SPARK Festival

SPARK Festival

Belfry announces schedule for 2016 SPARK Festival

Thursday, February 25, 2016 — Victoria, BC...From March 11 – 26, the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival will feature over 50 performances and events, including a free all-ages dance party (Hootenanny) and an interactive play reading where audience members become the actors in Innocence Lost – a play about Steven Truscott. Full descriptions and details are available at www.sparkfestival.ca.

Highlights include:

  • Nicolas Billon’s 2013 Governor General’s award-winning play, Iceland;
  • Huff, Cliff Cardinal’s powerful tale of life on the reserve;
  • The Gay Heritage Project, written and performed by Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir, who set out to answer the question: is there such a thing as gay heritage?
  • Betroffenheit from Vancouver’s Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre, an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance. Betroffenheit is presented in partnership with Dance Victoria, at the Royal Theatre.
  • A fresh round of free miniplays from local artists Geoffrey Ewert, workingclasstheatre, Brian Linds, Lynda Raino, Rebecca Hass, Mike Lenz, Catherine Hahn, Jo Leslie, Brandy Baybutt, Laura Elvie Simons, Michael Bell and Kat Taddei;
  • The aforementioned Hootenanny featuring Brooke Maxwell & the Neighbourhood Hootenanny Time Machine Band!

“I am so excited to be presenting such an amazing array of theatre with such an astounding line-up of artists,” says Michael Shamata “These are the best of the best – alongside our own fantastic creators and performers.”

Festival Sponsors
2016 Spark Festival is generously supported by the Government of Canada, Hotel Zed, CVV Magazine, do250.com, 100.3 the Q and The Zone @91.3.

40th Anniversary Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist, Thrifty Foods, Cook’s Day Off and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information
Most of SPARK is free (see the Performance Calendar below). Tickets for Iceland, Huff, The Gay Heritage Project and 21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer are $27 plus GST.

University and College students get a 25% discount and High School students get a 50% discount. Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca.

 

Performance Calendar (March 11 - 26)

Date

Time

Event

Venue

Price

Friday, March 11

7:30 pm

Betroffenheit

Royal Theatre

Varies*

Saturday, March 12

7:30 pm

Betroffenheit

Royal Theatre

Varies*

Sunday, March 13

3:30 pm

Hootenanny - Brooke Maxwell & the Neighbourhood Hootenanny Time Machine Band

Belfry Lobby

Free

 

7:30 pm

Betroffenheit Conversation with Jonathon Young

Belfry Studio

Free

Tuesday, March 15

7:30 pm

Huff (P)

Studio A

$27

 

7:30 pm

Iceland (P)

Mainstage

$27

Wednesday, March 16

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:15 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:30 pm

Huff (O)

Studio A

$27

 

7:30 pm

Iceland (O)

Mainstage

$27

Thursday, March 17

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:15 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:30 pm

Huff

Studio A

$27

 

7:30 pm

Iceland

Mainstage

$27

Friday, March 18

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:20 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:40 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

8pm

Huff

Studio A

$27

 

8pm

Iceland

Mainstage

$27

Saturday, March 19

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:20 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:40 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

8pm

Huff

Studio A

$27

 

8pm

Iceland

Mainstage

$27

Sunday, March 20

7:30 pm

Belfry 101 Live

 

$10

Monday, March 21

7:30 pm

Innocence Lost – Interactive Play Reading

Lobby

Free

Tuesday, March 22

7:30 pm

21 Ways (P)

Studio A

$27

 

7:30 pm

Gay Heritage Project (P)

Mainstage

$27

Wednesday, March 23

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:15 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:30 pm

21 Ways (O)

Studio A

$27

 

7:30 pm

Gay Heritage Project (O)

Mainstage

$27

Thursday, March 24

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:15 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:30 pm

21 Ways

Studio A

$27

 

7:30 pm

Gay Heritage Project

Mainstage

$27

Friday, March 25

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:20 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:40 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

8pm

21 Ways

Studio A

$27

 

8pm

Gay Heritage Project

Mainstage

$27

Saturday, March 26

1 - 5 pm

Vocal Masque Workshop with Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir

St. Barnabas
Church Hall

$25

 

7 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:20 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

7:40 pm

mini plays

 

Free

 

8pm

21 Ways

Studio A

$27

 

8pm

Gay Heritage Project

Mainstage

$27

*Tickets for Betroffenheit are available through the Royal and McPherson Box Offices at 250-386-6121 or at rmts.ca

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Media Contact
Mark Dusseault
Director of Marketing & Communications,
Belfry Theatre
250-385-6835
pr@belfry.bc.ca

 

The Gay Heritage Project

Betroffenheit - The Story Behind the Performance

Belfry 101 Pic / Photo by Peter Pokorny
Bettrofenheit / photo by Michael Slobodian
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Bettrofenheit / photo by Wendy D Photography
Iceland - Photos by Lacey Creighton
Damien Atkins,  Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir in The Gay Heritage Project / Photos by Guntar Kravis
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Bettrofenheit / photo by Wendy D Photography
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Iceland - Photos by Lacey Creighton
Bettrofenheit / photo by Wendy D Photography
Bettrofenheit / photo by Wendy D Photography
Iceland - Photos by Lacey Creighton
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Andrew Kushnir, Damien Atkins and Paul Dunn in The Gay Heritage Project / Photos by Guntar Kravis
Iceland - Photos by Lacey Creighton
Paul Dunn, Andrew Kushnir, and Damien Atkins in The Gay Heritage Project / Photos by Guntar Kravis
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Iceland - Photos by Lacey Creighton
Andrew Kushnir, Paul Dunn, and Damien Atkins in The Gay Heritage Project / Photos by Guntar Kravis
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Bettrofenheit / photo by Michael Slobodian
Bettrofenheit / photo by Michael Slobodian
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI
Paul Dunn, Andrew Kushnir, and Damien Atkins in The Gay Heritage Project / Photos by Guntar Kravis
Iceland - Photos by Lacey Creighton
Cliff Cardinal in Huff / Photos by AKIPARI