Family Room is a poignant dance theatre piece choreographed by Marissa Wong which explores immigrant life and cultural identity – and the complexities of her Chinese-Canadian upbringing and navigating her parents’ divorce. The innovative set design transforms the stage into a living room, each piece of furniture symbolizing familial connection and a foundation for interactions told through movement and text. Performed by three versatile dancers, Family Room is a deeply personal and intimate work, which touches on universal themes including frustration, belonging, and love.
Each show will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a counsellor, providing a supportive environment for audience members to share their reflections.
Supported through the Artist-in-Residence program.
Presented with New Works
Choreography: Marissa Wong
Performers: Justin Calvadores, Tamar Tabori, Shana Wolfe
Sound composer: Jamie Bradbury
Costume design: Meagan Woods
Lighting Design: Jono Kim
Stage/Production Manager: Kayleigh Sandomirsky
Set Design: Kayleigh Sandomirsky and Marissa Wong
Dramaturg: Raïna Von Waldenburg
Dramaturgical Consultation: Intisar Awisse
Outside Eye: Peter Bingham (through EDAM Choreographic Series)
Creative Research Collaborator: Stéphanie Cyr
Support: City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts, Agnes Fong, Dr. Shirley M. Wong Foundation, held at Vancouver Foundation, Florence Wong
Residencies: EDAM Dance Fall Choreographic Series 2021, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, plasticorchidfactory – Artist in Residence, The Dance Centre Artist in Residence
Photos by Lula-Belle Jedynak and Sewari Campillo