Theatre Conspiracy

Friday, February 7th, 6:00pm
Progress Lab 1422
1422 William Street

Please RSVP to Belinda Bruce by end of day February 6th:

Same Difference is an immersive mixed-media performance led by associate artist David Mesiha. As part of PushOFF’s ancillary programming, this 20-minute excerpt  offers a slice of the content, design aesthetic, and immersive concepts that have developed in the past year.

Same Difference examines how identity is created through perceptions of sameness and difference and how we develop a sense of belonging. The immersive design – featuring mobile mirrors and projection – will constantly challenge audience notions of self, self-awareness, self-alienation and perception.

The themes are examined through the viewpoint of the immigrant and refugee experience, referencing Mesiha’s interviews with refugees hailing from Northern Ireland in the ’70s, Serbia and Bosnia in the ’90s, and more recently from Afghanistan, Columbia and Venezuela.

The project further develops immersive and interactive concepts explored in Foreign Radical. The design language and methodology of the piece are a continuation of the work created by David Mesiha and Parjad Sharifi in Leaky Heaven’s 2011 Project (X).

Theatre Conspiracy will further develop Same Difference in residence this summer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC, and premiere the piece in our 2020/21 season.

Same Difference is co-created by David Mesiha, Parjad Sharifi (design), Jiv Parasram (direction), Tim Carlson (research, production), Gavan Cheema (research, writing) and Ashley Bodiguel (dramaturgy). Performers are Celia Aloma and Ilana Zackon.

THEATRE CONSPIRACY is known for innovative work incorporating elements of documentary and immersive, interactive performance. Founded in 1995, the company is led by artistic producer Tim Carlson in collaboration with artistic associate David Mesiha, artistic associate Milton Lim, and artist-in-residence Gavan Cheema. After an acclaimed premiere in 2015, Foreign Radical won the Critics’ Choice Innovation Prize at the Jessie Awards and a Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2017 at the Edinburgh Fringe. It was published in Canadian Theatre Review and continues to tour nationally and internationally. Theatre Conspiracy has been active in the PuSh Festival for over a dozen years, co-founding and co-curating Club PuSh from 2009-2016.

Tim Carlson
+1 604 209 1774

Claire Love Wilson and Peter Lorenz

Saturday, February 8, 4:00pm
Sunday, February 9, 1:00pm
Back Space
1318 Grant Street
(entrance off the alley)

Please RSVP to Christiana Bisset by end of day Friday, February 7th:

Morag’s death left a silence in her place. When her grand-daughter Sam inherits her piano, she also inherits the mystery of Morag’s story. An intimate letter composed of fragmented Scottish ballads leads Sam to uncover Morag’s possible queerness. In piecing together Morag’s history through their shared Scottish musical heritage, Sam discovers a voice of her own.

This new, experimental musical in development warps, disrupts, and reconfigures traditional Scottish storytelling and ballad singing. Compositions are playfully woven through live performance and electronic loops to tell old stories anew.

Morag, You’re a Long Time Deid is devised by Claire Love Wilson (CAN), directed by Peter Lorenz (AT) and performed by Claire Love Wilson, Rory Comerford (SCO) and Robert Thomson (CAN).

This transnational collaboration between Scottish-Canadian creator/performer CLAIRE LOVE WILSON and Austrian director/performance-maker PETER LORENZ emerged from a 5-year-long artistic conversation on cultural heritage, place-making in performance, and queer musical storytelling. Joined by Glasgow-based musician/composer Rory Comerford and Haida/Tsimshian Sound Designer Rob Thomson, the team blends a variety of musical backgrounds to investigate how new stories can be created from the sound-worlds of old songs.

The project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding, and co-produced by Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) in Edinburgh.

Claire Love Wilson
+1 604 561-9831