plastic orchid factory

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 


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Creation & performance: James Gnam, Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne, James Proudfoot. 

Sound design: Kevin Legere, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy

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

Left of Main

by donation

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 by Brenda Nicole Kent



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. 

November 24, 2019 - 7pm

Left of Main


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

Lighting design: Paul Chambers

Costume design: Jade Tong Cuong

Co-producer: MAI, Montreal Arts Interculturels

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Dance Victoria and Agora de la danse. 

a plastic orchid factory presentation

Photo: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins by Kinga Michalska

Left of PuSh #3


Left of PuSh is a platform for experiments-in-process showing in and around the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. 

last week of January, 2020 - (exact event details to be announced in November 2019)

Left of Main - 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

photos: Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer by 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 

$29 / $15 for students 

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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 Society & Music on Main

photo: Image: Daniel O’Shea 

What Do Want To Be If You Grow Up?


How does each generation talk to their children 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

Left of Main

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

Classes: Monday-Friday from 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: mixed tape (Julie pour faire, d’après le model fourni)