Progress Lab Presents

Progress Lab 1422 Presents

We teach objects how to speak our language

rice & beans theatre and Progress Lab Presents 

Livestreamed interdisciplinary theatre

Friday July 23 at 7pm PST

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AY WHAT YOU DECIDE: The event is free to RSVP and attend! Following the event, you’ll be sent an email where you will get the choice to pay whatever you decide.


Created by Jasmine Chen and En Lai Mah, It is a duet of meditations on mortality, migration, parent-child relationships, love, and loss. Using martial arts, movement, and song, long-buried stories from the past are interwoven with the present and future.

The seemingly simple question, “What is your mother tongue?” has brought about complex answers. It has come to mean more than just first-learned languages; it encompasses the anchors of cultural connection to their elders and beyond. Jasmine’s grandmother taught her Mandarin songs as a child. She was singing in Mandarin before she was speaking it. Through interviews with her mother, Jasmine’s been creating a performance that illuminates the pervading cycles of silence passed down through her matrilineage. In layering live and pre-recorded singing with projections of interview transcripts, voices emerge to bear witness to displacement and intergenerational trauma.

En Lai is of mixed ancestry and does not speak Mandarin. His father, who was born in China, felt that it was more essential for him to learn Kung Fu than Mandarin. By learning about his father’s lifelong dedication to Chinese martial arts, En Lai has immersed himself in a practice that has connected father to son for three generations. Through movement and text, En Lai transforms into his father Peter, who speaks of his own adoption, the horrors of the Cultural Revolution, and his eventual migration to Canada.

We teach objects how to speak our language

Cold Calculi and Theatre Conspiracy

Music Video

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We Teach Our Objects How to Speak our Language, a new stop-motion animation music video created by Margaret Krawecka and Ulla Laidlaw, journeys inside the trippy mind of rock musician UnDone.

With lyrics by Tim Carlson and music by Cold Calculi, the song is included in Theatre Conspiracy/Rumble Theatre’s upcoming audio series Isolation Suite, a drama/ poetry/music hybrid looking at social isolation and mental health through the perspective of UnDone, who is going “grey” physically, socially, psychologically – and even technologically.

Talking Sh*t with tara cheyenne

A Monthly Podcast

Available on Podbean, Apple Podcast and Spotify.

Art making, creativity, not giving up and living well in the process. Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director and writer and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. She is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level” (The Georgia Straight).

Past Events:

body parts

Photo by David Cooper

by Tara Cheyenne Performance 

Presented by Progress Lab Presents

May 15 at 7:30 pm

May 16 at 2:00 pm

Body Parts is an interdisciplinary project exploring and challenging how we feel about, how we process, and how we live in our bodies. It is the virtual and Covid-friendly iteration of The Body Project.

Written, choreographer and performed by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg. Created with outside-eyes/dramaturges: Justine A. Chambers, Josh Martin, Melanie Yeats, Kate Franklin, Jamie Robinson, Zahra Shahab, Caroline Liffman and Lisa Gelley.

Made in Canada

January 24, 2021

Where does our food come from? Who grows it? Who is nourished by it? Food for thought!

At Unscripted: Made in Canada, Pedro Chamale invites you into the test kitchen of his new work that highlights the unseen people who plant, tend and harvest our food. This live-streamed event is part cooking show, part “kitchen table talk” with special guests, that explores our relation to food, the lives of the migrant workers who provide for our families and what that means for food security. Join us, we have saved you a seat at our table.


February 6, 2020 4pm PT

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Total Duration (Including Talkback): approximately 45 minutes

Join Electric Company Core Artists Carmen Aguirre and Jonathon Young as they reveal works in development, sharing theatrical experiments, staged readings, and insights on their new processes, which will culminate on stage beginning again in 2022.

Following the showing, join the Artists and ask your questions in an interactive discussion about the work, inspirations, and future speculations not only for Electric Company, but for the craft and sector as the world emerges from the pandemic.