003_playback by Chimerik 似不像

New Works presents


A Chimerik 似不像 Project Lead by Caroline MacCaull

Performance in Development

Sunday, 2 October 2022, 5pm

Roundhouse Performance Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

Performed in Vancouver live and in-person for the first time as a performance in development; 003_playback is an interactive work that invites audience members to vote to collectively decide, in real-time, how the lighting, sound and movement will develop throughout the piece. Drawing from video games and simulation theory, together we explore the many timelines we navigate causing a rippling effect with each choice. Framed as a performance-as-research, 003_playback, investigates how surveillance, control, and agency, actively play with our human experience by constantly shift our current reality or state.

The work was originally created to be an online work and is still in development in it’s current in-person performance format.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Eventbrite link below and they will be available for purchase at the door. Each ticket is priced on sliding scale of $8 – $33 based on a “Pay What It’s Worth” (PWIW) model where you are encouraged to give in gratitude for the perceived value you will receive. Please note, no one will be turned away due to financial need.

What to Expect at the Theatre:

The performance is approximately 30 minutes in length. We will then invite audience members to engage with the technology through a short movement exploration and dialogue/Q&A about the work. The full performance + experience is approximately 60 minutes.

What to Bring (Optional):

As an optional way to participate in this performance, audience members are encouraged to either bring a smart phone or tablet to access our web interface.

Chimerik似不像 is a transdisciplinary collective with transnational roots. They have collaborated visually, sonically and conceptually in over 300 multi-disciplinary projects which have exhibited internationally such as World Design Expo, Digital Arts Festival of Taipei, Lacking Sound Festival, New Form Festival, ISEA, Digital Carnival, Taiwan Best Design 100, TPAM, Push festival, VIDS, etc. Chimerik似不像 has worked with theatre company such as The Arts Club as well as influential corporations such as NIKE, Microsoft, BenQ and Google while engages various underrepresented community groups. www.chimerik.com

003_playback Creative Team

A Chimerik 似不像 project @chimerikcollective

Caroline MacCaull – Project Lead, Creator, Performer @carolinemaccaull

Sammy Chien – Creative Collaborator, New Media Sound Artist, Movement Collaborator, Performer @soar55

Juolin Lee – Movement Interpreter/Collaborator @juolinlee

Danielle Mackenzie Long – New Media Operator, Creative Assistant @daniellemckz

Kayleigh Sandomirsky – Chimerik Producer, Stage Manager @kayleighsando

Steven Kobza – Interactive Web-based Computer Programmer

P Megan Andrews – Embodied Movement Research Mentor @pmeganandrews

Julianne Chapple – Outside Eye, Advisor @juliechapple

Past Creative Contributors: Howard Dai, Brett Palaschuk, Wladimiro A. Woyno R.

Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and the Scotiabank Dance Centre for the support on this current phase of the project.

Photo Top: by danielle Mackenzie Long. Photo Middle: by Kimberly Ho @kberlyho / digitally edited by Caroline MacCaull.

Meet the Artists

Caroline MacCaull (she/they) is a queer emerging interdisciplinary artist living and working on the unceded and stolen territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First nations. Through the amalgamation of movement, video, new media and technology, her practice questions, experiments, and converges ideas between different mediums to rediscover how they can cohesively coalesce. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts and has had her work presented by Shooting Gallery Performance Series, Co.ERASGA’s Salon Series, Gallery Series 258, Vines Arts Festival, New Works, K.Format/documenta 15 (Kassel, Germany), Chaos Emblematic (Berlin), FOUND festival (Edmonton), Festival International de Danse Animée (Réunion) and the Scotiabank Dance Centre for three of their different programs 12 Minutes Max, Digital Dance and currently DanceLab program for their 2022-2023 season. She has been artist-in-residence at What Lab (Vancouver), LEÑA (Galiano Island), ArtStarts Ignites (Vancouver), DeerLake (Burnaby) and NKK Dance Centre (Siem Reap, Cambodia). During her short time as an emerging movement artist she has had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate and interpret movement with Peter Chin/Tribal Crackling Wind and Restless Productions. Caroline is currently the Artistic Associate of the Chimerik 似不像 Collective which has given her the opportunity to work as a New media/Projection Designer on various projects with many different artists/organizations. Some of these include: Veronique West (Rumble Theatre), Jasmine Chen (Rice and Beans Theatre), Zahra Shahab, Restless Productions, Affair of Honor, Ralph Escamillan (Van Vogue Jam), Luke Reece (Theatre Passe Muraille), Active / Passive, Indian Summer Festival and Mayumi Lashbrook (Aeris Korper). 

Sammy Chien 簡上翔 is a Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant and queer artist-of-colour, who’s an interdisciplinary artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor in film, sound art, new media, performance, movement and spiritual practice. With over 400 collaborative projects, his work has been exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), worked with pioneers of digital performance: Troika Ranch and Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and active in projects engaging various underrepresented communities. Sammy has been featured on TV and commercial such as Discorder, Keedan, CBC Arts and BenQ. Sammy is currently leading a dance research project “We Were One”, media arts project “Ritual-Spective 迴融” and digital strategy research “Virtual Live Art”. Sammy is the official instructor of Isadora, member of MotionDAO and Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective. www.sammychien.com

Juolin Lee is a Taiwanese-Canadian emerging dance artist who is fascinated by the transformative power of dance. Juolin feels fortunate to live, learn and create on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Juolin completed her training in Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance program in 2021. Juolin has a deep love and respect for the dance community she’s immersed in. She has the pleasure to work with Natalie TY Gan, Ziyian Kwan, Sammy Chien, Caroline MacCaull, Arash Khakpour, Emmalena Fredriksson and Zahra Shahab. Dance to Juolin is a portal to indescribable emotions and complex, swerving stories. Through openness and curiosity she wishes to continuously unpack her idea of self and her relationship with the world.

Kayleigh Sandomirsky is a stage/production manager, producer, curator and performer on the stolen territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam. Kayleigh is also currently the Producer/ Project Manager for Chimerik 似不像, as well as the Stage Manager for BLUSCRN by FakeKnot, Double Happiness by Nancy Tam and Robyn Jacobs, and another rendition of The Array produced by UpintheAir Theatre. Kayleigh recently finished a month long tour of New Societies by Brian Postalian, as well as production managed Dancing to Remember by Aeriosa Dance and Butterflies in Spirit, Departure by Marissa Wong, HIVE 2021: Flight Paths; and stage managed 003_playback by Caroline MacCaull, Kwê by Jeanette Kotowich and collective; Revelations by UpintheAir Theatre; and Ying Yun with Wen Wei Dance. 

danielle Mackenzie Long, a queer emerging contemporary dance artist and filmmaker, resides on the stolen and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations. Fascinated by moments of mundanity, they reimagine their observed surroundings to better understand their ever-evolving identity. danielle is currently pursuing a BFA in Film Production at UBC, after having recently graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. In 2021 she was a commissioned artist for the Festival of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M). Her film works have been presented at Birmingham International Dance Festival, Capsule (in partnership with NAC/F-O-R-M), Digit Carnival Z, and F-O-R-M.