rEvolver Festival 2022

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Upintheair Theatre presents the rEvolver Festival, continuing their ten-year evolution of staging innovative and contemporary new works by emerging and mid-career artists from across Canada. The festival will have nine live productions and two digital presentations as well as special events.

rEvolver Festival 2022

rEvolver Festival 2022

  • When: Wednesday, May 25 to Sunday, June 5, 2022
  • Where: The Cultch (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available online now for $22 / $15 / $12 (adult / low income / youth).
    • Passes: Touring show $40; three show $51; six show flex $96; all access $120

Programmed by co-artistic producers Daniel Martin and David Mott and Resident Curators Kayleigh Sandomirsky and Lili Robinson, the festival is a return to live performances after a two-year hiatus.

rEvolver Festival will feature productions with a focus on interdependence as a pivot theme. The shows express a collective need for community and a feeling of togetherness — to reconnect and share stories again. Productions include a queer non-binary sketch comedy, a love concert, an at-home friendship ritual, a theatrical-jazzercise session, an audience-dictated choose-your-own-adventure experience, and an ancestrally-rooted cooking show.

Touring Shows:

  • Built Different, Couch Dwellers Productions, Nanaimo
  • Gender? I Hardly Know Them, Tiny Bear Jaws, Edmonton
  • LUCKY, barlizo productions, Montreal

Vancouver Artist Shows:

  • Controller, Nebula Company
  • Holy Moly, Jarin Schexnider
  • Light Rapid Transit, Coffeehouse Theatre Society
  • Losing It at the End of the World, written by Emily Schoen, directed by Bailey Bates and Shea Heatherington
  • Passenger Seat, The Library Performance Collective
  • SEETHERED, Zoe Wessler

Digital Presentations:

  • FR (Friendship Ritual), Remote Viewing, Toronto
  • Harvesting Ancestral “Tea-chings”, Siobhan Barker, Vancouver

Updrafts Reading Series:

  • Roughhousing, Chloe Payne
  • A Hyena’s Trail, Kijo Eunice Gatama
  • An Empty House, Francis Dowlatababi – digital presentation
  • Modeling, seeley quest – digital presentation

Real Talks presented with Gateway Theatre is a conversation with Pedro ChamaleDerek Chan and Makambe K. Simamba on social and political art making as well as the best practices around ethical storytelling — a live event that is also digitally-streamed.

As a welcome back to their artist and audience communities, Upintheair Theatre will host rEvolver rE-Connects, a gathering on the outdoor patio of The Cultch on Saturday, May 28 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm with BBQ, drinks, and free ice-cream.

For more information follow Upuptheair on Facebook for more info.

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