Review: Refuge

Review: Refuge

“Refuge does the important work of highlighting the uncertainty and suffering that comes with certain types of global circumstance and mobility. The piece was humorous and touching, entertaining in it's own right, but it also solicited from its audience a deeper empathy than perhaps many of us are comfortable getting in touch with. It is vulnerable to open oneself to the hardships that others cannot avoid, to become invested in outcomes over which we have little overall control—but it is worthwhile.”

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Review: The Refugee Hotel

Review: The Refugee Hotel

“There is trauma and pain, there are memories of imprisonment and unimaginable torture; but there is laughter and dancing, there is family and love. The characters cope in whichever ways they can. The Refugee Hotel is poignant, heavy with pain and history, but it is at many times expertly funny and captures the dark humour that resonates best in the hardest of times.

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In Conversation with Greg Durrell

In Conversation with Greg Durrell

Canadian design wiz and newly minted documentary filmmaker Greg Durrell talks inspiration and process. “Instead of going to film school, making this documentary was my film school,” Greg says, laughing as he adds,” the whole thing was really fucking hard. Making a documentary feels like you’re aimlessly wandering through the dark.” Bet it's worth it, though. We can't wait to check out Design Canada and learn more about home-spun design history!

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Review: The Daisy Theatre

Review: The Daisy Theatre

The search for an entirely unique theatrical experience is a worthy one, and we just may have found it in Ronnie Burkett's The Daisy Theatre, marionette masterpiece and musical delight. “The true value of any performance comes after the audience has been convinced to buy a ticket and show up; it’s how they feel in the moments after the lights fill the stage. I know instantly that I’m in good hands—literally—with Burkett.”

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Job Posting: Digital Art Curator

Job Posting: Digital Art Curator

We are looking for an art curator to help elevate the quality of artwork and photography we use online to accompany posts on sadmag.ca.

The successful candidate will be able to find diverse and talented emerging artists, prioritizing work by underrepresented groups including POC, First Nations, and LGBTQ*, to feature on sadmag.ca. Priority should be given to artists from Greater Vancouver, though we also occasionally feature artists from elsewhere in Canada.

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In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

In Conversation with Barbara Chirinos

Writer Paloma Pacheco speaks with the inimitable Barbara Chirinos, programmer of the Black History Month film series at Vancity Theatre, and touches on the vitality of film as story-telling medium and the importance of diverse experience in art. “What I try to do with all Black History events is to promote them in the broader community. It is very important for the black community to show up because we need to be reminded of what we’ve accomplished, to recognize all of the people that have made contributions, to see people who look like us and to be reminded: We are worthy, we are fantastic, and we contribute to society.”

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Review: Cuisine & Confessions

Review: Cuisine & Confessions

The final demonstration was a gleeful and downright genius romp through flour. Clad in black, several of the female contortionists danced and leapt through clouds of flour: every child’s dream. Cuisine & Confessions was an exquisite performance that called the audience to listen to their stomachs and in turn, connect with themselves and the people around them.

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Review: Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken’s Mouthpiece

Review: Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken’s Mouthpiece

I was not prepared for the intuitive, almost instinctual wash of familiarity as I watched Mouthpiece. Admittedly, I'm sometimes intimidated by contemporary theatre because I'm afraid I won't “get it”, but this show was so profoundly relatable because of it's unique use of sound, physicality, and artful allusions to overwhelmingly intricate themes. Never before have I wanted to stand up from my seat and yell, “Yes! That's exactly it! The feeling of being hot and itchy and hate-filled because you feel wrong in everything you're wearing - that's what it looks like!”

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