The Clutch Fall Season is underway with this weekend’s presentation of Veda Hille’s LIttle Volcano, at the Historic Theatre.
Already at home performing in The Cultch Historic Theatre, a season of virtual Side Door concerts at The Cultch, Veda Hille has perfected her online presentation skills. As The Cultch opens again, with limited in-person audiences, Little Volcano, presented with Theatre Replacement, is a chance for the artist to bring together both virtual and in-person audiences.
Having a even a small socially distant audience provides the immediate response that I’m sure artists crave. For the 120+ of us watching the livestream online, we enjoyed the sounds of applause and live reaction to the presentation. Always a charismatic performer, Little Volcano intertwines a series of autobiographical stories of life, love and health, with the music of JS Bach and her own works from her accompanying album.
Performing alone on-stage with just a grand piano and a record player, the audience feels like we’ve joined her in her own home for an intimate evening with a friend. Telling stories from childhood to living abroad, to love and marriage, and even health issues, Ms Hille has the ability to make the audience feel right at home and comfortable in the face of personal tales.
From a technical aspect The Cultch did great work at making the live stream feel like those at home were as involved as those in-theatre. The applause was audible but not overwhelming the stage performance. Being able to watch different angles and tight close-up shots made us feel like we were getting something special and unique, not just a single wide-angle shot of the stage as many livestreams end up presenting.
While Little Volcano has now closed, keep watch for the next shows in The Cultch Fall 2020 Season;
NOV 19–22, 2020
do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata
The popular musical revue based on real-life Craigslist ads returns with a virtual twist!
DEC 17, 2020–JAN 3, 2021
Panto Come Home! presented with Theatre Replacement
What do you get when you mix a goofball radio show, the York Theatre, and 350 pounds of past Panto costumes? It’s Panto Come Home!
An all-star cast of East Van Panto favourites remix the best of the last seven years into a brand new holiday extravaganza.