What do home, identity and belonging mean to you?

Identity. Belonging. Away with place it goes.

Away with time it goes. Away with home it goes. – Lucy Luo


MISCELLANEOUS Productions, Vancouver’s hip hop theatre boot camp for youth from the community, is proud to present their 2018 / 2019 new workAWAY with HOME, September 27 and 28 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

What do home, identity, and belonging mean to you? With those three questions in mind, director Elaine Carol began rehearsals of AWAY with HOME, working with youth who drew from their own personal experiences, and together have created an entirely new work that explores issues of immigration, racism, mental health, bullying, maturation, family, victimization, identity and belonging.

AWAY with HOME is a transdisciplinary performance work that features five youth from the community ranging in age from 14-21. AWAY with HOMEcombines contemporary and hip hop dance, neo-soul and hip hop music, Taiko drumming, image theatre, performance art and performance poetry together to examine the thematic questions.

Join the MISCELLANEOUS Productions team on September 27 or 28 as these youth bravely share with you in their own voice and their very personal experience of what home, identity and belonging means to them. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and go on sale Monday, August 26 at www.brownpapertickets.com. Two shows only.

Event: “Away with Home”: a MISCELLANEOUS Productions Presentation

Dates: Public Performances: Friday, September 27, 2019 & Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.

Venue: The Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Faris Family Studio Theatre (677 Davie Street)

Admission: $12 in advance (incl. GST) / $15 at the door (cash sales only at door)
Tickets: On-sale Monday, August 26 at www.brownpapertickets.com

The Artists & Collaborators: The MISCELLANEOUS Productions AWAY with HOME youth are working with an excellent professional artistic team that includes: director and dramaturge Elaine Carol; contemporary choreographer/teacher Amber Funk Barton; Hip Hop and Streetdance choreographer/teacher Natasha Gorrie; Hip Hop and Neo-Soul composer Natasha Pheko; singing coaches Dawn Pemberton, Juhli Conlinn and Emily Best; Taiko composers/teachers Bonnie Soon and Jason Overy of Uzume Taiko; set and props designer Yvan Morissette; costume designer Megan Leson; lighting designer Brad Trenaman; composer/sound designer Dennis Burke, assistant directors Dominique Wakeland and Alex Danard; production manager Katja Schlueter.

Youth Writer/Performers:  Zefanya Hardhian, Lennox Johnston-Yu, Lucy Luo, Kevin Nguyen and Arjun Panesar.

About MISCELLANEOUS Productions: MISCELLANEOUS Productions is a hip hop theatre boot camp for youth from the community. We present to the public an original theatrical work every two years, and tour internationally, give free peer-run workshops for at-risk youth, and make films about our performances. We integrate artistic disciplines with community development models and popular culture, and educate the public and professional artists about the prevention of, and responses to, the challenges facing youth who deal with multiple barriers.

Note: MISCELLANEOUS Productions and The Dance Centre are fragrance-free. Please refrain from wearing any scented products including perfumes, essential oils, hair and body products, and laundry detergents.  The chemicals in scented products make some people sick and can cause severe asthma, allergies, headaches, nausea, etc. Thank you.

Media release and image provided by Marnie Wilson, the arts biz. Feature image: Cast of “AWAY with HOME”. Photo by Amanda Skuse Photography.


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