Announcing three Mini-Intensive workshops with David Smukler in April 2018!
Visceral Visions is delighted to offer three more Voice Mini-Intensives with David Smukler. Select one of the dates below to register:
Mini-Intensive A: April 7 - 8, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
Location: Carousel Theatre, Studio A, Granville Island
Mini-Intensive B: April 9 - 13, 7pm - 9:30pm, Monday through Friday
Location: The Post at 750, 750 Hamilton Street (by the CBC)
Mini-Intensive C: April 14 - 15, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
Location: Russian Hall, Downstairs Studio, 600 Campbell Avenue
Fee: $400 regular
$350 early-bird rate: registered and PAID by midnight, February 16, 2018
$320 - 20% discount for Equity members in good standing
Never taken a voice class before, and wondering if this is for you? If space allows, drop-ins will be accepted for the evening sessions April 9 - 13 at $80 per class. Those who have studied with David before are also welcome to drop in. Please check out our drop-in policy for details.
Maximum enrollment per workshop is 16, so register soon – first come, first served.
Since 2005, Visceral Visions has offered professional development workshops and mini-intensives with master voice teacher, David Smukler, for Vancouver-area performers, directors, and teachers. Sign up to receive updates about future workshops with David.
Written by Valerie Sing Turner
Christopher Hitchens, the celebrated author and journalist, devoted more than 140 pages of arguments, references and sources in The Trial of Henry Kissinger to support his belief that Kissinger should be prosecuted “for war crimes, for crimes against humanity and for offences against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap and torture.”
"It would be an incredible opportunity to meet again like this, consistently, with the same folks and new ones, to keep building. A retreat like this once a year would be amazing. There are too few opportunities for artists of colour to share space, strategize and create like this."
"I feel like we would need more of these meetings to build a better vocabulary as a group to really feel safe with what each of us needs to say."
Written by Valerie Sing Turner
L-R: Diana Bang, Amanda Sum, Ronin Wong, Laara Ong, Mason Temple, Donna Wong-Juliani, Jay Brazeau, Valerie Sing Turner, Chelsea Rose Tucker, Jessica Heafey, John Cook.
A big thank-you to everyone who contributed to making our way-too-short development workshop plus the public reading on December 10, 2017, a success! In addition to our fabulous cast, we want to acknowledge dramaturg Lisa C. Ravensbergen; Squamish Nation cultural consultant Latash Nahanee; public reading co-presenter Granville Island Cultural Society; funders BC Arts Council and City of Vancouver; as well as intrepid supporters Sarah Garton Stanley, National Arts Centre (English Theatre), Tompkins Wozny LLP, Starbucks, and SFU Woodward's. Audience members commented on the power of the piece, which exposed disturbing pieces of BC history through the use of poetic language and the personal experiences of one family. The development process has given Valerie lots of ideas and inspiration for the next draft, so stay tuned!
National Arts Centre, English Theatre Collaboration - Visceral Visions
National Arts Centre, English Theatre 2016/17 Artist in Residence - Valerie Sing Turner
John Moffat + Larry Lillo Prize 2017 - Valerie Sing Turner
Visceral Visions gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the Granville Island Cultural Society, National Arts Centre, City of Vancouver, and the BC Arts Council to this project.
Synopsis: It’s 1988. A family gathers to discuss what to do with Esther, a Chinese-Canadian WWII veteran, as they can no longer ignore her growing dementia. She keeps talking to Victor, her beloved brother, whose death she blames on the Japanese when he volunteered to serve in the Pacific arena during World War II. Her husband George, an Indigenous WWII vet, was Victor’s best friend. Their son, Gary, arrives with his Caucasian wife, Joanna, and their 18-year-old daughter Lucy, who is Poh-Poh’s favourite. Things are already tense when estranged elder daughter, Nancy, shows up with husband, Ken, and their two daughters Denise and Andrea, who have never met Esther and George because Ken is Japanese-Canadian and Esther refuses to acknowledge his existence. But the real fireworks begin when Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announces his plan to apologize to the Japanese Canadians and their families who were interned during WWII. Will the weight of Canadian history tear them apart?