A very special thank you to the many interviewees who have chosen to share their stories and opinions for this multi-perspective piece.
After collecting hours of audio interviews from people of different genders, sexual orientations, cultures, ages and abilities -- real life stories and reflections around the #metoo movement come to life through the mediums of headphone verbatim and dance.
#whatnow includes testimonials from survivors of harassment, misconduct and assault as well as stories from those who took accountability for their harms. And throughout the piece is crafted subtle ensemble movement that articulates tone, environment and viewpoints.
It also utilizes an innovative format called “headphone verbatim” where edited audio interviews are played through headphones to actors on stage, and the actors mimic and repeat what they hear, in real time. Every cough, stutter and hesitation is reproduced, and the actors never “memorize the lines”.
Performance Times: Wednesday-Saturday, 8pm | Sundays, 3pm
2 for 1 Preview October 28 | Opening Night October 29
Gender-Specific Performances on Oct 31st, Nov 3rd and 4th (details below) | ASL & Audio Described performance Nov 7th | Professionally facilitated conversations to follow each performance
Running Time: Approximately 80 minutes
Tickets: From $15 (www.ticketscene.ca/series/908)
Venue: The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver | Wheelchair Accessible | Licensed bar COVID-safety: Socially Distanced Cabaret Seating; proof of vaccination required
CREDITS: #whatnow is co-directed by award-winning creators MARISA EMMA SMITH (The Ridiculous Darkness, Mrs. Warren's Profession) and AMBER BARTON (How to Say Goodbye, am a), and features performances by SABRINA SYMINGTON (Trans Scripts – Zee Zee Theatre/Frank Theatre), YVONNE WALLACE (ūtszan – Firehall Arts Centre), PATRICK DODD (Vancouver Improv Festival), EMILY GRACE BROOK (Act of Faith – RealWheels) and SIOBHAN SLOANE-SEALE (EDAM Dance/Body Narratives Collective).
Gender-Specific Performances: Gender-specific evenings are offered to allow for an honest and supported environment for audiences to respond to the performance with other people of the gender they identify as most. Oct 31st will be for female audience members only, November 3rd will be for trans and non-binary audience members only, and November 4th will be for male audience members only.
Special Thanks to Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, The City of Vancouver and BC Gaming Corporation.
This event will take place on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.