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Hyperlink At The Firehall Arts Centre October 4 – 14, 2017

4 Oct

Hyperlink

Vancouver’s TJ Dawe is back with Itai Erdal for a collaborative performance in Hyperlink.  Hyperlink is the act of jumping from space to space, always exploring new territory but often not staying still for long enough to truly connect. This production showcases the online persona you’ve created. Does it match you the real life version of you? TJ Dawe and Itai Erdal perform as themselves and perform themselves, argue, debate and intertwine their personal experience on everything from internet scams, to love, to hate crimes, to like-farming, in order to get the bottom of what it means to live a life online.  Hyperlink kicks off at the Firehall Arts Centre this Thursday, October 5th. Tickets are available online from Firehall Arts Centre.

Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Hyerlink

The world premiere of Elbow Theatre’s Hyperlink at the Firehall Arts Centre leaves the audience laughing, crying and contemplating. Written and performed by TJ Dawe and Itai Erdal, Hyperlink delves into life online and the limits of digital empathy. As the title suggests, the performance jumps from topic to topic without ever staying in it long enough to feel that it has been fully fleshed out. The effect this has is that instead of pushing their own opinions on a topic, Dawe and Erdal present a commentary, based on their personal experiences, and let the audience make up their own minds about it.

With topics ranging from “like farming” to internet fads to hate crimes, Hyperlink keeps the audience entertained and thinking. Everything from the visual and sound effects to the cheeky “Instamission” (in lieu of a traditional intermission) are crafted to make a point. While Dawe and Erdal speak candidly and incorporate lots of silliness – including getting the audience to participate in a “Harlem Shake” – they never fail to intellectually question what it means to live a life online.

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Story Story Lie At The Rio Theatre September 21, 2017

18 Sep

storyStoryLieInLightsCan you spot a liar? How about putting it to the test and checking out Story Story Lie? This is an interactive show with one simple premise: Vancouver’s best intimate share. The stories are often hilarious as well as embarrassing and just a little to strange to be true. What’s the catch? Well someone’s lying of course. The audience gets to take part in the interrogation to reveal who the liar is. And the first audience member to guess who the liar is, wins the grand prize, as well as the respect, admiration of the crowd and bragging rights. The Westender calls this show “One of the most inventive events on the Vancouver arts calendar” Story Story Lie now moves to a bigger space at The Rio Theatre for its first show in this venue on Thursday, September 21st.  They have a great line up for their first show at the Rio including Leo and Gemini Award winner Erica Sigurdson, TJ Dawe and comedian Patrick Maliha. Tickets are available in advance online at Rio Theatre for $10 online or $12 at the door.

PostSecret: The Show Returns To Firehall Arts Centre February 17 – March 5

1 Feb

Post_Secret-The-Show-L-R-Kahlil-Ashanti-Nicolle-Nattrass-Ming-Hudson-700x501Last year, we had the pleasure of seeing PostSecret: The Show at the Firehall Arts Centre which is making a return to Vancouver on February 17th. This production brings to life one of the most popular blogs in the world PostSecret.com. If you are unfamiliar with this blog, in November 2004, US artist, Frank Warren, created a viral movement when he printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards and handed them out to people on the streets and asked them to mail their secrets to his home in Washington, DC.  The secrets were anonymous and the secret they shared could be regret, fear, betrayal, desire, a confession or childhood humiliation.  Postsecret.com is now one of the most visited advertisement-free blogs in the world with over 700 million visitors from all over the world.

On February 17th  Vancouver’s TJ Dawe along with other Vancouver collaborators Kahlil Ashanti and Justin Sudds bring the show back to Vancouver. This is truly an innovative project that pushes the boundaries of crowd-sourced storytelling, combining intimate live performance with secrets from around the globe.  Part of the aim of the production is to show you that you are not alone. When you hear some of the secrets revealed, guaranteed you will find one that resonates with you. Some of the secrets in this show do take on a serious tone, such as suicide, but what we came away with is howPostSecrets.com has connected people by mere words reinforcing to us words are powerful.

PostSecret: The Show is full of raw human emotion in all its honesty, for better or for worse. We are sure you will see some of yourself in the secrets revealed.  Some will make you laugh out loud, some with pull at your heart strings, some will make you think, but by the end, the show does in its own unique way make you see ‘we are all in this together’.  Each and every one of us has the ability to reach out and make a connection to someone and make a difference in someone’s life. Everyone will take away a little something different from this show which was criticized by a few for being too much like a TED Talk. This is a fair comment, but we felt that’s what made for a unique and engaging show. We encourage you to see the human in humanity.  PostSecret The Show runs from February 11th to March 5th at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets range from $17 to $30 and are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

PS Looking to go somewhere for a bite before the show that’s close by? Might we suggest Chuchillo.  It is a one block walk away and has Latin American inspired dishes which are pretty tasty.

52 Pick Up At The Havana Theatre November 13 – 29

6 Nov

52PickUpA very interesting show called 52 Pick Up is coming to the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. The premise is there are 52 scene titles written on a deck of cards that are thrown into the air.  As the performers pick up the cards, they perform the scenes, one by one, revealing a hilarious or maybe heartbreaking love story.  No two performances will are the same. The show  features comedian Dan Willows and Sarah Andrina Brown which we think should make for a fun evening.  52 Pick Up begins November 13th and runs till November 29th. Tickets are available online at Theatre Wire and range from $21 – $28 for adults and $18 -$23 for those under 30 and seniors.   There will also be two Pay What You Can Performances on November 15 and 22.  Come shuffle the deck.

Review of PostSecret: The Show Now On At The Firehall Arts Centre

24 Jan

PostSecretTheShowAn innvovative new production opened at the Firehall Arts Centre on January 20th called PostSecret: The Show. This production brings to life one of the most popular blogs in the world PostSecret.com. In November 2004, US artist, Frank Warren, created a viral movement when he printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards and handed them out to people on the streets and asked them to mail their secrets to his home in Washington, DC.  The secrets were to be anonymous and the secret could be regret, fear, betrayal, desire, a confession or childhood humiliation.  Postsecret.com is now one of the most visited advertisement-free blogs in the world with over 700 million visitors from all over the world.  Vancouver’s TJ Dawe along with other Vancouver collaborators Kahlil Ashanti and Justin Sudds bring to life this innovative project that pushes the boundaries of crowd-sourced storytelling, combining intimate live performance with secrets from around the globe.  Part of the aim of the production is to show you are not alone. When you hear some of the secrets revealed, guaranteed you will find ones that resonate with you. For me, it was the postcard that read “Don’t Take Away My Sunshine is the saddest song in the world”. When my dog was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that took him a few years too early, I sang that song to him all the time. He seemed to love it and showered me with wet dog kisses, but it always pulls at my heart strings. Some of the secrets took on a serious tone, such as suicide, but the positive we came away with is how PostSecrets.com saved so many lives literally and figuratively with words as well as actions.  PostSecret: The Show is full of raw human emotion in all its honesty, for better or for worse. Guaranteed you will see yourself in the secrets revealed to the world.  Some will make you laugh out loud, some with pull at your heart strings, some will truly make you think, but by the end, the show does in it’s own unique way make you see ‘we are all in this together’.  Each and every one of us has the ability to reach out and make a connection to someone and make a difference in someone’s life. Everyone will take away a little something different from this show which has been criticized by a few for being much like a TED Talk. This is a fair comment, but we felt that’s what made for a unique and engaging show. We encourage you to see the human in humanity.  PostSecret The Show runs till February 7th at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

Canadian Premiere of PostSecret: The Show At The Firehall Arts Centre January 20th

19 Jan

PostSecretTheShowThere is an innovative new production coming to the Firehall Arts Centre on January 20th called PostSecret: The Show.  It brings to life one of the most popular blogs in the world PostSecret.com. US artist, Frank Warren, created a viral movement when he printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards and handed them out to people on the streets and asked them to send in their secrets. Postsecret.com is one of the most visited advertisement-free blogs in the world with nearly 700 million visitors. There have been six PostSecret books one of which made it to the New York Times bestseller list. In 2011, 300 of the postcard images became an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art In New York.

On January 20th, Vancouver’s TJ Dawe along with other Vancouver collaborators Kahlil Ashanti and Justin Sudds will create a live immersive experience based on unheard PostSecret stories in collaboration with Frank Warren. This innovative project pushes the boundaries of crowd-sourced storytelling, combining intimate live performance with secrets from around the globe. You can expect a “visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears, ambitions, and confessions.” PostSecret: The Show showcases original music along with recorded voices, projected images and video in the hopes of reminding audiences that no matter what you may be facing in your life, you are not alone.

A preview show takes place January 20th with opening night taking place on January 21st. PostSecret The Show runs till February 7th. Tickets available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

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