“The most exciting thing for me about the 17/18 season is that it really does dig deep. It really looks in depth at some of the issues that we’ve been dealing with in previous seasons and also at some of the art forms that we’ve been experimenting with…I just can’t wait for people to see it. I’m so excited. – Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch
Today, The Cultch announced its exciting 2017/18 season with 22 unique, diverse, and intimate shows that continue to prioritize their Democratizing our Stages Project.
Executive Director Heather Redfern wants to continue reflecting the diversity of The Cultch’s audiences on stage with highlights including Brief History’s patriarchy smashing, Hot Brown Honey (Australia), Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tail Bone , produced by Nightswimming (Toronto), the great clowning and acrobatics of Pss Pss (Baccalà Compagnia -Switzerland), and Quelemia Sparrow’s autobiographical O’wet/Lost Lagoon by Vancouver’s Alley Theatre.
The Cultch also joins Zee Zee Theatre in presenting Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Saga Collectif’s raw and subversive Black Boys; and as part of this year’s Diwali celebrations, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan – a poignant glace into the brothels of Mumbai, as well as one of the best physical theatre productions out of India, Encounter (Navarasa Dance Theater).
Many favourite performers and companies will also be returning. Old Trout Puppet Workshop is back with their fabulous puppets to present Underland, an exclusive dive into Alice’s wonderland that will take viewers behind the scenes of a puppet show. And Christmas lovers will delight, as this holiday season will be even jollier than usual –East Van Panto, now in its 5th year, presents its outrageous take on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves; and for the adult crowd, Cultch favourite Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre characters present their rendition of A Christmas Carol in the hilarious and irreverent Little Dickens.
Once again, The Cultch is partnering with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, co-presenting two unique Irish shows. Dublin Oldschool, is an electrifying combination of storytelling, poetry, and rap music, and I’m Not Here is a show that takes on the very conventions of theatre and turns them on their heads.
In addition, The Cultch is proud to be presenting three world premieres of exciting new works by hard-hitting local companies: 1 Hour Photo (VACT), No Foreigners (Hong Kong Exile), and The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (Rumble Theatre).
With 22 poignant and enthralling productions, The Cultch’s three venues – the Historic Theatre, the Vancity Culture Lab, and the York Theatre – are sure to be bursting with lively entertainment all year long!