SHIFT Presents The Surreal Project 2

SHIFT Performing Arts Society is an exciting and innovative company creating and presenting the performing arts like you’ve never seen. Based in Port Moody, SHIFT produces a season of theatre and multi-disciplinary works.

SHIFT is launching their 2010/11 season with The Surreal Project 2, an experimental theatre installation at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre and City Hall building October 22 and 23. Tickets are now available for this one-of-a-kind theatre presentation.

“The Surreal Project 2 is not going to be your usual theatre-going experience,” said SHIFT’s Artistic Managing Director Nick Sartore. “We’re building on our first Surreal Project last February to create something truly unique in the Tri-Cities arts scene.”

The Surreal Project 2 is a theatre installation that will be presented throughout Port Moody’s City Hall building. The event is centred around the galleria, where artists will be performing on the ground and in the air. There will be short plays in the Inlet Theatre, but also in upper-floor meeting room spaces and the underground parking lot. “This year, we’re introducing a circus component to the show, which you’ll see in the main lobby,” explains Kyle Falconer, Associate Artistic Director. “Some of the performances are on-going throughout the evening and others have set show times,” Kyle said. “The shows begin at 8pm and are all fifteen minutes or less, so audiences can come and go and choose which shows they want to see when.”

The theme of surrealism was realized in the first Surreal Project event last year. “We wanted to build something thematically interesting, but that also gave us freedom to create a wide variety of work,” Nick said. “Surrealism for us means anything that isn’t real, or that is the opposite of real. We’re able to tell a lot of different stories with this theme in mind.”

Performances in The Surreal Project 2 are directed by SHIFT contributors who are selected by the SHIFT staff and Board of Directors. “We are working with artists who create very high quality theatre,” says SHIFT director Shanda Walters. “Along with our 1-Act Festival, The Surreal Project is one of our signature events. We’re working very hard to showcase some of the best theatre we can make.” SHIFT is a community not-for-profit organization producing and presenting innovative, exciting and challenging live performing arts. “We began in the fall of 2007 and presented our first festival of short plays in June 2008,” Nick said. “Our 1-Act Theatre Festival will be celebrating four years in 2011 and has become an annually recognized arts event in Port Moody. We’re thrilled to be a part of the cultural landscape in the Tri-Cities.”

The Surreal Project 2 runs on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 at Port Moody’s City Hall building [map]. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 604.630.8712. You can also find more information by searching for The Surreal Project 2 on Facebook.

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