Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party


Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party/Tim Matheson


at the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance’s 2019 Making a Scene Conference
presented in partnership with Rumble TheatreTheatre Replacement, and SFU

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
The Post at 750 | 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5

Following the first successful Ephemera event in 2018, we’re pleased to announce that we’re doing it all again!

We, along with our friends from Theatre Replacement and SFU, are partnering this month with the GVPTA to present Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party. Join us as we close the 2019 Making a Scene conference with snacks, drinks, and socializing, while creating a collective time capsule for the performing arts.

Performance is unique and ephemeral, to be experienced in the moment. But once it has passed, what remains? Many wish to retain some tangible trace of the experience, a narrative that serves as a memory of past events, an interpretation of what we’ve done and where we’ve been. What can we do with the material detritus that represents the path and process of our creative works, from initial idea to development to performance?

Guided by Melissa Sarlin, Head of Special Collections and Rare Books at the SFU Library, members of the performing arts community are invited to create a paper trail contributing to a physical repository which will be incorporated into SFU’s Special Collections. As a group, we’ll organize, structure, catalogue, and preserve detritus of past performances, and through the process will celebrate our shared memories and our history.

In advance of this year’s event, we sent Jiv to SFU’s Special Collections to study the current Ephemera archive. You can read his thoughts and reflections on the 2018 collection, and his suggestions on how to frame the direction for this year’s gathering here: Reflections on Ephemera

As Jiv notes in his reflection, you can be part of the event by both being present and by bringing artefacts to the gathering. To paraphrase Jiv:

“[Bring] more artefacts. Things that speak to process by their existence. I’m also interested to see more artefacts that speak to what it is that’s most valued by artists – strange loaded items. So bring your process and creation bits, your weird thing kicking around your office that can provoke an imagined story; hell – bring your strategic plans and let’s see where we all think we’re headed. Bring your bad reviews. Please bring your bad reviews. We all have them. And beyond being hilarious in retrospect, they speak a lot about the landscape we’re creating in.”

We also encourage you to bring a guest who might be interested in, or who you think should be at this event. All are welcome.

Refreshments, snacks, and cash bar will be available.

This is a FREE EVENT but RSVP required. Space is limited. Click this link to reserve your spot.