An Evening with Bessie Wapp
Approximate running time: 1 hour
421 Victoria Street
Nelson BC V1L 5R2
Adult $20 Student $17
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Bessie Wapp (she/her) is a theatre artist, musician, educator, Jessie Award nominee, and Nelson Cultural Ambassador (2015) of Lithuanian Jewish / Swiss-German ancestry residing on Sinixt territory in Nelson, BC.
Born in New York City and raised in the woods of BC, Bessie studied at Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Vancouver Community College, and Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program before working with many of Vancouver’s most innovative multi-disciplinary groups (Public Dreams, Electric Company, Radix, Ruby Slippers, Touchstones, Vancouver Moving Theatre, Gamelan Madu Sari).
For 13 years Bessie was a core creative member of Vancouver’s, Mortal Coil (stilt-dance theatre) and Zeellia (traditional Eastern European music), with whom she created new work and performed extensively across North America and in Europe (Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Centre, Festival D’ete, Zagreb Danceweek).
A 2006 summer residency at Oxygen Art Centre in her hometown, Nelson, BC, sparked a change. Bessie joined Oxygen’s faculty of instructors, began a large body of work based on autobiographical and family stories (Hello, I Must Be Going, Letters From Lithuania, Loco Phantasmo, Jesus Christ Superstore, Singing From Her Guts), and cultivated varied music projects (Klezmeridian, Bill Lynch Trio, Kootenay Divas, Bessie & the Back Eddies, Oxygen Orkestar).
Bessie continues to be an active collaborator beyond the region with Western Canadian groups (urban ink, The Only Animal, Old Trout Puppet Theatre) and festivals (Vancouver Int. Jazz, Calgary Folk Fest, Kaslo Jazz Etc.), as well as directing and performing in local stage productions (Matchmaker on the Roof, Hedwig, Orpheus).
Complimenting her professional performance practice, Bessie has also lead a broad range of community-engaged projects. She co-facilitated Squaw Hall, a theatre/film project with Williams Lake Indigenous youth (twinfish/urban ink); co-facilitated RAW Theatre, an expressive arts program with Trail area at-risk youth (Selkirk College); co-lead Ultimate High, a stilt program with Vancouver youth at-risk (Mortal Coil); and directed From the Heart: one day. one circle, a West Kootenay Indigenous and settler youth theatre performance (Mount Sentinel).
In addition to Oxygen course offerings, Bessie teaches in varied private and group settings. She looks forward to reviving the Blue House Choir when group singing returns.
Bessie is excited to have completed a winter 20/21 residency at Oxygen that produced a new work titled Pandora’s Jukebox.