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BlissKrieg

WORLD PREMIERE

MARCH 9–11, 2017 Belfry Mainstage

ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE, VICTORIA Book by Alex Wlasenko Music by Hank Pine and Alex Wlasenko

CAST

Rielle Braid John Han Ming Hudson

BlissKrieg is a musical comedy about the

Madeleine Humeny

two last people in the universe inside a

Griffin Lea

post-human simulated paradise. Tilda

Anna Lowan

gives her daughter Jingwei a crash course

Sarah Murphy

on humanity, as they have just over

R. J. Peters

an hour to make a crucial decision on the future of life in the universe. Based on the previous incarnation of Atomic Vaudeville’s production of Action Revue. Photo - Sarah Murphy, Andrew Barrett, Treena Stubel, and RJ Peters in Action Revue / Photo by Caitlin Croteau

Directors Jacob Richmond and Britt Small Dramaturge Jacob Richmond Spring Vouchers and SPARK Passes not applicable.


Why We Are Here! MARCH 13, 2017 Royal BC Museum

NIGHTSW IMMING, TORONTO Created by Martin Julien and Brian Quirt

Why We Are Here! is Nightswimming’s portable pop-up choir – an exciting choral adventure in which the audience are the

This is an invitation to sing with other

singers. Featuring one of Victoria’s top

people. No experience required – but it

choral leaders, Why We Are Here! is an

is an experience.

interactive singing experience that brings friends and strangers together to create an invigorating theatrical event about right here and right now.

Photo - Why We Are Here! / Photo by Max Telzerow

Tickets 250-385-6815 / tickets.belfry.bc.ca


SPIN MARCH 14–18, 2017 Belfry Mainstage

welcome breath of fresh air…. “ …a SPIN makes something beautiful out of taking your life into your own hands G LO B E & M A I L

Photo - Evalyn Parry in SPIN / Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh


BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE, TORONTO

Playwright / Performer

By Evalyn Parry

Evalyn Parry

theatre, part music gig, part “ Part spoken word poetry, part documentary:

Musician

whatever it is, it is brilliant TO R O N TO S TA R

A RT I S T S

Brad Hart Director Ruth Madoc-Jones

Innovative, award-winning Toronto artist

Designer

Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey

Beth Kates

in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance

String Arrangements

celebrating the Bicycle as muse, musical

Michael Holt

instrument and agent of social change. AU D I E N C E N OT E S

Spinning a web of stories that travel from

80 minutes / no intermission

19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, SPIN is inspired by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895. One part documentary and another part musical activism, Parry cleverly peels back layers of history to reveal a very contemporary heart to her theme of liberation.

Tickets 250-385-6815 / tickets.belfry.bc.ca


This Is Not a Conversation MARCH 14–18, 2017 Belfry Studio A

Photo - Itai Erdal and Dima Alansari in This Is Not A Conversation


ELBOW THEATRE, VANCOUVER

In this new work, they will explore the conflict between their cultures and

By Itai Erdal, Dima Alansari & Ker Wells

examine what is happening in their

stories are personal, intimate, open “ Itai’s and brave; they have a sensitive tone

homelands, while challenging each other’s deeply ingrained values and

and turn to the very essence of human

beliefs. Both are natural storytellers and

condition, namely history, family,

improvisers who are at ease ad-libbing in

cultural background, social and political

front of audiences. Both are combative

constraints.

and very passionate about the conflict

A RT VA N G UA R D

in the Middle East, and both know a lot

From the creator/performer of How to

about its history and political context.

Disappear Completely. A RT I S T S

Itai was born in Israel and lived there until

Creator / Performer Itai Erdal

the age of 25. Dima was born in Lebanon to a Palestinian family. What happens when you put them onstage together?

Creator / Performer Dima Alansari Creator Director Ker Wells Stage Manager Jethelo Cabilete AU D I E N C E N OT E S

60 minutes / no intermission

Tickets 250-385-6815 / tickets.belfry.bc.ca


What a Young Wife Ought to Know MARCH 21–25, 2017 Belfry Mainstage

Photo - Liisa Repo-Martell and David Patrick Flemming in What a Young Wife Ought to Know / Photo by Timothy Richard


2B THEATRE, HALIFAX

CAST

Liisa Repo-Martell By Hannah Moscovitch

Rebecca Parent David Patrick Flemming

giving the women of the 1920s a “ Byvoice, Moscovitch has given many

Playwright Hannah Moscovitch

contemporary women a voice as well… it is an opportunity to contemplate the state of sexual health and freedom in

Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy

our society today...★★★★ (out of 4) G LO B E & M A I L

Costume Designer Leesa Hamilton

a 2014 finalist for the “ Moscovitch, Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, has

Set Designer Andrew Cull Stage Manager Heather Lewis

added a painful, poetic piece of Canadian history to the literature of this

country.

Director Christian Barry

Fight Director Karen Bassett

H A L I FAX H E R A L D

Design Assistant Daniel Oulton

A brave and honest examination of love, Production Manager Louisa Adamson

sex and fertility, inspired by a movement that sparked a revolution. Set in Canada

AU D I E N C E N OT E S

in the 1920s, it follows the story of Sophie,

90 minutes / no intermission

a young working-class wife, and shines a light into the dark corners of women’s rights and the conjugal bed.

Tickets 250-385-6815 / tickets.belfry.bc.ca


Reverberations MARCH 21–26, 2017 Offsite: Meet at the Belfry

WORLD PREMIERE

V ICTORIA

CAST

By Brian Linds

Angela Henry Brian Linds

A house contains many reverberations. As an actor and sound designer, Brian

Billy Marchenski Jan Wood

has created a site-specific performance piece exploring memories and sounds of a family’s history. In an actual house, four performers and five rooms create stories involving a friend’s betrayal, a dying mother’s sudden lucidity, a search for Jewish meaning, a simple task becoming difficult, and a journey of love.

Creator / Sound Designer Brian Linds Director Mindy Parfitt Set & Costume Designer Catherine Hahn Lighting Designer Michael Franzmann Dramaturge James Fagan Tait Stage Manager Sadie Fox

Photo - Reverberations / Photo by Brian Linds


Joan MARCH 17–26, 2017 Metro Theatre

THEATRE SK AM, V ICTORIA

CAST

By Matthew Payne

Matthew Payne

For over thirty years Joan Mans attended arts happenings in the city, finishing most evenings at Swan’s, dancing to live music. In 2007 she entered extended care after she fell and was declared incapable. Actor and playwright Matthew Payne decided he would be her voice. This journey is at the heart of this project. Joan will run at the Metro Studio Theatre as part of the SPARK Festival from March

Lynda Raino Treena Stubel Director James Fagan Tait Lighting and Projection Conor Moore Costume Design Patricia Reilly Costume Coordinator Graham McMonagle Sound Design Brooke Maxwell Choir Director Marc Jenkins

17 to 26. Tickets 250-590-6291/ ticketrocket.co

Stage Manager Sandy Cumberland

Spring Vouchers and SPARK Passes not

AU D I E N C E N OT E S

applicable.

75 minutes / no intermission

Photo - Joan Mans / Photo by Pamela Bethel Photography


Professional Development Workshops Butoh Workshop W I T H B I L LY M A R C H E N S K I

Belfry 101 Live WORLD PREMIERE

S U N DAY, M A R C H 26 AT 7:30 P M

Belfry Mainstage

S U N DAY, M A R C H 19 10:00A M –1:00P M

Inspired by time spent recently in Japan studying with Butoh masters Akaji Maro, Natsu Nakajima and Yoshito Ohno, Billy Marchenski offers a workshop focusing on the embodiment of image, asking the question “What is the body?” Participants

In one short week, the remarkable

will practice a warmup, followed by

high school students in our Belfry

individual and group exercises that push

101 program create a performance

physical limits. We will then learn a series

based on their responses to themes

of simple, concrete images, and try to

and images from plays they’ve

find physical expression that is clear and

seen this year at the Belfry. Filtered

deeply personal.

through their own personal experiences and insights, the result is an original, surprising and always inspiring piece of theatre. A talkback with the students will follow the performance.

Interdisciplinary Theatre-Making W I T H E VA LYN PA R RY S U N DAY M A R C H 19, 2:30 P M – 5:30 P M

A hands-on investigation of how concept,

Created and performed by the

text, image, music, movement and design

students of the Belfry 301 Ensemble

can work in surprising and inventive ways to create theatrical performance. Come

Directed by Erin Macklem

with an idea you are already hatching, or

and Dave Morris

ready to dream up a brand new concept.


Free Events Hootenanny

Play Reading

S U N DAY, M A R C H 12 AT 4 P M

M O N DAY, M A R C H 20 AT 7:30 P M

Belfry Lobby

Mustard by Kat Sandler

An all-ages dance party of pure

2016 Dora Award for Best Play

awesomeness. Live humans dancing to

quirky, sweet hilarious play… “ AS LOT ” KIN LETTER

music provided by Brooke Maxwell & the Neighbourhood Hootenanny Time Machine Band. Bring your children, bring your parents, bring everyone.

Ticket Prices

Mini Plays See the calendar for dates and times Creative chaos. That’s the best way to

M A I N S TAG E / S T U D I O

$30

B E L F RY 101 L I V E

$10

a musical in a hallway or a performance

WHY WE ARE HERE

$10

art piece in an office – every year the mini

WO R K S H O P S

$25

describe our always popular mini plays. You could see a dance piece on the roof,

plays are different and push the envelope. We don’t know what will happen. Mini plays are free but you have to get here early to secure a spot. Just gather

S PA R K PA S S J OA N T I C K E T S

$100 $25

Available at 250-590-6291 ticketrocket.co

round the sign for the mini play you’d like to see, grab an object of admission (you’ll figure it out) and wait for a mini play handler to take you to the venue.

Student and seniors discounts available. All ticket sales are non-refundable. GST is not included.

Tickets 250-385-6815 / tickets.belfry.bc.ca


Calendar DATE TIME

EVENT

VENUE

MARCH 9

7:30 pm

BlissKrieg

Mainstage

PRICE

MARCH 10

8 pm

BlissKrieg

Mainstage

$30

MARCH 11

8 pm

BlissKrieg

Mainstage

$30

$30

MARCH 12 4pm

Hootenanny

Lobby

MARCH 13

Why We Are Here!

RBCM

MARCH 14 7:30pm

SPIN P

Mainstage $30

7:30pm

This is Not a Conversation P Studio A

MARCH 15

7 / 7:15

mini plays

7:30pm SPIN O

7 pm

FREE $10 $30 FREE

Mainstage $30

7:30pm

This is Not a Conversation O Studio A

MARCH 16

7 / 7:15

mini plays

7:30pm SPIN

Mainstage

7:30pm

This is Not a Conversation

Studio A

MARCH 17

7 / 7:20 / 7:40

mini plays

7:30 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

$30 FREE $30 $30 FREE $25

8pm SPIN

Mainstage $30

8pm

This is Not a Conversation

Studio A

MARCH 18

7 / 7:20 / 7:40

mini plays

7:30 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

8pm SPIN C

$30 FREE $25

Mainstage $30

8pm

This is Not a Conversation C Studio A

$30

MARCH 19

10 am–1 pm

Butoh Workshop

Studio A

$25

2 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

$25

2:30-5:30

Interdisciplinary Workshop Studio A

$25

MARCH 20

7:30pm

Play Reading Mustard by Kat Sandler

MARCH 21

What a Young Wife Ought to Know P Mainstage $30

7:30pm

7:30pm Reverberations P

Lobby

Offsite: meet in the Belfry Lobby

FREE

$30


DATE TIME

EVENT

VENUE

MARCH 22

mini plays

7 / 7:15

7:30pm

PRICE FREE

What a Young Wife Ought to Know O Mainstage $30

7:30 pm Reverberations O

Offsite - meet in the Belfry Lobby

7:30 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

MARCH 23

7 / 7:15

mini plays

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Mainstage

$30

7:30 pm Reverberations

Offsite - meet in the Belfry Lobby

$30

7:30 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

MARCH 24

7 / 7:20 / 7:40

mini plays

7:30 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

$25

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Mainstage

$30

7:30 pm

8pm

8 pm Reverberations

Offsite - meet in the Belfry Lobby

MARCH 25

7 / 7:20 / 7:40

mini plays

7:30 pm

Joan

Metro Theatre

8 pm

$30 $25 FREE

$25 FREE

$30 FREE $25

What a Young Wife Ought to Know C Mainstage $30

8 pm Reverberations

Offsite - meet in the Belfry Lobby

$30

MARCH 26

2 pm Reverberations C

Offsite - meet in the Belfry Lobby

$30

2 pm

Joan C

Metro Theatre

$25

7:30pm

Belfry 101 Live!

Mainstage

$10

P · PREVIEW O · OPENING C · CLOSING

Tickets 250-385-6815 / tickets.belfry.bc.ca


Tickets www.sparkfestival.ca

The 2017 SPARK Festival is supported by:

SPARK FESTIVAL 2017 B E L F RY T H E AT R E 1291 G L A D S TO N E AV E N U E V I C TO R I A , B C V 8T 1G 5

250-385-6815 or www.belfry.bc.ca/tickets


2017 SPARK Festival