Justin Ramsey

The Lady is a Tramp: Klasika by Barbara Adler

The Lady is a Tramp: Klasika by Barbara Adler

Words by Justin Ramsey Photos by Paula Viitanen Long before his rise to prominence as one of the leading thinkers of the Frankfurt School, Herbert Marcuse was a something of a young aesthete. His doctoral dissertation examined the Künstlerroman, a literary genre that situates the artist in a struggle against her prosaic, everyday milieu. Arguing […]

 Dillon Ramsey

Sixty Minutes of Solitude: A Review of The Builders

Sixty Minutes of Solitude: A Review of The Builders

An accumulation and performance built by unlikely architects, created and directed by Megan Stewart

written by Dillon Ramsey photos by Paula Viitanen & Ash Tanasiychuk Megan Stewart has always had an acute fascination with folk art, and her performances often take cues from this movement, possessing a vibrant, handcrafted aesthetic that is as fabulous as it is fantastic, in the original senses of those words – that is to […]

 Dillon Ramsey

Exploring the Microcosmos: Megan Stewart’s The Builders

Exploring the Microcosmos: Megan Stewart’s The Builders

8pm September 10-12, SFU Woodwards at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Dillon Ramsey words Paula Viitanen photos Anyone who has had the privilege of experiencing Megan Stewart’s theatre & projects will no doubt remember the mesmeric environments that define each performance: wondrous and whimsical, her sets seem to enclose the audience in dreamworlds made of mixed and repurposed materials, whose visual and spatial transformations effect an […]

 Andi Icaza-Largaespada

Dancing and Advancing to the Edge

Dancing and Advancing to the Edge

In preparing Together () Apart, a performance installation by performer and MFA candidate Isabelle Kirouac.

Word + Photos by Andi Icaza-Largaespada Midday on a Sunday towards the end of May, Isabelle Kirouac and Willoughby Arevalo are hand knotting a surprisingly complex structure made up of bamboo logs and white fabric on the floor of SFU Woodward’s Studio T. Surrounded by thick black drapes, the labyrinth-like performance space is still in […]

 Brit Bachmann

Who do they think I am… Jim Pattison?

Who do they think I am… Jim Pattison?

Bah! Humbug! is A Christmas Carol with sass

Written by Brit Bachmann + photos by Alisha Weng Bah! Humbug! is a twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, drawing parallels between the squalor of Victorian London and Vancouver’s modern-day Downtown Eastside. This is the 5th annual year of Bah! Humbug!, with proceeds supporting Heart of the City Festival. Every year the play is […]

 Justin Ramsey

Heartbeat of the Drum

Heartbeat of the Drum

The Heart of the City Festival at SFU Woodward’s

Written by Justin Ramsey & Photography by Ravi Gill The first day of November did not disappoint. The sun shone clear in the grey-blue sky; and despite the almost-wintry nip in the air, the trees held fast to their fall colours. The night was equally pleasant; Halloween hangovers kept the sidewalks of Gastown unusually quiet—a change […]

 Brit Bachmann

Canzine Time

Canzine Time

Vancouver’s least predictable literary festival

Words by Brit Bachmann + Photos by Harley Spade Canzine West happens around the same time every year, coinciding with the first frost. T-shirt clad vendors keep piles of winter jackets, sweaters and scarves under their tables. Canzine 2014 is no different. Attendees rush into the main foyer of SFU Woodwards with foggy glasses and […]

 Dillon Ramsey

Dynamo Duos

Dynamo Duos

Wrong Wave 2014 concludes at SFU's World Art Centre

Written by Dillon Ramsey Photography by Sheng Ho Wrong Wave 2014 is wrapping up tonight at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre in SFU Woodward’s. This venue is very different from the first two instalments of the festival, which were featured at the Fox Cabaret on October 16 and Western Front on October 17. Perhaps […]

 Brit Bachmann

Creating A Holistic Homefront

Creating A Holistic Homefront

Carrie MacLeod leads an SFU audience through 'human choreography'

Written by Brit Bachmann + Photography by Alisha Weng “I ask us to listen with our whole bodies.” This is how Carrie MacLeod opened her lecture performance at SFU Woodwards. While the audience was bathing in a warm amber glow in the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, anxiously awaiting to hear her views, MacLeod had already plotted […]

 Ash Tanasiychuk

LAUNCH Festival Continues to Celebrate Vancouver’s Emerging Professional Artists

LAUNCH Festival Continues to Celebrate Vancouver’s Emerging Professional Artists

In its second year, LAUNCH reveals 10 new artists & acts, from dance and music to film and performance

Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk LAUNCH Festival! is an interdisciplinary performance & mentorship showcase of Vancouver’s professional emerging artists. 2014 was the Festival’s second year. Presented by 149 Arts Society, which “dedicates itself to arts programming that is provocative in nature, and that serves to engage, challenge and inform.” The society’s name is “inspired by Woodward’s […]