Each spring, Upintheair Theatre gives a platform to emerging artists and adventurous work that might not fit easily into traditional programming--and this year that platform is going to be digital for the first time.
Due to ongoing social-distancing measures, the fest won't base itself out of the Cultch venues. Instead, Upintheair presents the newly reimagined e-Volver Festival from June 18 to 27, to replace the cancelled rEvolver Festival. All events are free and advance registration is required for some performances.
Featuring the premiere of nine performances—by local and national, emerging to mid-career solo performers and interdisciplinary companies—the series will reflect on the time we are living in now. Last year, the fest took the word "theatre" out of its title, and the eVolver offerings are an array of genres: dark comedy, dance, a DJ set, drag art, roleplay, video games, and a zombie film homage.
Curated by Davey Caldedron, Pippa Mackie, Daniel Martin, David Mott, and Kayleigh Sandomirsky, the new creations will have the dual role of experimenting with the new technology that could be a part of theatre for the near future and possibly the longterm. Shows will take place online via Discord, YouTube Live, Vimeo Live, Zoom, and streamed on Upintheair Theatre’s website. All have been created within a short six-week timeline adhering to social-distancing.
Two outreach initiatives at the festival will include a digital archive project—in association with Rumble Theatre, Theatre Replacement, and SFU Special Collections—that invites artists, companies and interested members of the theatre community to submit digital pieces for archival over the course of the e-Volver Festival.
This will be the third addition to the Ephemera archival collection housed with SFU Special Collection. Fascinator Management will also present an industry forum.
Find more info, a schedule, and register here.
Meanwhile, here's the full roster of digital performances:
- A Light Touch, by Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., Vancouver
- DESIREE AMA, by Scott Button, Vancouver
- Escape, by Future Leisure, Vancouver
- House of Rice: In Rice-olation, by Shay Dior, Vancouver
- ishkwe-ayi’ii (at the end of it), by Olivia Shortt, Toronto
- New Societies, by Re:Current Theatre, Vancouver
- Selective Memory, by Todd Simmons, Vancouver
- Strangers on the ‘Net, by Soft Chaos, Montreal
- Yard Dances for Joy and Healing, by Ben Gorodetsky, Waterloo