The Life of Paper

We are thrilled to announce that the Pangaea Arts production of The Life of Paper has been recognized with three Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations.
For her original composition, Judy Specht is nominated in the Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition category. Margaret McKea is nominated in the Outstanding Costume Design category. Joseph Wu is nominated in the Significant Artistic Achievement category for Origami Artistry. We are very happy that Judy, Margaret, and Joseph are being recognized for the enormous amount of work and artistry they put in to the show.
The awards ceremony is on Monday, June 15th at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $25 plus surcharges, available from Ticketmaster (highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance).
More information on the awards can be found at



An Origami Theatre Event
May 23 - June 1 '08

Life of Paper Poster

The Life of Paper ran at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from May 23 - June 1, 2008
The Life of Paper is a theatre event featuring the work of word-class origami artist Joseph Wu and theatre artists from East and West, a live theatrical journey through time and cultures, uncovering the ancient art of paper folding; you will never look at paper the same way again.
Discover a stunning world made of paper; breathtaking origami sculptures, costumes, props, set, masks, puppets, and musical instruments will be made of folded paper.
Pangaea Arts combines Eastern and Western theatre styles as they collaborate with:
• World-renowned origami artist Joseph Wu,
• World-music performers Orchid Ensemble (Jonathan Bernard, Lan Tung and Gelina Jiang),
• Performers Yayoi Hirano, Ling He, Lenard Stanga, David Warburton and Tomoko Hanawa,
• Composer and Musical Director Judy Specht,
• Set and light designer John Webber,
• Costume Designer Margaret McKea,
• Director Heidi Specht.

An Interactive Origami Exhibition
Wed, May 21 to Sun, June 1

Joseph Wu Origami Baby Elephant Join us for an exhibition of the amazing possibilities of paper, featuring the work of world-renowned origami artist Joseph Wu. The public is invited to contribute to two enormous paper works of art. This is an opportunity to collaborate with Joseph and other origami experts as they create a massive interactive origami display, which will grow throughout the week as the public adds their contributions, with help from members of PALM (Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland). Whether you’re a complete beginner, or an origami expert, you are welcome to contribute your own artwork, made on-site, as you learn about origami, paper-making, and recycling. All ages are welcome. At the Roundhouse Exhibit Hall.


A massive thanks to all of our sponsors, funders and partners.

Channel M The Georgia Straight CBC Radio Sprit of BC BC Arts Council City of Vancouver The Hamber Foundation 2010 Legacies Now PALM (Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland) Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre JAPANESE HALL | Vancouver Japanese Language School Opus Framing and Art Supplies Vancouver Foundation Yayoi Movement Theatre CBS Outdoor Canada Japanese Canadian National Museum Vancouver Film School Toyo Origami Stationery Goods 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Canada explorASIAN - Celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Canada

Thanks to Michael Menefee the extraordinary nature photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado, who allowed us to use his Sandhill Cranes image on our poster. Thanks also to Yukiko Onley for shooting the poster session, based on a 19th century woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai, and to Hans Saefkow for putting it all together.

Also a big thanks to Flexible Love for donating their amazing FlexibleLove™ 16 chair for use in our show.