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january 2018 | Volume 163


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by Carmen Aguirre
The Cultch Historic Theatre
Feb. 13-24
www.thecultch.com or 604-251-1363

Join Carmen Aguirre on the dance floor and be transported to Latin dance halls with vivid stories of one of Canada’s most unique milieus— Listen, move and be moved!

The Cultch is thrilled to present Broken Tailbone, the latest work from celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre, Feb. 13-24 in the Historic Theatre. 

Join Carmen Aguirre as she brings the world of Canada’s Latin dance halls to life in the Historic Theatre. While DJ Don Pedro mixes an incredible array of sexy, hip-swaying music — creating an irresistible environment that will get even the most reluctant dancers up on their feet— Carmen interweaves stories of her experience with the hidden world of Latin dance halls while leading a live and interactive dance lesson. Daring, sexy, and, above all, fun; Carmen’s performance flows from her remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture, and the forgotten origins of the salsa. 

Carmen Aguirre is a world-renowned author, actor, and playwright. She has won awards for her performance and her writing. Her plays have been nominated for local and national awards, and The Refugee Hotel, partially inspired by her own experiences as a political refugee, won the 2002 Jessie Richardson New Play Centre Award. 

The Cultch presents 
Nightswimming (Toronto)

WHEN: Feb 13 – 24, 2018
Feb 13, 8PM: Preview
Feb 14, 8PM: Opening Night
Feb 15 – 17, 20 – 24, 8PM
Feb 18, 24, 2PM

1895 Venables St.

TICKETS: Tickets $35. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com

ADDED VALUE: Book tickets for one of the TALKBACK performances and enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with the artists: FEB 15 & 20 at 8 PM or FEB 18 at 2 PM.


Carmen has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Chile Con CarneThe TriggerThe Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. She is currently writing a new play entitled Anywhere But Here and is the author of two bestselling memoirs: Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter and Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. Carmen is the recipient of the Hispanic Business Alliance's 2014 Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, Latincouver's 2014 Most Inspirational Latin Award, the 2014 Betty Mitchell Outstanding Actor Award for her work in Alberta Theatre Projects' The Motherfucker with The Hat, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumna Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers' Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 New Play Centre Award for Best New Play, for The Refugee Hotel. Carmen is a graduate of Studio 58.  She has over eighty film, tv, and stage acting credits. www.carmenaguirre.ca


Nightswimming is a Toronto-based dramaturgical company with a national mandate focused on creation, performance and researchthrough commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance. Nightswimming seeks out established performing arts companies as partners in an extended process leading to premiere productions. Through the creation of these new works, Nightswimming is devoted to advancing the field of dramaturgy – the exploration of theatrical stories and how they are told – and play development in Canada. Nightswimming has commissioned and developed 25 projects with more than 80 runs at theatres and festivals from Victoria to Whitehorse to St. John’s.


Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work. 



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