September 22-25, 29-30, October 1-2 at 8pm

Performance Centre
$30 for Adults and $25 for Seniors/Students/Arts Workers. On Wednesday nights, buy one $30 ticket and get one free.
INFO | 604-662-4966 

Join Kokoro Dance for the world premiere of Wabi-Sabi. Kokoro Dance’s butoh expression gives recurring attention to the seven aesthetic principles of Zen philosophy: kanso – simplicity; fukinsei – asymmetry or irregularity; shibumi – beauty in the understated; shizen – naturalness without pretense; yugen – subtle grace; datsuzoku – freeness; and seijaku – tranquility. These terms are encompassed in a world view contained in the words wabi and sabi – the acceptance of transience and imperfection.

Choreography & Performance: Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi
Music: Joseph Hirabayashi
Lighting: Gerald King
Costumes: Tsuneko Kokubo

Sponsor acknowledgment: British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver-Cultural Services, Government of Canada-Department of Canadian Heritage, Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Foundation, Stir Vancouver, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Photo of Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi. Photo by Peter Eastwood

Together and Apart

making a difference with art

September 18 – 26

Exhibition September 18 – 26, 2021
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
PLUS Satellite Events at Vancouver Parks


TOGETHER AND APART making a difference with art honours the courageous acts of art-making during the 2020-2021 pandemic.

The Roundhouse hosts an exhibition, video screenings and workshops featuring works developed by artists in collaboration with community members during this extraordinary time. The reciprocity of giving and receiving through art continues throughout this 10-day celebration, inviting you to peer into artists studios, dance in the park, take a felting or zine workshop, participate in Indigenous sharing circles, and check out satellite activities in your local neighbour parks and fieldhouses.

**  Vaccine protocols apply for these marked events.
View vaccine passport requirements at the bottom of this listing.

Fri Sept 17 Opening Events @ Roundhouse
Doing It For Love: Five Stories from Creative Communities in a Global Pandemic – World Premiere Screening 

Screenings at 5pm and 7:30 pm, Roundhouse Performance Centre
Exhibition Opening Reception 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
Register at Eventbrite **

Sat Sept 18
Doing It For Love: Five Stories from Creative Communities in a Global Pandemic – screening, 1pm
Roundhouse Performance Centre, Register at Eventbrite **

Filmed and edited by artist Israel Seoane, the series explores how artistic practice supports experimentation, connection, and response – even in difficult times. The vignettes reflect on the creativity, resilience and richness of artists and community working together.

Some Assembly Theatre and Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group
Breakwater – screening, 2:30pm
Roundhouse Performance Centre, Register at Eventbrite **

Breakwater follows six youth who face the effects of isolation and mental health struggles from a symbolic world-wide flood.

Sun Sept 19
Art & FungiFelting Workshop 1 – 3pm, Exhibition Hall, Register at Eventbrite 

Learn basic needle felting techniques to create felt mushrooms inspired by local fungi. No experience necessary.

The Art & Fungi Project is a living laboratory facilitated by Willoughby Arevalo and Isabelle Kirouac, where everyone is invited to create artistic work and participate in engaging activities inspired by fungi and how they help to shape and connect our world.

Ziyian Kwan and Kage, September Scores – public dance 
3:30 pm, David Lam Park, Register at Eventbrite
In case of rain this event will relocate indoors to Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. **
Please meet at this NEW location – Roundhouse Turntable off Davie Street at 3 pm where you be advised if the event will take indoors or outside.


Join dance artist Ziyian Kwan of Dumb Instrument Dance and Taiko artist Kage, for a half hour of movement improvisation accompanied by Taiko. This is an invitation to usher in the change of seasons, by moving with self and with others, outdoors at David Lam Park if the weather is fine or inside the spacious Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. Bring your own physical score or choose from one of several devised by Ziyian. Open to everybody.

Ziyian Kwan has worked as a dance artist on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations since 1988. As an interprète, she has performed over 100 original creations by an eclectic range of choreographers on international stages. As Artistic Director of Dumb Instrument Dance, she creates work that abstracts lived experience to form collages of imagery, movement and language. Ziyian’s artistry is inspired by collaboration with luminaries in the fields of dance, music, film, theatre, literature and visual art. ‘I am my heart’s dumb instrument.’

E. Kage is primarily a musician/artist who embraced the Taiko form in the 1980s as a way to express themselves as a mixed race queer youth.  Over the years, they have co-founded several Taiko groups touring internationally, collaborating with various artists and creating new works that push the boundaries of the form. Their on-going projects include studying the ceremonial roots of Taiko, practising land based work and working with Onibana Taiko.  As a settler of Japanese ancestry, they are privileged to live, thrive and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh peoples. 

Thu Sept 23
Shelley Saje Ricci (aka Shelley Bear) and Sonia Keshane
Kairos Blanket Exercise: Indigenous Teaching and Sharing Circle
7-10 pm, Exhibition Hall, Register at Eventbrite (limited enrolment)

Partake in Talking Circles, role-playing and experiencing Turtle Island as one of the original people. Be prepared for experiential, emotional, thoughtful learning and taking your shoes off to be on the blankets. Walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance.  There is a strong truth to this exercise that inspires all Canadians to learn more about “Truth & Reconciliation“ and how we can actively engage in it.

“Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships.  There are no shortcuts.” Justice Murray Sinclair

About the Facilitators
Shelley Saje Ricci (aka Shelley Bear) is a mixed heritage woman of European and Indigenous ancestry. She is Cree, Mohawk and Métis with paternal ties to the Michel Band.  Her ancestral land base is Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Amis-gwitchy-was-guy-gun – Beaver hills house), now known as Edmonton, Alberta – Treaty 6 territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux nations.  She is committed to “the work” in service to people, her life purpose is to share Indigenous worldviews and ways of being, strongly advocating for Human Rights & Equity, Womens Rights, Indigenous Rights and the rights of any marginalized group. 

Sonia Keshane is from Cote First Nation, Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan. She currently works for Vancouver Coastal Health as an Indigenous Patient Navigator.

Sat Sept 25
Chrystal SparrowSharing Carving , 12 – 4pm, Exhibition Hall

Chrystal Sparrow is a Coast Salish artist and carver from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Nation creating work with a unique feminine expression.

Makemobile / Amy Biker Walker Zine Making Workshop
1-3pm, Exhibition Hall, Register at Eventbrite

A zine is a small photocopied publication that represents an independent, personal or DIY perspective. Participants use the zine format to develop an idea they want to share with the world. With Makemobile, a pedal-powered arts and crafts studio, Amy Biker Walker designs sociable art activities to connect people in public spaces.

Sun Sept 26
Shelley Saje Ricci (aka Shelley Bear) and Sonia Keshane
Kairos Blanket Exercise: Indigenous Teaching and Sharing Circle
1-4pm, Exhibition Hall, Register at Eventbrite 

See details Thu Sep 23

In Your Neighbourhood
September 16 – 26

More than 20 artists offer free workshops, performances and activities in Vancouver Parks. Scan (or click!) to check them out!

Visit for full schedule, Eventbrite registration details and current public health order guidelines.

Presented by Vancouver Park Board in partnership with the Roundhouse Association

Together and Apart is hosted on the unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh) Nations.

** Vaccine Passport Requirements
Proof of vaccination and government photo ID will be required for participating in Vancouver Park Board discretionary events. All those aged 12+ will need to provide proof of vaccination. Up to and including September 26, patrons can show other forms of proof of vaccination. For acceptable proof of vaccination and for all other information, please go to

A Some Assembly Theatre Company/RHYTAG Project

Interviews & Auditions

Tuesday September 21, 4-8pm
Wednesday, September 22, 4-8pm
Thursday, September 23, 4-8pm

Multimedia Room

Award winning Some Assembly Theatre Company is looking for youth ages 13-18 to participate as writers and performers in its new Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) project ‘Accessing Optimism for a Post-Pandemic Future’.

Working with professional playwright/director/designer Valerie Methot and diverse professional artists in various art disciplines, youth will create a play that will be developed, produced and performed for public audiences in the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

Workshop & Rehearsal Schedule: Every Thursday from 5pm-8:30pm starting Thu Nov 4, 2021 until May 12, 2022 with some additional dates. Snacks provided. Daytime & evening shows will be in the Performance Centre, Apr 29 – May 3. (School will be missed for daytime shows.)

Contact Valerie if interested:

A Vancouver Park Board and Roundhouse residency

[The image is from the 2021 production, BREAKWATER. Visit its webpage to read more about the production.]

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

Friday, October 15, 12-7:30pm
Saturday, October 16, 12-5pm
Sunday, October 17, 12-3pm

Roundhouse Exhibition Hall and Turntable

Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offering opportunities for exhibition, performance, connection and learning to visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers. VOAF is Canada’s first and only festival for Outsider Art, which is represented by significant fairs and museums globally. The artists may be self-taught or trained: they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

For more info | 604-681-0010 |

With thanks to: BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Canadian Heritage, CiTR, The Roundhouse, OPUS

Photo credit: Valerie Smaller