BTA & Caravan Stage Company: 23 Years of Friendship
Bing Thom Architects is proud to be the lead private sponsor of the Caravan Stage Company’s 2017 tour of ‘Nomadic Tempest.’
After a 30 year world tour, the legendary Caravan Stage Company sails back into British Columbia on the beautiful Tall Ship, the Amara Zee. Founded in Vancouver in 1970 as a travelling – and now floating – theatre, the Caravan Stage Company last performed in Vancouver during Expo 86. Returning to Vancouver’s False Creek from August 15 – September 3, 2017, the Caravan Stage Company will be performing ‘Nomadic Tempest,’ a one-of-a-kind theatrical rock opera off the deck and riggings of this replica Thames River Sailing Barge. This is a bittersweet moment for us at BTA as Bing Thom worked with the Caravan Stage founders and producers, Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder, last year to design the shoreline amphitheatre where the audience will sit and experience the show. Sharing a love of performing arts and wooden ships, Bing met Paul and Adriana during the building of the Amara Zee in the 1990’s. It is a friendship that lasted until Bing’s death in 2016. Bing supported the Caravan every year for the past 23 years. Our support for this year’s show honours this friendship.
In the words of Bing Thom:
“I know of no other Canadian theatre company that has achieved so much in their long history of creating theatre. From puppetry to physical agitprop theatre to multi-disciplinary experimental opera, the Caravan has grown and matured into a world class theatre. They have brought their unique spectacle performances with international players to over 45 countries and on their own terms. The Caravan is truly nomadic, taking up winter residence in a new place (and country) every year before going on tour to new ports and waterfront towns that welcome them. This takes guts, stamina, persistence and trust in their own ability to overcome obstacles along the road. As the Caravan has traveled from country to country, the shows have included a multi-cultural aspect to their presentations, in the visual, script and design.
Over the past 47 years, the Caravan has worked and collaborated with thousands of artists from Canada, the US, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Israel. And along their journey, the Caravan has left behind memories of this unique Canadian theatre company that arrived in their town, to stage a colourful, artistic spectacle performance on a beautiful ship with a very talented cast of international players, speaking many tongues, working, and living together to make it all possible.
Now the Caravan Stage Company returns to Canada. It is time for the Canadian people to enjoy again this truly magical theatre company, to benefit from their travels and continue the legacy that started in British Columbia.”