This year’s International Women’s Day at MOA is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women.
Through the voices of women from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, we explore what it means to be a woman—in this time, in this city, in this world. This special night at MOA features dance, rap, song, poetry, improvisation and powerful words by Vancouver’s emerging and established women artists. The night showcases the diversity, strength, breadth and depth of women’s experiences, their resilience and unique voices through the power of the arts.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Co-curated with dancer, rapper and community organizer, Kayla Vargas; JUNO-winning violinist and community organizer, Meredith Bates and singer/songwriter and musician, Chelsea D.E. Johnson.
Musqueam Welcome + Opening Remarks | 7 pm
Zahra Shahab | 7:10 pm
An exploration of spirituality, sexuality, and the veil through movement. Zahra looks to her Islamic past and plays with the burqa as a site of amorphous transformation.
Vancouver Improvised Arts Society | 7:25 pm
A jazz performance that celebrates the intersections of gender, race, and social status by encouraging the mingling of mediums and genres.
With Barbara Bourget (Kokoro Dance), dancer; Olivia C. Davies (O.Dela Arts), dancer; Johanna Hauser, clarinet; Andromeda Monk, bass clarinet; Marina Hasselberg, cello; Lisa Miller, keys
Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society | 8:10 pm
A traditional Filipino dance performance by a community-based company dedicated to the promotion of the cultural arts and history of the Philippines Indigenous peoples.
Kaya Ko (Kayla Vargas) and Her Tribal Roots | 8:25 pm
A rap, music and dance performance from Vancouver’s powerhouse community builders and cultural connectors.
With vocalist and MC, Kaya Ko; Alyssa Amarsi, dancer; Ariane Custodio, dancer; Marisa Gold, dancer
Chelsea D.E. Johnson + Friends | 8:40 pm
Soul, funk and poetry from a Vancouver veteran musician who will also lead an interactive, soul-rising choir of women and audience in song.
With Vitoria Monterio, Corina Keeling, Desiree Dawson, Jillian Christmas, Lola Whyte, Jasmine Liddel and Ana (Nasti Weather)
All ages welcome!