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2019 & 2020

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON!

Caravan 2019 / 2020 Seasons
And Beyond…


First of all, big thanks to Shelter Island Marina and Boatyard for putting us up for the winter!

So what’s happening next year and the year after and… in the next decade or so…

Well, in 2019, we are working like busy Canadian beavers on the Amara Zee… fabrication new stainless steel leeboards, repairing and renewing all the wood werks on the decks, coamings and chart house, designing and installing new floors with water dams on all the portholes, sandblasting and painting
the entire hull, under and above water, and checking and repairing the steel under the running decks.

Yes, a long list that will consume a lot of time, energy and love… all (hopefully) with the aid of a BC Gov Job Creation Program. This Amara Zee work is projected to take up to the early summer months.

So we are not going to tour in 2019… but we are creating, composing and work-shopping a new show for the next season… 2020, the 50th season of the Caravan. This new Caravan show is called…

Virtual Rogues is a story of love & loss in a seemingly bizarre yet a prophetic forthcoming world. It is set in an Organic Re-Gen Lab… (ORG). This particular Organic Re-Gen Lab is situated on a high security remote island in the Pacific Northwest … with four others on Earth: Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Each ORG is overseen by bio-gender, virtualized & self-genned programmed AI Provosts… called the ITs. The ITs prime task is to select an Organic Remainer… the only carbonized, un-synthetized, non-automated species still living on the planet Earth…Human, Animal, Plant. This Selected Remainer will be “honoured” with the “privilege” of being a candidate for Re-Gen Composting in order to feed the energy demands of the five Algorithmaships who now together rule the Earth.

The Selection Choice is a ceremonial show broadcast on the Global Cyber Nodal Network (GCNN). In the sci-fi universe of Virtual Rogues, the exponentially expanding “AI” population has exhausted the finite limits of the Earth’s Bio-Diversity. As such, these last rare Remainers are preserved in the five ORGs to be selected as an Organic Fossil life-matter, a matter that is required to energize these Planet Ruling Algorithms. Virtual Rogues is plotted within the time-frame of one ORG Selection Ceremonial Broadcast. This “Selection Show” is programmed around an “Existential Choice” as the highlight of the show, as a Remainer, Human, Animal or Plant, is presented with the prospect of “To Reproduce or To Recycle”. The former option would be choosing to “process”, to procreate, an organic birthbeing and the later option would be choosing to be composted for fuelling the Algorithmaships. The GCNN broadcast of this Selection Show Ceremony, “To Reproduce or To Recycle ”, is very highly rated with an immensely popular AI-Citizen audience.

In 2019, Virtual Rogues will be work-shopped in August at some lovely Gulf Island location in BC, exploring the draft of the script, some of the composition, some of the set and aerial werks plus the characters and the tech components. Keep in touch for script updates and workshop site & dates.

On to the 2020 Season… the 50th Anniversary Season of the Caravan…

For this monumental season, the Caravan will mount the inaugural production of Virtual Rogues in Richmond at the Shelter Island Marina on the Fraser River. We will start production and rehearsal on April 6th and open the show on June 10th & finish the tour performances on September 26th. The new show tour has already attracted gigs in some past recent tour sites and in some new locations such as: Richmond, Steveston, Vancouver, Sidney, Victoria, Sooke, Mill Bay, Pender Island, and in WA at Port Townsend & San Juan Island. Along the route we will plan a gathering and celebration of Caravaners
from year one, 1970, to year 50, 2020, … some place where we can have a fire and share stories and songs, and spread tall tales about the past, present and future… and speaking about the future…

On to the 2021 Season… the Caravan Journeys Beyond…

For the first tour of the sixth decade, 2021, we will re-mount Virtual Rogues and tour more cities & islands in the Salish Sea above and below the 49th parallel. This tour will be the Transition Tour, as Paul & Nans officially turn the helm of the Caravan & the Amara Zee over to Tallis Kirby and Reneltta
Arluk & their son Carver to steer and guide the Caravan into the forthcoming decades. We are very excited and honoured to have Tallis, Reneltta & Carver convey the fortunes of the Caravan into the mysteries that will confront and challenge all of us organic entities journeying into the future years… we survivors & remainers & lovers.

And so where are Paul & Nans going in 2022… we are embarking on a new journey one that will take us into new territory and near and distant seas…and skies. We are going to get a smaller ship, 45ft – 50ft, and create shadow puppet shows using the sails, fire, & music to continue our theatrical journey into the burning red saturate horizons. Watch for us coming into your harbour starting in 2022 and, perhaps in some time in a few years beyond, have a look up in the night sky and you might see Paul & Nans performing in a hot-air balloon… weaving through the clouds… opening the dawn…

And… for now… we send you…