plastic orchid factory



ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ Radio III is an indigenous futuristic concert, a beautiful and uncomfortable dance performance and a perverse triangle of shifting power that seeks to be unfaithful to both minimalism and postmodern dance’s claims to so-called “neutrality”. As we live, layer and situate form in our bodies we hurtle through past, present and possible futures. We invite you into a supportive co-existence, separate but aligned, an anthem for xenophilia, a complicit dream, a consensual prophecy.

November 24, 2019 > 7pm

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Tickets $15-$25 (suggested donation/sliding scale)


Creation and performance — Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins

Lighting design — Paul Chambers

Costume design — Jade Tong Cuong

Radio III is the first collaboration between Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins and was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Dance Victoria and Agora de la danse. Premiere, Montréal, June 2019, with co-producer, MAI, Montreal Arts Interculturels.

A plastic orchid factory presentation.  

photo: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins © Kinga Michalska

Left of PuSh #3


A platform for experiments-in-process showing in and around the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Last week of January, 2020 (details to be announced in November 2019)

Left of Main [map]

Tickets by donation

Two mixed bills. 

#1 with work by olive theory, Soleil O’wadi/Bo Dyp, Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer. Producer: Kayla De Vos. Technical direction: Heather Barr

#2 Experiment No.4 with works by James Gnam (plastic orchid factory) and ReLoCate Collective (Melanie Kloetzel and Marie France Forcier)

A plastic orchid factory initiative

photo: Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer © Cara Tench

Double Happiness: Detour This way


Sounding two parallel histories, Double Happiness: Detour This Way winds through complexities of the Chinese diaspora by tracing migration paths of two families, connecting both shores of the Pacific using live music in a multimedia performance.

March 12-15 & 17-22, 2020 > 8pm 

March 14 & 21, 2020 > 2pm 

Left of Main [map]

Ticket $29 general / $15 students available at 

Direction and sound design — Nancy Tam

Performance — Nancy Tam, Robyn Jacob, Emily Cheung, Amanda Sum, Emma Postl, Molly MacKinnon, Kevin Romain, Jeff Gammon

Songs composed by Nancy Tam, Robyn Jacob

Projection design — Josh Hite

A Nancy Tam and Robyn Jacob Production. Produced in association with plastic orchid factory, Neworld Theatre & Music on Main

photo: Robyn Jacob and Nancy Tam © Daniel O’Shea 

What Do Want To Be If You Grow Up?


How does a parent talk to their child about the possibility of a future with no future? This interdisciplinary solo looks at how growing up in the ever-present threat of eminent death during the height of the Cold War shaped a generations inability to envision and manifest sustainable futures.

June 3-6, 2020 > 8pm

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Tickets by donation 

Creation & performance — James Gnam

Outside eye — Tedd Robinson 

Rehearsal direction — Natalie LeFebvre Gnam

Sound design — Jacques Poulin Denis & James Gnam

Lighting design — James Proudfoot

Projection design — Vanessa Goodman & James Gnam

a plastic orchid factory production 

image: Children practice escaping through their family fallout shelter in Bronxville, New York, in 1952. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)



A procedural collapse of dance practice to build up new energy and shared perspectives through subjective filters and interests.

June 7-20, 2020

Left of Main [map]

Classes: Monday-Friday > 10am-12pm (open to all)

Public sharing: June 20 (TBD)


Deanna Peters (Vancouver) + Pam Tzeng (Calgary)

Lisa Gelley (Vancouver) + Amanda Acorn (Toronto)

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam (Vancouver) + Hanako Hoshimi-Caines (Montréal)

a plastic orchid factory initiative, led by the artists 

image: Imani Clovis on Unsplash

~schedule and credits subject to change without notice~

Left of Main is a scent-free, gender-inclusive space located in Historic Chinatown. No one will be turned away at the door for lack of funds. We are on the second floor and regretfully only accessible by stairs. If you require assistance, please be in touch at

I Care What You Think


How can we be together? In I Care What You Think, failure is beautiful, ugliness is necessary, and our wishes, those of the audience and the performers, generate a physical poem that oscillates between observation and action. 

October 3-5, 2019 > 8pm

Performance Works, Granville Island [map]

Tickets $15-$25 available at 



Creation & performance — James Gnam, Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne, James Proudfoot

Sound credits — Loscil (Shallow Water Blackout), Debussy, Ravel, Kevin Legere.

A plastic orchid factory production, presented in partnership with Boca del Lupo at Performance Works

photo: Vanessa Goodman and James Gnam © David Cooper



reach-close exists at the intersection between live sound, embodied performance and installation art. This immersive experience investigates what defines an “instrument”, in an attempt to transform an entire room into a structure that both performers and audiences can directly interact with.

October 6, 2019 > 7pm + 8pm

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By donation at the door


Creation & performance — olive theory

Mentorship — Sabrina Schroeder, Arne Eigenfeldt

Technical consultant — Paula Viitanen

Special thanks — James and Natalie Gnam (plastic orchid factory), Jean Brazeau, Mauricio Pauly, Jarin Schexnider (What Lab), Stefan Smulovitz

An olive theory and plastic orchid factory co-production

photo: Shion Carter & Stefan Nazarevich © Brenda Nicole Kent