Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Victoria theatre festival featuring queer-positive stories happening this weekend


Impulse Theatre’s new festival, PEEK-FEST, features emerging artists in Victoria and Vancouver and is overtly queer-positive and anti-oppressive. It involves live performances, workshops, a free gallery, and a celebratory closing reception.

PEEK-SHOW is comprised of multiple seven-minute performances, where the artists have been encouraged to share new art and ideas that inspire them.

The Showcase

This features three unique 30-minute shows created via Impulse Theatre’s Residency Program, which gave the artists 20 hours of studio time to hone their performances:

  • Gender is Mine: A One Person Poetry Slam by Rose Cotton, in which she features the secrets and desires of “an ancient Mesopotamian Snake Monster, an envious AI, and a nostalgic gay erotica connoisseur.”
  • culture capital, a trading card game inspired by the Canadian arts economy.
  • TBD (To Be Devised), a show based on voice messages sent between the artists over nine months while separated from each other.

The workshops

  • Intro to Isadora with Milton Lim covers a software tool used to integrate video and interactive media into live performance.
  • Grant Writing for the Emerging Artist with Matthew Payne teaches aspiring professional artists how to apply for grants.
  • The Storytelling Body with The Wonderheads focuses on the physical aspects of storytelling and mask performance.

Another cool thing about Impulse: they’ve provided free access to all workshops to four emerging arts workers who identify as queer, trans, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour.

Tickets for the performances are $10 if purchased online and $15 at the door. All the events will take place at Intrepid Theatre Club at 1609 Blanshard St.

Here are the details:

Nov 23, 8:00pm
Multiple seven-minute performances by a variety of artists from Victoria

The Showcase

Nov 24, 8:00pm

Gender is Mine: A One Person Poetry Slam by Rose Cotton
culture capital by Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn (Vancouver)
TBD (To Be Devised) by BROKEN DOWN BUS

Workshops ($30)

The Storytelling Body with The Wonderheads:
Nov 25, 10:00am-2:00pm

Closing Reception (free!)

Nov 25, 10:00pm
It’s a party! Beer and wine available

  • Where: Intrepid Theatre Club, 1609 Blanshard (wheelchair accessible)
  • Admission: Tickets start at $10 online and are $15 at the door. Click here to purchase.
Hannah Koning
UVic student and Freelance Writer at Victoria Buzz. If you’ve got a story, I probably want to write it:

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