Established in 2008, plastic orchid develops methodologies for creation that foster engagement, play, and exploration with artists from a diversity of backgrounds and practices. Through collaboration, research and performance, plastic orchid deftly probes connections between contemporary bodies and the social, political and technological landscapes that they inhabit.
Conceived in 2003 and established as a social profit society in 2008, plastic orchid factory seeks out, instigates and cultivates opportunities for artist-to-artist, interdisciplinary dialogue in both research and performative contexts. Over the past nine years, plastic orchid has collaboratively devised eleven short works and five evening-length, ensemble pieces that have been presented in both formal and unconventional spaces. This body of work has been supported by The Dance Centre, EDAM dance, Circuit-Est in Montréal, Opera Estate in Bassano Italy, Electric Company Theatre/Progress Lab 1422, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre and has been presented by The Firehall Arts Centre, Dancing on The Edge, The Vancouver International Dance Festival, 10 Gates Dancing/The National Arts Centre, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Boca del Lupo/ Micro Performance Series and The New Forms Festival.
Since 2013, plastic orchid factory has spearheaded a cultural space development project on behalf of the independent dance community in Vancouver and Canada. Artistic Producer, Natalie Lefebvre Gnam, instigated two consultant-led planning projects, sourced a 1500 sq. ft former Dim Sum restaurant in Vancouver’s Chinatown and managed the major capital renovations of the 100+ year old building. The project has received support from the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program, Canada Council for the Arts’ Leadership for Change, Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Spaces Fund, Western Economic Diversification’s Canada 150 and was one of only 13 projects from across BC to receive funding from BC Collaborative Spaces. Left of Main is shared and maintained in collaboration with MACHiNENOiSY and Tara Cheyenne Performance.