Community Formed from Displacement

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Inspiring People, Life, Love, New Media, News, Travel, Writing
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After I flew into Nainaimo and did our first day of tech at the Port Theatre for The Sun and the Moon, I went to get some groceries to make dinner at the condo I’m staying at. I walked by the this Tent City thing, which seemed similar to what has been going on in the DTES but with a much higher concentration in...

The Sun and the Moon – July 5, 9 & 11

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Dance, Inspiring People, Life, Love, Media Presence, New Media, News, Uncategorized
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Sammy's new video/projection design work for dance with Chimerik 似不像 (with design assistant Kimia Koochakzadeh), we premiere the work on July 5th in Nanaimo and then we're back in Vancouver for Dancing on the Edge Festival July 9 & 11, 2018. The Sun and the Moon Development, choreography and direction by Holly Bright based on a story of the same name by Snuneymuxw author, Celestine Aleck. Co-created...

Proximity Remix at the Queer Arts Festival, June 26 & 26

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Proximity Remix opened last night at the Queer Arts Festival! MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society, has been working on the concept of this project for half a decade. Each project invites new LGBTQ2+ identified youth participants to workshop and create a performance based on their stories. As the project evolves, they are turning the dialogue from gender politics and integrating racism and other social issues as...

Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts) June 20 – 23

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I’ve waited a while to post about this project because the weight and significance of it is so tremendous. I wanted to focus all my energy on preparing for the show. The show has finally opened, beautifully and successfully. I’m so happy to finally announce this big, heavy project about this super important, pioneer in the artist community, whose work touches on issues of...

Marathassa Free Performance

Activism/Social Change, Dance, News
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This was a painful show but we’re doing this again! To stand against Kinder Morgan and the Trudeau government’s decision on using our tax dollar to purchase an old leaky pipeline that can potentially destroy our health and the environment. Sammy will be performing as part of this outdoor activism-performance with Pressed Paradise and many amazing local artists to raise environmental awareness on issues of...

Open Letter to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Feedbacks, Inspiring People, Writing
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I wrote a letter to the Vancouver Art Gallery after attending an art tour in Mandarin Chinese for the Takashi Murakami show, I thought this letter might just be read by their costumer service, or might not even make it to anyone— I can’t believe that in the end, not only they read it so carefully, the letter even went viral in the VAG...

Creative Activism with the Coast Protectors

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community
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Sammy joined a creative activism protest with an amazing group of artists and the water protectors, He processed the heavy but super important subject by writing them bit by bit. We invite you to hear him out and share their experiences with your communities. These are very important, humane and personal informations. In the mean time, Sammy encourages you to go to the Protect...

Access All Areas MADHOUSE RE:EXIT

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Feedbacks, Interdisciplinary Performance, Postshow, Writing
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I got to catch the show MadHouse re:exit, when I was in London, in one of the most hipster/artsy neighbourhood in London—Shoreditch. I was invited by Lesley Ewen who’s a theatre director and one of the co-creator of the work. The show  is an interactive theatre that focuses on the discussion revolving disabilities, it immediately drawn me from the very beginning. I’ve been to...

photo on Leadnow.ca

Activism/Social Change, Media Presence
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my photo with Lexi Vajda made it on the new campaign for Leadnow.ca - À l'Action (Leadnow envisions a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada, built and defended through the democratic power of an engaged public) during our last protest with Artists Against Pipeline Expansion against Kinder Morgan/Pipeline expansion photographed and organized by Delia Brett Let's keep fighting the good fight, time is urgent, some mistakes...

on Tokyo News 東京新聞

Activism/Social Change, Interdisciplinary Performance, Media Presence, New Media, News
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東京新聞のりました!! スポンサーに牛耳られずに誠実に社会批判や原発批判をして人のためになってる東京新聞すきです。これからも偽りの「和」でなく真実を追求していってください。 作品のメッセージが広まりますように!スペースをこころよく使わせてくれたマスマスさんに多大なる感謝!すばらしいスタッフさんが働いています。   Congrats to Sammy Chien's first media presence in Japan! on Tokyo News! (Tokyo Shimbun東京新聞). So nice to see such influential media in Japan actually act take the medium of journalism/news/media as an active voice to deliver to the people despite the pressure from the government about the taboos. These are our common beliefs. It was perfect that they interviewed these progressive artists on their...