A musical look at Vancouver's Elbow Room, a searing piece on residential schools, and shows from New Zealand, Belgium, and Italy are a few of the highlights in the Cultch's recently announced 2016-17 roster.
The 20-show lineup, which includes six Canadian premieres and two new dance works, takes place across three venues: the Cultch Historic Theatre, the York Theatre, and the Vancity Culture Lab. Add to that one site-specific show, Le Patin Libre's artful twist on ice-skating, Vertical Influences, at the Brittania Community Centre rink.
Amid the offerings are two new local musicals: Zee Zee Theatre’s Elbow Room: The Musical, about the well-known brunch spot where lighthearted verbal abuse gets served along with great food, and Urban Ink’s Children of God, the story of two Oji-Cree children sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario--the latter moving on to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa after its premiere here in May 2017.
The two dance premiere are am a from Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton, and How To Be, from Tara Cheyenne Performance. Also on the roster is the return ofMontreal provocateur, dance artist, and musician Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup, All Hell Is Breaking Loose, Honey. The troupe's rock 'n' roll Usually Beauty Fails wowed crowds at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in 2014.
Theatre Replacement’s will also return with its crazily popular East Van Panto in December, with the writing directing team of Mark Chavez and Anita Rochon taking on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood; Veda Hille returns for a fourth year as musical director.
The Canadian premieres include Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Fight Night from Belgium, a wicked take on elections and voting systems; the American Helen & Edgar from the team behind The Moth; family-friendly, circus-driven The Pianist; and romantic thriller The Elephant Wrestler, both from New Zealand; and the La Merda from Italy, Silvia Gallerano's literally naked performance of a stream of consciouness the Guardian called "extraordinary and terrifying".
Below, find the entire lineup.
Subscriptions for the 16/17 season are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale August 2. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at tickets.thecultch.com.
Helen & Edgar
Edgar Oliver (US)
Sept 29 - Oct 8, 2016
The Motherload Collective (Vancouver)
Oct 4 - 15, 2016
Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night)
The Company Theatre (India)
Oct 11 - 22, 2016
Ontroerend Goed (Belgium), Border Project Australia, Richard Jordan (UK)
Oct 18 - 29, 2016
The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe
Thomas Monckton (New Zealand)/Circo Aereo (Finland)
Oct 25 - Nov 6, 2016
The Elephant Wrestler
Indian Ink Theatre Company (New Zealand)
Nov 1 - 5, 2016
Empire of the Son
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)
Nov 1 - 13, 2016
All Hell Is Breaking Loose, Honey
Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)
Nov 8 - 12, 2016
East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
Nov 23 - Dec 31, 2016
The Fighting Season
Bleeding Heart Theatre (Vancouver)
Jan 10 - 21, 2017
Quote UnQuote Collective (Toronto)
Jan 31 - Feb 5, 2017
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto)
Feb 15 - 19, 2017
Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt (Vancouver)
Feb 21 - Mar 4, 2017
Elbow Room Café: The Musical
Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver)
Mar 1 - 12, 2017
The Daisy Theatre
Ronnie Burkett (Toronto)
Mar 21 - Apr 9, 2017
How To Be
Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver)
Apr 12 - 15, 2017
Le Patin Libre (Montreal)
Apr 18 - 30, 2017
Mump & Smoot in Anything
Mump & Smoot (Toronto)
Apr 25 - May 6, 2017
Frida Kahlo Production (Italy) | Richard Jordan Productions (UK)
May 2 - 13, 2017
Children of God
The Cultch, NAC (Ottawa), Raven Theatre, Urban Ink (Vancouver)
May 16 - June 3, 2017