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Boarding Site-Specific Snails

How to Cultchivate Multiple Organism

Description: A woman is sitting on the floor next to a projector, her back to the camera. She is looking over her left shoulder and has an image of teeth projected on her back. Caption: Mind of a Snail's Multiple Organism is about to start its run at The Cultch as part of winning the Cultchivating the Fringe Award!

Mind of a Snail’s Multiple Organism is about to start its run at The Cultch as part of winning the Cultchivating the Fringe Award!

Since sweeping accolades at the 2017 Fringe, including the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award and winning a Public Market Pick of the Fringe spot, Mind of a Snail’s Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been busy performing Multiple Organism in festivals across North America. All these performances have fine-tuned their “gender and genre-bending surrealist comedy for adults” in time for their upcoming remount at The Cultch as part of winning the Cultchivating the Fringe Award!

“Repetition is magic… [w]e have been making small changes inside the text/words of the show as we deepen our understanding of the layers of narrative. Our puppet manipulation also gets a little more refined each time we do it,” Jessica says of Multiple Organism’s evolution from its run in the Fringe leading up to the opening night at The Cultch.

The Cultchivating the Fringe Award provides artists an opportunity to showcase their work and hone their craft beyond the Festival by giving them a run in The Cultch’s upcoming season. Jessica adds that Mind of a Snail appreciates seeing their show’s growth thanks to the Award, as well as the technical and marketing support provided to them.

“We really took risks making a show that’s just for adults, full of taboos, and that uses the nude body as a projection surface…. [Multiple Organism] has many shadow projection tricks and is full of surprises. Everyone has a body, and in this way, everybody can potentially relate. It’s definitely not a show for the faint of art,” she says.

Whether you saw the award-winning show at the 2017 Fringe or missed its sold-out run altogether, get your tickets to see Multiple Organism at The Cultch now. And, as if you didn’t need another reason to see it, Mind of a Snail will be selling glow-in-the-dark t-shirts they designed and hand-printed themselves after each show!

Fringe Even More with Site-Specific Shows and the Dramatic Works Series

Description: A woman sits on the grass and looks off into the distance while holding a donkey eating grass. Caption: Nacho the Donkey got everyone's attention in the 2017 site-specific show, Slumber Here! Photo by Al Ricard.

Slumber Here was one of our site-specific shows in 2017! Photo by Al Ricard.

Maybe your show didn’t get drawn during the Mainstage Lottery. Maybe you missed the deadline for one (or more) of our BYOVs. Maybe you just realized now that you want to apply for the Fringe. Or maybe, you’re just waiting for us to open our applications for Site-Specific Shows and the Dramatic Works Series!

On a first come, first served basis, we’re now taking applications for these two categories! Site-Specific Shows are created for spaces outside the traditional theatre setting, and must provide their own technician, lighting, and sound. The shows must happen within walking distance of Granville Island or Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive. You can apply to showcase a Site-Specific Show through Eventotron.

Meanwhile, the Dramatic Works Series is a Mainstage category dedicated to previously published dramatic scripts featuring two or more actors. The Festival supplies the venue, a technician, and basic lighting and sound. Artists may not apply with their own script, and the shows must be 30-100 minutes in length. You can apply to this category through Eventotron.

Don’t forget that you can still apply to one of our pre-approved BYOVs, Arts Umbrella! They will be taking applications until March 30. Apply here, and make sure to read through the application form for more details about the venue to see if it’s the right fit for your show.

For more information, check out the “For Artists” page on our website.

Be Our Artist Services Coordinator!

The Fringe is now looking for an Artist Services Coordinator for the 2019 Festival!

Description: A woman hands a 2018 Fringe Program Guide to an audience member. The backdrop is the Info Centre, where there are black Fringe hoodies and t-shirts on hangers. Caption: One of the Artist Services Coordinator's responsibilities is managing the Info Centre during the Festival! Photo by Al Ricard.

One of the Artist Services Coordinator’s responsibilities is managing the Info Centre during the Festival! Photo by Al Ricard.

The Artist Services Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of and communication with the Festival’s artists, with a special focus on publicity and promotion, as well as the organization of the Fringe Info Centre. This is a seasonal position, beginning on May 6, 2019 and finishing on September 27, 2019. Click here to read the full job posting. The application deadline is March 31, 2019.

We’ll be posting more positions in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to visit our Work With Us page for current postings!

Come on Board at the Fringe!

Description: Two men sitting down. The one on the left has his hands on paper, while the one on the right speaks into the microphone. We're looking for two new members for our Board of Directors! Could it be you? Photo by Bruce McPherson.

We’re looking for two new members for our Board of Directors! Could it be you? Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Love the Fringe? Show your love by helping us find new board members for the Vancouver Fringe Board of Directors!

We are seeking two new board members to strengthen our board—someone with accounting expertise and someone to help us with our equity, diversity, and inclusion work.

You’ll get to see behind the curtain and help the Fringe operate, grow, and thrive. We encourage submissions from people with a broad range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, ability, gender, and sexuality.

If you or someone you know is interested in this awesome opportunity to embrace the arts, please e-mail jim.sibley[at]gmail.com.

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

 

Description: A crow stands on top of a WWI soldier's helmet in front of a red background. Caption: Theatre Wire alumni Hardline Productions are bringing Redpatch, which tells the story of an Indigenous soldier during The Great War, back on the stage at the Arts Club!

Theatre Wire alumni Hardline Productions are bringing Redpatch, which tells the story of an Indigenous soldier during The Great War, back on the stage at the Arts Club!

Redpatch
March 7-31
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
Theatre Wire alumni Hardline Productions are back with Redpatch! Nominated for multiple Jessie Awards including Outstanding Production, Redpatch reflects on the role of over four thousand Indigenous men who volunteered to fight and die for Canada during World War I. This play tells a part of this story through the eyes of a soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island. From his childhood home to the battlefields of France, follow him as he endures the horrors of the Great War in a new play that uses dance, myth, and mask to tell both a universal and a personal tale.

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years
March 13-23
Havana Theatre
Although Easter doesn’t happen until April 21, Fringe veterans Monster Theatre will give you something to chew on until then with their show, Jesus Christ: The Lost Years! Ever wonder what Jesus was really up to between the ages 13 and 30? Or how Jesus reacted when told “Joseph isn’t your real father!”? Find out in this remount of Monster Theatre’s funniest play.

Envision
March 20-23
Performance Works
Presented by Boca del Lupo, Envision showcases nine immersive micro-excerpts of new contemporary work by Women of Colour, Multiracial, Indigenous, and Métis artists. Envision is a showcase originating from the 3.7% Initiative, envisioning a new future of representation in performance.

Pull Festival
March 27-30
Havana Theatre
SpeakEasy Theatre’s annual play festival is back for its eighth year! This festival features a repertoire of six original, un-produced plays from Vancouver-based playwrights and along with Pull’s artistic team, produces, develops, dramaturges, and supports the presentation of these new works. And for the first time in history, Pull will be presenting one National play!

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