The Queen in Me

Fri Jun 21 & Sat Jun 22 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary musical Performance | Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua | $30 – $20
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The Queen in Me explores the constraints of conventional opera roles and their reliance on gender and sex stereotypes, exploding operatic expectations of demure muses and femme fatales by turning the genre on its head.

“I had to tell her story, then I had to tell mine.”— Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野

The curtain rises mid-performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, as the Queen of the Night’s highly anticipated aria, Der Hölle Rache, begins. However, this time, the Queen rebels against her expected narrative, refuses to finish the opera, and tells her story in her own words for the first time – at a cost.

“Somewhere our truths collide, all sung unamplified.” — Queen of the Night

Kasahara, a biracial, masculine non-binary female artist, takes inspiration from their career as a professional opera singer alongside their lived experiences as a queer, feminist, person of colour to re-imagine the Queen of the Night, one of opera’s most infamous “fallen women,” and places her in the centre of a metaphor for silenced and discarded women everywhere.

Created and performed by Teiya Kasahara

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, pianist

Directed by Andrea Donaldson


NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $3 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or included in passes). Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.


Poly Queer Love Ballad

March 5 – 9 | 8 pm
March 9 & 10
| 2 pm

Co-produced by Queer Arts Festival 
Presented with the Frank Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre

A New Slam Poetry Musical By Anais West and Sara Vickruck 
Directed by Julie McIsaac 

After playing sold-out shows at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and winning multiple awards, Poly Queer Love Ballad returns to Vancouver.

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Submissions are open for the 2019 Pride in Art Community Show

** SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN**

This open visual art exhibition honours our founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong and 20 years of Pride in Art.

Where: Great Hall of the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
When: June 18 – June 26, 2019.
Submission deadline: April 25 or until space is filled. Please allow minimum 2 weeks for a response.

Artwork for this show doesn’t need to fit the festival theme.

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