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Truths W/ Kati Schweitzer- iTi Public Workshop Saturday October 19 2019 at 2:00 PM

ICI Studio
× In this workshop we’ll play with using truthful content to enrich improvised scenes. We’ll draw from our own experiences to create storylines, characters and environments. We’ll see how inspiring it is to alter elements of our own reality and how much fun it is to secretly use the truth. We’ll also learn games, techniques and structures that play openly with truthful content and allow us to improvise, as opposed to just retelling a story that is already known. We’ll discover how relaxing it is to allow the truth to take part; because after all the best storyteller is life.

The Toys Strike Back Saturday October 19 2019 at 4:00 PM

The Improv Centre
× Created by Det Andre Teatret (Norway)
The Toys Strikes Back! consists of different improvised stories based on the toys that kids bring to the show. The actors enter unknown, thrilling, and comic stories together with the kids, who get to help out through suggestions and physical participation. This is Det Andre Teatret’s honest attempt to take the way kids play seriously. Every performance is a blank page – a big opportunity for the toys and the stories they hold. The opportunity to strike back!
“We want to give the space of theatre back to the kids, and inspire them to see that theatre is everywhere,” says artistic director and actor Nils Petter Mørland. The Toys Strikes Back! was initially created for school-touring in Norway. It has played in festivals in Estonia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany and Canada for more than 6500 kids.
NOTE: The Toys Strike Back! is recommended for children over the age of 5. Children are encouraged to bring a toy. We regret that we cannot accommodate families with infants or toddlers.

El Jaguar's Fiesta City Bus Tour Saturday October 19 2019 at 5:00 PM

2019 iTi Festival & Conference
× The audience jumps on a bus with masked Mexican luchador El Jaguar for a hilarious one-hour tour of the city. El Jaguar is making it into a fiesta. This is not a facts and figures tour, but a celebration of the city. What El Jaguar lacks in knowledge he more than more than makes up for in fervour.
Seating is very limited as the performance actually happens on a bus as it wends its way through Vancouver. Three performances: Fri. Oct.18, 5 p.m. and Sat. Oct.19, 5 p.m. and Sun.Oct.20, 5 p.m. All performances on a bus – embarkation point TBA, bus leaves promptly at 5 p.m.

Ferocious Four @ The Nest Saturday October 19 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
× Directed by Laura Doorneweerd (Netherlands) featuring an international ensemble


Having previously headlined both the 2017 Mount Olymprov Improv Festival in Greece and the 2018 Finland International Improv Festival, Laura Doorneweerd brings The Ferocious Four to Vancouver: an improvised tale of action, power, and heroines. In every performance, this no-male cast comes together to give you a bad-ass improv show. Get ready for a story of a group of heroines collaborating to battle evil. If you like cool characters, female friendship and exciting action, you will love seeing these performers jump, move, chase, defuse, fight and basically... Kick ass.
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

The Bechdel Test @ Waterfront Theatre Saturday October 19 2019 at 7:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Lisa Rowland (USA)

The Bechdel Test is a set of criteria created by feminist cartoonist and author Allison Bechdel. It asks: Does a work of fiction have at least one scene in it where two women talk about something other than a man? The remarkably low percentage of films and stories that pass this test points to the fact that we all have grown accustomed to creating and seeing stories centering around men. And as story creators we often perpetuate that pattern. Debuting on the main stage at BATS in August 2016, the Bechdel test format aims to explore the complexities, relationships, and stories of women. Simply deciding to make stories whose main characters are women - good, bad, likeable and not - is a departure from the stories that we often consume and create!
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Theatresports Summit: Semi Finals Saturday October 19 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by members of Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary), Vancouver TheatreSports, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Unexpected Productions (Seattle)

The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports™ format as it is played by the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre (1977) where the format was first performed as created by Keith Johnstone at The University of Calgary (it is the foundation format) to variations as performed by hometown favourites Vancouver TheatreSports (1980), Rapid Fire Theatre (1981), and Unexpected Productions (1983). Each night, two teams of mixed international delegates (and directed by a representative of one of the ‘pillar companies’) will compete against one another utilizing one of the four styles. The final three nights will be a mash-up evening in the original foundation format featuring all the bells and whistles, horns and baskets!


https://theatresports.org/history-of-theatresports/
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Maestro @ Waterfront Theatre Saturday October 19 2019 at 9:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Keith Johnstone
Maestro Impro™ is often described as a ‘crash-and-burn-elimination-style’ format that is ideal for a larger group of improvisers of varying skill levels. Each improviser is given a numbered button, or pinny, to wear and their names appear on the scoreboard next to their number. Two Directors (though you can do it with one) take turns randomly pulling the numbers of players to cast their scenes. The Directors are there to inspire the players, help out less experienced improvisers, and to keep the flow of the performance on track. A 'Host' asks the audience to score each scene out of 5. As the evening progresses, lower scoring players are eliminated until only one improvisor remains: The ‘Maestro’.
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

The Time is Now @ The Nest Saturday October 19 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
× Directed by Inbal Lori (Israel) – featuring an international ensemble



We choose to tell stories about things that bother us, and to bring the point of view of professional comedians improvising a rich comedy. The show is made of different scenes all inspired by a current topic given by the audience. The topic then sends the actors to explore the darkness and light, the needs and fears, the limitations and borders of the topic in our lives and societies.
It’s a satiric, criticizing, vigilant show that wants the audience to be reflective and thoughtful. We want to use improv and comedy to criticize reality, and show its pain and beauty. It’s a show that thinks that now is the time to use your art form to show what you think and feel.




NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Theatresports Summit: Semi Finals Saturday October 19 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by members of Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary), Vancouver TheatreSports, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Unexpected Productions (Seattle)

The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports™ format as it is played by the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre (1977) where the format was first performed as created by Keith Johnstone at The University of Calgary (it is the foundation format) to variations as performed by hometown favourites Vancouver TheatreSports (1980), Rapid Fire Theatre (1981), and Unexpected Productions (1983). Each night, two teams of mixed international delegates (and directed by a representative of one of the ‘pillar companies’) will compete against one another utilizing one of the four styles. The final three nights will be a mash-up evening in the original foundation format featuring all the bells and whistles, horns and baskets!


https://theatresports.org/history-of-theatresports/
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Gorilla Theatre @ Waterfront Theatre Saturday October 19 2019 at 11:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Keith Johnstone
Gorilla Theatre™ is an advanced form for experienced improvisers who are also skilled in directing improvisation. One of the hallmarks of Gorilla Theatre is the inclusion of a ‘live gorilla’ (a performer in a gorilla suit) that adds an element of spectacle, mask work, and playful misbehavior.
A cast of 4 – 5 improvisers take turns directing each other in scenes. The audience is invited to reward, or punish the director of a scene by yelling “BANANA!” if they liked it, or “FORFEIT!” if they didn’t. Successful directors are awarded a banana. Unsuccessful directors are required to perform a forfeit, such as expose a personal secret, get beaten by a foam stick, or call their mom and tell her about the wretched scene they just directed. At the end of the evening the director with the most bananas wins “a week of quality time with the resident gorilla.”

NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Masks Unleashed Saturday October 19 2019 at 11:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by Steve Jarand (Canada/Germany), featuring an international ensemble
Completely transforming the player underneath, these characters are bursting to express themselves. Not like regular improvisers, Masks are expressive creatures in their own right. They love to explore, forge relationships and embark upon adventures – always in their own way!
In Masks Unleashed Impro directors attempt to wrangle the impulses and imaginations of masked Impro players and build them into a story. A genre and initial challenge send them into the drama. The Masks follow the tale through trials and tribulations and come through the fire with a new feeling for the world of the stories and this world too.


Or they might just sabotage the entire plan. Sit back and enjoy the raw spontaneity and honesty of this radical form of Impro.

Our Play @ The Nest Saturday October 19 2019 at 11:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
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Our Play features two internationally known impro teachers and performers: Patti Stiles (Impro Meloburne – formerly of LMTC Calgary and RFT & Die Nasty Edmonton) and Joe Bill (Chicago – i.o and Annoyance Theatre). The duo demonstrates that despite the differences in their impro styles, there are many more things that the Impro legends have in common which make their show such a beautiful thing to see.


NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.