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“rEvolver Festival 2021” featuring work by Zahida Rahemtulla, Veronique West, mia amir and JD Derbyshire

May 19 @ 12:00 am - June 6 @ 12:00 am EDT

Upintheair Theatre presents the rEvolver Festival 2021 from May 19th – June 6th featuring digital and audio experiences, workshop and conversations, and connecting through process.

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“The Frontliners” by Zahida Rahemtulla

It is late January 2016 and Canada is in the throes of resettling the first wave of 25,000 Syrian refugees. As three frontline workers battle Vancouver’s housing crisis to move families out of an East Van hotel, their lives are brought together in ways that irreversibly shape them.

Directed by Mercedeh Baroq
Written by Zahida Rahemtulla
Dramaturgy by Davey Calderon
Production and Digital Coordination by Olivia Etey
Performed by Francis Dowlatabadi, Adrian Neblett, and Jaspreet Saund

The playwright gratefully acknowledges the support of the following people and institutions in the development of The Frontliners: Davey Calderon, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Mercedeh Baroq, Olivia Etey, Silk Road Institute, Mohamed Shaheen, Mariam Zaidi, rEvolver Theatre Festival Team, Upintheair Theatre, Dave Mott, Pippa Mackie, Daniel Martin, The 2019 Arts Club Emerging Playwrights’ Unit, Stephen Drover, Ashlie Corcoran, Heidi Taylor, Joanna Garfinkel, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Company Theatre, Wet Ink Collective, Liesl Lafferty, Theatre BC. The first draft of The Frontliners was created at the 2019 Arts Club Theatre Company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit.

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“Szepty/Whispers: Dialogue”

In “Szepty/Whispers: Dialogue”, audience members explore voice and text fragments contributed by various artists. Each fragment considers how lineage relates to madness/mental health disability, trauma, and neurodivergence. How do we trace the origins of experiences that often aren’t talked about? How do we translate ways of thinking, feeling, and being across generations and intersections of identity? What does speaking make possible? What does silence hold space for? By juxtaposing fragments, the project aims to create a nuanced, open-ended dialogue, which includes the incommunicable.

Concept by Veronique West
Audio Contributors: mia susan amir, Kagan Goh, Maya Jones, Constantin Lozitsky, Jivesh Parasram, Kendra Place, and Manuel Axel Strain
Sound design by David Mesiha
Inclusive design by JD Derbyshire
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty
Production Coordination by Brian Postalian
Digital platform development and realization by The Cultch Digital Storytelling Team
Developed at Playwrights Theatre Centre as part of the Associates program.
Produced by Veronique West (Vancouver)
Platform: text and audio based web experience
40 minutes

May 31st 1pm LAUNCH
May 31- June 6 – This event is available throughout the festival by accessing the project website
All presentations at rEvolver 2021 are free / by donation. Reservations are required to receive links or instructions for participation

Note and Access: this is an audio and text-based project hosted on a website. In-depth content warnings and transcripts are included. Other accessibility strategies are being explored, including screen reader navigability and an accessibility toolbar. We will update the accessibility information as it is confirmed.

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“Real Talks”

A Real Talk with JD Derbyshire and Kagan Goh about how mental health has informed their artistic process. Reading from their autobiographical theatre pieces, Certified and Surviving Samsara, JD and Kagan will dig into how they have translated their experiences with mental health into artistic practice. Hosted by Gateway Theatre’s Barbara Tomasic and Rumble Theatre’s Jiv Parasram; this talk is about sharing experiences around the intersection of mental health and the arts, and how each enlighten the other. Offered digitally and in partnership with Gateway Theatre.

Facilitated by Resident Curators Davey Calderon & Kayleigh Sandormirsky

Produced by The Gateway Theatre and Upintheair (Richmond/Vancouver)
ASL Interpretation
Low Vision Friendly
Venue: Zoom
60 minutes

May 19th 7pm
All presentations at rEvolver 2021 are free / by donation. Reservations are required to receive links or instructions for participation



May 19 @ 12:00 am EDT
June 6 @ 12:00 am EDT
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