Theatre Conspiracy’s 2013/’14
Conspiracy delves into the virtual world of cyberwarfare and Internet censorship with Foreign Radical, explores the streets of the Downtown Eastside and the Lower East Side in Tanya Marquardt’s meta-memoir Duets for One, continues development of Extraction, concludes a fabulous collaboration with Craning Neck Theatre in the premiere of Erik Ehn’s Monster and launches the fifth edition of Club PuSh with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
A platform for experiment.
January 16 – February 1, 2014
Performance Works , Granville Island
A colourful palette of performances at this year’s Club PuSh.
From cyberpunk to cat songs, drag queens to teen runaways, monstrous to magical.
Gender Failure | Jan. 16 & 17, 8pm
We kick off the Club with two powerful performers – writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician Rae Spoon – bringing together words, sounds and original music to explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and ultimately, how the gender binary fails us all.
Late Nights at Club PuSh | January 17, 10pm
Gord Grdina’s Haram: Arabic music, from Iraqi folk to Egyptian radio music lovingly reinterpreted by Vancouver’s most creative musicians.
Coastal Sounds | Jan. 18, 8pm
The award-winning Coastal Sounds Youth Choir pairs with ultra-hip Woodpigeon (a.k.a. Calgarian Mark Andrew Hamilton) to perform a mix of indie rock, classical, avant-garde choral music, and a joint set of original Woodpigeon songs.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man | Jan. 23, 8pm
(Eye of Newt Ensemble – Vancouver)
Led by composer/violist/musical mad scientist Stefan Smulovitz and featuring some of Vancouver’s finest contemporary musicians, the eye of newt ensemble accompanies a screening of the ’80s cult classic cyberpunk film, Tetsuo: The Iron Man by Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto, with an experimental soundscape drawn from Japanese noise and electronics.
Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live Onstage
| Jan. 24, 8pm (Zee Zee Theatre – Vancouver)
A funny, upbeat and festive history of the drag movement in Vancouver with local luminaries Queen of East Van Isolde N. Barron and the Baddest Bitch Peach Cobblah, and featuring special guests from Vancouver’s drag community.
Late Nights at Club PuSh | January 24, 10pm
DJ Jef Leppard with Isolde N. Barron & Peach Cobblah: The gay old time continues with this post-performance dance party!
Swan Song (for Cats) | Jan. 25, 8pm (Norma – Vancouver)
Vancouver performance art collective Norma teams up with Veda Hille to bring you an evening of cat-themed song, spectacle and memory. Meow!
Followed by Ethiopian power trio Krar Collective | Jan 25, 10pm (England/Ethopia) who elevates the sounds of the traditional krar, a six-string lyre, to create rousing and soulful blues.
Ryeberg Live | Jan 26, 7pm
A hit at last year’s Club Push, Ryeberg Live is what happens when ryeberg.com goes offline and on stage. Hosted by Ryeberg editor-in-chief Erik Rutherford, guest speakers give short talks, accompanied by their favourite YouTube videos. In this edition, speakers include award-winning authors Lee Henderson and Zsuzsi Gartner, artist Vjeko Sager and multimedia cool kid Sammy Chien.
Huff | Jan. 30 & 31, 8pm (Cardinal/Kantor Productions – Toronto)
Wrought with dark humour and vivid imagery, Huff weaves a violent, spellbinding tale. Modern pace mixes with first nations’ myth and biting stand-up; video games and trickster collide to conjure a heartbreaking, yet hopeful, search for love.
Late Nights at Club PuSh | January 30, 10pm
Paper Trails (Vancouver) Blues-rock-folk from this young Vancouver band, celebrating the recent release of their debut, self-titled recording.
Duets for One | Feb. 1, 8pm (Theatre Conspiracy- Vancouver)
The finale of Club PuSh features the stories of Vancouver multi-disciplinary performer Tanya Marquardt, who moved to new York City three years ago to be alone and write Stray, her memoir about her years as a teen runaway. Created with co-performer Tim Carlson and director Mallory Catlett, Duets for One adapts scenes from Stray into a cabaret-style montage-alogue, integrating the influence of New York underground culture with the duet song form.
Followed by Myth & Infrastructure (Miwa Matreyek – Los Angeles, USA), where L.A.’s Miwa Matreyek steps behind the video screen to enter as a shadow into a world of her own animation. Traversing oceanscapes and cityscapes, she discovers magical worlds conjured with her fingertips.
The Club runs Thursday to Sunday from January 16 to February 1 at Performance Works, Granville Island as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
For more information and tickets, click here.
What are the geopolitics of cyberspace? How is the politicization and militarization of the internet fed by authoritarian regimes, corporate interests and a lack of domestic oversight? How do we protect and expand the concept of a global commons, the web of cooperation that has transformed culture, rather than let it devolve into a great firewall blocking progressive thought and action? These are questions that Ron Diebert, director of The Citizen Lab at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs researches and works to find solutions for with partners worldwide. Conspiracy AD Tim Carlson, associate producer Jeremy Waller, and dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty have just begun research on this multilingual, documentary-based project, and worked with The Citizen Lab for a first creation session with composer / visual designer David Mesiha in Toronto in June and with Bruce Barton, Graduate Director at UofT’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, in September. The workshops have been focused on the role of social media during the Tahir Square protests in Cairo and censorship issues since the revolution. Foreign Radical will also look at situations involving internet surveillance and cyberwarfare in Central America, China and Canada as we work toward a residency at The Cultch in December. The show is slated for production in the 2014/’15 season.
What is the value of loneliness? When do we consider it a strength rather than an affliction? This show is about the transformational quality of being alone; the joy of it, the grief of it. Vancouver multi-disciplinary performer Tanya Marquardt moved to New York City three years ago to be alone with a blank page and begin work on her memoir, Stray, about her years on the street as a teen runaway. Duets for One adapts scenes from Stray in a cabaret-type performance — a meta-memoir of sorts integrating the influence of New York underground culture of the ’80s while experimenting with the duet song form, storytelling and movement. Conspiracy AD Tim Carlson (dramaturgy, music) met with Marquardt and director Mallory Catlett in New York in the fall for a second creation session. Duets for One is slated for premiere in early 2014.