Nancy Kenny's dark comedy Everybody Dies in December was one of the shows originally scheduled for this year's rEvolver Festival. Photo by Devon Slack.
Nancy Kenny's dark comedy Everybody Dies in December was one of the shows originally scheduled for this year's rEvolver Festival. Photo by Devon Slack.

Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Festival, the annual interdisciplinary arts showcase of new works by emerging and early mid-career artists, is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But rather than cancel outright, organizers are taking it online and rebranding as e-Volver Festival. This year’s Festival, taking place online in June, will also move its focus to Vancouver artists.

“Daniel [Martin] and I are continuing the company’s ongoing commitment to foster artistic futures, especially during these extraordinary times, by creating all-new works to reflect the times we are living through now,” says co-artistic producer David Mott.

With the move to a digital platform, the e-Volver Festival will feature a series of short-form works using technology and non-traditional platforms, including the phone, Discord, Twitch, Facetime, Skype, Youtube Live and socially distanced in-person performances.

“Our team is eager to share inventive approaches with original work specifically made to be enjoyed digitally and to include theatre, dance, installations, and site-specific web content,” says Festival curator Davey Calderon.

Submissions for the e-Volver Festival are now being accepted until May 4. Online access to view the performances will be by donation with more details to be announced in May. Visit upintheairtheatre.com for more information.