ephemera plural : paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles.
The scholar Peggy Phelan once claimed that the ontology of live performance is its disappearance. It is here for a moment in time, and then it is gone. But, as Rebecca Schneider has argued, every performance also leaves remains: in the bodies of its creators; in the memories of its audiences; and in the paper trails and material detritus that attest to the different phases of its development. At these events we’re hoping to collect some of those remains as they pertain to the recent history of Vancouver performance.
Co-produced by Rumble Theatre & Theatre Replacement in collaboration with Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections and Rare Books
June 26 & 27, 2021
COVID-19-safe drop-off at Progress Lab – 1422 William St.
Come by anytime between 12:00 noon and 4:00pm with your items.
If you prefer, you may email digital items to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time up to June 28th.
Choose up to any three items to contribute. These can be anything from any timeline! If that sounds too open ended, here’s a prompt for those who wish to use it: “How does art evolve?”
Download your archiving card and the full invitation by clicking HERE.
Ephemera is an ongoing archiving project that celebrates all of the performing arts community on these lands. For Ephemera IV, we are once again reaching out to ask artists and arts organizations to contribute bits and pieces of creative materials, office work and production pieces — items that would otherwise be discarded — to a collective archive. The collection will be housed, along with Ephemera I, II and III, as part of SFU Special Collections and Rare Books. The objective of Ephemera is to gather the Vancouver Theatre community in a non-competitive way to catalogue and celebrate our shared memories and our history.
Building on the spirit and energy of the recent Our Present Dance Histories project that culminated at the 2017 Dance in Vancouver Biennale, we invite participants to contribute to and help divine the story we might tell from examining the remains of Vancouver performance.
Ephemera is a series of events brought to you in collaboration with T/R, Rumble Theatre, and SFU Special Collections. Partners for previous iterations of the event also include the GVPTA and Upintheair Theatre.
March 29, 2018
Making a Scene Conference
Presented with with the GVPTA
May 30, 2019
The Post at 750
Presented with Upintheair Theatre
June 18-27, 2020
Photos and Video by Tim Matheson
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