In a recent announcement, The Cultch revealed a 2019-2020 season of 16 productions across its three stages, as well as the inaugural Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival.
Kicking off the season in October, the Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival is co-curated by Corey Payette, the creator of Children of God, and The Cultch’s artistic director, Heather Redfern. With a mix of dance, music, comedy, burlesque, and theatre, it will include a variety of Indigenous, local, and international work.
In addition to the dance works as part of the Festival, The Cultch will also present performances from Montreal’s Tentacle Tribe and Vancouver’s Dancers of Damelahamid.
Returning artists this season include the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre premiere of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Kuroko, as well puppeteer Ronnie Burkett with his newest work Forget Me Not.
In addition, Neworld Theatre will present The Boy in the Moon, based on Ian Brown’s memoir of life with his son Walker, and Theatre Replacement will present Mine, a collaboration between Maiko Yamamoto and her 11-year-old son. Jonathon Young and Amy Rutherford will perform in Hannah Moscovitch’s Infinity.
Back for a fourth year, the Femme Series will present four shows. Kicking off the series is New Zealand’s The Dust Palace with The WonderWombs, followed by the return Quelemia Sparrow’s O’wet. Rounding out the series is a production of The Chop Theatre’s Kismet, things have changed, and the winner of the 2018 Cultchivating the Fringe award, Big Sister.
The Cultch also announced its continued partnerships with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Diwali in BC, as well as a new partnership with Vancouver’s DanceHouse. Its recurring partnership with Vancouver’s Zee Zee Theatre will include the presentation of Briefs from the producers of Hot Brown Honey, as well as a new holiday show for adults, Holiday at the Elbow Room Café.
Theatre Replacement will also return with the seventh edition of the East Van Panto with an unconventional telling of Pinocchio.
“It’s all about experiments. It’s all about trying new things,” says artistic director Heather Redfern. “And, for me, from a curatorial perspective, it’s really about how many voices we get, how many artists do we get to hear from? And there’s going to be a lot.”
Subscriptions to The Cultch’s 2019/20 season are on sale now, with single tickets going on sale July 15. Visit thecultch.com for more information.