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Wild State

  • SFU School for the Contemporary Arts 149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6B Canada (map)

The sound design and composition for this piece is based on the ominous tones of phone sounds and the frequencies and rhythms used to build them. We're including field recordings and student led songs as well.


2 Presentations nightly at 7pm & 9pm. We are using the app AmpMe as part of the sound design elements so sounds will be transmitted directly to your phone.

Inspired by a large Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Oregon 15 months after an earthquake and tsunami struck the northeastern coast of Japan, Wild State explores the plight of the many invasive species on the dock that survived what should have been a fatal journey. Following one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history, the tsunami dock travelled 5000 miles across the Pacific, out on the open ocean, carrying over 100 different plants and animals, arriving to a hostile reception. Using this story as an analogy for layering personal narratives of invasion, xenophobia and the unnatural, Wild State ultimately points the finger at the most invasive species of all.

Created & Performed by: Kimi Clark, Jessica Del Fierro, Amanda Sum, Eddy van Wyk and Johnny Wu Directed by Maiko Yamamoto Assistant Direction by June Fukumura Visual Design by Leah Weinstein Sound Design by Emma Hendrix Design Team: Gillian Hanemayer and Candy Wang Stage Manager: Karen Chiang Assistant Stage Managers: Rachel Shim & Margery Liu Technical Director: Jocelyn Kim Assistant Technical Director: Ben Ling Publicity: Terra Deng & Brady Cranfield

This is a development presentation of a new work made by SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts theatre performance students in collaboration with Maiko Yamamoto, artistic director of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement. Other collaborators include Leah Weinstein (visual design) and Emma Hendrix (sound). Performances take place in the outdoor courtyard beside SFU in the Woodward’s complex. Wild State is an all-weather performance, and audience members should dress appropriately for the forecast. Tickets available online now at