About Boca del Lupo
Boca del Lupo’s mission is to create and present extraordinary performances in unconventional spaces. The company consciously collaborates with artists diverse in culture and practice, and seeks to engage intergenerational audiences in the Metro Vancouver area. We believe in providing equal opportunities to a diversity of artists and individuals in both emerging and leadership positions. We are devoted to accessibility and we work to broaden the participation, perception and importance of contemporary performance within the multiplicity of Canadian cultures.
For Boca del Lupo, collaboration is the core tenet of our creativity. Working across cultures and disciplines our productions are energized by the collision and confluence of difference. Since our inception in 1996, our artistic focus has been one that explores cultural hybridity and interdisciplinary through consciously convening artists from diverse backgrounds and giving them voice within the work through our established processes. We also have a well-established track record in touring, a strong level of engagement with our professional arts services organizations and meaningful outreach into the community. We proudly take our place as a theatre company that relentlessly expands creative possibilities through unprecedented innovations and partnerships with a repertoire that includes 50 original creations and unique presentations which now includes our annual Micro Performance Series and our social enterprise, MediaLab.
Led by Artistic Director Sherry J. Yoon and Artistic Producer Jay Dodge, Yoon is a co-creator and director of the company’s original productions and Dodge’s writing, performances and designs are central in Boca del Lupo’s shows. During the tenure of the pair, the company has received numerous awards including Jessies for Outstanding Design, Outstanding Production, Significant Artistic Achievement and Outstanding Performance; the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation; and the Alcan Performing Arts Award.
2017: These Are The Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad, Genetic Drift, Crawlspace, You are It
2016: You Are It, Expedition (Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Vancouver Production), Red Phone, Expedition: The Symposium and Apparition
2015: How To Be, Red Phone, I think I can, Landline, Expedition (Dublin Theatre Festival), Taste of Empire
2014: Fugue Fugue, AZANO, Through the Gaze…, Taste of Empire, All Good Things
2013: Icebook, Performance Art Trap, Ask a Teenager, Fall Away Home
2012: Guided Tour, Mixed Company, Nekaa Room, The Voyage, Little Iliad, Holly’s Dumpster, Obstructions
2011: Photog, La Marea, Tracing Traces, Whale
2010: Dance Marathon, Value Village, Capsule, The Interview (HIVE3)
2009: Sleeping Soldiers
2008: My Dad, My Dog, One Down (HIVE2)
2007: Suspended, Quasimodo or The Bell Ringer of Our Lady of Paree
2006: Holly’s Dumpster (HIVE), The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces, House of Sleeping Beauties, The Perfectionist
2005: Vasily the Luckless
2004: The Suicide
2003: Lagoon of Lost Tales, The Beginners
2002: The Last Stand, Hold Your Head Tight
2001: Inside, Last Office
2000: Charge of the Moon, Pearly Mama
1998: Terminal, Real Flowers
Boca del Lupo has a foundation in theatre but has evolved into a multi-disciplinary company often partnering with artists and organization that are beyond the conventional boundaries of our form and our sector. We employ a year-round artistic, production and administrative team and manage three facilities: Performance Works, The Fishbowl, and The Anderson Street Space.
In summer 2018, Boca del Lupo became managers of Performance Works.
A focal point for Vancouver’s vibrant contemporary performance scenes, Performance Works programming will focus on performance innovation, new forms and cultural multiplicity. The curatorial framework of Performance Works will encourage values of equity and diversity alongside artistic excellence. Performance Works will also house BDL’s successful artist residency program, making space for some of Vancouver’s most interesting artists to create new works at crucial times in their development.
The Fishbowl on Granville Island
Located at 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC, The Fishbowl on Granville Island hosted its inaugural production, A Taste of Empire, from November 26th-28th, 2015.
The Fishbowl is home to our Micro Performance Series, @TheFishbowl events (like Listening Lounge, DBLSPK, and CODA), as well as Developmental and Space Residencies.
The Anderson Street Space
The Anderson Street Space houses Boca del Lupo’s administrative activities.
There were two phases of renovations that happened over 2010. First we installed a sprung floor, pipe grid, black drape, painting, seating, as well as upgrading the shared kitchen in the 1405 Anderson Street building. Thanks to a contribution from Canadian Heritage, the second phase focused on the purchase of specialized equipment. The Anderson Street Space is now fully equipped with some of the latest performance technology.
The space is leased through the Granville Island CMHC in a building shared with Axis Theatre.