A large tall ship that doubles as a theatric and acrobatic stage has arrived in Vancouver ahead of a three-week schedule of free nightly performances by its cast and crew.
The Caravan Stage Company’s Amara Zee arrived on Sunday and squeezed under the Cambie Street Bridge in False Creek on its way to its berthing location on the seawall at Hinge Park – between the bridge and the Olympic Village.
Running from August 15 to September 3, the cast will perform its latest production, the Nomadic Tempest, which centres on the impact of climate change by following the story of four displaced monarch butterflies forced to migrate.
“The butterflies, embodied by four talented aerial artists, serve as a metaphor for today’s Climate Refugees,” reads the company’s description of its show.
“The Monarchs are from four global regions: Salish Sea, Syria, China and Mexico, each with their own tongue: Hunqeminem, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish. Their song is sung in each of the above languages, and the original English lyrics are projected as subtitles during the show.”
The travelling nighttime acrobatic show is synchronized to music and digital projections.
Spectators will watch the show from grandstands and ground-level seating, in front of the 100-ft-long vessel. While the shows are free, registration is required as seating is limited.
The show runs for 75 minutes each night starting at 9:45 pm, and it is made possible as part of the City of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ programming. Prior to each show, there will be food trucks, a beer garden for ages 19+, and a children’s activity zone.
As well, there are two other nighttime attractions in the area this month: the Uninterrupted digital projection show on the underside of the Cambie Street Bridge and the Science World public light control installation.
When: 75-minute-long nightly shows starting at 9:45 pm (gates open at 8 pm) from:
- Tuesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 20
- Tuesday, August 22 to Sunday, August 27
- Tuesday, August 29 to Sunday, September 3
Where: Hinge Park (299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver. Located on the seawall in Southeast False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
Tickets: Free. Click here.