Kickstart – Disability Arts & Culture Festival 2010
March 8 – 27
Moving, spirited, unexpected! Dance!
March 20, 8pm
March 21, Gala 8pm – Reception 6:30pm
Internationally acclaimed hip-hop dance artist Bill Shannon performs Spatial Theory, and dancer Alison Denham and musician Mark Brose perform Peggy Baker’s Geometry of the Circle.
March 21 Gala only: Shannon, Denham Brose are joined by Canadian dance icon Peggy Baker performing her solo work Earthling.
Roundhouse Performance Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews
March 20: $35 ($25 students, seniors)
March 21 GALA: $75
Tickets: www.vidf.ca or 604.662.4966
Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Dance Festival
Out From Under: Disability, History & Things to Remember
A groundbreaking, interactive installation that pays tribute to the resilience, creativity and cultural contributions Canadians with disabilities.
UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street
HOURS: Monday – Friday: 8am – 10pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm – FREE
See www.kickstart-arts.ca for interpreter hours other activities.
Presented in partnership with Ryerson University of British Columbia
Unleashing the extraordinary!
March 8 – 27
Twenty artists from across Canada explore the meaning of “heroism” from a disability perspective. Curated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin and Bernadine Fox.
Pendulum Gallery HSBC Building, 885 West Georgia Street
Reception: March 11, 7-9pm
HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 6pm
Thursday and Friday: 9am – 9pm, Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays – FREE
Presented in partnership with the Pendulum Gallery
She Laughed, She Cried
March 12, 8pm
Opening the evening, Fado singer Sara Marreiros and her band bring music steeped in the passion and yearning of Portuguese saudade (longing).
Jan Derbyshire performs Funny in the Head, the rollicking story of a bipolar comedian’s fight to stay funny.
Telus Studio Theatre
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Road, UBC
$22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income)
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.ca or 604.280.3311
Presented in partnership with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Extraordinary work springing from an extraordinary culture
“In Canada and around the world, artists and performers with disabilities are contributing to one of the most radical and effective aspects of disability culture – challenging conventional notions of beauty, form and motion.” -Catherine Frazee, Professor of Distinction, School of Disability Studies & Co-Director, Ryerson RBC Institute for Disability Studies
What is Kickstart?
We’re Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, a not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver, Canada. We present and produce work by artists with disabilities, and promote artistic excellence among artists working in all disciplines.
We believe in the power of art. We believe in the power of moments that “shine”; moments of hilarity, of sadness of beauty; moments that make you feel profoundly human. We believe in the power of art to promote social change.
Kickstart was the first to take up the challenge of creating a disability arts movement in Canada. Since 1998, we’ve developed an international reputation for bringing ground-breaking work to enthusiastic audiences. Our projects have included: visual art exhibits, creation of new dance works, public forums, the Swamp Angels Choir, and our signature Kickstart Festival – featuring artists from around the globe performing theatre, music, dance and comedy.
We want to make the arts more accessible to everyone in our communities. EarSighted is Canada’s first service to provide Audio Description for live theatre to visually impaired audiences. We work to inspire and support local artists by offering workshops in visual art, theatre, writing, dance and digital storytelling – and by connecting artists with one another. If you’d like to know more or to become a member, give us a call, drop us an email or visit our website.