Three members of Oh Pray Tell pose holding each other surrounded by greenery and tall glass in the foreground.
Photo: 
Que Frias
Artists: 
Oh Pray Tell

(Re)Creation Stories

Saturday, August 17, 2024
1:00 pm
Accessibility Symbol

ASL Interpretation

In this global seismic reshake, we are reminded that there is no beginning or end; but cycles and storms that our ancestors and grandchildren will have to weather. Let us receive, share and celebrate art that asks of us to consider our collective humanity, what we will leave behind and who will have access to it. We close the 10th Annual Vines Art Festival in the shared lore of our lineages, dreaming collectivity into the future fibres of our daily lives.

In partnership with Rumble Theatre

Featuring

Oh Pray Tell, Raven Grenier, All Bodies Dance, and Orchid Orchestra

MC 

Abi Padilla & Oswald Pingol

1:10 PM | Kwitsel

1:25 PM | Gamelan Kembang Telang
A performance of traditional and contemporary Balinese gamelan music, featuring contemporary works by Ryan Swaryandana (with dancer Ayu Karisma) and I Made Subandi.

1:55 PM | D Fretter
D Fretter a spoken word artist/indie pop musician living on the unceded territory of the Semiahmoo Nation. He began writing at a young age when he and his friends began freestyling over vinyl records and instrumental tapes. As a poet D is known for preaching a gospel of self love and challenging listeners to imagine a better world. As a singer/songwriter D opens up about loss, love, and community.

2:20 PM | Ashvini Sundaram – Krishna Panchaka Mallari
This bharanatyam piece was choreographed by Rama Vaidyanthan who is known around the world for her contemporary perspective on Bharatanatyam within its classical canon. The piece evokes praise for the divine consciousness, describing its physical beauty through elements of nature, like the lotus petal feet, eyes in the shape of fish, and limbs like ocean waves. “Oh divine being, embrace me. I submerge within you.”

2:35 PM | George Christian Vasquez – Plants dance
Visual Vernacular, an ASL storytelling technique that is a culmination of elements including strong body language, facial expressions, and mime from my imagination come to life using only my hands, face, and bodies.

2:50 | Raven Grenier - Wolverine
Wolverine is about queering the notion of the shapeshifter being that lives in the house beneath the waters. It is about celebrating all gender identities that identity with the concept of the Gitxsan nochnoch Wee sim no sik, and femme power through the context of prince hood.

3:05 PM | Shina – lovers in isolation
A compilation of original music and covers.

3:30 PM | Elizabeth Yip-Armitage – Earthbound Spirit 地缚灵
Earthbound Spirit 地缚灵 is a movement score driven by the bond between human and earth cycles: cultural rituals, life cycles, circadian rhythms, seasonality, and looping earth systems. Urban environments and culture have disconnected us from our rituals and rhythms of nature. As we dwell in our Anthropocene, how will the bond shift, break, and attempt to heal? 

3:50 | Oh Pray Tell – Weaving Our Ways
Oh Pray Tell is a musical trio of interdisciplinary artists – Shayna Jones, Betty Supple and Sally Titasey – based on Sinixt Territories in the West Kootenays. Our sound is rooted in RnB, soul, gospel and folk. Three-part harmonies grounded with banjo, cajon and stomp-clap rhythms carry folk stories, our stories, jokes, invocations, questions and declarations. Through a process of “scrying what is,” we weave poetry and melody and allow it to transform us as we move through new and ancient worlds of rhythm, song and spoken word.  Shayna Jones (she/her) is a full blooded African Canadian woman. Sally Titasey (she/they) is a Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) of Melanesian descent with ancestry from Indonesia, England, Scotland and Ireland.  Beth Stupple (she/they) is a descendent of white settlers with ancestry from England, Scotland, and Ireland. Our collective themes touch on identity, sense of place,  and social responsibility through creative expression of our personal experiences. This, for us, is an important part of healing from and recognizing our respective relations to colonial oppression, and is our humble offering.

4:25 PM | Joshua Ongcol – The END
The Energy Never Dies (E.N.D.) represents an interdisciplinary collaboration of dance and music, aimed at exploring the concept of “cypher” within dance communities. This term refers to the openness and generosity that exists within the circular dance formation that energizes the communal flow state. This conduction of energy is characterized by the exchange of creativity and movement between individuals both inside andoutside the circle. The Energy Never Dies meditates on patterns, cycles and rhythms formed between dancers, community and onlookers to further investigate energy and movement as a state of being that tethers and connects us to one another both socially and culturally.

4:55 | Ready Dance Youth Project (All Bodies Dance) – reMARKS!
reMARKS! is co-created by participants of Ready Dance Youth Project alongside professional dance artists Harmanie Rose and danielle wensley. The piece playfully integrates music and sound making, voice, and drawing along with both improvised and choreographed dance. reMARKS! draws focus to sound making and highlights the sonic textures of the outdoors while welcoming spectators into a joyous approach to performance. The dance is  performed to original music created by Ben Brown, which includes field recordings from rehearsals.  

5:10 PM | the squids – unfolding separability
Tucked into the layered folds of global inequality, heteropatriarchy, environmental collapse and overarching colonialism is a socialized logic of separability from the land and each other. This predicament is at the core of our creative inquiry for this performance. How can we open the space for witnessing our disconnected relationships, without shying away from the discomfort it brings? This performance is an offering to the collective process of hospicing the systems of violence/oppression/ (both within and outside ourselves). To wit(h)ness and hold our contradictions as a way of evoking responsibility through mask play, clowning and experimental sounding. 

5:35 PM | Pesewa
Solo musical performance featuring kologo, vocals, and flutes, accompanied by ambient backing tracks.

6:00 PM | Elite Squad – Unity Rhythms
Unity Rhythms embodies the core of Pan-Africanism’s principles of unity, resilience, and liberation in a multidisciplinary performance showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of African rhythms in dance, music and storytelling. It pays tribute to the extraordinary contributions of African peoples throughout history. The production highlights the fusion of traditional African dances with contemporary elements. At a time when the world is increasingly recognizing the importance of cultural diversity and the need for unity in the face of global challenges, UNITY RHYTHMS serves as a powerful force to bring people together, transcending boundaries and differences to foster a sense of togetherness and solidarity.

6:20 PM | Marco Esccer, Carolina Silva, Carla Alcántara – Agridulce (Bittersweet)
Agridulce [Bittersweet] is a Spanglish storytelling 10-13 min performance that involves dance, singing, and poetry. With original music from Carolina Silva it evokes the theme of migration and its nuances. Nostalgia merged with joy, ukulele and singing: three voices, three suitcases and three bodies, shaping the stage into the imagery of migrants.

6:35 PM | Orchid Orchestra
Orchid Orchestra invites you into a space of shared vulnerability. Their unique blend of indie pop, hip-hop, and gospel creates a tapestry of raw, authentic emotion.  With heartfelt lyrics and soulful melodies, they explore life's imperfections, offering a moving and cathartic experience.

Installations

Chantelle Trainor-Matties
Chantelle Trainor-Matties will be using leftover mural paint to create a new work of art to be shared at the Vines Art Festival!

Elisha and Carmen – Timelapse
Timelapse is an interactive installation with a gathering space, soundscape and sculptures. Conceptualizing and understanding the intricacies of our cultures through an experiment with traditional Chinese instruments and floral crafts. The flowers are a visual reflection of how a community grows and heals together. We are always learning about each other and as we walk on our own paths together, we create change while trying our best in building a better place for each other and for future generations.

Invisible Dream Caravan Collective
Invisible Dream Caravan is a nomadic space where you can receive intuitive readings, dream interpretation, oracle advice & attend a writing workshop. As people who have experienced homelessness & come from lineages of displacement, your hosts will construct an abstract caravan as an anchor for our visions. The installation is a symbolic representation of the traditional homes of the Romani people decorated with lights, beads, plants, fabric & cultural protection symbols, an interweaving of our collective's shared ancestral cultural aesthetics.

Natalia Rabell – Dreaming Alive
Life is what we make of it, the ability to choose and create what we live, laugh, cry, sing, decide to be well, accepting adversity as part of the challenge of life, in this piece you can see different plastic techniques that narrate daily events with diverse and intense emotions, which ultimately refer to the balance as a real possibility within this collective dream

que & umi – Exposition of Life
This piece is a rendering of the loving tending we must do for the earth that is beneath us and within us. By blending natural earth elements, such as Tansi with found items, such as sea glass and playing with the use of shadow and story, this piece seeks to inspire how love fertilizes, regenerates and holds the interstitial space between community, spirit and body. This exposition of life implores us to sit in the soil of our souls as we bloom, break, dream and discover.

Samantha Walters – Over There
Over There is an interactive outdoor performance installation that blurs the romanticised concept of ‘nature’ taking place elsewhere. The piece is site-specific and inspired by touristic 'scenic viewpoints'. An audience member approaches the stand for this viewpoint and in doing so is positioned in a specific way such that when activated, they can view a decidedly 'unnatural' happening taking place in the distance.

Sami Shahin

soya – 我地 Us & Land (Rope & Movement Interaction Piece)
Every body is invited to engage with the rope webs between trees in this interactive piece, mirroring the interconnectedness found within the mycorrhizal network. Play with the ropes to explore how they can support various body types with a wide range of movements, all while embracing the trees.

steph cyr – ...and a throbbing fog
"... and a throbbing fog" is a side quest. come for an intimate interactive walk and one-on-one performance along the perimeter of Trout Lake. you will be hosted and guided through text, poetic imagery, sound and sensation to flirt with water, foliage, dirt and flesh.arrive peckish.

"it walks with you
already enmeshed with you
you unfurl endlessly behind
gush forward
drenched in flower dust
cradled by seams between fronds whispering on one another
through running laughter and bog water"

Victoria Marie – Reclaiming Ancestral Cosmologies
These paintings represent a few of the sacred feminine images from the cosmologies of my Ancestors that show up in my DNA results.  Three of the pieces represent my West African heritage and one my Celtic heritage.

Kwitsel Tatel

Gamelan Kembang Telang

D Fretter

Ashvini Sundaram

George Christian Vasquez

Raven Grenier

Shina

Elizabeth Yip-Armitage

Oh Pray Tell

Joshua Ongcol

Ready Dance Youth Project (All Bodies Dance)

the squids

Pesewa

Elite Squad

Marco Esccer, Carolina Silva, Carla Alcántara

Orchid Orchestra

Samantha Walters

Elisha and Carmen

soya

Natalia Rabell

Victoria Marie

Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Invisible Dream Caravan Collective

Que & fanny FK

steph cyr

Sami Shahin

Kwitsel Tatel

Gamelan Kembang Telang

D Fretter

Ashvini Sundaram

George Christian Vasquez

Raven Grenier

Shina

Elizabeth Yip-Armitage

Oh Pray Tell

Joshua Ongcol

Ready Dance Youth Project (All Bodies Dance)

the squids

Pesewa

Elite Squad

Marco Esccer, Carolina Silva, Carla Alcántara

Orchid Orchestra

Samantha Walters

Elisha and Carmen

soya

Natalia Rabell

Victoria Marie

Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Invisible Dream Caravan Collective

Que & fanny FK

steph cyr

Sami Shahin