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Varvara and Mar: We Are the Clouds January 30−April 26, 2020 Preview night: Thursday, January 23 | 8
Varvara and Mar: We Are the Clouds
January 30−April 26, 2020
Preview night: Thursday, January 23 | 8 p.m.
Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery is excited to present a new interactive artwork at UrbanScreen. Varvara & Mar: We Are the Clouds will be on display from January 30 to April 26, 2020, with a special preview on January 23 at 8 p.m. The artwork will be visible every night starting half an hour after sunset until midnight. It can also be seen onsite and from the Skytrain going past Gateway Station. Admission is free.
Have you ever seen yourself in the clouds? Estonia-based art duo Varvara & Mar's site-specific artwork We Are the Clouds delights visitors to Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre with a playful twist on the self-portrait: the cloud portrait.
Using software designed specifically for the project, in conjunction with a Microsoft Kinect camera, We Are the Clouds captures imagery of Surrey community members and re-interprets it into the form of clouds. Visitors can perform live in front of an onsite kiosk and have their “cloud persona” appear immediately onscreen, projected onto a brilliant blue sky across the side of the recreation centre. Capturing only the silhouette of a given participant, the technology allows all prospective cloud-makers to contribute to the formation of an ephemeral cloud community, which will appear on the screen.
Prior to the exhibition's opening date, Surrey locals were invited to attend production workshops with the artists, where their on-camera performances were recorded to create the initial body of imagery. The artists intend the project to bring locals together within a space of play-making and creativity. The use of the silhouette is a reminder that everyone is invited and welcome to participate.
“We Are the Clouds is a lot of fun, but it is also a subtle commentary on the relationship between play-making and community-building,” says Surrey Art Gallery Assistant Curator Rhys Edwards. “Every participant’s movement becomes part of a larger choreography, where people’s gestures play off of each other to create a space of generosity, leisure, and calm.”
We Are the Clouds comprises part of Surrey Art Gallery's 2020 winter exhibition programming. Other shows include Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, a prolific display of silkscreen prints from the Vancouver Art Gallery; Don Li-Leger: Counting the Steps of the Sun, featuring vivid colour works from the late artist; and How Green is Your Muse?, a celebration of nature from the Filipino Music and Art Foundation. Surrey Art Gallery will celebrate these exhibitions at its opening reception on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.
About the artistsVarvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. Their work is often inspired by the digital age. In their practice, they confront social changes and impacts of the technological era. Varvara & Mar are also fascinated by kinetics, participation, and digital fabrication, which are integral parts of their work.
They have exhibited their artworks in a number of international shows and festivals, including MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, the Barbican and the V&A Museum in London, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and more.
The duo has completed various commissions, such as Neuronal Landscapes (2018) for the Estonian History Museum and Wishing Wall (2014) for Google and the Barbican for their Digital Revolution exhibition. In 2017, they completed a public art commission in Tallinn for NUKU Theatre, and have been recognized for their public artworks in Estonia.
About Surrey Art Gallery
Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free. Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.
January 30 (Thursday) 8:00 pm - April 26 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Surrey Art Gallary
13750 88 Avenue in Surrey
The Firehall Arts Centre is thrilled to celebrate International Women's Day with the world premiere of Talking Sex on Sunday from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, March 8,
The Firehall Arts Centre is thrilled to celebrate International Women's Day with the world premiere of Talking Sex on Sunday from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, March 8, 2020.
On the first Sunday of every month, Margot and her lady pals always host a theme party. What happens when Margot decides to kick it up a notch by having a Sex Toy Party?
In this new musical comedy by Sara-Jeanne Hosie and Nico Rhodes, we witness these women share fears, reveal dirty secrets, explore new possibilities, and find the power of female friendship. Directed by Donna Spencer, Talking Sex on Sunday features performances from such fierce females as Janet Gigliotti, Jennifer Lines, Sara Vickruck, Irene Karas Loeper, Caitriona Murphy, Katrina Reynolds, and Seana-Lee Wood.
"I am delighted to be working with such a powerhouse team of actresses on this wonderful new work created by Sara-Jeanne and Nico," says Spencer. "It's a perfect piece for late winter and reminds us how for so many years – and even now – women have not spoken openly or been proud of their sexuality. Dr Ruth has done her best to get us talking, but there is always more to be said."
February 14 – March 8, 2020 | Firehall Arts Centre| 280 E. Cordova
Opening Night: February 19 at 7:30pm
Previews: February 14 & 15, 8:00pm | February 16, 3:00pm | February 18, 7:30pm | February 19, 1:00pm
Performance Times: Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm | Fri-Sat, 8:00pm | Sat, 3:00pm | Sun, 3:00pm | Wed, 1:00pm (PWYC)
Tickets: From $25 at firehallartscentre.ca | 604.689.0926
Post Show Talkback: February 20 & 27, March 5
February 14 (Friday) 8:00 pm - March 8 (Sunday) 10:00 pmNew Canadian Classic Kim’s Convenience Comes to Surrey Civic Theatres
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Surrey, BC See the play that inspired the hit TV show of the same name! The runaway hit and corner store comedy, Kim’s Convenience, comes to Surrey Arts Centre
Surrey, BC See the play that inspired the hit TV show of the same name! The runaway hit and corner store comedy, Kim’s Convenience, comes to Surrey Arts Centre this February.
Part of the Arts Club on Tour series
February 19–March 1, 2020
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30 pm
Friday: 8 pm
Sunday: 2pm|4pm (check showtimes)
Where: Surrey Arts Centre 13750–88 Avenue, Surrey, BC.
Box Office: 604-501-5566
Tickets Online: tickets.surrey.ca
"Gut-burstingly funny with a huge heart"—Vancouver Sun
SURREY, B.C. (Jan. 29, 2020)—Kim's Convenience, Ins Choi’s hilarious and touching debut play set in a family-run corner store, will be coming to Surrey Civic Theatre’s Main Stage from February 19 to March 1, 2020.
Mr. Kim (James Yi), or Appa, a Korean shopkeeper in Toronto's Regent Park area, grapples with both a changing neighborhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation Canadian offspring. This journey of a fractured but loving family confronting the future and forgiving the past is a Canadian classic in the making.
Kim's Convenience was originally produced as part of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it won the New Play Contest and the Patron's Pick Award. It went on to an enormously successful run in 2012 at Soulpepper, receiving the Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best New Canadian Play and spawning a nine-city national tour. The play has since been published by House of Anansi Press and has been adapted into an award-winning television series for CBC and now, Netflix.
Ins Choi is a Korean Canadian actor, playwright, and director known for his plays Kim's Convenience and Subway Stations of the Cross. Born in South Korea, Choi grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, and now resides in Toronto with his family.
A graduate of York University’s Theatre Program, Choi has performed with Fu-GEN, Canadian Stage, the Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper.
Director Kaitlin Williams said, "Having the opportunity to bring the show and Appa's story to more communities is incredible. For me, this is a story about reconciliation, sacrifice, and deep family love. It means so much to our cast and creative team and we look forward to sharing it with audiences again."
STARRING: Andrew Creightney (Rich/Mr. Lee/Mike/Alex), Howie Lai (Jung), Jessie Liang (Janet), James Yi (Appa), Maki Yi (Umma)
CREATIVE TEAM: Kaitlin Williams (Director), Carolyn Rapanos (Set Designer), Jessica Oostergo (Costume Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Designer), Jonathan Kim (Original Lighting Designer), Chengyan Boon (Sound Designer), Allison Spearin (Stage Manager), April Starr Land (Assistant Stage Manager), Soran Nakai (Assistant Director).
Tickets for the show are $29–$49 and can be bought online at tickets.surrey.ca or from the box office at 604-501-5566.
Photo credits: The cast of Kim's Convenience. Photo by Emily Cooper. Tré Cotton and Jessie Liang. Photo by Emily Cooper.
February 19 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm - March 1 (Sunday) 8:00 pm
Surrey Arts Centre, 13750–88 Avenue
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020 (ALL FILMS $7) 10:45 Doors open 11:45-11:50 Welcome back 11:50-12:00 Keynote address: Jeeti Pooni 12:00-1:30 Because We Are Girls (1hr25m) [Director Baljit Sangra in attendance] [Film Subjects/Whistleblowers Jeeti Pooni, Kira
Event DetailsFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020 (ALL FILMS $7) 10:45 Doors open 11:45-11:50 Welcome back 11:50-12:00 Keynote address: Jeeti Pooni 12:00-1:30 Because We Are Girls (1hr25m) [Director Baljit Sangra in attendance] [Film Subjects/Whistleblowers Jeeti Pooni, Kira Pooni, and Salakshana Pooni in attendance] [RATED FOR YOUTH] 1:30-2:30 Panel discussion/Q&A 2:30-2:45 Break BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS: “A conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward—not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well. Documentarian Baljit Sangra sensitively explores the impact of sexual abuse on a family, turning her empathetic lens on intimate moments in the family’s life. Full of nuance and layers, Because We Are Girls weaves poetically between past and present, darkness and light. We witness the emotional toll that pursuing justice through the courts and confronting their family for not protecting them as children takes on the sisters. But we also share in their happiness as they bond with their daughters and dance along to their favourite Bollywood songs. As the film deftly intertwines touching home footage of the young, innocent girls they once were alongside uplifting scenes of the strong, empowered women they have become, the family’s unconditional love flows freely through it all. Straying from typical portraits of the journey to healing, Because We Are Girls offers a unique and powerful tribute to women’s strength in the face of profound trauma.” mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/because-we-are-girls **Content Warning: Because We Are Girls explores sexual abuse, trauma, confrontation, and healing. Health and wellness counsellors will be on-site.**
(Friday) 10:45 am - 3:00 pm
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