Unsettled: workshop presentation & discussion
Artist names: Caroline Hebert, Stephen Lytton, Kat Norris, Kaitlyn Pedersen, Sandra Pronteau, Julia Siedlanowska, Terreane Derrick
Sponsored by Kokoro Dance Theatre Society/KW Studios, presented as part of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.
Unsettled is an intergenerational multi-arts theatre project created with and performed by community artists who live with and experience disability(s).
The presentational style blends poetry, narrative, song, stylized gesture, movement, live drumming and incorporates ASL interpretation.
Join us for a workshop presentation of this theatrical work in progress. We want your feedback. Following the presentation will be a panel discussion with the artists/creators, and community members around disability and access in theatre. Guest panelists include Susanna Uchatius from Theatre Terrific and Terreanne Derrick, Gitxsan filmmaker.
ASL interpretation provided.
KW Production Studio is accessible via the elevators in our office building. There is a ramp that goes from the entrance from the elevators to the studio itself.
There will be someone posted at the door throughout the event to ensure all patrons can come in and access the elevator or the stairs to the downstairs studio.
There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
Please note that this is a scent-reduced event. We request that participants refrain from the following before or during the event: Smoking; Wearing colognes, perfumes or scented oils; and using chemical based laundry detergents or fabric softeners. We ask participants to wear something that has had limited exposure to the items above.
KW Production Studio
Address and Phone Number: KW Production Studio #10 – 111 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4 604-662-7441
Google Map: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/KW+Production+Studiofirstname.lastname@example.org,-123.1096705,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x548671798953982f:0x27e2aaa0fb367231!8m2!3d49.2823452!4d-123.1074818
Monday October 22nd 2018 (doors 7pm) 7:30-9:30pm
FREE or by donation
We acknowledge that this event takes place on the ancestral, unceded territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Unsettled: workshop presentation & discussion
Jan 2018-Jan 2019
I have received an Early Career Development Grant from the BC Arts Council to work in various exciting capacities with Vancouver Moving Theatre throughout 2018. This includes community engagement assistance to Rosemary Georgeson and a role as social media manager on the recent national tour of Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way, training in community-engagement arts facilitation, creation and production, training in arts management and production coordination as well as working as the Associate Programmer to curate selected programming for the 2018 Heart of the City Festival. In addition to this I am honoured to be working on two collaborative projects with Stephen Lytton and Kat Norris. More on these soon!
This fall I am grateful and excited to hit the stage in Amiel Gladstone's Three Winters at The Cultch.
Recently I worked as the Stage Manager, 1st Production Mangers Assistant and Public Outreach Officer for the Parade of Lost Souls. (That's a lot of titles...)
The Parade of Lost Souls is a Time-Honoured Commercial Drive tradition attended annually by over 10,000 lost souls. This was my second year working with the Parade and I was honoured! This year I also co-produced the After-Party which was a blast....
By Julia Siedlanowska and Ulla Laidlaw
A luminous exploration into an ideal world: Walk into the ocean, through the trees, through music and poetry, and stumble onto a plant-based meal with ten strangers while a symphony of words from cultural leaders, politicians, inspirational figures and ourselves emerge. Come alone.
NOTES: Participation is for 10 people/ night, includes a plant-based dinner, and is by sign up only. Please email email@example.com to sign up, and with any questions.
HADDEN PARK Aug 9th 7:30pm http://vinesartfestival.com/pages/august-9-2017/
STANLEY PARK Aug 13th 7:30pm http://vinesartfestival.com/pages/aug-13-2017/
Vines Art Festival 2017
MORE INFO: Read our preview in the Georgia Straight!
Currently The Green Wanderer is touring- A puppet show for kids I directed and translated.
I am currently taking a 15 day workshop with Mump and Smoot's John Turner hosted by Axis Theatre, and am working as a community liaison for MACHiNENOiSY Dance Societies PROX:iMITY RE:MiX, a multi-media community performance project for queer youth and allies.
In July I will be working with my company partner Kara Nolte on re-structuring Shakespeare Unchained, a dance-theatre company we started in 2014.
In September I will be curating the Vancouver edition of The Living Room Festival.
A Body Mapping Workshop for Kids
April 29th 2017 3-5pm
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society 1607 E Hastings St. Vancouver
Vancouver, BC – Tracing Transformation is a body mapping arts workshop where children from 5-9 years of age are encouraged to engage creatively with their bodies and imaginations through visioning exercises and drawing.
Through guided visioning and breathing exercises they will be encouraged to create stories and bodily histories based on memory and their imaginations. As we connect to each body part, we ask questions such as “Do you remember walking through the sand? How does it feel when someone tickles your toes?” as well as experiencing the colours and textures of each part. The participants then use pastels to trace their bodies (however they interpret the term trace) onto the paper, depicting the images and remembered experiences onto body sized pieces of Kraft Paper. In the end the body maps will be displayed on the surrounding walls and parents will be invited to a final showing to view their children’s findings at closing. The creators will use flashlights to highlight the narrative of their creative journey on the map.
The workshop is led by community engaged theatre artists Julia Siedlanowska and Allie Pev, and cultural leader and educator Kat Norris. “Participants will build compassion with themselves and each other through connecting to their emotions in an accessible way,” says Siedlanowska. “Through putting their own thoughts and feelings into images they gain autonomy and control over their own creative expression.”
Tracing Transformations is part one in an ongoing art project, part two of which is Tracing Histories, where participants use the body mapping practices learned in phase one to create a map based on real and imagined family and ancestral history.
For kids aged 5-9 (age range flexible- no youth turned away)
This event is FREE. No RSVP necessary.
Light snacks provided.
Appearing July 23rd and 24th as part of the Kaleidoscope Festival for Coquitlam's 125th anniversary celebration. This Rebel Haunt Theatre Original Creation is now available for touring! (Starting July 25th 2016) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director Sarah Dixon and performer Julia Siedlanowska present a charming tale about young Josette and her magical journey on a highwire across the heavens. In every moment of its brief half hour, She Began to Cross the Sky looms large to remind us that even our most naive, childlike creative passions and impulses have within them the same beauty and scope as the universe itself!
“Rebel Haunt's work makes me cry, gasp, and laugh, always at the most surprising times. Little gentle fireworks of epiphany go off in my head and I walk out of the theatre feeling in touch with the world again.” -Shanda Walters, BC Drama Educator
In Dixon and Siedlanowska's magical tale, brave little Josette refuses to submit to the banal demands of her mother and teacher, and seeks adventure on her highwire. Setting forth to explore the heavens, she finds herself transformed into a little bird who must use her wits and courage to change the cosmos.
“Sarah Dixon's directorial hand is deft and sure, and her writing is complex and deep. There is a stillness and grace in her work that nevertheless contains a heart that beats with passion and honesty. I leave her shows deeply satisfied.”-Robert Wisden, Actor and BC Drama Educator
In the tradition of Thornton Wilder, Rebel Haunt’s plays link the immediate with the eternal. Artistic director Sarah Dixon calls her approach Micro-Epic Theatre, a method she’s applied to several of her innovative productions, including The Middle of Winter (2006), Rebel Haunt (2007), Home Stand Still (2008), Robotic Feeling (2009), The Dark (2010), Match Girl (2010), Entschuldigung (2011), Hometown (2011/12/13), Scavenger Heart (2011/12), The Venosta Radio Hour (2013/14) and Moonfall (2014). She and Julia Siedlanowska have worked together in a variety of productions over the years, and they share the bond of artists who have repeatedly braved the stage in all its fearsome wonder.
Julia is a BC based actor/director. She graduated with a BA in acting, with honours, from the University of Wales. She is currently working as a company apprentice at Pacific Theatre.
Originally appeared October 2015 as part of Port Moody Arts Centre’s Art 4 Life Exhibition.
The play is set in the near future. The internet has evolved into the Nether, a vast network of virtual reality realms. Users may log in, choose an identity, and indulge any desire. When Detective Morris investigates a realm called The Hideaway where pedophiles may live out their fantasies involving children, she brings its creator in for interrogation. They discover they have made emotional attachments in his realm that blind them to the greater questions of ethical behavior, both in the imagination and the outside world.
Directed by Chris Lam
Stage Managed by Jasmin Sandhu
Sound and musical composition by James Coomber
Lighting Design by Jono Kim
Presented at The Firehall Arts Centre
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 5pm
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12 noon (HALF PRICE SHOW!)
Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6 pm
Tickets are now on sale:
Written by: Kanon Hewitt
Directed by: Julia Siedlanowska
SHOW DATES: Sep 9, 11, 14, 16, 18 @ The Vancouver Fringe 2016
The audience puts together an interactive puzzle of sights, sounds, and smells from a world in which coastal cities have disappeared into the radiation-filled ocean. Each artifact collected from a future Japan reveals a story of the struggle to love in a society desperate to survive.
Created and Performed by Kara Nolte
Directed and Produced by Julia Siedlanowska
SHOW DATES: Sep 9, 10, 11, 13 @ The Vancouver Fringe 2016
aux.la.more takes us on a journey from Walt Whitman to the Backstreet Boys in a search for connection. Dislocation, unrest, addiction and loss can be overcome by simply being together.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareUnchained/?fref=ts
When Anna moves in to the basement suite below Patrick, an unlikely romance ensues. But as she suffers increasingly strange behaviour in her sleep, it sends them both down a dizzying spiral of mistrust and fear. Now, caught together in a shared nightmare, this clashing pair must untangle their demons, sort reality from dream, and learn how to trust – or one of them may never wake up.
Featuring Jess Amy Shead and Riaan Smit
Director • Julia Siedlanowska
Set Designer • Pedro Chamale
Sound Designer • C.J. McGillivray
Costume Designer • Heather Schmit
Lighting Designers • Ada-Jane Wolf and Nicole Weismiller
New Media Designer • Matt Horrigan
Assistant Set Designers • Vanka Salim, Jocelyn Kim and Shelby Wyminga
Stage Manager • Miranda Sandberg
The original project details are below. Currently, however, ASK/TELL has been invited to take place VIRTUALLY in The Living Room Festival in Toronto. I look forward to this new iteration of the project, which I hold dear to my heart.
"I can tell you I asked a question, but I can’t tell you what that question was, or Siedlanowska’s response. I can say that her answer did open up the interaction for a somewhat deeper conversation than I was expecting," Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents!
Julia Siedlanowska explores proximity and closeness in a one on one, site-specific performance as part of her apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre.
February 19- March 5, 2016 at 12pm and 6pm (directly before Hardline Productions “Bright Blue Future”) Pay-What-You-Think-Its-Worth (cash after viewing) on the corner of Hemlock and 12th. More info at: pacifictheatre.org or call 604 616 7381.
The experience takes place in a small Boler (tow-behind) trailer that is parked next to Pacific Theatre at Hemlock and 12th Street. It is a 10-minute one on one performance between performer and audience member exploring proximity and closeness between strangers.
“The audience member will come into the Boler and have the opportunity to choose from two options:
1. They can ask me a question
2. They can tell me something
The only parameters being: it has to be the truth, and it stays in the room,” says performer and creator of the project, Julia Siedlanowska.
“Basically, this is a rough idea I've had for a few years now. I am interested in creating a small, mobile theatre space that can pique the interest of passers by and locals by happenstance or word of mouth by coming up in unexpected places. I am interested in exploring the intimacy of such a small space for theatre to take place,” says Siedlanowska. “It’s also a gentle exercise in consent. Each person has to navigate, for themselves, and with respect to the other, how much and what they want to divulge.”
Tickets will be sold in an accessible pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth model, after the show.
Artistic Team: Created and Performed by Julia Siedlanowska.
CONTACT: email@example.com | 604 616 7381
Stone’s Throw Producitons is partnering with Rebel Haunt Theatre to explore Hans Christian Anderson’s classic and heart wrenching children’s classic “The Little Match Girl” in a site-specific, outdoor performance.
This 20 minute performance begins in Pacific Theatre’s lobby and tours around the building. Please dress for the weather.
We will be accepting donations of warm clothes for Covenant House at these performances and throughout the run of A Christmas Carol: On the Air. The greatest needs include underwear, men’s shoes (size 10-13 or larger), and men’s jeans. Also needed: warm scarves, sweaters, rain gear, “teen” style clothing, and toiletries.
Artistic Team: Directed by Sarah Dixon.
Featuring Julia Siedlanowska, Shona Struthers, Carolyn Nakagawa, Andrea Ashton, Mistaya Kryder-Wu, Kaitlyn Pederson, Kimmie Kidd, and Darryl Wakeham.
Live Music by Andrew Hartline, Richard Dixon. Original Song by Sarah Dixon.
Produced by Julia Siedlanowska
Dec 5, 11, 18 at 7:25pm (before performances of A Christmas Carol: On the Air)
No ticket reservation needed, just show up at 7:20pm.
Read our preview in the Vancouver Sun here.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable old miser who hates irrational things like happiness, generosity, and Christmas, until a trio of ghosts shows him the error of his ways. Pacific Theatre goes back on the air, giving this beloved holiday tale new life through the charm and magic of a 1940’s-style live radio show.
Directed by Sarah Rodgers.
Featuring Peter Church, Matthew Simmons, Chris Lam, Diana Squires, Paul Griggs, Kirsty Provan, and Julia Siedlanowska.
Set and Costume Design by Amy McDougall. Lighting Design by Kougar Basi. Stage Management by Shelby Bushell.
"Julia Siedlanowska also impresses—with tender simplicity—as Belle and Tiny Tim"
-Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
"top notch" -Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
"The euphonic jingles showcase the tight harmonies of Julia Siedlanowska, Diana Squires, and Kirsty Provan." -John Jane, Review Vancouver
Tickets at pacifictheatre.org
I am currently working as an apprentice at Pacific Theatre for the year.
Past Productions at PT
The Drowning Girls (Bessie/Producer)
MATCH GIRL (Match Girl/Producer)
ASK/TELL: The Boler Project (creator/performer)
Any Night (Director/Producer)
Main Stage Productions:
A Christmas Carol: On the Air (started off as AD, then joined 2 days before preview as Tiny Tim, Belle, and Peter Cratchit. Directed by Sarah Rodgers)