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Starting With Us

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Gwaandak Theatre presents Starting With Us, a 2-day creation workshop with internationally acclaimed theatre artists James Long and Maiko Yamamoto of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement


About the workshop

This workshop offers a playful hands-on introduction to Theatre Replacement’s unique creation techniques. Games and structured systems of creation will make use of personal histories as well as speculations, lies and exaggerations to create physical and text-based theatrical moments.

The workshop includes:

  • – New techniques and practices in creation-based work
  • – A focus on how to utilize and manipulate biographical material as a tool for building work
  • – A repertoire of games applicable to physical training, ensemble building and performance.

When? & Where?

Friday & Saturday Oct. 2-3, 10-4pm, The Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse

For whom?

For performing artists of all levels. Ages 16 and up.

How much?

$75 (Please contact us if this fee is a barrier to you.) Participants also must be Gwaandak Theatre members (cost $5).

To register call us at 393-2676 or email us.

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Theatre Replacement is an ongoing collaboration between James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. Whether working together or apart, we use extended processes to create performances from intentionally simple beginnings. Our work is about a genuine attempt to coexist. Conversations, interviews and arguments collide with Yamamoto and Long’s aesthetics resulting in theatrical experiences that are authentic, immediate and hopeful. The company continues to build and tour work, and has been presented at internationally recognized festivals and venues, including Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ottawa & Vancouver), Free Fall Festival (Toronto), High Performance Rodeo & Enbridge PlayRites Festival (Calgary), On the Boards (Seattle WA), Fusebox Festival (Austin TX), Noorderzon Festival (Groningen NL) PAZZ Performing Arts Festival (Oldenburg, Germany), Lokal (Reykjavik, Iceland), Dublin Theatre Festival (Ireland), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), INTERsection (Terni, Italy), Foreign Affairs (Berlin), Soho Rep. (New York), and Woolly Mammoth (Washington, DC).



James has been making theatre since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Yamamoto. The company’s work has been presented in 39 cities and venues across North America and Europe and includes Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, Sexual Practices of the Japanese, BIOBOXES: Artifacting Human Experience, WeeTube, Dress me up in your love, The Greatest Cities in the World, Winners and Losers and Kate Bowie among others. He has worked as a freelance writer and actor with Rumble Productions, Neworld, urban ink, CBC radio and The Electric Company, among many others. Freelance directorial work includes Morko, an site oriented performance created with visual artist and animator Cindy Mochizuki and How To Disappear Completely created for the Chop Theatre with lighting designer Itai Erdal. James has taught performance and methods of creation to established artists across Canada and to students at The University of British Columbia, The University of Regina, Simon Fraser University, Studio 58 and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. He is a graduate of SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts.


Since 2003, Maiko has been an Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement, a company she formed with fellow artist James Long. The company’s work has focused on building performances that react to contemporary existence through a highly evolved and extended process of collaboration, and explores unique and challenging ways of exploring content and staging material. In addition to her work with TR, Maiko directs, writes, teaches and creates performance for a diverse range of companies and venues, such as 605 Collective, The Elbow Theatre, The National Theatre School, Vancouver Art Gallery, Powell Street Festival and dumb instrument dance. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and an MAA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


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