The countdown is on for opening night of rEvolver Festival on May 22. The buzz is building with local press and here’s a few interviews with artists delving deeper into the shows that make up the opening week line-up.
Georgia Straight’s Cover Feature of Surveil
“The idea that our phones may be listening to us led Hip.Bang! to create one of several form-pushing shows at this year’s rEvolver Festival. Using immersive, and frankly scary, high-tech tricks, they force us to confront what many of us prefer to deny: that as we casually share our personal details on the Interweb, someone is looking on.
“Everything we’ve done to this point was 100 percent comedy,” Hill says. “Here, the comedy becomes a drama.” For its incarnation at rEvolver, Surveil has gone even further in that direction: “It’s demonstrably scarier. And I think vastly better,” Hill allows.
Mackenzie says hitting the right balance of laughter and darkness is key. “There are expectations of comedy for our shows, so people are coming in with that, but here they’re also getting slammed pretty hard with some hard truths,” he says. “I actually like that a lot. We’re presenting something different and that’s exciting for us.”
The Vancouver Sun talks with managing artistic producer Daniel Martin
“The works range from Fake Ghost Tours, a zany tour of East Van’s reputedly most-haunted spaces, to the undermining of personal privacy by technology in the present day (Surveil) and even a Contemporary Dance Solo, which recreates viral teen dance routines from YouTube.
“Anybody who is in the contemporary arts gets the question all the time by friends and family about why they don’t go on So You Think You Can Dance, or do an A&W commercial or what have you,” he said. “That’s actually the least meaningful thing you can do in your career, but it’s something that pays well and is high-profile. As a response to that, dance artist Robert Azevedo researched these teen dance shows and the whole solo format they use and now has a show where he does something like 18 of these solos back-to-back-to-back.”
Many of the shows in rEvolver had their beginnings in the Fringe circuit and had a successful run. Now they want to grow their show into something that moves beyond that format — everything from staging to venue size and lighting can be a factor — and then could eventually become viable for a stand-alone run at the Cultch or the PuSh Festival.”
Vancouver Presents’ Interview with Other Inland Empires’ Julie Hammond
“Among the mainstage shows this year is Julie Hammond’s Other Inland Empires, tracing an unlikely connection between California surf culture and the WWII-era Jewish diaspora. “On one level, it’s the story of what happened when I traveled to Slovakia to learn to surf. On another, it’s a story of discovery: of family history, of cultural infiltration, of looking at things and people and ideas a second and third time because the first look is so rarely the whole story.”
It’s an autobiographical comedy about the Holocaust and a tragedy about surfing. How often do you see that? If not for the content, come for the beautiful music from guitarist Matthew Ariaratnam and performers Stephanie Wong, Dominique Hat, and Bana Biltaji. Or come for the palm trees. - Julie Hammond”
Stay tuned for more previews and show reviews as the festival opens.