plastic orchid factory is an artist-run, interdisciplinary organization that uses the body as a site for social commentary. Established in 2008, plastic orchid develops methodologies for creation that foster engagement, play, and exploration with artists from a diversity of backgrounds and practices. Through collaboration, performance and research, plastic orchid deftly probes connections between contemporary bodies and the social, political and technological landscapes that they inhabit.
Conceived in 2003 and established as a social profit society in 2008, plastic orchid factory seeks out, instigates and cultivates opportunities for artist-to-artist, interdisciplinary dialogue in both research and performative contexts. Over the past nine years, plastic orchid has collaboratively devised eleven short works and five evening-length, ensemble pieces that have been presented in both formal and unconventional spaces. This body of work has been supported by The Dance Centre, EDAM dance, Circuit-Est in Montréal, Opera Estate in Bassano Italy, Electric Company Theatre/Progress Lab 1422, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre and has been presented by The Firehall Arts Centre, Dancing on The Edge, The Vancouver International Dance Festival, 10 Gates Dancing/The National Arts Centre, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Boca del Lupo/ Micro Performance Series and The New Forms Festival.
plastic orchid factory acknowledges that Left of Main is located in the heart of Historic Chinatown on the unceded, ancestral and traditional Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people. As artist that live, work and play on these lands, we strive to be allies with, to learn from and to acknowledge the rights of indigenous peoples.