Photos: Amara Zee shipboard theatre moored in Southeast False Creek

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      We all know about Theatre Under the Stars. But soon, Vancouver will experience Theatre at Sea—that is, if it's accurate to call Southeast False Creek a "sea".

      The Amara Zee is a 27-metre boat moored just east of the Cambie Street Bridge. 

      Next week, it will do double duty as a theatrical stage and a giant multimedia screen when Caravan Stage Company presents Nomadic Tempest, its operatic and acrobatic tale of environmental disruption.

      Audiences can watch the performance for free from ticketed seats on shore just west of Hinge Park at Southeast False Creek, beginning on Tuesday (August 15). The show continues to September 3 as part of the City of Vancouver's yearlong Canada 150+ celebrations.

      Nomadic Tempest features four aerial artists performing as monarch butterflies in a forced migration caused by climate change. The monarchs are from four regions of the world—and songs are sung in Hunqueminem, Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish, with English subtitles projected across that large screen that will be suspended from the mast.

      For more on Nomadic Tempest, read arts editor Janet Smith's feature article, which appeared in this week's print edition of the Georgia Straight.

      The Straight's Amanda Siebert visited the ship earlier this week, and you can see some of her photos below.

      Amanda Siebert
      Amanda Siebert
      Amanda Siebert
      Amanda Siebert


      Nomadic Tempest runs at False Creek from Tuesday (August 15) to September 3 as part of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ celebrations.