THU AUG 12TH | PROJECT VINES
Smem̓chús/Smamḵw’ch | David Lam Park
1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y1 (Google Maps pin here!)
6 PM | Look Building at 2 PM | ASL Interpretation
In partnership with Mx. Bukuru
No plastic leaves here: Project Vines is a fun community designed event riffing off of Project Runway. Participants will receive assistance from the monarchs of reuse and recycle. Nothing reduced about it! Performances will cap off the evening in an explosion of public queer reclamation.
The Challenge should you choose to accept it: Constructing the Future, Recycling the Past! Give it your best shot at the evening wear look of your dreams.
The tent will be open at 2 PM. Participants can come and use supplies to create the lewks of their dreams! Newspaper aplenty! Bottle caps will be busting! Have no idea where to start? Get some assistance from the recycled Monarch themselves, Skim.
Performances will start at 6 PM, with the runway in the middle. Enjoy dance, drag, and a final performance by the unparalleled Coven.
Artist: Mx. Bukuru
Photo Credit: Luciana Freire D’Anunciação
Dominique Wakeland (they/them) was born on unceded Kwantlen Territory and graduated from Simon Fraser University in June 2019 with a BFA in Theatre Performance. They are a performer, dramaturge, director, and drag artist. Past credits include: Dramaturging “Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night”, (2018) Foot Faults in Foreplay“, (2017) and being the inaugural winner of Van Slam’s Drag Slam (2019). In 2019 they participated in the development and jury of the Vancouver Fringe’s ‘Fringe Forward Award’.
Dominique’s practice is fundamentally movement and text based with an emphasis on the politics we bring in our bodies and how that manifests into knowledge. From 2019 to 2020 they worked as an Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Director with MISCELLANEOUS Productions, an East Vancouver theatre company for at-risk and culturally diverse youth.
Dominique is a member of Diasporic Dynasty under their stage name, Mx. Bukuru. Their mission is simple, “To be the actualization of our ancestors, to usher in a new age of performance, and to welcome our diasporic siblings home.”
Sparkle Plenty is Vancouver’s glamedian, weirdlesquer and word-maker-upper who has been delivering beautifully bizarre burlesque acts for over 10 years! This fiery Indigiqueer is Cree with mixed heritage and is a proud sister of the first-ever all Indigenous burlesque group, Virago Nation. You can find her teasing and emceeing on stages (and online) all over Vancouver, Toronto, Las Vegas, and more. Sparkle has been invited as a featured performer in burlesque festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton as well as queer and Indigenous arts festivals throughout the city.
“The Coven” is a vogue collective comprised of three professional, queer artists from across the country. Ralph Escamillan (House of Gvasalia), Ross Wirtanen (RiaToss Productions) and Kevin Fraser (Immigrant Lessons) are all highly distinguished and versatile dancers / choreographers within their hometowns of Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. With an innate passion for LGBTQ2IA+ arts and culture, the “unholy trinity” strive to cultivate the growing Canadian vogue and ballroom scene by hosting community dance classes, workshops and balls .Their macabre sense of theatre, editorial fashion and gender-bending style are woven into entertaining and educational live performances that elevate the expressive, underground dance style of Vogue.
Skim also known as Romi Kim (they/them) is a second generation Korean interdisciplinary artist currently living on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Skim has exhibited their work in The Works Festival (Edmonton), Queer Asia (United Kingdom), in Seoul, South Korea, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, Canada. They have performed on various stages and venues in South Korea, Vietnam and Canada irl and online internationally. They often work within themes of exploring stories within their own queer and Korean identity in regards to language, emotion and affect, culture and various unquestioned histories. Skim is an active member of the House of Rice and currently a MFA grad student at the University of British Columbia.
THURSDAY, AUG 12
In partnership with Mx. Bukuru
MC Mx. Bukuru & jaye simpson
Opening welcome with Senaqwila Wyss
GROW VINES FESTIVAL!
Your donation will support the growth of eco-arts in Vancouver.
Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
2325 Franklin Street