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Diaspora: A Staged Reading at the 2019 Queer Arts Festival

Poster Art by Tamara Touma

The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an interdisciplinary, devised performance created by queer refugees and immigrants.

This collaboration between the Frank’s Artistic Director, Fay Nass, and an ensemble of immigrant artists and community members explores the challenges and freedoms that come with living in exile. Through text, video and physical theatre, it asks audiences to look beyond the Western perception of LGBTQ+ identity, towards diverse notions of gender and sexuality. The personal stories in Diaspora reveal how language and culture shape queerness, and how many queer newcomers leave their country in search of community, only to be excluded from Western queer subcultures. Artistically innovative and emotionally authentic, Diaspora will move audiences and incite cultural exchange.

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Call for LGBTQ+ Immigrants & Refugees for Diaspora: Phase 1

Artist Jackson Wai Chung Tse, one of the participants of Diaspora: Phase 1

For immediate release: March 16th 2019

Dear community members and artists! We invite you to come share your stories about being a queer newcomer in Canada. Join us for a community conversation, April 27th 2019, 9:30am-4:30pm, led by the Frank’s artistic director, Fay Nass, and UBC’s Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement, Dr. Aftab Erfan.

This conversation will inform the Frank Theatre’s new devised theatre show, Diaspora. There will be opportunities for 4-5 participants from this phase to be involved in the next stages, including a reading at Queer Arts Festival and a full-scale production in 2020.

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The Frank and Zee Zee Theatre present Poly Queer Love Ballad, co-produced by The Queer Arts Festival

Photo by Emily Cooper

For immediate release: January 31st 2019

After a playing to sold-out houses at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and winning The Fringe New Play Prize and The Critics’ Choice Award, Poly Queer Love Ballad returns to Vancouver, March 5th to 10th, 2019.

Poly Queer Love Ballad is a bold, intimate new musical, merging slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, at a Cafe Deux Soleils. With two microphones, a loop pedal, and array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love. The show explores polyamory and queerness, while aiming to create a new representation of intimacy that isn’t confined by genre, medium or societal obligations.

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Another Window, Featuring Queer As Funk

For immediate release: January 2 2019

Photo by Iman Khalili

The Frank Theatre and Neworld Theatre present Another Window,  an interdisciplinary and inter-cultural cabaret! A night of performances including theatre, dance, music, drag and more.

Another Window is an annual cabaret featuring a diversity of talent and genres including music, spoken word, drag and more, produced by Neworld Theatre. The premise for this show is that Vancouver is just a big enough place that most of our cultural audiences are segmented into disciplines, genres and social identities. This event is designed to knock down these walls and build community in the process.

This January, Neworld is partnering with the Frank Theatre to bring a queer, intersectional focus to the evening’s curation. Programming includes “blind dates,” where artists from different cultures and disciplines are paired together to create original performances.

January 26th, 2019, doors at 7pm, performances at 8pm. Progress Lab, 1422 William St.

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