With over 100 films and TV credits to her name, writer and performer Beverley Elliott captures her own childhood in her latest gem, Sink or Swim. We follow along as our heroine trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room schoolhouse. With comedic grace and cinematic clarity, Elliott brings to life the big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies of childhood, answering life’s big questions, like “Why did I eat the fish food?” Elliott’s compelling stage presence is backed by evocative video images and Bill Costin’s impeccable piano accompaniment.
A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness and friendship from award-winning novelist and former Canadian poetry SLAM champ Brendan McLeod. Brain maps Brendan’s experiences both as a young man struggling to understand his obsessions and as an adult battling psychosis. A nuanced journey through the nature of thought, and an optimistic exploration of the importance of friendship, Brain is an upbeat, intense comedy about the miracle of the mind.
Exultation is an intoxicating music and storytelling collaboration from classical pianist Sarah Hagen and spoken word artist Brendan McLeod. Hagen, the 2015 BC Touring Council Artist of the Year, performs all thirteen preludes of Rachmaninoff’s Opus 32, interspersed with stories and poems from Brendan McLeod, the former Canadian SLAM champion. The result is a narrative journey that focuses on Rachmaninoff’s life – his exile from Russia, his battle with depression, his tireless work ethic and dedication to beauty – in order to examine the estrangements, losses, and redemptions at the heart of contemporary political and social life.
Infinitus is a critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style. With a repertoire featuring classical standards and original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions, Infinitus is quickly becoming one of North America’s premiere chamber groups.
Infinitus was formed in 2008 by violist Anthony Cheung, cellist Alex Cheung, and violinist John “Adidam” Littlejohn. Collectively, the members hold degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory and have won awards at the local, national, and international level. They have performed extensively throughout North America presenting community performances, soloing with orchestras, and conducting masterclasses, workshops, and seminars. Infinitus is dedicated to quality outreach. To date they have performed over 1000 outreach performances in schools, nursing homes, juvenile detention centres, and hospitals.
Infinitus has been featured on CBC, National Public Radio, OMNI Television, and in numerous publications. They have released two albums to date: “Infinitus” and “Christmas Fantasia” and have performed at some of the world’s best venues, including a 6-performance Lincoln Center Residency in New York City. They are currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and perform regularly as part of the Vancouver Chamber Players Concert Series. The group is currently on the faculty of the Thrive City String Boot Camp, the Saint James Music Academy, and the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Since 2002, Paul Silveria has been calling traditional square dances at festivals, community centres, schools, and other west coast venues. He gets beginners up dancing in minutes by teaching dances right on the floor. His calls are energetic, ranging from simple to elaborate — a perfect match for any age. For an additional fee, live musicians can provide accompaniment for a one-hour old-fashioned barn dance right in your venue.
For all ages.
Instant Improv - The audience provides the inspiration in the form of suggestions, and the improvisers provide the entertainment in hte form of hilarious improvised scenes. Instant Improv allows the audience to see their ideas instantly transformed into reality. Whether reconstructing the story of an audience members's first kiss, a bad day on the job, or a recent mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.
Metamorphosis features a collection of hilarious scenarios and imaginative vignettes performed by a cast of intricate, hand-carved marionettes and sometimes just a silk scarf and the hands of the puppeteer. Figura Theater of Iceland is the creation of Bernd Ogrodnik, who long served as Master Puppeteer for the country’s National Theater, and is founder and Artistic Director of the Icelandic Center for Puppetry Arts