Whalley, What?? featuring Emergency!!
An evening of local and thought-provoking poetry from the Enable: Arts Society and also featuring a comedic and contemporary dance piece from the Clala Dance Project.
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$5–$25 Choose your price. Suggested price: $20. Limited Tickets Available.
Tickets on sale June 15 at 10am.
Advisory Warning: The poetry shared by the Enable: Arts Society revolves around themes of identity, decolonization, and living in Surrey. There may be some explicit language not suitable for young audiences.
Enjoy a thoughtful evening of poetry and dance in the beautiful setting of the Glades Woodland Garden. Listen to the musings from members of the Enable: Arts Society and allow their words to paint a picture in the most stunning surroundings. The experience of growing up in Surrey is different from anywhere else in the Lower Mainland. This landscape codifies these poets’ lives, history, and, of course, their poetry, giving a wide plethora of world views that all emerge from this u
rban sprawl colonially known as Surrey. Whether Newton, Guildford, Whalley, or even stretching into North Delta, enjoy the spoken words of these talented wordsmiths across many beautiful cultures representing the diasporic reality of Surrey.
As well as listening to a diverse range of poets, the evening also features a dance piece from the Clala Dance Project. Emergency!! is a theatrical contemporary dance piece that will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions. Choreographer Tomoyo Yamada has created a relatable comedic and contemporary dance piece where four performers will take you through their dreams, memories, and hallucinations of anxious experiences in public bathrooms! This unique performance piece was originally created in 2012 and performed in Japan. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, this performance piece has revised and updated choreography and composition, specifically designed for the Surrey Summer POP! series.
About Glades Woodland Garden
Glades Woodland Gardens is a beautiful 15-acre botanical oasis in South Surrey that boasts over one and a half thousand rhododendron plants, as well as other exotic flowers and shrubs. Some of the rhododendrons are more than 6 metres (20 feet) tall and are ablaze in colour in the spring. The garden also contains a superb collection of fine trees, many of which are now designated as heritage.
About Enable: Arts Society
Enable: Arts Society was founded on the unceded and stolen lands of Kwantlen, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), W̱SÁNEĆ, Stz’uminus, šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, in 2020, as a way to aid emerging and/or marginalized artists in materializing art projects that are community-based and collaborative. They strive to lift the voices of those who come across systematic barriers, bridging the gap of accessibility, allowing art to foster genuine connections. They believe art heals and allows us to understand each other better, perhaps making this world a bit more bearable. They are multi-disciplinary artists who find joy in creating and seeing other radical creations.
About the Clala Dance Project
Clala Dance Project was co-founded by Tomoyo Yamada and Chihiro Nukuto, both graduates from Mukogawa Women's University located in Hyogo, Japan. Chihiro recently graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada) and resides in Japan, while Tomoyo currently lives in Vancouver Canada while she completes her MFA degree at Simon Fraser University. Their works have been presented in various places including the REVERBdance Festival in New York and festivals in Japan.
Currently Clala is run by Tomoyo, Charlotte Telfer-Wan, and Ana Daria Vieru as a project-based collective based in Vancouver, Canada. Their works have been presented by the City of New Westminster, Powell Street Festival and Dancing on the Edge.