The Garden: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in Recital

Thu, 13 February 2020 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

Solo piano recital by Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa of works by queer & trans composers, including Rodney Sharman, Ann Southam & Mary Jane Paquette 

Celebrated contemporary piano virtuoso Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs a solo recital of queer and trans composers. The programme centres around the work of composer Rodney Sharman, as Rachel prepares to record his complete solo piano works. It will feature world premieres by Sharman and Mary Jane Paquette, paired with works by Ann Southam.

The concert takes its name from Rodney’s notorious music theatre piece The Garden, in which a man visits a gay sex club for the first time and finds his life transformed by a single, perfect kiss. Theatre direction by David Bloom.

Reception to follow.

Pyatt Hall is on the second floor of the VSO School of Music, accessible by elevator, with wheelchair accessible seating and bathrooms.

About the artist

Hailed in the press as a “keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse” (Georgia Straight) with the “emotional intensity” to take a piece “from notes on a page to a stunning work of art” (Victoria Times Colonist), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa is recognized among Canada’s foremost contemporary music pianists. Check this website >

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements

Curated by Love Intersections


Feb 1 – Apr 18, 2020 | Opening Reception: Feb 1, 4-6 pm

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. A collection of multichannel installations, visual and sculptural activations provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. These elemental activations attempt to collapse the linear temporality to dislodge an emotional, spiritual, cosmological, and metaphysical enunciation of our Queer ‘Chineseness’. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.

We invite you to celebrate with us. Featuring artists Jen Sungshine, Kendell Yan, Kai Cheng Thom, Jay Cabalu, and David Ng.