Impulse Theatre Society creates and presents contemporary interdisciplinary theatre and dance performance; cultivates a community of artists; and empowers artists, emerging creative producers, and arts workers as leaders.
Our vision is a collaborative and inclusive community of artists who are thriving, inquisitive, and capable regionally, nationally, and beyond.
We pursue this vision by creating new work; presenting work at all stages of development; showcasing artists who are taking risks and prioritizing contemporary practices; by hosting workshops and residencies; and establishing strategic partnerships with arts and other organizations that share our values.
Our values are celebration, interdependence, courage, justice, and curiosity.
Impulse is primarily based on the beautiful territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən/Victoria, British Columbia.
Impulse Theatre was founded in the summer of 2010 on a rock in the ocean. We have created over twenty new highly visual and engaging works since inception and have brought work to upintheair's rEvolver Theatre Festival, the Belfry's Spark Festival, Intrepid's Winterlab, UnoFest, and YOU Show series, Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede, the Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festivals, and the Firehall Arts Centre's BC Buds Festival.
The purposes of Impulse Theatre Society are:
- To advance the public’s appreciation of the performing arts by creating, producing, hosting and touring performances and festivals featuring qualified contemporary theatre and modern dance artists, and by providing accessible and/or free admission to reduce barriers to audience participation.
- To preserve and promote the development of, and excellence in, the theatre and dance industries in Canada by providing training, administrative support and production resources, where such resources are otherwise difficult to access or not available, to enable artists, in particular queer, disabled, or otherwise marginalized practitioners, to collaborate, create original work and develop new audiences.
- To advance education by providing structured learning activities to artists, such as instructional seminars and workshops led by qualified instructors in the areas of arts practice and arts administration, and by providing opportunities for students to publicly exhibit, present, or perform their works in conjunction with these learning activities.