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Exhibiting the Heart of Women

In the Heart of Women

The voices of Indigenous peoples in contemporary culture are still stifled, as the traditions have historically been stripped away since the beginning of colonialization. Art has been used by Aboriginal people in order to heal from this assimilation, and to allow for a political assertion. However, it has primarily been male artists that have been credited with these important artistic ventures.

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Everybody Dance Now

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Roundhouse dance enthusiasts learn about project highlights. Photo by Karen Clare, 2014

Contemporary dance and the Roundhouse community connected recently, during auditions for PuSh Festival’s 2015 production of Le Grand Continental®. For those who are unfamiliar with PuSh, it is a multi-disciplinary, international performance smorgasbord that celebrated its 10 year anniversary last winter. I look forward to it each year as a bright spot in the post-Christmas lull before the arrival of spring. The performances are smart, thought provoking, assumption challenging, sometimes very funny, sometimes very puzzling, and always well worth seeing.

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Children’s Movies: A Timeless Treasure

Kids love to watch movies together. Laughing together, getting scared together, laughing again - it's all good fun! Photo by GreenWood Forest Park.

Kids love to watch movies together. Laughing together, getting scared together, laughing again – it’s all good fun! Photo by GreenWood Forest Park via Flckr CC.

You would have to be living under a soundproof rock to not know about Disney’s record-breaking, ubiquitous movie Frozen. If you live or work with small children, you’ve no doubt been serenaded with the soundtrack, or enjoyed having the entire story recounted to you. I count myself among the film’s many fans, albeit taller than most. So what is it about children’s movies that gets to us – and in many cases – sticks with us forever?

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Limitations Create Freedom

Photo by Chris Randle

Photo by Chris Randle

Have you ever felt the inner need and desire to dance, to express yourself through movement, as YOU want, as you FEEL it? Have you ever stopped yourself even before trying? Imagine if one day you did not have such an opportunity for reasons out of your control.  Would it stop you from wanting to move, to dance, to connect?..

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Beerlesque IV: Another Outlandish Evening

We can just come right out and say it: Beerlesque IV was a huge success! The night was everything it said it would be and more – more ladies, more beer and more fun than I could have ever expected.

It was a very enthusiastic crowd at Beerlesque IV, which sold out. Plenty of people arrived dressed to the nines.  Photo by Tatiana Balashova (Roundhouse Documentation Team).

It was a very enthusiastic crowd at Beerlesque IV, which sold out. Plenty of people arrived dressed to the nines. Photo by Tatiana Balashova (Roundhouse Documentation Team – RHDT).


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A Window on Vancouver Artists: Trish Shwart

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Artist Trish Shwart.

What is your artistic medium?
Until recently I made 2 dimensional work using collage, painting, drawing etc. However in the last year or so I have started to make small installations, dioramas that tell a story or parts of a story. The birds and the dancers in the Roundhouse vitrine are the first time that I used an element that projected into space. Those dancers created a shift in my thinking about the kind of art I make.

How long have you been a practicing artist? Please talk briefly about your career.
I cannot recall a time when I haven’t wanted to be a practicing artist. However my family strongly encouraged me to take a more “practical” approach to my career. In the end I did both. I got a degree in Design from University of Manitoba and then a few years later graduated with a degree in Painting from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. I worked for a number of commercial design firms, had my own business and worked in industry. In the meantime, I continued to work regularly in my studio and show my work. I think my first real understanding of how I could merge these two seemingly different aspects of my life came together when I did an artist residency in Perth, Australia. Not long after that I did a series of drawings called “In Pursuit of Success” in which I asked what is success (as an artist, as a professional, as a human being) and what were individuals prepared to do, or give up, to be successful. That work was shown in two public galleries in BC and a few magazine articles were published about it. Over the last few years I have shown steadily in Victoria, but now that all my time is spent on my art practice, I am finding opportunities, like this one, to show in other parts of Canada. Nine complex dioramas that will have evolved from the Roundhouse vitrine will be shown at the St. Albert Art Gallery in March 2015.

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Mahjong: A Brief History of the Game

Mah Jong is popular among people of all ages and backgrounds. Photograph by Eric Chan.

Mah Jong is popular among people of all ages and backgrounds. Photograph by Eric Chan.

Even if you have never played Mahjong, chances are you’ve heard the familiar shuffling of tiles at the beginning of the game coming from behind many Vancouver doors. This shuffling is referred to as the ‘twittering of the sparrows’. The name Mahjong loosely translates as “sparrow” but most Vancouverites know the game by its initials: MJ.

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Beerlesque IV: A Night of Seductive Drinking

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Saucy routines, from some of Vancouver’s finest burlesque dancers, spice up the evening. Photo by Carman Kwan, 2013.

Are you interested in intimately experiencing quintessential pieces of Vancouver’s culture? This October, the Roundhouse presents a fundraiser that is a unique mix of two of the city’s most popular pastimes: beer and burlesque. Billed as an “adult carnival for the senses”, Beerlesque IV brings together BC’s best burlesque performers and craft beer breweries for one special night of old-time fun. It will be the perfect introduction to an integral and consistently changing aspect of the city, and a night definitely not to be missed.

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Ethical Investing: What it means and why it’s important

Photo Source: Matthew Black, Flickr

Simon Fraser University is currently debating the implications of ethical investing initiatives such as the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing and Fossil Free Funds. Photo Source: Matthew Black, Flickr

In this age of digital media, information is shared at a lightning pace. Individuals and companies alike are more aware than ever about the environment, human rights, diversity and other issues concerning citizens around the world.

More than simply aligning their own practices with their beliefs, people are turning to their investments to return more than just a dollar value. Simply put, we are looking to put our money where our values are.

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A Window on Vancouver Artists: Pierre Leichner

Artist Pierre Leichner is exhibiting his altered books in the Window in Seotember.

Artist Pierre Leichner is exhibiting his altered books in the Window in September.

During the months of September and October, you can see Pierre Leichner‘s artworks on display in the Window, an exhibition space at the Roundhouse where Vancouver artists are asked to explore the link between community and creativity.

How long have you been a practicing artist?

I was a psychiatrist and I stopped working in 2010. I went to Emily Carr to get my bachelor’s degree then I went to Concordia University in Montreal to get my master’s degree in Fine Arts. Since 2011 essentially, I’ve switched to full-time art practice.

What is your artistic medium?

I am an interdisciplinary artist. I use a variety of media depending on the topic of research. For the exhibition in the window, the medium is altered books.

 

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