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2021 Hive Performance Collective

HIVE Performance Collective is made up of twelve different BC performance-based emerging artists and companies. Our fundamental purpose is to collectively produce and create a unique arts-activated community and performance event. Our priority is to invite the community into the process, and to make process and exploration a main focus.

We take our namesake from the incredibly successful HIVE originally produced in 2006 by eleven of Vancouver and Victoria's creation-based theatre companies. The HIVE Performance Collective carries forth the spirit of collaboration and community of the original but broadens its cross-natured creation process so that no artist creates work for the event alone.

We believe in making an important step for the next generation of Canadian artists to collaborate and cross-pollinate their working processes, ideas, and create a community with other independent artists and companies. The individual make-up of the collective members each possess their own unique aesthetic, artistic process, and broad reaches into a specific community and audience. The Collective was formed to share these resources in the spirit of collaboration instead of competition.

We acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Qayqayt, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations, and of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples. Attendees may be participating from other territories.

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Production Team

Brian Postalian
Brian Postalian
Producer
Christian Ching
Christian Ching
Assistant Technical Director
Halla Bertrand
Halla Bertrand
Marketing Coordinator
Kayleigh Sandomirsky
Kayleigh Sandomirsky
Production Manager
Michael Kerns
Michael Kerns
Technical Director

Howard Dai & Pedro Chamale (Tributaries)

Howard Dai

Howard Dai

Performer Bio
Pedro Chamale

Pedro Chamale

Performer Bio

Impulse Theatre (Door Number 9)

Impulse Theatre was founded in 2010 on Lekwungen Territory on a rock in the ocean by multidisciplinary performing artist, Andrew Barrett. The company has created over 20 new works since then, established the annual festival Peek Fest, and spearheaded multiple initiatives for the development of local performance in the region.

The company’s work has been presented by the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival, Videofag, upintheair’s rEvolver Theatre Festival, the Firehall Art Centre’s BC Buds Festival, Videofag, Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede, and Intrepid Theatre’s UnoFest and OUTStages.

www.impulsetheatre.ca
Andrew Barrett

Andrew Barrett

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Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor

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Patricia Reilly

Patricia Reilly

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Jess Amy Shead, Thule van den Dam, & Priyamvada Chaudhary (Try Turning It On)

Jess Amy Shead

Jess Amy Shead

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Priyamvada Chaudhary

Priyamvada Chaudhary

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Thule van den Dam

Thule van den Dam

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Julia Siedlanowska & Matthew Horrigan (Attachment Theory Through the Lens of a Bear)

Julia Siedlanowska

Julia Siedlanowska

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Matthew Horrigan

Matthew Horrigan

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Little Thief Theatre (Past Down: Swords, Snakes, and Sacrifice)

We are an emerging theatre company producing interdisciplinary work based in Vancouver, BC. Little Thief is dedicated to creating work that is intersectional, vibrant, and plays with form and structure. Our inaugural production, Glassjaw, is a one-woman, site-specific show inspired by the life of a female boxer whose life is changed by a devastating diagnosis. Glassjaw toured boxing clubs across Ontario and British Columbia in 2015 and 2016. In Spring 2019 Little Thief participated in HIVE 2019 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, where In Response to Alabama premiered in a janitor's closet. In December of 2019, Pi Theatre presented the next iteration of the production, which expanded the original premise. Little Thief is delighted to once again be working with an amazing group of artists on HIVE 2021.

www.instagram.com/littlethieftheatre/
Francis Dowlatabadi

Francis Dowlatabadi

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Libby Willoughby

Libby Willoughby

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Miranda MacDougall

Miranda MacDougall

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Nebula Company (Life on Mars)

Nebula Company was started in 2015 by writer/director Mily Mumford to create immersive and multimedia theatre that elevated voices pushed to the margins through primarily a science fiction lens. In 2018 Nebula Company expanded to include film projects in addition to immersive theatre.

Recent theatre work includes Dark Matter (2017) a multi-floor immersive sci-fi horror play in partnership with the James Black Gallery, Down in the Uncanny Valley (2018), Controller 1.0 (2019) a choose-your-own-adventure play produced as a part of Speakeasy Theatre’s Pull Festival, Earth Camp (2019) produced as part of Theatre Skam’s Skampede Festival and The Cinephiles a multimedia drag/queer performance series (2019-present). Upcoming projects include the post-Covid Halloween return of The Cinephiles.

www.nebulacompanytheatre.com/
Amy Lee-Radigan

Amy Lee-Radigan

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Mily Mumford

Mily Mumford

Performer Bio

Pomarantz Collective (keep/sake)

Pomarantz collective is composed of Ariel Martz-Oberlander and Veronique West. Veronique is a first generation settler of Polish descent whose mother fled violence in her own country. Ariel is the granddaughter of Jewish refugees who fled Poland just before the Holocaust. Jewish culture thrived in Poland from the 900's to the early 1900's, and had a deep effect on Polish culture as the two mingled. We are interested in exploring the intersections of our cultures throughout previous generations as well as how that is reflected in our own lifetimes. To this end, we have chosen the name Pomarantz because it means "orange" in both Polish and Yiddish. Oranges are a symbol for joy in dark times, as they were a special treat only available at Christmas for Polish citizens, including Veronique's mother, under Soviet occupation. Similarly, the orange was added to the Passover Seder plate (a collection of ritual objects used during the holiday) in the 1980's to represent the inclusion of women and queer people into Jewish religious life. We see the orange as an important symbol of joy and the innovation of existing traditions in our overlapping cultures.

We both come from a mental illness and disability arts background and are focused on creating a trauma-informed creation process and methodology building on the work of fellow community members and mentors. Our approach frames “healing” not as an individual and linear journey, but as a collective political and cultural act, which is messy, strange, circular, ancestral, shattering, transformative and ongoing. We approach these themes with gentleness through the lens of how our identities affect our visions of justice, and how diaspora shapes our ability to find belonging on stolen land, and within a system that views justice only as punishment.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander

Ariel Martz-Oberlander

Performer Bio
Veronique West

Veronique West

Performer Bio

Re:Current Theatre (The Marker of Nothing)

Re:Current Theatre is an award-winning company creating performance that reimagines gathering. We are a deeply human collective engaged in questions that spark connection between strangers. We create one of a kind experiences that redefine what we think of as theatre. At times our work will be on a stage, though it’ll just as often take place in unconventional settings, on gameboards, in studios and over dinner tables. We use a multiplicity of materials and methods that tease the senses to create an intimate space of unpredictable wonder.

We take ideas apart and reassemble them. We playfully dismantle and reconfigure systems to understand what it is we do not know. We approach our ignorance with kindness and compassion. We want to be in conversation with an idea and the audience together as we volley back and forth with each other as collaborators. We support each other and the audiences we invite into our spaces.

Our work is personal and intimate, even when it’s a big spectacle. It’s always just for you. Our aesthetic is a nexus of old and new technologies, pop culture, games, and academic theory. Our work moves through the senses to create visceral and profoundly transformative encounters.

recurrenttheatre.com
Brian Postalian

Brian Postalian

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Meagan Woods

Meagan Woods

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Stefan Nazarevich

Stefan Nazarevich

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The Troika Collective (Please Hold)

The Troika Collective is a multi-disciplinary performance collective that uses Eastern European history and culture as a lens to explore universally resonant stories and themes. Favourite original projects include Voices from Chernobyl; a verbatim contemporary opera based on interviews with survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with music by Elliot Vaughan, and Richka (River); an interdisciplinary and community engaged performance investigating Ukrainian culture and heritage in the contemporary, Canadian context. The Troika Collective has also been known to branch into projects around themes of social justice and labour rights, including a collaboration with BC Labour Heritage to present site-specific performance pieces as part of the Centre’s Solidarity Forever walking tours, and a commission by the Left Coast Labour Chorus to create a piece commemorating the assassination of Ginger Goodwin and BC’s first general strike in 1918. For this piece, The Troika Collective expands their mandate once again to include some more lighthearted fare, and hopefully spread some much needed joy.

www.thetroikacollective.com/
Aliya Griffin

Aliya Griffin

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Caroline Sniatynski

Caroline Sniatynski

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Manuela Sosa

Manuela Sosa

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Wunderdog Theatre (Dolphinfish)

Wunderdog Theatre is a Canadian theatre company that explores the relationship between storyteller and audience on the twenty-first century stage. Integrating new technology with traditional theatrical conventions, Wunderdog is driven by the storytelling potential that exists at the intersection of live performance and digital art.

www.wunderdogtheatre.com/
Jayda Novak

Jayda Novak

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Shelby Bushell

Shelby Bushell

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Tara Pratt

Tara Pratt

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star star theatre (You Will Always Long To Return)

star star theatre is a Vancouver based company committed to the creation, development, and presentation of theatre, providing a platform for ensemble based theatre and new plays within a professional environment with paid opportunities for emerging artists.

starstartheatre.com
Mika Laulainen

Mika Laulainen

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Ming Hudson

Ming Hudson

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unladylike co. (Follow Me)

unladylike co. creates and produces new female-driven plays and performances. At the heart of our work is the woman’s experience, which we share through a feminist, collaborative, and inclusive process. We provide opportunities for women - trans and cis - BIPOC, people with disabilities, and folx who are gender non-conforming, non-binary, and LGBTQIA2+ to have their stories and work represented, both on stage and in production roles. We present our stories, our differing experiences, and our perspectives, written, produced, and performed by us. The stories we tell are euphoric, gut-wrenching, absurd, honest, and empathetic. Based on the unceded and ancestral lands of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, unladylike co. was formed in 2018 by co-artistic producers Jessica Hood and Rachelle Miguel. unladylike co. has produced The [Organization], a site-specific play by Rachelle Miguel; a reading of bad eggs by Jessica Hood at the 2019 rEvolver Festival; and those whom fortune favours, a micro-performance for HIVE 2019. We are currently producing a film/theatre hybrid of bad eggs, which will premiere this summer

unladylikeco.com
Jessica Hood

Jessica Hood

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Rachelle Miguel

Rachelle Miguel

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