Sooke Mayor Maja Tait also posted this reminder:
“Looking for something new and different to do this weekend?
“What began in 1970 as a travelling stage coach puppet show has evolved into a tall ship theatrical display. The Vancouver Sun in their review states, ‘Written and directed by Caravan co-founder Paul Kirby, Nomadic Tempest is like an outdoor Cirque du Soleil and IMAX hybrid, with a smattering of J.R.R. Tolkien and David Suzuki.’
“Join the Caravan Stage Company at the Government Wharf July 12, 13 or 14th at 10 pm!
“Pleased to welcome this new and exciting event to our community.”
Get your ticket here.
About the Caravan Stage Company (from Eventbrite)
The Caravan Stage Company, created in Victoria, BC in 1970 by Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder, is a professional non-profit theatre company travelling and performing with a diverse cast, creating original experimental theatre and opera that encompasses the themes of civil rights and environmental justice.
The Caravan began as the World’s Only Horse-Drawn Theatre Company. The one-wagon puppet show travelled throughout Vancouver Island, growing to become a major theatrical organization with a twenty-five person company of actors, musicians, artists and technicians that toured in wagons pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses. Please view a lovely video created by the National Film Board of Canada called, Horse Drawn Magic, to glimpse the early days of the Caravan.
In 1990, after twenty years of touring as a contemporary professional theatre, the Caravan took four years, a donated two million dollars, and hundreds of volunteers to create the Caravan version of a Thames River Sailing Barge. Built to stage the shows on the deck, masts, and rigging of the vessel, as well as on the surrounding water and land, the Caravan was created to tour in any waterway and perform in any location, regardless of logistics and services.
Completed in ’94, the Amara Zee (“Heart of the Sea Goddess”) set sail. The Caravan arrives on its beautiful 90ft Tall Ship and transforms the Amara Zee into a fully-rigged, technologically-inventive contemporary theatre. The audience gathers on the shore to experience an hour-long performance of original work that enthralls audiences ages 10 to 100, inspiring people with compelling, imminent, and futuristic themes. The shows feature original music, singing, aerial artistry, large scenic elements manipulated by the performers, video animation projections, lighting, and sound effects that create a magical visual and auditory feast for audiences of all ages. The Amara Zee is a floating venue, tethering the realities of today to the banks of the past, and presenting ideas that connect us to the far shores of possibility.
After eight years touring throughout Europe as the World’s Only Tall Ship Theatre, the Caravan has returned to its home in Victoria, B.C. for the first time in thirty years. This short video gives a glimpse into the company’s history, and what the future looks like, as the Caravan Journeys Beyond.