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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Opening night and In Conversation
Photodocumentation by Corie Waugh Exhibition statement: “Presented in conjunction with Capture Photography Festival, Field Studies investigates radical and inventive ways in which our everyday landscape might be experienced and mapped. Rebecca Bayer and Laura Kozak’s community-based project The Hadden Park Map Exchange (developed through the Vancouver Parks Board Field House Residencies) documents the coming together […]
Vancouver’s thirteen-year tradition of artistic mash-up plays to a packed house at The Western Front.
This marks the 13th consecutive year of Spatial Poetics, a celebration of cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration that heralds the beginning of the annual Powell Street Festival. For more than a decade, this event has mashed-up local artists of diverse interests, approaches, and specializations to create new works based on the adventure inherent in the seemingly happenstance […]
The first ever collaboration between Karen Jamieson, contemporary dancer, and Nathaniel Justiniano, bouffon
Photos and words by Ash Tanasiychuk What’s the expression? “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” (thanks George Bernard Shaw, that’s a good one). Sunshine and laughter. Claps of hands and stomps of feet. Smiles of play and bulges of… ogre lumps?! The Dance Centre, Davie St, […]
Put the computers and smart phones away - we're gonna get to know each other the old fashioned way: face to face, grabbin' a drink in the sun
We live in a digital age. While the convenience of working from remote locations as varied as a home office, a library, a cafe, or even overseas might be appealing for it’s freedom, it has a downside: it disconnects us from each other. The VANDOCUMENT team is a group of passionate, creative individuals who largely […]
A weekly collaboration of always changing dancers, musicians and locations, Ben Brown's experiment in cross-discipline dialogue is the stepping stone for Shapes In Sound
Written by Shalon W-H and Ash Tanasiychuk Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk and Yvonne Chew A unique series of evening events featuring a variety of multidisciplinary arts – Extravagant Signals – is about to launch into its inaugural year (June 15-22 2013). To prepare, Vandocument’s Shalon and Ash got a sneak preview of the improv music […]