The Firehall Arts Centre has just announced the schedule for its 39th season, which runs from September 29, 2021, to May 28, 2022.
“We have heard from Firehall audiences how much they miss theatre and dance in their lives,” says artistic producer Donna Spencer in a press release. “And in our 2021-2022 season, we are looking forward to having a reunion --a reunion with them and with the artists and creative teams we have missed so much.
"In some instances," Spencer adds, "the productions will be reuniting the Firehall with artists we haven’t worked with for a long time, and in others, our creative teams will be exploring stories that reunite characters with their past.”
The "reunion season" opens with the world premiere of Raven Spirit Dance’s dance/theatre piece Chapter 21, choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan. According to the event info, Chapter 21--which runs from September 29 to October 3--"explores what happens when a vibrant, powerful artist comes face to face with a crippling collision of events."
The remainder of the season is as follows (all performance descriptions in quotes provided by the Firehall Arts Centre):
* Paddle Song, November 9 to 21, 2021: "...energetic and humorous one-woman musical starring Cheri Maracle, and created by Dinah Christie and Tom Hill...tells the story of Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson."
* Lights, December 2 to 12, 2021: "Written by Adam Grant Warren, Lights is a humorous and heartfelt story of a tight-knit family adapting to profound life changes."
* Solstice Greetings, December 16 to 18, 2021: "Returns for a fourth year to share stories, poems, and songs created by the Grade 6 and 7 students from Lord Strathcona Elementary School in celebration of the holiday season."
* John, January 12 to 15, 2022: "Choreographed by Helen Walkley and performed by Josh Martin and Billy Marchenski, John is a memoir of Walkley’s oldest brother, who disappeared from Vancouver in May 1969, never to be heard from again."
* Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, January 20 to 22, 2022: "...a protest for all Black life beyond headlines and hashtags, a prayer for all families left behind, and a promise to the community that all Black lives
* FADO – The Saddest Music in the World, January 27 to February 20, 2022: "Part concert, part theatre, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s Fascist past and her own identify is interwoven with the heartbreaking national music of Portugal, known as Fado, which means 'fate'."
* Courage Now, March 2-16, 2022: "...tells the story of Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara who helped over 6000 Polish and Lithuanian Jews escape the Nazis in 1940."
* White Noise, April 16 to May 1, 2022: "...a comedy about two families who have dinner together for the first time during Truth and Reconciliation Week. It explores what is means to live in Canada from two different paradigms and asks us to consider: How do we deal with internalized racism?"
* Yellow Fever, May 14 to 28. "....takes audiences into the world of post-war Powell Street as hard-nosed detective ‘Sam Shikaze’ sets out to find the missing ‘Cherry Blossom Queen’ and discovers racism in the local police force."
Passes for the Firehall Arts Centre’s 2021-22 season are on sale now and you can find them here.