Jade Circle 玉環

March 6 – 17, 2024
Performed for a live audience in Studio B
Run time: 45 minutes + Post-Show Talkback

A Part of The Mother Tongue Project
By Jasmine Chen
Directed by Derek Chan
A rice & beans theatre production
In association with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

“Don’t wait to learn and don’t wait to ask. Whatever your language is, spoken or unspoken, it can bring you closer to who you are.” – Jasmine Chen

Prepare to be swept away by the world premiere of Jade Circle, a beautiful multidisciplinary performance by Jasmine Chen. Through powerful music, captivating movement, and poignant storytelling in Mandarin and English, Jasmine finds her place within the legacy of her matriarchs. Yearning to reconnect with her late grandmother, she embarks on a transformative journey to relearn Mandarin and unearths lost stories of her grandmother’s past through intimate interviews with her mother. This show is accessible to individuals who can understand only Mandarin, English, or both. As part of the show, subtitled text will be projected for audiences.

This beautiful story will inspire you to rediscover and reclaim your mother tongue. Jade Circle is an experience not to be missed. Secure your tickets for this breathtaking performance.

Post-Show Talkback
A talkback is an opportunity for the audience to “talk back” or engage in a conversation with the artist in response to the performance.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES & SHOWTIMES

Wed. March 6 – 7:30PM (Pay-What-You-Will Preview)
Thurs. March 7 – 7:30PM (Opening Night)
Fri. March 8 – 7:30PM
Sat. March 9 – 7:30PM
Sun. March 10 – 4:00PM (Post-show Community Dinner)
Wed. March 13 – 1:00PM
Thurs. March 14 – 7:30PM
Fri. March 15 – 7:30PM
Sat. March 16 – 7:30PM (VocalEye Live Audio Description)
Sun. March 17 – 1:00PM

TICKET PRICES

General Admission: $30
Please note: You can select chairs or cushions for your seat. Cushions will be on the floor, close to the staging area, for a close-up experience of the show. Patrons with mobility concerns are encouraged to select ‘chair’ seats when purchasing tickets online or at the Box office. If you would like to swap your type of seating after purchasing your ticket, please contact the Box Office.

Student Rush*: $25

*Student Rush tickets can only be purchased on the same day of the performance online, by phone or at the door.
*Student Rush tickets are only applicable to students in secondary and post-secondary institutions. Students must show valid ID from an accredited educational institution when presenting their ticket.

  • Audience Considerations

    This production contains haze.

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About Jasmine Chen

As a second-generation immigrant, Jasmine’s personal journey and background greatly inform her artistic expression. Her experiences and heritage shape the stories she tells, adding depth and authenticity to her performances and creative endeavours. With extensive experience as a Theatre, Film/TV, and Voiceover performer, Jasmine’s artistic endeavours go beyond acting and directing. She invites audiences to explore the complexities of identity, belonging, and cultural heritage through her work. She also delves into the creation of multilingual, interdisciplinary pieces that aim to bring linguistic and formal diversity to our stages while bridging cultural and linguistic barriers through the power of play and theatre.

Learn more about Jasmine and her work on her website: http://www.msjasminechen.com/

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Photos by Pedro Augusto Meza

Artistic Team

Jasmine Chen

Playwright/Performer

Bio

Jasmine Chen

Playwright/Performer

Jasmine is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist working across theatre, film/TV, audio, and media. She was the Artistic and Community Producer at Gateway Theatre (2020-2022) and former Resident Artist (18/19). Jasmine would like to thank her grandmother for her love of storytelling and singing, which has carried her throughout her entire life.

Derek Chan

Director

Bio

Derek Chan

Director

Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) grew up in colonial Hong Kong and currently lives and works on the unceded, stolen, and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. An award-winning multilingual playwright, director, translator, and performer, he is the Managing Artistic Director of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Derek was an artist in residence at the National Arts Centre English Theatre Department in the 2019/20 season. Derek previously worked at Gateway on Sik Zeon Tin Haa/食盡天下, Yoga Play, and A Year of Blessings. He was the co-recipient of the 2021 Simon Fraser University FCAT Young Alumni Award for his work at Rice & Beans Theatre.

Katie Voravong

Assistant Director

Bio

Katie Voravong

Assistant Director

Katie Voravong is a “Vancouver” based theatre artist, a Studio 58 grad, and presently works in direction, performance, and writing. Recently, Katie spent the past 7 months in Laos, where their parents are from, learning their mother tongue, and feels immensely grateful to be part of Jade Circle as the Assistant Director. They are currently the Associate Artistic Producer with vAct.

Thank you to Gateway Theatre, rice & beans, vAct, and the entire Jade Circle team for all of your hard work and heart. It is so fulfilling to create art, share space, and be with all of you.

www.katievoravong.com

Johnny Wu

Movement/Mandarin Consultant

Bio

Johnny Wu

Movement/Mandarin Consultant

Johnny Wu is a bilingual Taiwanese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist. Having graduated from Simon Fraser University with a double major in Theatre Performance and Criminology, his work seeks to investigate humanity through storytelling with social consciousness. Johnny’s credits include For Now (2023) presented by Green Thumb Theatre and Lionsgate’s Joy Ride directed by Adele Lim and written by Teresa Hsiao and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong. The film stars Ashley Park, Stephanie Hsu, Sherry Cola and Sabrina Wu. Johnny believes that compassion and understanding is the key to social change and storytelling, on stage or screen, is the hand that turns the key.

Julia Kim

Set/Props/Costume Designer

Bio

Julia Kim

Set/Props/Costume Designer

Julia Kim is a set, costume, and projection designer, new to the Vancouver theatre scene. She started her theatre training at SFU, then graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a BFA (Hons.) in Performance Production in 2015. Since then, she’s been working mostly in Southern Ontario, designing for independent theatre and dance productions, and working as an assistant designer at Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival. She’s excited to return to her home and finally design a show on the lower mainland. She enjoys the collaborative process of theatre-making the most and it’s been such a fun journey on this production.

Daniel O’Shea

Video Designer

Bio

Daniel O’Shea

Video Designer

Daniel O’Shea makes theatre, designs projection, and creates films, using technology and design as a keystone to support narrative and deepen dramaturgy. Daniel employs a low-fi DYI aesthetic, in parallel to convoluting the ideas of phenomenological discourses. Currently, his work focuses on states of presence and unbalancing audiences. Daniel’s artistic research has explored the ephemeral nature of a ‘self’, interruptions of technology on human processes, and the results of cognitive dissonance.

Daniel is a founding member of A Wake Of Vultures and has been presented by Performance Studies international (PSi), Festival Of Recorded Movement, and Shooting Gallery and elsewhere. Daniel’s work has been seen in Canada and internationally.

Jonathan Kim

Lighting Designer

Bio

Jonathan Kim

Lighting Designer

Jonathan, also known as Jono, is a lighting designer with ten years of experience in the local performing arts scene. Jonathan is a graduate of SFU’s Theatre Production and Design program. This is his Gateway Theatre debut. He truly values the process and has a passion to be there from day one. Absorbing anything and everything in the rehearsal room like a sponge, which greatly helps with his work in better supporting and synchronizing with the true cohesive vision of the production.

Jessica Chen

Visual Artist

Bio

Jessica Chen

Visual Artist

Jessica is a Chinese-Canadian visual artist currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has been developing her creative practice for over 10 years, currently with a focus on abstract watercolour works on paper. Much of her inspiration comes from observing patterns and ecosystems in the natural world, which has led her to spend time exploring tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia and more recently Oaxaca, Mexico, where she learned about natural plant dyeing techniques and native plant fibre processing for papermaking. As a painter, Jessica is interested in creating a visual language and space of patterning that speaks to her relationality between human, animal, and plant worlds, some kind of alchemy on paper of things seen and felt throughout her travels and encounters.

Karen Chiang

Stage Manager

Bio

Karen Chiang

Stage Manager

Karen Chiang 蔣家寧 is an emerging producer, stage manager, theatre artist, and event coordinator. Some of her recent credits include Lights of Hope (Eos Lightmedia, St. Paul’s Hospital); I Swallowed a Moon made of Iron (Music Picnic); Deep Fried: a Pinoy Musical Workshop (Playwright Theatre Company); Dil Ka Workshop(Ruby Slipper Theatre); 90 Days (Western Gold Theatre); buto/buto: bones are seeds, (National Pilipino Canadian Cultural Centre and Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society).

As a strong believer in the therapeutic power of the Arts, Karen is passionate about spreading the healing and joy she experiences through the creation of and engagement in artistic activities. Karen is especially interested in creating art that surrounds the themes of culture, identity, and justice.

Jamie Sweeney

Production Manager

Bio

Jamie Sweeney

Production Manager

Jamie Sweeney is a Canadian, Vancouver-based, theatre collaborator. She is a lighting designer, a technical director, a performer, a deviser, a creator, and an artist. She has a BFA in theatre production and design from Simon Fraser University. Some companies she has worked with include Ballet BC, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, Arts Club, rice & beans theatre, vAct, and Neworld Theatre. Further credits can be found on her website: www.jamiesweeney.ca

Liam Hunt

Technical Director

Bio

Liam Hunt

Technical Director

Liam is a Technical Director and Sound Engineer who has been in the industry for about 8 years. After graduating from Capilano University he is now working full-time at the Massey Theatre as their SAD (Senior Audio Development) Technician and is grateful to be a continued part of rice and beans theatre productions. Liam’s philosophy as the TD is to strive and fulfill the artistic concepts created by the designers to the best of his abilities.

Liam is a Technical Director and Sound Engineer who has been in the industry for about 8 years. After graduating from Capilano University he is now working full-time at the Massey Theatre as their SAD (Senior Audio Development) Technician and is grateful to be a continued part of rice and beans theatre productions. Liam’s philosophy as the TD is to strive and fulfill the artistic concepts created by the designers to the best of his abilities.

BRIANNA BERNARD

Technical Director Assistant

Bio

BRIANNA BERNARD

Technical Director Assistant

Brianna Bernard is a theatre artist and technical director with 3 years of experience in the Vancouver live performance scene. She holds a BFA in Theatre Production & Design from Simon Fraser University. Brianna has worked on many events including rEvolver Festival, Tremors Festival, and The Array 2022. Brianna takes an interest in both the creative and practical aspects of art.

Aysha Dulong

Co-Sound Designer (Sapphire Haze)

Bio

Aysha Dulong

Co-Sound Designer (Sapphire Haze)

Aysha is a sound artist and performer, and is thrilled to be sound designing again at Gateway Theatre. Aysha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University. For Gateway Theatre, Aysha previously sound designed for the Lunar New Year Installation Into the Light in 2022. Aysha aims to explore how sound can embody lived experiences, and be utilized to explore and express oneself.

Cindy Kao

Co-Sound Designer (Sapphire Haze)

Bio

Cindy Kao

Co-Sound Designer (Sapphire Haze)

Cindy is a Taiwanese actor/sound artist, (Ketegalan and Siraya Nations) based in Vancouver (Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations). She received a BFA in Theatre Performance at Simon Fraser University, with a classical violin background certified by the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Cindy’s interdisciplinary works include starring in A Family Act presented by Whistler Film Festival (Jury Award Winner), award recipient for Reel 2 Real Film Festival (Best Actor Award), Music on Main feature, New York Electroacoustic Music Festival with Sapphire Haze duo partner Aysha Dulong, music composition and instrumentalist for Happy Valley-馬照跑 舞照跳 by Derek Chan , and sound design for Peace Country by Pedro Chamale.

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