Wed – Sat 8pm
This Chinese-Canadian exploration of cultural identity is co-created and performed by Wen Wei Dance Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang; Beijing Modern Dance Company Artistic Director Gao Yanjinzi; award-winning classical Chinese musician of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music Qiu Xia He; and video and sound artist Sammy Chien. Made In China plunges into their respective artistic expressions to explore the commonalities of their Chinese heritage. Like a collective biography, the show explores memories of the creators’ childhoods in China, their artistic training during the Cultural Revolution, and the daring paths their careers have taken abroad. Shared through dance, music, and storytelling, these memories are woven together to create an intimate dialogue between performers and audience that opens a window to another world.
The Firehall Theatre Society
The Firehall first opened ins doors February 25, 1982 with a performance by Axis Theatre, who managed the theatre at that time. The Firehall Theatre Society was incorporated in 1983 and in 1985 established itself as one of the first theatre companies to incorporate aboriginal and culturally diverse artists within its practice.
The company is committed to operating an arts centre in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood, to ensuring residents have access to professional artistic experiences and that local community arts projects also benefit from the use of our play development skills, our technical and production resources, and our studio and performance space.
The building the Firehall calls home was built in 1906 and acted as Vancouver’s first fire station until the mid 1970s. Located in the historic heart of the city, the Firehall strives to produce and present work that highlights and supports Canada’s multiculturalism. As the first company focusing on Canadian work with this intent, the Firehall broke through social barriers and helped playwrights, actors, dancers, performers and producers of various cultural backgrounds present work to audiences across the country.
Over the past 30 years, led by Artistic Producer Donna Spencer, the Firehall Theatre Society has evolved into one of Canada’s most well respected cultural hubs.
With her interest in contemporary dance, Spencer also spearheaded the Dancing on the Edge Festival, which has grown to become Canada’s longest running dance festival, and became its own society in 1988.
Please visit our website at www.firehallartscentre.ca for more information about this event or call us at 604-689-0926