Past Productions

​August 3-7, 2011

Little Mountain Gallery

Weaving together folktales, memoirs, history, and pop culture, Troika tells the story of growing up Ukrainian Canadian in Western Canada. With cast members hailing from the big city of Vancouver, the suburbs of Edmonton, and a small town in Saskatchewan, Troika uses elements of music, movement, and story telling to take a sometimes poignant and sometimes humourous look at what it means to celebrate culture and heritage two generations removed from the motherland. Troika is created and performed by Aliya Griffin, Lauren Kresowaty, and Natalie Schneck. (As part of a double bill performance with Resounding Scream Theatre's The Troubles.)

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"​Chernobyl: The Opera" (short version) as part of Hive: The Newbees 2ouble

May 24-26, 2012
Chapel Arts Centre

Produced by Resounding Scream Theatre, Hive: the Newbees 2 is the second installment of Hive: the Newbees. Based on the popular Progress Lab Hive series, emerging theatre companies create short pieces for small audiences in and around the Chapel Arts Centre (a former funeral chapel).

The Troika Collective performs a short version of Chernobyl: The Opera in the upstairs gallery, featuring Gina Readman, Manuela Sosa, Lauren Kresowaty, and Marcela Caceres with Elliot Vaughan on accordion and Clara Shandler on the cello.

Produced

Chernobyl: The Opera

May 14-19, 2013
Carousel Studio Theatre


Set to the haunting yet beautiful contemporary music of composer Elliot Vaughan, Chernobyl: The Opera tells the stories of survivors of the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor as well as of those who have chosen to resettle in the region despite the dangers to their health. Using verbatim text taken from interviews and sung by an ensemble of seven, Chernobyl: the Opera uses music, movement, and projection to explore the horrifying and heartbreaking yet compelling history of a nuclear disaster.

Composition and Musical Direction by: Elliot Vaughan
Concept and Direction by: Aliya Griffin
Stage Management by: Jessica Han
Featuring: Jessica Hood, Kevin Lee, Steffi Munshaw, Chu-Lynne Ng, Gina Readman, Manuela Sosa, Benjamin Stone, Clara Shandler, and Elliot Vaughan

"Nevesta Vodih" as part of Hive: The Newbees 3

Written by: Lauren Kresowaty

Directed by: Aliya Griffin
Featuring: Chelsea McDonald

June 10-14, 2013
Chapel Arts Centre

Produced by Resounding Scream Theatre, Hive: the Newbees 3 is the third installment of Hive: the Newbees. Based on the popular Progress Lab Hive series, emerging theatre companies create short pieces for small audiences in and around the Chapel Arts Centre (a former funeral chapel).

The Troika Collective performs a one woman show in the bathroom of Chapel Arts called "Nevesta Vodih" (bride of water). Using the Russian legend of the Rusalka as its base, "Nevesta Vodih" uses story telling, ritual, and verbatim online Russian dating profiles to explore the myths and realities around the Russian "mail order bride" industry.

Belarusian Dream Theater

March 25, 2014

SFU Woodwards

 

 

The Troika Collective in Association with Ensemble Free Theater Norway (EFTN) present the Belarusian Dream Theater project, an international performing arts event supporting freedom of expression in Belarus, conceived by Brendan McCall, Artistic Director of EFTN.

 

On March 25th, Belarus' Freedom Day, partner theatres will present performances of new short plays about Belarus simultaneously in Australia, Belarus, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Ukraine, the United States, and in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

The Vancouver presentation of Belarusian Dream Theater presented by The Troika Collective will include new works by Jez Broome, Vivienne Glance, Jacob Juntunen, John Ladd, Jake Rosenberg, Aurin Squire, and David L. Williams directed by six emerging directors; Pedro Chamale, Derek Chan, Zoe Green, Manuela Sosa, Deneh Thompson, and Aliya Griffin, Co-Artistic Director of the The Troika Collective.

 

The evening will also feature "Vostok", a vocal group specializing in the music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

 

Entrance is by donation benefiting The Troika Collective with online sales of the compilation of plays benefiting Amnesty International.

 

 

 

Written by: Torsten Buchsteiner

English Translation by David Tushingham

Directed by: Aliya Griffin

Production Dramaturg: Lauren Kresowaty

Stage Manager and Lighting Deisgn by: Jessica Han
Featuring: Chelsea McDonald
, Elizabeth Kirkland, and Randi Edmundson

 

Produced and performed by an all-female cast and crew, Nordost tells the harrowing story of the 57-hour hostage crisis in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theatre and its shocking culmination from the perspective of three very different women: Olga (Elizabeth Kirkland), a Russian mother, has saved for months to bring her husband and young daughter to the theatre to see the first original Russian musical. Zura (Chelsea MacDonald), a young Chechen widow, travels to Moscow as a suicide bomber, trained to avenge her country and her slain husband. Tamara (Randi Edmundson) is a paramedic and single mother called to the scene of the crisis, who has ties to the Chechen conflict of her own. As lives and families are forever altered, these three women must find new sources of strength, resistance, and empathy.

 

At a time when terrorism, rebellion, and imperial military muscle (not to mention Vladimir Putin) are once again dominating headlines, Nordost invites audiences to examine contemporary issues through past events. Who are the “others”, known to us only through their violent acts? Are they terrorists? Freedom fighters? Murderers? Revolutionaries? Is there any way, amidst the atrocities committed by both sides, that we might come to understand each other?

 

David Tushingham’s translation commissioned by Company of Angels, London, and first presented at the Salisbury Playhouse Studio in April 2013.

 

Nordost

March 4-7, 2015

Havana Theatre

 

 

Olya the Child

as part of the Vancouver International Fringe Festival

September 10-20, 2015

The Emily Carr Parkade

Johnston Street, Granville Island

The Troika Collective presents Olya the Child, an original play that explores the meaning of family through the eyes of a Russian orphan.

Performed as a site-specific work in the Emily Carr parkade on Granville Island, Olya the Child draws parallels between tales of feral children (children raised without human contact) and the unique challenges of international adoption.


Featuring collaborative physical storytelling by an ensemble cast, by turns both whimsical and bleak, Olya the Child takes its audience from the concrete jungle of a state orphanage in Moscow, through the efficient metropolis of the Frankfurt Airport, to the sometimes claustrophobic comfort of suburban Vancouver as it questions the nature of love, family, and the fairytales we tell about them.

SHOW TIMES:

Thurs, Sept 10: 7pm & 9pm – Fri, Sept 11: 7pm & 9pm – Sat, Sept 12: 7pm & 9 pm – Sun, Sept 13: 7pm ONLY – Wed, Sept 16: 7pm & 9pm – Thurs, Sept 17: 7pm & 9pm – Fri, Sept 18: 7pm ONLY – Sat, Sept 19: 7pm & 9pm – Sun, Sept 20: 7pm ONLY

 

Read more about the productions here.

Written by: Lauren Kresowaty

Directed by: Aliya Griffin
Featuring: Jessica Hood, Jalen Saip, Keara Barnes, Manuela Sosa, Victor Armando Ayala, Jenn Edwards, and
Rachelle Miguel

April 26th, 2016 - 8:00pm

Ukrainian Cultural Centre

805 East Pender Street

 

In commemoration of the 30th annivesary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, The Troika Collective is remounting their most popular production. Featuring music from the formerly titled Chernobyl: The Opera, Voices from Chernobyl is a one night concert event. 

 

Set to the haunting yet beautiful contemporary music of composer Elliot Vaughan, Voices from Chernobyl tells the stories of survivors of the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor as well as of those who have chosen to resettle in the region despite the dangers to their health. Using verbatim text taken from interviews and sung by an ensemble of seven, Voices from Chernobyl uses music and projection to explore the horrifying and heartbreaking yet compelling history of a nuclear disaster.

 

The evening will also feature vocal group Vostok specializing in music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

 

Proceeds from the event with benefit the Veronika Children Leukemia Foundation.

 

Voices from Chernobyl

 

 

Richka (River)

June 27, 2017 -  8pm

Firehall Arts Centre

280 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC

 

The Association of United Ukrainian Canadians in collaboration with The Troika Collective presents a captivating new multidisciplinary work melding contemporary dance with Ukrainian traditions.

Incorporating storytelling, theatre, live music and a unique combination of Ukrainian and Contemporary dance, Richka melds Ukrainian folklore with contemporary aesthetics, and reveals the concepts which carry Ukrainian culture into our Canadian identity and echoes shared cultural experiences.

Original Concept: Aliya Griffin, Deborah Karras, Laurel Lawry, Tetiana Zaruba
Created by: Georgina Alpen, Aliya Griffin, Tamara Pitts, Emily Villavicencio
Featuring: Vostok: Aliya Griffin, Emily Villavicencio, Jessica Hood; Dancers: Karley Kyle-Moffat, Egor Terekhine, Jeff Gonek, David Clennin, Katherine Alpen, Charlotte Newman
Technical Director: Mariya ‘Masha’ Birkby
Costumes: Janice Beck



 

 

Solidarity Forever
Walking Tour in collaboration with BC Labour Heritage Centre

August 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Starting point - The Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

In the summer and fall of 1983, in response to draconian budget cuts and attacks on worker and human rights,  the province of BC was brought to a near stand still by one of the largest labour and civil society movements the province has ever seen, "Operation Solidarity".

35 years later, The Troika Collective helps tell the story, providing interactive performances as part of a walking tour led by the people who were there and organized by the BC Labour Heritage Centre.



Created by: Stephanie Henderson and Aliya Griffin in collaboration with the cast and Bailey Garden of the BC Labour Heritage Centre.

Directed by: Aliya Griffin
Featuring: Ben Stone, Manuela Sosa, Kayleigh Sandomirsky, Sabrina Auclair, and Lili Robinson



 

 

Yours in Revolt, Ginger
November 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Russian Hall

1918. In a country bitterly divided by war, the killing of labour leader Ginger Goodwin is the last straw for BC workers. Journey back to a vital chapter of BC’s history with "Yours in Revolt, Ginger", a short play from The Troika Collective.

"Yours in Revolt, Ginger" by Caroline Sniatynski will be presented as part of the Left Coast Labour Chorus' event "We Do the Work: Then and Now". Join us for an evening of music and theatre, including performances by the Left Coast Labour Chorus, and the winners of the first ever "We Do the Work" song contest.



Written by: Caroline Sniatynski

Directed by: Aliya Griffin
Featuring: Stephanie Henderson, Jessica Hood, Liz Kirkland, and May Bosaing

Stage management by: Kayleigh Sandomirsky


 

 

Dva Bratih (Two Brothers)
as part of HIVE 2019 at the Magnetic North Festival
June 8, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Presentation House Theatre

 

Produced by The Hive Performance Collective in association with Presentation House Theatre and The Magnetic North Theatre Festival

The HIVE Performance Collective features the work of:
Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Caroline Sniatynski, Dusty Foot Productions Julia Siedlanowska, Little Thief Theatre, Re:Current Theatre, rice & beans theatre, star star theatre, The Troika Collective, unladylike co.

 

In the Troika Collective's piece we're immersed in a make-shift kitchen some where in Donetsk, Ukraine (the East of Ukraine) where a mother is preparing a meal for her two absent sons. Inspired by a Mark McKinnon article about two brothers on opposite sides of the Ukraine conflict, the piece weaves together folktale and modern politics with plenty of Ukrainian hospitality.



Written by: Aliya Griffin

Folktale written by: Lauren Kresowaty

Directed by: Aliya Griffin

Performed by: Kayleigh Sandomirsky



 

© 2013 by The Troika Collective.

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