2020 SPARK Festival Line Up

Date posted: February 26, 2020

A man who saves whales, a woman who relays messages for the deaf, a troupe who explains the Yukon and four artists who, for better or worse, return to the past.

In Romania, actor Mimi Branescu was nominated for a MTV Special Award for Best Kiss. He lost. 

Mimi also wrote Insomniacs: The Far Side of the Accordion and that play, in a staged reading, will open the Belfry’s 2020 SPARK Festival on March 7.

Eclectic as ever, this year’s SPARK Festival will take attendees from Botswana to the Yukon, from the shores of Newfoundland to the city of Nagasaki. In between they can take in an all-ages dance party, a series of mini plays and a one-off performance created during the festival.

Anyone under 30 can get half-price tickets to Between BreathsBusted Up: A Yukon StoryDestiny, USA and KISMET, things have changed, the four featured productions at SPARK. Regular tickets are $29 (plus BFF and GST).

Between Breaths (March 17 – 21) comes to Victoria from Artistic Fraud in Newfoundland. The show chronicles the inspiring life of Jon Lien, a man who saved more than 500 whales. 

Featuring an evocative live score by Newfoundland’s Juno-nominated The Once, Between Breaths examines what it means to find your passion and how to let it go.

Victoria actor, director and choreographer Jessica Hickman and Yukon writer Geneviève Doyon co-created Busted Up: A Yukon Story (March 10 – 14). Gathering over 60 interviews from eight Yukon communities, they have created a fascinating piece of verbatim theatre about what draws people to the north and why they stay.

As a teenager in Victoria, Laura Anne Harris participated in the Belfry Theatre’s high school program, Belfry 101. She returns to the Belfry from Syracuse, New York, for her one-woman show, Destiny, USA (March 10 – 14).

Destiny, USA weaves together three separate stories: Laura’s experience as a Relay operator for the deaf, dealing with her mother’s terminal cancer while living far away, and her relationship with her American husband Chris. 

The March 13 performance of Destiny, USA, will be ASL interpreted by Katt Campbell.

Ten years ago, Emelia Symington Fedy, Daryl King, Anita Rochon and Hazel Venzon travelled across the country to interview 100 people, aged 1 to 100. In KISMET, one to one hundred they wanted to know what life was all about.

Now, a decade later and in a very different place in life, Emelia, Daryl, Anita, and Hazel set out to find the surviving people and interview them again. What they discovered on the road is revealed in KISMET, things have changed, a complicated yet intimate portrait of change.

Full dates and times for all of the SPARK events are available at https://sparkfestival.ca/calendar/