December 1, 2022 - December 4, 2022
Szepty/Whispers presented by Pi Provocateurs produced by Rumble Theatre & V West
In Szepty/Whispers, a neurodivergent artist probes their family's silence around mental health, sifting through traces of the past. As they grapple with the risks and possibilities of disclosure, they question how culture, migration, and trauma shape generational perspectives on disability. Through fragments of personal narrative, documentary material, and multimedia design, Szepty/Whispers attempts to connect across silence - to find kinship without a shared language.
Szepty/Whispers experiments with a creative approach to accessibility, embedding audio description into the performer's lines and captions into the projection design. The writer/performer is neurodivergent, mad, chronically ill, and non-binary. The creative team includes intersectional Deaf, disabled, mad, and neurodivergent artists. The project strives to centre our realities, bringing our communities together, while recognizing our diverse and sometimes contrasting needs. Inspired by artistic groups like Sins Invalid (a queer and BIPOC disabled collective), we recognize how solidarity is essential and all liberation movements are connected.
When: December 1 – 4, 2022
- 7:30pm evening shows (December 1 ,2, & 3)
- 4pm matinee (Dec 4)
- ASL interpreted Performance on December 3, with interpreters present and available pre and post show
Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
**Where: ** Progress Lab – 1422 William Street, Vancouver
Tickets: ** $25, including all service fees. If a $25 is not realistic for you, please feel free to use code_ Szepty15 _for a $15 pricing option. If you experience financial barriers but still wish to access this piece, we want to have you there! Please send a note to Libby Willoughby (she/her) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to set a ticket aside for you. Creative Team:** Writer/Performer: Veronique West Director: Jivesh Parasram Inclusive Designer: JD Derbyshire New Media/Projection Design by Caroline MacCaull (Chimerik Collective似不像) New Media/Projection Mentorship by Sammy Chien (Chimerik Collective似不像) Scenography Designer: Cindy Mochizuki Sound Designer & Composer: David Mesiha Lighting Designer: Keagan Elrick Caption Designer: Jack Chipman Blind Artist-Consultant: Amy Amantea Deaf Artist-Consultant: Rei Ga-wun Leung Dramaturg: Kathleen Flaherty Carpentry: Minoru Yamamoto Stage Manager: Zain Khudhur Assistant Director: Ariel Martz-Oberlander Producer: Christie Watson Artist-Consultants for the Development Process: Amy Amantea, Siobhan Barker, June Fukumura, Rei Ga-wun Leung, and Marifer Douglas
ASL interpreted Performance on December 3, with interpreters present and available pre and post show.
Accessibility Practices - an Audience Access Coordinator will be present at every show - ASL interpreted performance on December 3, with a dedicated interpreter available pre and post show - pre-show audio guide for blind & partially sighted communities - visual story for the venue & show - detailed content & sensory warnings - audio description embedded into the performer's lines - captions embedded into the show's projection design - audiences will be free to move, make noise, leave, and return during the show - separate quiet space - flexible & wheelchair accessible seating - gender neutral & wheelchair accessible washrooms - COVID-19 safety practices such as masking are highly encouraged in the space to help protect vulnerable audience members, hand sanitizer will be available all around the venue, and high touch points will be frequently sanitized by staff - We ask that audience members avoid wearing scented products, to make the space accessible for people with chemical sensitivities and allergies. You can find more info about fragrance-free access here - online video version of the show for audiences to experience at home, release date TBD (will be announced on social media, via email, and on Rumble and Pi's website) - other practices to be confirmed