FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCES ITS 35th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

 

For 35 years, the Firehall Arts Centre has been a cultural beacon for the Vancouver arts community, producing and presenting provocative, thought-provoking, compelling, and highly entertaining pieces of work in the heritage building at the corner of Cordova and Gore.

Artistic Producer Donna Spencer announced today its 2017/2018 season. “For our 35th anniversary season, the Firehall is bringing back some old favourites, welcoming back artists we have worked with in the past, and introducing new work that tells powerful stories as we look back to the future.”

September 27-30, 2017:  

Feasting on Famine (Radical System Art/Shay Kuebler)

One man’s journey through the extremes of body building and health fitness. Feasting on Famine explores the symmetry between the human body, the corporation, and the excess of capitalism in a world where one man consumes the daily caloric intake of a family of five.

 

October 4-14, 2017:

Hyperlink (A collaboration between Itai Erdal, TJ Dawe, & Rachel Peak)

An Elbow Theatre Production

How do we navigate the multiple streams of technology in order to find true human connection? And yet, most Canadians cannot imagine their life without them. TJ Dawe and Itai Erdal bring their very different personalities to the question, “Is it Facebook love or is it real love?”

 

October 20-29, 2017:

Happy Place (Written by Pamela Mala Sinha)

A Touchstone Theatre Production in association with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Diwali in BC

Happy Place explores and celebrates the courage, compassion, and humour of seven women living amidst each other in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

 

November 11-December 2, 2017:

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Written by Drew Hayden Taylor)

A Firehall Arts Centre Production

First produced by the Firehall in the ‘90s, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth will make you laugh and cry as Taylor creates the story of the impact of the ‘60s scoop-up of native children on one family.

 

January 10-20, 2018:

The Pipeline Project (Created by Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring, Quelemia Sparrow, & Chelsea Haberlin; Itsazoo/Savage Society)

Peak Oil, First Nations land claims, and climate change are all explored in this provocative and comedic foray into a firestorm of debate.

 

January 27-February 10, 2018:

SHIT (Written by Patricia Cornelius)

A Firehall Arts Centre Production

From Australia’s award-winning playwright, SHIT asks “What of the women and girls who defy gender demarcations, who transgress the boundaries and restraints of social order and expectation? Out of control girls – angry, nasty girls – are a sight to behold. This is a work about these girls. Their names are Billy, Bobby, and Sam.”

 

February 22-25, 2018:

A Shared Evening of Dance with Chick Snipper and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Two friends in dance get together to create two very different works.

 

March 18-April 21, 2018:

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Created and directed by Tracey Power with musical arrangements by Steve Charles)

A Firehall Arts Centre Production

Not to be missed, the Firehall brings its hit show back to the stage in celebration of its 35th anniversary season and to pay homage to the late Mr. Cohen. Featuring six artists playing seventeen different instruments, this production has toured across Canada to sold out audiences.

 

April 25-May 6, 2018:

Métis Mutt (Written and performed by Sheldon Elter)

A comedic, heartbreaking, and unpredictable performance piece – told through music, comedy, and inventive storytelling – that recounts the journey of a young Métis man finding his way out of a destructive circle.

 

May 24-27, 2018:

Contes Cruels (Cruel Tales; Text & Choreography by Serge Bennathan; Produced by Les Productions Figlio)

Courage and love are the super power of the hero in Grimm’s Tales and countless texts and poetry letting you know that you could save people, save spirit, save honour, and save the human. Through text and movement, Bennathan asks us to consider these powerful forces.

 

June 1-10, 2018:

C’mon Angie (Written by Amy Lee Lavoie)

A Flying Start/Touchstone Theatre Production in association with the Firehall Arts Centre

In this premiere production, C’mon Angie asks us to consider the definition of rape and who is at fault when it occurs.

Early Bird Passes for the Firehall Arts Centre’s 35th anniversary season go on sale Thursday, June 15, 2017 and are available online at www.firehallartscentre.ca or by phone at 604.689.0926. Early Bird Passes must be booked before August 1st, 2017.

Full ticketing details, including pricing, can be found at www.firehallartscentre.ca

Shay Duebler image by Alex Tam

Chelsea Hotel Benjamin Elliott, Adrian Glynn McMorran photo credit David Cooper

David Cooper Photo

About the Firehall Arts Centre:

Located in a heritage fire station built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre produces a season of eclectic theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances, and acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions in its intimate gallery/lounge. Each year, FAC hosts over two hundred performances bringing audiences into the heart of the city to enjoy artistic works, view art works in the gallery, and sip a beverage in the enclosed courtyard.


The building that is now home to the Firehall Arts Centre served as a fire hall – the first motorized fire hall in North America – until 1975. Minor renovations to turn the building into a theatre were undertaken at that time but it was not until February 25, 1982, that the building opened as the Firehall Theatre. Later the decision was taken to change the name to the Firehall Arts Centre to better reflect all of the different arts activities that are housed in the bustling centre that we are today. www.firehallartscentre.ca   

For more information, please visit the following platforms:

Website: www.firehallartscentre.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/firehallartscentre

Twitter: www.twitter.com/FirehallArtsCte

 

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