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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 where the focus is on fiesta not facts. 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.

ImproWow-The Power of Diversity w/ Elena Lah- iTi Public Workshop Sunday October 20 2019 at 10:00 AM

ICI Studio
× The goal of this workshop is to plant all the seeds we need in order to implement all the inclusion tools according to your needs and your culture. This workshop is organized in two different sections - the first is a discovery, designing, mapping, discussing session facilitated in order to create the commune culture from a gender, diversity and inclusion perspective. In the second part we will discover how to use the instruments we discussed directly inside of our scenes. We will touch topics like boundaries and stereotypes, discovering what makes us uncomfortable, how to use our empathy improv tools to be always respectful and not stifle any voices. We will design the specific inclusion map for the group, in that society, in that culture, in order to respect everyone’s sensibility and personal space, because everybody deserves to feel comfortable at the same level on stage, off of it and around it.

Masks and Trance w/ Steve Jarand- iTi Public Workshop Sunday October 20 2019 at 2:00 PM

ICI Studio
× The final chapter of Keith Johnstone’s book Impro describes tribal mask transformations and possession cults as well as a beginner mask class for western improvisers. Many have been perplexed by the mask chapter, but still more became intrigued then haunted by the images it conjures and the potential power the mask holds. In this workshop we’ll use mask work to go directly into the heart of improvisation. We’ll employ the simple trigger of a mirror and sounds to discover the feeling of ‘following the mask’ and allowing it to discover itself. Come experience for yourself what happens when we conjure ‘the thing in the mirror.’