June 17 & 18 | WhatLab (202 – 1814 Pandora Street, Vancouver BC)
The vActory Series is a short-form, cabaret-style presentation series. In this pilot season, 3 Asian Canadian artists are invited to create a 15- to 20-minute long performance at What Lab in East Vancouver.
This year’s presentations are:
The Lichenized Movement by Alyssa Amarshi, Thelonious Lee Dexter and Kevin Li (Earthen Bodies)
Hair Hair Everywhere by Sarvin Esmaeili
Family Tree by Kimmortal
Check out the program here to learn more about the projects.
About the featured artists:
Alyssa Amarshi, Thelonious Lee Dexter and Kevin Li (Earthen Bodies)
Earthen Bodies is a collective of creative human individuals of diverse backgrounds, connecting and co-creating as an extension of the Earth. Informed by our time together walking, sitting, moving, singing, dancing, playing, exploring, and relating with the Earth as a primary collaborator and mentor.
Born in Tehran, Iran, سروین/Sarv is a tender queer multidisciplinary theatre artist with the intention of creating stories that make theatre a spiritual, experimental, process-based, and community-based experience. Sarv has written plays with cohorts like Arts Club’s LEAP, frank theatre’s Telling it bent, PTC’S Block A, Rumble Theatre, and Blackout Arts Society. In May 2023, Sarv performed as an actor and puppeteer at International Theatrical Festival VALISE in Poland. In June,سروین will be at rice and bean theatre’s Polyphonic Translation Residency, bringing more Farsi poetry and songs on stage. Sarv is a graduate of Studio 58. When سروین needs a break, they sing, pray, drum and dance at a full moon ceremony with their soul family.
Kimmortal aka Kim (they/them) is a multi hyphenate artist and musician. They are a 2nd generation settler who grew up in Surrey and is currently living on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Their ancestry is from Pangasinan and Negros Occidental, Philippines. Combining their passion for hip hop, visual art, theatre, spoken word, ancestral wisdom, and liberation, Kimmortal strives to build worlds that make queer and diasporic weird kids feel like they belong.