unique walk in the neighbourhood.

The Updraft Reading Series will return with plays-in-the-works by five BC playwrights and new companion events include The Killjoy Play Series with three new plays by emerging female and non-binary writers, and Brave Space¸ a unique event asking how we can increase our capacity for uncomfortable feelings.

MAIN STAGE SHOWS:     

  • AWKWARD HUG  |  O Albatross, Vancouver

  • Body So Fluorescent  |  Madonnanera, Toronto

  • Contemporary Dance Solo  |  Robert Azevedo, Vancouver  

  • Lady Parts  |  After Party Theatre, Vancouver

  • LARRY  |  Candy Bones Theatre, Vancouver

  • MR. TRUTH   |  Leser Trips (Theatre), Toronto

  • my dear Lewis  |  Kyle Loven, Vancouver

  • Other Inland Empires   |  Julie Hammond, Portland/Vancouver

  • Surveil  |  Hip.Bang, Vancouver

 ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL EVENTS:

  • 404*  |  Theatrecorps & The Cascadian Institute of Cultural Design, Vancouver

  • 4inXchange**  |  xLq, Toronto

  • Fake Ghost Stories**  |  Whells Phargo Productions, Vancouver

  • Perfect Strangers**  |  Popcorn Galaxies, Vancouver

  • Brave Space  |  Facilitated by Davey Samuel Calderon and Jan Derbyshire

  • The Killjoy Play Series  |  Killjoy Theatre, Vancouver

  • Updraft Reading Series  |  Various artists

* Offsite  |  ** Site-Specific

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Single tickets: $22 regular/$15 low income
Three-show pass: $51  |  Six-show pass: $96
604.251.1363  |  www.tickets.thecultch.com

CONTACT
Publicist, Zoe Quinn: publicist@upintheairtheatre.com, 778.772.6846
Press photos are available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/media-resources-1

rEvolver Festival Announcement 2018

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rEvolver Theatre Festival 2018
May 23-June 3, 2018
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Early bird festival passes available now, single tickets on sale April 1

Main stage show highlights include a humorous, vulgar, candid, and beautiful investigation into incest in 12 Minute Madness, and the struggle of the abused young woman. A solo performance, bug, shows how the women in an Indigenous family grapple with a painful past. Two actors perform the entirety of Macbeth without words in Macbeth Muet. A nihilistic musical, Fuchsia Future is a tale about a family driven absurd by a tragic loss, and The Only Good Indian asks what it would take to get you into a suicide vest.

MAIN STAGE SHOWS:  * World Premiere | ** West Coast Premiere

  1.          bug  |  manidoons collective, Tkarón:to
  2.          Macbeth Muet**  |  La Fille Du Laitier, Montreal
  3.          The Only Good Indian  |  Pandemic Theatre, Toronto
  4.          KITT & JANE  |  SNAFU, Victoria 
  5.          12 Minutes Madness   |  Raina Von Waldenburg, Vancouver
  6.          Distractingly Sexy  |  Nebula Company Theatre, Vancouver
  7.          Fuchsia Future*  |  Elysse Cheadle, Vancouver
  8.          Geologic Formations*  |  mia susan amir, Vancouver
  9.          Good Things To Do*  |  Christine Quintana & Molly MacKinnon, Vancouver 
  10.          Probability* |  Patricia Trinh, Vancouver 
  11.          The Saddest Girl at the Party |  Erika Mitsuhashi & Francesca Frewer, Vancouver

 

FREE MICRO-PERFORMANCES & EVENTS:

  1.          Asking Alice*  |  Little Mountain Lion Productions, Vancouver
  2.          The Somewhere Cedar  |  Jess Amy Shead & Julia Siedlanowska, Vancouver
  3.          Plunge, Emerging Artists’ Works in Progress  |  Resounding Scream Theatre
  4.          Updraft Reading Series  |  Various artists


BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Early Bird Festival Passes now on sale:
Six Shows: $72 (All In) - a savings of $48  
Three Show: $40 (All In) - a savings of $20
Available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/buy-tickets
Single tickets ($20 regular/$15 low income) available April 1, at www.thecultch.com/tickets

CONTACT
Publicist, Zoe Quinn: publicist@upintheairtheatre.com, 778.772.6846
Press photos are available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/media-resources-1/whatsupintheair

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Contact: Zoe Quinn -- Publicist@upintheairtheatre.com -- 778.772.6846

rEvolver Top Stories 2017

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April 18, 2017

 rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017

The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver

May 24-June 4, 2017

Vancouver BC—Tickets are now on sale for rEvolver Theatre Festival held at The Cultch and Russian Hall from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, June 4, 2017. A one-stop-event to see what is happening on the forefront of interdisciplinary theatre arts, the festival will present new works created not only by local emerging artists, but also innovative and entertaining productions from across Canada.

Top Stories:

1. The return of a festival favourite. To mark the festival’s fifth year, Yukon-based Ramshackle Theatre will present its latest production, Tombstone. An all-ages sci-fi western puppet show/live film with attitude, it is the follow-up to the highly popular Sci-Fi Double Feature, part of rEvolver’s debut festival.

2. Continuing its commitment to diversity. The festival has a track record for presenting new works by distinct voices from contrasting communities. This year’s program stays true to that vision and will include:   

  • Last Train In, an atypical story about disability set in the UK
     
  • Performed in English and Japanese, NeOn-ね音, a personal work about love and family
     
  • Produced by LGBTQ company Heist, The Princess Show, a multimedia drag musical
     
  • SPAWN, by Indigenous theatre group Wild Woman Theatre, merging Coast Salish traditions with the contemporary

3. Expanding its scope. The festival has grown from its roots presenting live theatre in East Vancouver:

  • A festival first—contemporary dance will be part of the mainstage program with (i.m)position by Luciterra Dance Theatre—an all-woman ensemble work about connectivity
     
  • A new venue has also been added, see All the Way at the Russian Hall, an unconventional game show produced by O,o,o,o.

 

4. Storytelling with a difference. Solo performance art and memoir will also be a focus this year:

  • I’m Doing This for You has been lauded as “funny, quirky and ultimately heartbreaking” (Edinburgh Spotlight), a one-woman show performed by Toronto’s Haley McGee
     
  • Based on true events, Vampires in Barcelona is written and performed by Brian Cochrane about a chance encounter while travelling
     
  • Free performance, Kelly McInnes’ SHINY tackles body image referencing feminist text

5. More to see than mainstage presentations. Investing in the development of new works has been a key component of rEvolver. Audiences can participate in a series of free and by donation readings and events that will demonstrate the incubation progress of creating new work and include: Plunge - Emerging Artists’ Works in Progress, the Updrafts Reading Series (Michelle Deines, Aryo Khakpour/The Biting School, Pippa Mackie, and Caroline Sniatynski), and The Writers’ Group presented by Urban Ink.

 

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Three Show Pass: $43/39

Regular Tickets: $20/17 w/ sc

Low Income Tickets: $15/12 w/ sc

Available at www.thecultch.com/tickets / 604.251.1363 

CONTACT

Publicist, Zoe Quinn: publicist@upintheairtheatre.com, 778.772.6846

Press photos are available at www.upintheairtheatre.com/media-resources

 

SUPPORTED BY

Canada Council of the Arts  |  The Government of Canada  | Province of British Columbia  |  British Columbia Arts Council  |  City of Vancouver  |  The Georgia Straight  |  Langara College  |  Brandywine Bartending School  |  McQuarrie Hunter LLP


ABOUT UPINTHEAIR THEATRE

Under the leadership of Daniel Martin and David Mott, Upintheair Theatre has been producing original and provocative theatre in Vancouver since 2000. The company’s last production with The Only Animal, The City and The City was presented in the 2017 PuSh Festival. Past productions include The North Plan (2016), which won three Jessie Awards in the Small Theatre category, and Inside The Seed (2013), which won Jessie Awards for Outstanding Direction (Small Theatre) and Best New Script. Each spring, the company presents the rEvolver Theatre Festival showcasing contemporary performance work by emerging and early mid career artists.

 

Website: www.upintheairtheatre.com/revolver-festival   |  www.revolverfestival.ca

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