Sunday, November 29, 2020

Magnetic North Theatre Festival is back

Various locations01 Jun '19 to 09 Jun '19 @ 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Following two hiatus years from festival operations (2017-2018), a time when the current board of directors fully reduced the 2017 operating debt of $234K, the festival is now operational and will be hosted in Vancouver June 1-9, 2019.

    Magnetic North Board Chair Heather Redfern says, “The festival has had an incredible amount of fundraising support from our national arts community and long-time MagNorth supporters, with our Vancouver community especially keen to be featured in this year’s festival. There are over a dozen performances, as well as workshops and symposiums throughout the nine-day festival, presented with our partners the Shadbolt Centre, Presentation House Theatre, Progress Lab 1422, Touchstone Theatre and The Post at 750, as well as The Cultch.”

    An important component of the festival symposium will be conversations about the future of Magnetic North; conversations facilitated by Rumble Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jivesh Parasram. Strilchuk says, “Talking with Jiv this week, we both agreed the goal for these festival talks is to openly investigate, together, in as playfully and shame-free way possible, the emotion and stakes involved in keeping struggling organizations alive. And in the moments where they get stuck – either artistically or financially (or both) – how we either remodel them, if we can, or responsibly shutter the shop doors.”

    Festival passes to all workshops, symposiums, and select shows are either $160 or $60 – participants pick the fee they want to pay.

    • The Body Project (Tara Cheyenne Performance, Vancouver)
    • Chicken Girl by Derek Chan (rice & beans theatre, Vancouver)
    • Culture Capital from Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkharn (Vancouver)
    • Eloise by Jeanette Kotowich (Vancouver)
    • HIVE 2019 (Produced by the Hive Performance Collective in association with Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver)
    • Inheritance: A pick-the-path-experience by Daniel Arnold, Darrell Dennis, and Medina Hahn (Alley Theatre, Vancouver)
    • In Tune: New Musicals in Development (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver)
    • Me Love Bingo from Kyle Loven (Vancouver)
    • Mermaid Spring Co-Created by Kyla Gardiner, Barbara Adler, and James Merger (10,000 Wolves, Vancouver)
    • New Work from Nadia Ross (STO Union, Farrellton
    • Peter Tripp Project from Jayden Pfeifer & Johanna Bundon (Regina)
    • rEvolver Festival (UpintheairTheatre, Vancouver)
    • Straight Jacket Winter by Esther Duquette & Gilles Poulin-Denis (2PAR4, Montreal)
    • Stray - Co-created by Tanya Marquardt, Tim Carlson, and Mallory Catlett (Theatre Conspiracy, Vancouver)
    • Svaha (Nova Dance, Toronto)
    • Tucked & Plucked Created by Dave Deveau & Cameron Mackenzie (ZeeZee Theatre, Vancouver)
    • Undivided Colours - a collection of dance works by Peter Chin, William Lau, Hari Krishnan, and Alvin Erasga Tolentino (Co.ERASGA, Vancouver)
    • Unscripted: Kuroko Hosted by Tetsuro Shigematsu (Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver)

    Full programming and schedule available at

    Photo by Renaud Philippe


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    Event Location Various locations
    Post Code: V7M 3G9

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