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 wishes to acknowledge that our work is made and shared in Historic Chinatown, on the unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō (Stolo), and Səl̓ílwəta/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to be guests.