Written by: Tetsuro Shigematsu
Directed by: Amiel Gladstone
Produced by: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Performers: John Ng, Manami Hara, Kanon Hewitt, Lou Ticzon, Donna Soares
Maya is hikikomori—an extreme recluse—who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring Virtual Reality. Until one day, she meets a mysterious player online who challenges her to the ultimate quest: saving her own father’s life. How? By visiting the scariest place IRL, Suicide Forest.
A world premiere from Tetsuro Shigematsu, the acclaimed creator behind Empire of the Son and 1 Hour Photo, and directed by Amiel Gladstone, director and co-creator of the smash hit musical, Onegin.
Produced by: Little Onion Puppet Company
Written by: Randi Edmundson, Jess Amy Shead, and Shizuka Kai
Projection design by: Nita Bowerman and Kanon Hewitt (as part of Chimerik Collective)
Sound design by: Malcolm Dow
Otosan is based on Shizuka Kai’s real life experience of trying to connect with her father, a dedicated wildlife documentary videographer. Spirited Shizu and her serious father struggle to appreciate each other in their day-to-day lives — that is, until the day little Shizu hides in her father’s suitcase and travels secretly to his most dangerous destination…The North. At first, Shizu is nothing but a nuisance to her gruff, no-nonsense father. But, as they encounter grizzly bears, snowy owls, white wolves and other Arctic critters, the pair is forced to face challenges together, and come closer to a mutual understanding. We see the difficult reality of building a relationship with a parent who is physically and emotionally far away. This production features puppets, real wildlife footage projections, highly physical storytelling and an original score.
Created, written, and performed by: Kanon Hewitt and Julia Siedlanowksa
With support from: Toronto Young People's Theatre
Presented by: The King Matt Theatre (a division of the Vancouver Polish Theatre)
Parade of Lost Souls: Altar Ego (Vancouver, 2017)
Mainstage VJ: Kanon Hewitt
Produced by: Killjoy Theatre
Written by: Kanon Hewitt
Directed by: Tricia Trinh
Dramaturgy by: Manami Hara
Featuring: Mason Temple, Brent Hirose, Rae Takei, and Laara Ong.
Stage Management by: Sony Tsai
Projection Design by: Mily Mumford
Lighting Design by: Harika Xu
Set and Props Design by: Kimira Bhikum
Costume Design by: Melicia Zaini
Sound Design by: CJ McGillivray
Fireflies is a dystopian sci-fi drama set in the conflict zone between the traditional and the futuristic. Amika, a mixed-race Japanese non-binary youth, escapes a fertility centre in Japan to avoid execution for being "mixed-blood". They are forced to leave behind their mother, Yui, a notorious Japanese rebel who gave birth to Amika in hiding after violating mandatory entry into the national fertility program. Amika encounters Suzuki in the forest, a youth who fled his military training camp after questioning its nationalist curriculum. Realizing they have more similarities than differences, they become unlikely allies, working together to free Yui.
Fireflies was selected as one of the works for Boca del Lupo’s 3.7% Showcase, a night of curated works from female-identified artists of colour.
Produced by: Théâtre la Seizième
Written by: Simon Boulerice
Directed by: Cory Haas
Performed by: Benoit Trudel
Set and Costume Design by: Shizuka Kai
Sound Design by: Malcolm Dow
Video Design by: Milton Lim and Kanon Hewitt
Choreography by: Marisa Gold
Stage Management by: Aidan Hammond
Simon tries his utmost to stand out, and to liven up the boredom of his daily existence. He wants to sing, but his voice isn’t good enough: he wants to dance, but he got signed up for hockey instead. Nothing turns out as expected: his faith breaks, his voice breaks, his heart breaks… yet in spite of it all, amid all the turmoil of adolescence, he learns to love himself the way he is.
Chronicling Simon’s inward journey from awkward kid to Prince Charming with great tenderness and humour, Simon a toujours aimé danser is about the importance of expressing yourself and achieving your potential through your passions in life. The play draws on a wide range of cultural references, bridging the gap between Nobel Prize-winning authors and Disney movies, between classical and pop, between ballet and music videos.
Choreographers, Directors: Delia Brett and Daelik
Stage Management: Kanon Hewitt
Sound Artist: Nancy Tam
Visual Artist, Designer: Natalie Purschwitz
Lighting Designer: Conor Moore
Architectural Collaborators: Peeroj Thakre and Henning Knoetzele
Architect, Author Consultant: Juhani Pallasmaa
Dancer Collaborators: Maria Autio, Minna Karttunen, Kelly McInnes, Diego Romero, Olivia Shaffer, Rianne Svelnis, Lexi Vajda
PRESENTED WITH ANVIL CENTRE
Inspired by world-renowned Finnish theorist and architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s writings on architecture and the sensing body, MACHiNENOiSY’s most ambitious work to date is a site-specific, 360-degree contemporary dance performance tailored specifically for New Westminster’s iconic Anvil Centre. This adventurous piece brings together architecture; sound, visual and lighting design; and a team of extraordinary dancers from both Canada and Finland—all to stunning effect.
Audience members accompany the artists as the performance moves between various locations throughout the Centre. As the piece unfolds, it evolves into an interplay between the architecture and one’s embodied perception of it. The sensorial, social and political aspects of the space intermingle to redefine the performers, the audience and the place itself. The result is a revelatory dance experience—immersive, radical and utterly unique.
Phase 1 (2018)
Directed by: Julia Siedlanowska
Written and Performed by: Caroline Hebert, Stephen Lytton, Kat Norris, Kaitlyn Pedersen, Sandra Pronteau, Terreane Derrick
Set, Lighting, Projection Design by: Kanon Hewitt
Sponsored by Kokoro Dance Theatre Society/KW Studios, presented as part of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.
Unsettled is an intergenerational multi-arts theatre project created with and performed by community artists who live with and experience disability(s).
The presentational style blends poetry, narrative, song, stylized gesture, movement, live drumming and incorporates ASL interpretation.
Phase 2 (2019)
Directed by: Julia Siedlanowska
Written and Performed by: Caroline Hebert, Stephen Lytton, Kat Norris, Kaitlyn Pedersen, Sandra Pronteau
Projection Design by: Kanon Hewitt
Sound Design by: Matt Horrigan
Lighting Design by: Keagan Elrick
Listen to the pod-play: ŠXʷƛ̓ƏNƏQ SQUARE
Secret City is an audio adventure to discover the hidden side of a city. Inspired by true stories shared by residents and brought to life by local artists, each episode of Secret City is a play and a personal confession rolled into one.
Look for the Secret City tent on Robson Street, next to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Bring your smart phone and your headphones, or borrow a listening device from us. Then, explore Robson Square & šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square while listening to original PodPlays based on true events that took place there!
Secret City: Robson Square will features the memories of Jerry Young, Deb Pickman, Elder Jim Kew (Musqueam), C.E. Gatchalian, Taran Kootenhayoo, and Sharon Young.
The artists creating for this edition of Secret City are: C. E. Gatchalian, Julie Hammond, Kanon Hewitt, Alison Jenkins, Taran Kootenhayoo, and Julia Siedlanowska. Secret City is conceived and curated by Heather Cant.
Secret City is a free event that is 60 minutes long. Audio transcripts are available for the Deaf and hard of hearing and the space is mobility aid accessible.
Directed by Gavan Cheema
Produced by Stone's Throw Productions and Pacific Theatre
Stage Management by Linnea Antos
Lighting Design by Harika Xu & Tory Ip
Sound Design and Projection Design by Kanon Hewitt
Set Design by Heipo Leung
Costume Design by Lizzy Fu
Sound design included arrangement of traditional West African music and popular Afro-Carribean music
Projection design included designs based on kente cloth patterns and colour symbolism