Pangaea News

Recent News

November 3, 2009
Pangaea Arts has brought together performing artists from China, Singapore, and Canada, for a two-week development workshop of JADE in the COAL, by Governor General Award-Winner Paul Yee, with an original score by composer Jin Zhang.

World class performers from the renowned Guangdong Cantonese Opera Academy First Troupe join Canadian theatre artists from October 30 to November 6 to develop an original play about the experience of early Chinese immigrants to BC in the late 1800s. The brutal hardship and homesickness of Chinese miners in Cumberland, BC is relieved by the elegance and serene beauty of Cantonese Opera. A rarely acknowledged piece of Canadian theatre history, performers would routinely travel thousands of miles to bring a piece of home to Chinese labourers working underground.

This historical piece is a synthesis of Cantonese opera and western theatre and a cross-cultural collaboration between professional Cantonese opera actors, musicians and western theatre practitioners. Cantonese Opera is a rich combination of music, singing, acting, stylized gestures, dance, mime, martial arts and acrobatics.


May 20, 2009
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


November 10, 2008
Pangaea Arts has been presented with a prestigious international award by the International Theatre Institute (a sub-organisation of UNESCO). The Uchimura Naoya Prize is a cash prize presented yearly to an artist or group from nominees submitted from around the world, and is intended to promote the dissemination of Japanese theatre and culture around the world. Pangaea Arts is the recipient in recognition of their 2006 Jessie Award-nominated production of The Gull: The Steveston Noh Project, about the experience of Japanese Canadian fishermen returning to Steveston after the internment years. Artistic Director Heidi Specht recently travelled to the presentation ceremony at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo to accept the award.
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Sept 22, 2008
Pangaea Arts has completed the first workshop of the new play JADE in the COAL. From September 15 to 20, participants engaged in a one-week script development process with playwright Paul Yee, dramaturge Elaine Avila, director Heidi Specht, and actors Ming Hudson, Colleen Lanki, Minh Ly, Parnelli Parnes, Donna Soares, Deborah Williams, and Raugi Yu. Also in attendance was composer Jin Zhang who will write the score. The second workshop, in early 2009, will consist of a two-week development process, including Chinese Opera performers, and will culminate in a public staged reading. The creation and development of JADE in the COAL has been funding largely through the support of Arts Partners in Creative Development.


April 17, 2008
Pangaea Arts presents THE LIFE OF PAPER, An Origami Theatre Event. At the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, May 24 - June 1, 2008 (2-for-1 Preview May 23),
Tues- Sat 8 pm; Matinees May 25 & June 1 at 2 pm, May 28 at 1 pm. Show Tickets $22/$18 at
Admission to exhibition, workshops & other ancillary events is FREE.
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January 10, 2008
Pangaea Arts has been awarded a development grant of $82,042 from Arts Partners in Creative Development, to commission the creation and development of JADE in the COAL, a theatrical dramatization about the early thriving Chinese community of Cumberland, BC. Arts Partners in Creative Development is a strategic partnership of the Province of B.C., City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver Foundation, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and 2010 Legacies Now.

Media About Pangaea Arts

CBC Radio One Interview - The Gull: The Steveston Noh Project

Preview article about The Gull by Beverly Curran for The Japan Times

Review of The Gull by Tia Abell for The Richmond Review