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WHITE NOISE

Savage Society & Firehall Arts Centre, April 2022

A new play by Taran Kootenhayoo, White Noise is a comedy about two Canadian families who have dinner together for the first time during the Truth and Reconciliation week, White Noise explores what it means to live in Canada from two different paradigms. How do we deal with internalized racism? Do we keep pushing it away and pretend to live safely in our day-to-day?

Directed by Renae Morriseau, featuring Sam Bob, Columpa Bobb,
Braiden Houle, Mike Wasko, Anita Wittenberg and
Anais West...

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UNDERGROUND ABSOLUTE FICTION AUDIO WALK

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (October, 2021)

In a journey that begins on Victoria Drive, Anais West uses story and song to transport you to her mother’s homeland, Poland. From a punk concert in Praga to the bloc apartments of Communist Gdansk, she searches for queer belonging and family history. The through-line is a protest anthem, “Rota,” written by lesbian Polish poet Maria Konopnicka and then re-appropriated through the centuries by revolutionaries, nationalists, and now queer punks.
The songs and narration are part of Underground Absolute Fiction...

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UAF IN RESIDENCE FOR THE DIGITAL DRAMATURGY INITIATIVE

Playwrights Theatre Centre, August 2021

We are thrilled to welcome participants in the Vancouver leg of the Digital Dramaturgy Initiative. The cohort will meet September 20-25, 2021 to explore digital dramaturgy for theatre on- and off-line.

Jk Jk bring their multi-venue performance-film adventure Always Boy. Anais West, Kimberly Ho and Julia Siedlanowska will work on their project Underground Absolute Fiction, a docu-fantasy film, accompanied by social media storytelling. Mind of a Snail will explore the hybrid digital/live possibilities of their show Improv in Five Dimensions. Lili Robinson and Celeste Insell will be working on online and podcast elements of their project The Vancouver Black Theatre Archival Initiative.

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UNDERGROUND ABSOLUTE FICTION IN RESIDENCE WITH WRIGHTSPACE

Playwrights Theatre Centre, December 2020

Each year, PTC welcomes a small group of professional Canadian playwrights to join us for a short-term residency to work on one of their projects.
WrightSpace is led by PTC’s most seasoned dramaturg AED Heidi Taylor and the Dramaturg, Creative Engagement, Joanna Garfinkel. PTC works with each participant to create a process tailored to their play or project, which may include workshops with actors, dramaturgical sessions, studio work, or design consults.
The Wrightspace participants for 2019-2020 were Tanya Marquardt, Anais West, Lili Robinson, Derek Chan, June Fukumura, Keely O'Brien, Lili Robinson and Scott Button...