Home Made Home: Germaine Koh
The Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh makes art with all kinds of materials. For example, her piece Call is an old telephone in a public space. When the phone is picked up it randomly dials a participant that has agreed to have conversations with strangers. Currently serving as the first artist-in-residence at the City of Vancouver’s Engineering Department, Koh’s main work at the Evergreen Cultural Centre is a fully-serviced micro dwelling on wheels. The size of some walk-in closets, the piece demonstrate Koh’s ability to transform basic materials into art that fulfils real needs.
(Coquitlam: Sept. 14-Nov. 4)
David Wisdom Slideshow
Once again, former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom makes himself at home at the Vancouver Art Gallery to host his legendary communal slideshow. A laidback affair, the evening features brief introductions of images by featured artists and great music paired with the pictures. This version features slides by Rodney Graham, Adad Hannah, Robert Kleyn, Carol Sawyer, Neil Wedman and several others.
(Vancouver: Sept. 18)
Interface: The woven artwork of Meghann O'Brien
Kwakwaka'wakw and Haida artist Meghann O’Brien uses materials from nature, such as mountain goat wool and cedar bark, to make her intricate textile works and cedar weavings. O’Brien describes working with bark as, “travelling back in time” or “touching the cosmos.”
(Vancouver: Sept. 18-Jan. 9)
Kim Senklip Harvey describes her new play about urban Indigenous identity at Western Canada Theatre's Pavilion Theatre as a high-energy artistic ceremony. The world premiere is a co-production with Persephone Theatre and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (Saskatoon), in collaboration with the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre and The Cultch (Vancouver).
(Kamloops: Sept. 13-22)
A Doll’s House, Part 2
The Belfry Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Lucas Heath’s “utterly engrossing” (New York Times) sequel to A Doll’s House—the century-old Ibsen play that represented an early landmark in feminism. The Belfry Theatre’s laudable outreach events include Free Childcare Performance; a VocalEye performance; Talkback Thursday, during which audiences can discuss the performance with the actors after every Thursday show; and a nightly post-show event called Afterplay, where audience members engage each other in facilitated discussions.
(Victoria: Sept. 16-Oct. 14)