Digital Folk

A plastic orchid factory production, presented by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre

Alexandra Dance Hall

936 9 Ave SE

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre presents plastic orchid factory‘s

Digital Folk

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 7:00 & 8:00 pm
Alexandra Dance Hall, 936 9 Ave SE
Suggested ticket price $20; buy online or at the door
For more info: 403.710.0093 or

Vancouver performance company plastic orchid factory is taking its hybrid dance-music-art show on the road. Second stop, Calgary! Player up with a cast of award-winning dancers to transform the Alexandra Dance Hall into a colourful environment that is part 80’s rumpus room, part visual art installation and part secret chamber from Zelda.

Digital Folk is a video game + costume party + music and dance performance + installation built around the desire to revisit how communities gather to play music, dance and tell stories. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration between dance artist, James Gnam, visual artist, Natalie Purschwitz, lighting designer, James Proudfoot and 10 dance artists that explores a generation’s approach to identity, physicality, social dance and performance.

Digital Folk lives as an in-between world that is not quite a home and not quite a theatre, where the desire for music, dance and community is focused through the lens of video game culture to create an irreverent, interactive, looping experience that probes virtual and physical communities, feedback and paradox.

TWO NIGHTS ONLY! Book your tickets and stay for 1, 2 or 3 rounds. Ages 10+ welcome!

Buy tickets online or at the door.
For more info: 403.710.0093 or

About plastic orchid factory

plastic orchid factory is an artist-run, interdisciplinary organization that uses the body as a site for social commentary. Established in 2008, plastic orchid develops methodologies for creation that foster engagement, play, and exploration with artists from a diversity of backgrounds and practices. Through collaboration, performance and research, plastic orchid deftly probes connections between contemporary bodies and the social, political and technological landscapes that they inhabit. In its very brief history, plastic orchid has created nine short works and three evening length ensemble pieces including: _post, Remember When, James & Natalie and Digital Folk.

plastic orchid factory’s research and creation have been generously supported by The Dance Centre, EDAM dance, Circuit-Est in Montreal, Opera Estate in Bassano Italy, Progress Lab 1422/Electric Company Theatre and The Vancouver East Cultural Centre. The work has been presented by The Firehall Arts Centre, The Vancouver International Dance Festival, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Dance for a Small Stage, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and The New Forms Festival. plastic orchid factory is the founder of Left of Main, an artist run creation/development space located in Vancouver’s downtown east side.

Tickets and Passes

Digital Folk

Nov. 3, 2018 - Nov. 4, 2018

Alexandra Dance Hall

936 9 Ave SE

Pay-what-you-will; suggested ticket price $20. Buy online or at the door. For more info: 403.710.0093 or

Reviews and Feedback

Erika Thorkelson

Vancouver Sun -

“Digital Folk is an immersive installation by the interdisciplinary artists of plastic orchid factory that explores the strange and beautiful lines between the virtual and the real.”

Brittany Duggan

The Georgia Straight -

“In an age where so many people do exist in relative isolation, engaging with the world through technology, Digital Folk is a flash of energy—energy that dance, song, and community so uniquely extract.”

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