Who would have guessed that a parking lot would make use as the perfect venue to present and unfold the serious and hilarious stories of 9 emerging Vancouver theatre companies?
Bridge Mix 2011Â took its audience on an interactive journey throughout theÂ Metro ParkadeÂ on W. Pender Street, where each piece presented byÂ Enlightenment Theatre,Â Spectral Theatre,Â Delinquent Theatre,Tigermilk Collective, Slam Ink, 411 Theatre,Â Monster Creative,Â ITSAZOO Productions, andÂ GenusÂ was inspired by the parkade itself, and ultimately set out to challenge experimental theatre artists alike within this challenging atmosphere.
It was interesting to see how each budding theatre company creatively used the enclosed space very differently from one another. Each of the nine, ten-minute shows brought with it something unique, whether it was musicality, humour, social issues, current events, murder, or the latest trends in zombie culture. The underlying themes dealt with in each of the shows were even- surprise!- relatable to common issues experienced within youth culture. For example, break-ups ending badly (as seen inÂ Completely CenteredÂ by Slam Ink), teen criminals and the brutal murder of Kimberly Proctor in 2010 (wonderfully presented by 411 Theatre inÂ Exhibit A), female gang warfare (in Gang! Bang! by Monster Creative), and my personal favourite: losing sight of your car in a ginormous parkade (sung by Delinquent Theatre inÂ Parked: An Indie Rock Musical with Novelty Instruments). Don’t act like it’s never happened to you…
Judging by the amazing detail incorporated into each of the shows, I have no doubts that each of these theatre companies will produce great entertainment, entertainment that I look forward to writing about for Y57 in the future. Keep checking back for fine and performing art event coverage!