Alice in Glitterland
Alice in Glitterland
Alice in Glitterland is an immersive promenade into a dance-theatre wonderland, a nightclub playground with silky vintage score pulsing throughout this free-flow sandbox brought to life by twelve vibrant performers and an extravagant site-specific design. Wander through the labyrinthine halls and backrooms, swim through the ball pit and witness a roaming dance performance that invites you into the heightened reality of Glitterland. All audience members will be given a mask to wear at all times that indicates their preferred level of engagement. Roses of the White court may be welcomed into gentle embrace, or lead away to a private rendezvous. Roses of the Red court shall be given gentle space and left to enjoy in observation. Audience members will journey on a self-lead adventure, at a maximum ratio of 7 audience members per 1 performer, and with all performers offering multiple unique side stories or encounters, everyone will have an individualized experience every night. This show takes inspiration from large-scale immersive productions such as Sleep No More, Then She Fell, and The Grand Paradise. The script was developed to include over 40 interviews with people living with various neurodivergent lived experiences, exploring loving and living with mental illness. This conceptual work informed the narrative pathos needed to develop 93 distinct scenes telling twelve standalone character journeys that are multiplied by intersection and connection. With Alice in Glitterland we hope to create accessible, intimate, experiential theatre that is also a beautiful spectacle from every vantage point.
Dramaturg: Kathleey Flaherty
Fairlith Harvey, a graduate of New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy, has been directing, writing, and performing professionally for over a decade. Fairlith has appeared in, directed, written, publicized, produced (and toured with) Geekenders shows including A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure (and its sequels, The Empire Strips Back, Reveal of the Jedi, and The Force is Shakin), The Wizard of Bras, and Not the Bees: A Burlesque Tribute to Nicolas Cage, as well as all-ages offerings like Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical, A Halloween Night at Wayne Manor, Jurassic Parody: The Musical! and Galaxy News Radio Live!.
Fairlith has created programming for Barkerville Historic Town, selling out the hotels of both Wells and Barkerville in the shoulder season with the now institutional Steampunk Weekend. Fairlith also created the new script for Barkerville’s school program, as well as discourses on hurdy-gurdy dancers and the ghostly side of Barkerville. She has extensive experience and training as a historical interpreter. Fairlith also created programming and trained actors for Fright Nights at Playland’s inaugural season of running the haunt instead of bringing in an outside company, and New York’s Times Square dining experience, Mars 2112.
She has choreographed for Geekenders, Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, and Kitty Nights West, and taught burlesque movement at Capilano University. She is the founder of New York City’s ‘Company 1B’ theatrical troupe. She has created costumes for Fighting Chance Productions’ CATS (for which she won an Ovation Award), Hycroft Manor’s A Halloween Night at Wayne Manor, Metro Theatre’s Cinderella, numerous Geekenders shows, and for herself as a cabaret performer.
Other notable performing credits include but are not limited to, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Shape of Things, and Cinderella.
Ryan Caron is the Co-Artistic Director of Geekenders Theatricals. He is a theatre producer and director focusing on immersive theatre, movement-based experiments, and pop culture content. Vancouver-based, he is drawn to work that amplifies marginalized voices, with particular passion for LGBTQ+ representation and stories. Ryan studies and performs Japanese Classical Dance, training with the Fujima school of Nihon Buyoh and Komparu school Noh. Following a six month training intensive in Tokyo in 2016, he performed in the Canadian revival of Fujima Yûko’s dance piece “Ama” last spring with TomoeArts.
Past producing work includes Associate Producing Dancing on the Edge 29 at The Firehall Theatre, developing UBC Players Club’s now annual Festival Dionysia as the founding festival Artistic Director, and project management for a range of independent theatre and film projects. He has directed with Geekenders, Spectral Theatre, Nik Nok Media, and the Metro Theatre, performed improv with Synaptic Chaos Theatre, and dabbles in experimental immersive design including scent design and ambient audioscapes. He was Geekenders’ General Manager for their previous season before taking on his current role in the summer of 2018, and currently serves as Vice-President of Japanese-Canadian dance-theatre company Tomoe Arts.