In four different locations across Canada, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In that same moment, a town choir receives these observations via a large screen, and then sings them out to the public. Drawing on patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook, Town Choir treats everyday considerations as the news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether, and then filtered through the live body in an epic choral declaration.
Town Choir is performed by the Vancouver Youth Choir, conducted by Robbie Blake, and features writing by notable Canadian singer/songwriters Kim Barlow (Canning, Nova Scotia), Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Montréal), Christine Fellows (Winnipeg) and Raghu Lokanathan (Prince George). Directed by Theatre Replacement Artistic Directors Maiko Yamamoto & James Long with Multimedia Design by Remy Siu and Technical Direction by Carey Dodge.
EVERY SUNDAY of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
All shows at 12 noon
Admission is FREE
January 22nd @ Woodward’s Atrium (149 West Hastings St)
January 29th @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
February 5th @ Vancouver Public Library Central Branch Atrium (350 West Georgia St)
Town Choir is the Vancouver iteration of Theatre Replacement’s Town Criers project, a continuing series of site-oriented performances that are built through partnerships with an artist or company and a festival or venue in any given location. Town Criers was first presented as part of a residency at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby) in 2015, and has since toured to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Whitehorse (June 2016) and Everybody’s Spectacular and A! Festivals in Iceland (Reykjavik and Akureyri). Presented with support from Westbank, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Public Library, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia. Robbie Blake's participation in the development and presentation of Town Choir is supported by Tonnta (http://tonnta.ie/) (Ireland).