About the Chop

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The Company.

The Chop is a company that brings together artists to create new Canadian theatre. It was founded in 2006 in Vancouver, BC by current Artistic Directors Emelia Symington Fedy and Anita Rochon. The Chop is recognized for work that is sophisticatedly “simple” – that is, the artistic propositions are spare and clear so that complexities come from the depth of the investigation. Productions are characterized by an intentionally live and direct connection with the audience.

Mandate

The Chop strives to explore the landscape of personal connection in theatre. It aims to foster artistic growth by facilitating education around contemporary approaches to making new work, by producing workshops and providing opportunities for dialogue and development. The Chop endeavors to work with innovative and incredible individuals of various artistic backgrounds with a long-term goal of artistic growth and continued collaboration.

Artistic Objectives

  • To explore new methods of creation that are relevant to the content of the work,
  • To create work that is relevant to an audience,
  • To develop a diverse audience at home and abroad through touring locally, nationally and internationally,
  • To nurture an audience and performer relationship that is passionate, compassionate, challenging and vital,
  • To foster a company infrastructure and environment that allows work to reach its potential at home and on tour.

 

The Chop Theatre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs.

We acknowledge that The Chop Theatre’s main operations take place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō  and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

  • Emelia Symington Fedy

    artistic director.

    Emelia Symington Fedy

    Emelia Symington Fedy

    Emelia Symington Fedy is an actor, writer, producer and radio freelancer. Most recently, Emelia produced and co-wrote Motherload, a new dark comedy about contemporary parenting that premiered at The Cultch. 

    An associate artist with Radix Theatre Emelia most recently collaborated and performed in TBD, Babylonia, BUTFL PRBLMS and the Jessie award-winning play, Assembly. Select working credits are with Solo Collective, Radix, Arts Club Theatre, Sunshine Theatre, Green Thumb, Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Theatre Melee, Axis and Leaky Heaven Circus.

    Emelia is a graduate of Studio 58 and has furthered her training with John Turner (Mump and Smoot) and Karen Hines (Pochsy). Emelia is a regular contributor to CBC Radio, has a weekly advice column with Roundhouse Radio and also curates the popular and offbeat website tryingtobegood.com which due to its popularity is now becoming a book.

  • Anita Rochon

    artistic director.

    Anita Rochon

    Anita Rochon

    Anita Rochon is a Vancouver-based director who has been involved in the development of new theatre, ranging from movement-based works, to verbatim theatre, to traditional scripts. She artistic co-directs

    The Chop in Vancouver with Emelia Symington Fedy, which has produced numerous new works including KISMET one to one hundred and How to Disappear Completely which continues to tour internationally.

    She frequently collaborates with some of the city’s most celebrated companies including Theatre Replacement, Théâtre la Seizième, Vancouver Opera, Bard on the Beach and Electric Company Theatre. She is a graduate of Studio 58 (Acting) and the National Theatre School of Canada (Directing).

    She was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for an Outstanding Body of Work by a New Director, the Siminovitch Protégé prize and a Mayor’s Arts Award.

    Show History

  • 2015.

    • Through the Gaze of a Navel: Spark Festival, Belfry Theatre in Victoria and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa.
    • How to Disappear Completely: Belfry Theatre in Victoria, Usine C in Montreal, JW3 in London, England, Sick! Festival in Manchester and Brighton, MayFest (MayK) in Bristol and Colchester Arts Centre in Colchester, England.
  • 2014.

    • Through the Gaze of a Navel: Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, Crow’s Eastside Culture Crawl in Toronto and Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series in Vancouver, BC.
    • How to Disappear Completely: Battersea Arts Centre in London, England, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dublin Fringe Festival in Dublin, Ireland, Pivot Festival in Whitehorse, Gateway Theatre in Richmond, TBA Festival in Portland.
  • 2013.

    How to Disappear CompletelyOn the Boards in Seattle, Uno Fest in Victoria, The Stratford Festival of Canada (Forum series), SummerWorks Festival (International Series).

  • 2012.

    • How to Disappear Completely at the Factory Theatre in Toronto and at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby.
    • KISMET one to one hundred at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC.
  • 2011.

    • KISMET one to one hundred at Spark Theatre Festival in Victoria BC, Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa and Presentation House in North Vancouver.
    • Last Dance Tango Salon at PuSh International Theatre Festival Opening Gala.
    • How to Disappear Completely at Chutzpah! Theatre Festival (premier).
  • 2010.

    Premier KISMET at Rumble Production’s Tremors Festival in Vancouver and at The Theatre Centre’s Freefall in Toronto.

  • 2008.

    • Premier Townsville, co-produced with Studio 58 at Magnetic North.
  • 2007.

    Premier Last Dance Tango Salon – Tremors, Rumble Productions.

  • 2006.

    • 2 Truths +1 Lie = Proof – HIVE, Vancouver (co-presented with Rumble Productions).
    • Company-in-Residence at Rumble Productions.
    • Remount Patti Fedy in Lovers’ Rock! for Intrepid Theatre (Victoria).
    • Presents ‘The Patrika Sisters in Saving the WorldThe Firehall Arts Centre (BC Buds).
    • Create & present The Voyageurettes, an all ages community workshop
  • 2005.

    • Tour Patti Fedy in Lovers’ Rock! to Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon,  Edmonton, Victoria & Vancouver.
    • Produce two workshops: Baby Clown with John Turner & Bouffon with Karen Hines.
  • 2004.

    Tour Patti Fedy in THE HUNT to Winnipeg, Victoria & Vancouver.

  • 2003.

    Produce two workshops in Vancouver with John Turner: Advanced Clown (November) & Intro and Baby Clown (May’04).

  • 2002.

    Tour Patti Fedy in Be Prepared to Fall in Love to Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver.