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12th Annual SHIFT Festival

July 11, 12 + 13, 2019

Nightly program, 8Pm:

Marie’s Letters

created/performed by tai amy grauman


Created/Performed by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey

sound off!

Created/Performed by Claire Love Wilson + Sara Vickruck

3 short, sharp, original shows = 1 great price

Venue: ANNEX, 823 Seymour Street

#getinvolved: Join us for our festival workshop + reading too! scroll down.

Photos by Melissa Morton & Emilie Iggiotti. Original graphic by Keith Hamilton, rare design

This year, the 12th Annual SHIFT Festival goes back to its roots featuring three short, sharp, original works: Vigorous voices explore the past, present and future in our nightly Festival Program (8pm, $19).

In Marie’s Letters, developed with the support of Boca del Lupo and the 3.7% Initiative, fiercely truthful Tai Amy Grauman embodies five generations of Metis women addressing their unborn daughters: hopes, dreams, fears and essentially, survival, in Treaty 6 Territory. Gavan Cheema directs. 

Created and performed by captivating newcomer Kelsey Kanatan Waveyōpimātis is the story of the complicated friendship between the last woman on Earth and the last drop of water. Translated from the Swampy Cree for “to keep living”, combining poetry, projection and movement, ōpimātis is a reflection on the growing water crisis and what we must sacrifice in order for all our relations to find peace. Nyla Carpentier directs.

Developed and performed by local multidisciplinary creator Claire Love Wilson and queer theatre-maker/musician Sara VickruckSound Off! investigates the amplification of sounds, live and looped, and will evolve nightly with our audience. Encouraging presence and musical dialogue, these playful performers will send you out into the mid-summer night with a song.

Festival Workshop: Song Walking with Claire Love Wilson

Friday, July 12 @ 4pm at ANNEX

Registrants are invited to engage in the Song Walking practice that Claire Love Wilson has developed, and taught internationally.

No music experience or singing ability necessary, only comfortable walking shoes, an open heart and a curious mind.

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Festival Reading: Evolutionary Tango by Beth Coleman

Saturday, July 13 @ 2pm at ANNEX

SHIFT presents a special Staged Reading of Beth Coleman’s Evolutionary Tango featuring veteran Vancouver actors Donna Carroll White, Allan Morgan, Kim Seary and featuring Jessie Liang, last seen in Kim’s Convenience. In this innovative, intergenerational, futuristic script, a 108-year-old woman develops a special relationship with her android caregiver; this play tackles mortality and sexuality while challenging the way we care for our elders. Award-winning playwright Lucia Frangione collaborates as dramaturge.

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SHIFT acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver Cultural Services.

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