Will you choose jubilant festival, or catastrophic funeral?
Will you choose jubilant festival, or catastrophic funeral?

Apocalypse Parade invites you to draw from a hat to decide the fate of human life on Earth. Part of the Generation Hot program at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival, a group of young artists respond to the climate crisis through new performances.

Apocalypse Parade
Anderson Street Parking Lot, Granville Island

1. Tell us about your show.

Apocalypse Parade is an immersive, roving, parade-theatre performance which depicts parallel universes in the year 2050. One half is a festival celebrating the success of achieving our climate change goals, the other, a funeral march to mourn our failure and the loss of the world as we know it. The two processions incorporate the audience and travel through Granville Island led by multi-disciplinary performers who depict the envisioned futures through storytelling, music, and clown. Our goal is to encourage our audience to imagine how individual actions in the present may result in various outcomes of the future while also participating in a fun and nutty theatrical adventure!

2. Why should someone come see your show?

This show offers audience members a chance to jump in with both feet to a delightfully weird experience and engage in an imaginative, hands-on way. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what our future might look like in the next few decades because of all the uncertainties surrounding the climate crisis, in fact, it’s easier not to imagine anything at all and save ourselves the anxiety of facing the unknown. But what if we bring this question right down to the level of children’s make-believe? We’re inviting folks to get up out of their seats, use their imaginations, and maybe even throw a little confetti.

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Captain Optimism! Able to see hope in any situation, time travel on a magic unicycle, and dazzle enemies with sequins, face paint, and sunflowers.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

We’re very excited to check out Lutalica Theatre’s production of  George Brant’s Grounded, a moving and intense story about a pilot in the US military and her experience being reassigned to flying fighter drones.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.