New production coming
We launch our 25th season with the premiere of Slowpoke. This powerful work is performed and created by Radix Associate Billy Marchenski and Vancouver dance artist Alison Denham, with direction by James Fagan Tait and music by Beverly Dobrisnky. The show uses theatre, dance, and projections to tell the sometimes harrowing-sometimes humorous story of a journey inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Billy was inspired to create the exploratory work after visiting the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in 2010. In the fall of 2011 he and his partner Alison packed their cameras and bags to visit the Exclusion Zone and begin developing a show about Billy's experience.
Performed in the intimate Russian Hall, the Slowpoke narrative plays out on two levels: the first recounts Billy and Alison’s trip to the zone itself. The second meditates on the enormous time scale the incident plays out on and what it means for humanity to possess the power to alter the environment so drastically. The work’s title is both a nod to this timeline and a reminder of Canada’s connection to nuclear energy as manufacturers of the Slowpoke reactor, built in the 1960’s and still in use in parts of Canada today.
Opening: Tuesday June 11
Runs til the 15th, Tues - Sat
All shows 8pm
Plus 4pm matinee on the 15th
Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave
For tickets click here.
graphic design by Andreas Kahre