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Blue Dragon to fire up contemporary arts complex

April 30, 2009

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SFU Contemporary Arts will celebrate the opening of its new Vancouver home in the Woodward’s redevelopment with three outstanding productions, beginning in February 2010 with theatre superstar Robert Lepage’s The Blue Dragon. After more than 30 years at the Burnaby campus, SFU Contemporary Arts will move into the Downtown Eastside location at 149 West Hastings in January 2010.

The sequel to Lepage’s acclaimed Dragon’s Trilogy, presented in collaboration with the 2010 Cultural Olympiad and Théâtre la Seizième, will run from Feb. 2–21, with two French performances Feb. 2 and 3.

Written with Marie Michaud and hailed by critics as a masterpiece, Blue Dragon traces the lives of Lepage’s alter ego Pierre Lamontagne and two characters in contemporary China whose intersecting stories promise to bring about fundamental changes for each.

Next up, March 12–21, is SPINE, a new creation by Kevin Kerr and SFU alumnus James Sanders, the creative team behind theatre company Realwheels and the smash-hit action-adventure-comedy Skydive. The story explores the virtual world of avatars during which a disabled man inhabiting online realities and identities discovers the possibility of reinventing his physical body.

And from April 7–17, 2010, SFU Contemporary Arts theatre professor Steven Hill directs a student production of the 1928 Broadway hit Machinal, based on the true story of Ruth Brown Snyder, executed by electric chair for killing her husband.

The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, where all three productions will take place, can accommodate staging configurations ranging from proscenium to arena and can seat up to 450. The space can be subdivided to create a separate 125-seat performance space or to allow rehearsals without interfering with the main-stage space. The full area of the floor can be sprung for dance or physical theatre.

For tickets, early-bird specials, student bonuses and details on the president’s opening gala on Feb. 5, 2010, go to www.sfuwoodwards.ca.

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