rEvolver Festtival 2018: Top Stories

rEvolver Theatre Festival 2018
May 23-June 3, 2018
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Vancouver BC—Only five weeks away, Upintheair’s rEvolver Theatre Festival will present 12 days of new interdisciplinary live theatre works by emerging to early mid career Canadian artists with ticketed presentations as well as free companion events. The festival will run from Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, June 3, 2018, all happening in-and-around The Cultch.

TOP STORIES:                                                    

1.       Festival focus on women creators – rEvolver has built a reputation as a platform that represents multifarious voices in Canadian theatre arts. This year all the mainstage shows either have been created solely by women or have women as co-creators. The creative teams include mia susan amir, Elysse Cheadle, Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi, Mily Mumford, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon, Patricia Trinh, Raina Von Waldenburg (Vancouver), Kathleen Greenfield, Ingrid Hansen (Victoria), Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Adele Noronha, Yolanda Bonnell (Toronto/Tkarón:to), and Marie-Hélène Bélanger (Montreal). This year’s program will also feature multi-generational actors who reflect Canada’s diversity of cultures.

2.       A concerted reflection of today’s cultural and political climate – drawing a bold line across the festival program, artists will tackle timely concerns with productions that create meaningful introspections to provoke dialogues on abuse (12 Minute Madness), colonialism (bug), violence and chronic illness (Geologic Formations), terrorism (The Only Good Indian), climate change (KITT & JANE), sexism (Distractingly Sexy) and more.

3.       See four world premiere’s – these new works are all by Vancouver-based artists:

  • Fuchsia Future, Elysse Cheadle: An absurd portrait of life after loss told through music, existential angst, populist science, and verbatim text from Wikipedia.
  • Geologic Formations, mia susan amir: An immersive experience melding multimedia performance, personal narrative, and theory to explore the impact of socio-political events to the individual and collective.
  • Good Things To Do, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon: From the creative duo behind Never the Last that premiered at the festival two years ago, Good Things To Do is an intimate and immersive experience that puts each audience member in a tent of their own.
  • Probability, Patricia Trinh: A multimedia story about certainty, odds, and the impossibility of any romantic encounter.

4.       Plenty of quirky and offbeat presentations – another constant with the festival has been to present works that play with preconceived notions of contemporary theatre practice. On offer this year will be a selection of interdisciplinary works with unusual combinations of styles such as live music and large-scale puppetry (KITT & JANE), dance and game playing (The Saddest Girl at the Party), multimedia and meditation (Good Things To Do), a nihilistic musical (Fuchsia Future), and even an ode to silent film and gore Shakespearean-style (Macbeth Muet).

5.       Theatre open to all – audiences will have the opportunity to get even more involved with FREE micro performances, readings, and events specially tailed to meet and talk with creators and artists to find out more the fascinating process of how new works are devised. The popular Updrafts Reading Series will return with six readings. The PLUNGE New Work in Development Showcase will give a rare insight into the development process of new works, and The Speakeasy will be a late night hang happening on Friday nights of the festival.

Single Tickets $20 | Low Income: $15
Three Show Pass: $45 | Six Show Pass: $84
All prices are inclusive of tax and service charges
MORE INFO: 604.251.1363 |

Publicist, Zoe Quinn:, 778.772.6846
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