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Radix Theatre Society operates on the ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these lands, to learn of Indigenous history, and to accept our shared responsibility as caretakers of the land. We are committed to contributing to a process of ongoing conciliation and retribution, and to articulate an artistic vision that acknowledges the cultural heritage and diversity of this region in the context of the global climate crisis.

Mission:Radix’s mission is to foster the creation and presentation of contemporary performance-based and installation art with a focus on collective development of original, socially-engaged work in an interdisciplinary format. Since its inception in 1988, Radix has been committed to developing an artistic practice and aesthetic that explores experimental forms of dialogue between theatre and dance, media and text, using modes of performance that put the body of the performer in touch with the body of the audience. Radix often works in site-specific modes, that articulate the theatricality and power relationships intrinsic to public, personal and virtual spaces that speak of desire, fantasy, conflict, and transformation. In the context of Vancouver’s creative ecology, Radix’s mission is to act as a ‘laboratory company’ that explores contemporary performance and installation art outside of established modes.

Vision:Radix envisions its role as a conduit that links different performance modalities and technologies in an experimental format. While the company has worked in a national arena through its connections to companies and festivals such as Vasistas in Montreal, Mois Multi in Quebec City and Freefall in Toronto, it has remained focused on Vancouver. Our vision continues to focus on exploring Vancouver’s urban and liminal spaces, in the context of current dramatic, political, economic and social transformation.

Looking to articulate the tensions inherent in contested spaces — in the body, in society and in a global reimagining of the relationships between all living entities, Radix has infiltrated an open field, a Downtown Eastside parkade, the former Polar Bear Pit at Stanley park, The Del Mar Hotel, a basement in a Dunsmuir street office block, a working IKEA store, the putative new waterfront around False Creek, a harbor cruise boat, beneath the Burrard Bridges, Mountainview Cemetery, inside a giant cardboard box, in audience members’ cars and even in their homes.

Common to nearly all of Radix’s work has been the focus on the audience’s body as the site of performance—not in the traditional proscenium, but frequently in direct contact, and in encounters that involved a high degree of intimacy using touch and hearing. As our mission states: “The Radix experiment is an attempt to lay bare our shared humanity, and above all, inspire.”

Values:Radix core values are experimentation, collaboration, and inclusivity. For the past twenty years, Radix has worked in a format that replaces the traditionally hierarchical modes of theatre with a collective approach to research, creation and management. A group of artistic associates jointly determine company direction and projects, supported by an Administrative Producer and project support staff who work to provide the financial and logistical resources for the vision of the Associates, with the guidance of a Board of Directors. This model is currently being expanded to empower all the artists engaged in a project as associates with equal access to the company resources and decision-making process.

Artistic AssociatesCorinna HagelAnthony LeeAndrew LaurensonBilly MarchenskiRobyn VolkCreative ConsultantAndreas KahreIndigenous ConsultantTasha Faye Evans Technical DirectorAnthony Lee

Board of DirectorsJason Gratl, ChairMasayuki Iwase, DirectorLeslie Pomeroy, TreasurerBrigitte Potter-Mael, DirectorKeiron Simons, SecretaryCat Wong, Director


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