DanceHouse Explores The Garden of Earthly Delights

DanceHouse welcomed Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard to the Vancouver Playhouse March 15 & 16, to present Hieronymus Bosch : The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Commissioned by the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation to celebration the artist’s 2016 quincentennial, the work is based on Bosch’s triptych : The Garden of Earthly Delights. Presented in three acts, representing the three panels of the artwork; The Garden Of Delights, Hell and Paradise. The characters in the painting come to life as the dancers, start in the poses portrayed in the artwork, before setting off on a creative journey in dance.

In the Speaking of Dance, pre-show talk, guest Annie Gagnon (rehearsal director) stated that the dancers are given some creative license to make their own connecting movements between the choreographed set pieces opening up the possibility that each performance is slightly different. Knowing this makes the Garden of Earthly Delights feel extra spontaneous with the organic connections between the structured poses and synchronized group work. With the erratic, and near-violent work of Act II:Hell bookended by the ethereal and tranquil Act I: The Garden of Delights & Act III: Paradise, all three acts work nicely together and as stand alone pieces. Compagnie Marei Chouinard’s Hieronymus Bosch : The Garden of Earthly Delights, like the artwork it’s based on, is indeed a work of art.

DanceHouse next brings US company, MOMIX with Viva MOMIX to the Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, on April 12 & 13, 2019.

Hot Brown Honey Keeps The Hive Buzzing

Australian based Hot Brown Honey returned to The Cultch York Theatre building on the buzz from last year’s visit.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Chrissie Hall

The Honeys; Kim ‘Busty Beatz – The Queen Bee’ Bowers, Lisa Fa’alafi ‘The Game Changer’ , Ofa Fotu ‘The Myth Slayer’, Hope Haami ‘Hope One The Beatboxer’, Elena Wangurra ‘The Truth Sayer’, Crystal Stacey ‘The Peace Maker’ throwdown a one of a kind performance.

Hot Brown Honey is hard to define to one genre, The Honeys bring a hip-hop concert, burlesque, circus, theatre, comedy and politics to The Hive. Once the audience enters the theatre, it’s clear that something special is about to happen. With hip hop music playing the six performers are amongst the audience, dancing and interacting, as they take their seats. The Honeys instantly bond with the audience, easing them into what’s about to happen.

Hot Brown Honey – Childcare

Throughout the show they break the fourth wall to involve the audience, whether including them in dance or, like me, holding on to one of their ‘babies’ for the show, because a “revolution doesn’t happen without childcare”. Politics, indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights are amongst the themes but presented in such a way that doesn’t slap you in the face but gets the point across with much laughter, excitement, emotions and empowerment. Opening night, was dedicated to Christchurch, NZ which had just suffered a terror act on mosque that same day.

As Hot Brown Honey defies description so it’s best to be seen in person. You have until March 30th to catch The Honey’s in action at York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive. Visit thecultch.com for details and tickets.

5 Picks To Watch For At Vancouver International Auto Show 2019.

Buckle up, the 2019 Vancouver International Auto Show is revving up its engines and ready to roll into town. Next week, the Vancouver Convention Centre West is taken over by all things related to automobiles.

With more than 400 vehicles on display, and thousands of visitors coming to see what’s new and next in the auto industry, the Vancouver Auto Show is Western Canada’s best attended and one of North America’s premier shows. Whether you spend your visit reminiscing with the classic and collectible cars, dreaming about the vehicle debuts and concept cars planned for the market soon, or taking a EV test drive, the organizers of the 99th edition have plenty lined up for your experience. Here’s just a few of the vehicles to look out for this year.

Van of Hope

A 1980 Ford Econoline Van is not the usual static display at an auto show but for Canadian’s of a certain age, the Van of Hope will certainly bring back emotions as it’s the vehicle that supported Terry Fox during his Marathon of Hope in 1980

Hoonicorn

The world famous Hoonicorn, the heavy modified 1965 Mustang Drift car is making its Canadian debut in Vancouver

Jaguar I-PACE

The all new Jaguar I-PACE is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), described as the world’s smartest five-seater sports car.

FELINO cB7

The FELINO cB7 supercar made in Canada and designed by Canadian racing driver Antoine Bessette

McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna supercar is making its western Canadian debut, and one of only 500 models built, named in honour of the late great Brazilian McLaren Formula One driver Ayrton Senna

The Vancouver International Auto Show takes over the Vancouver Convention Centre East from March 19 – 24, 2019. Visit vancouverinternationalautoshow.com for details and tickets

Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.

Picks of the Week – March 13, 2019

As temperatures are finally creeping higher, and becoming more spring-like, Daylight Saving Time has delivered some extra daylight hours to fill with our picks of the week’s entertainment.

Ian Butcher as Deke photo: David Cooper

Conduct: The Gateway Theatre spring production, Gross Misconduct, tackles the topics related to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, running March 14th to 23rd.

Blooms: From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Puck: The Vancouver Canucks play a pair of games at Rogers Arena this week; tonight vs NY Rangers and Friday vs New Jersey Devils.

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival brings world of dance to the city’s stages until March 30th.

Metamorphosis photo: EDDI

Puppetry: Surrey Civic Theatres presents Metamorphosis, a unique piece of puppet theatre on March 13 at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall

Choreography: DanceHouse brings Compagnie Marie Chouinard from Montreal to present Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, on March 15 & 16, at the Vancouver Playhouse

Musical: Stumble outta bed and head to The Blueshore at CapU to catch 9 to 5: the Musical, Dolly Parton’s musical adaptation of the 80s film.

Bhangra: The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series celebrates the energy and exuberance of bhangra, with two performances by South Asian Arts on March 14th.

Sound: Until March 17th, Presentation House Theatre welcomes a unique production to the stage, Reverberations makes use of innovative sound technology with vintage apparatus, LP, 8-Track, Cassette & others to tell writer Brian Linds’ life story.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Dylan Evans

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Comedy: Iconic 70s & 80s comedy legends Cheech and Chong reunited for their Light Up America tour and make a stop at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on March 15th and then at River Rock Show Theatre on March 16th

Improv: Vancouver TheatreSports presents all things Irish at Shamrocks &
Shenanigans,
TheatreSports’ St. Paddy’s Day celebration, Sunday, March 17 at 7:30pm at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.

DanceHouse presents Compagnie Marie Chouinard

photo : Nicolas Ruel

This Friday and Saturday, DanceHouse welcomes the Vancouver premiere of Montreal–based Compagnie Marie Chouinard’s Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights to the stage. In honour of the 500th anniversary of the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, the acclaimed choreographer Marie Chouinard creates a living canvas, embodying Bosch’s most infamous masterpiece. Accompanied by Louis Dufort’s original score and brimming with Chouinard’s visual wit, the performance unfolds in tableaus of wonderment and horror that combine erotic entanglement and stunning choreography.

photo : Sylvie-Ann Paré

“We are thrilled to welcome audience favourite Compagnie Marie Chouinard to the DanceHouse stage for their third appearance,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse. “Chouinard’s deep respect for the human body and its expressive potential is inspiring and thought-provoking. She consistently operates at the vanguard of her field, shattering boundaries with each of her astonishingly original and challenging works. When describing the creative process behind Hieronymus Bosch, Chouinard has expressed the joy she felt in paying homage to a master artist — I have no doubt audiences will be in awe of this exquisite creation.”

Since its premiere in the Netherlands in 2016, Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delightshas garnered rave reviews. Inspired by Bosch’s 16th century triptych currently on display in Madrid’s Prado Museum, each act of this hallucinatory three-act work embodies one of the three panels of the painting: The Garden of Delights, Hell, and Paradise. Chouinard and her ten dancers breathe life into Bosch’s writhing figures and tortured souls with movement and images as video projections draw the audience deeper into this surreal world. Populated by enormous engorged strawberries, happily naked bathers, bisected bodies, bird–headed monsters, Adam, Eve, and apparently God himself, this work can be viewed simultaneously as a celebration of the pleasures of the flesh, and a dire warning of the consequences of indulgence.

DanceHouse presents Compagnie Marie Chouinard’s Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, on stage at the Vancouver Playhouse  March 15 & 16, 2019 at 8pm. Find tickets and details online at dancehouse.ca

Surrey Civic Theatres Brings Mature Puppet Performance: ‘Metamorphosis’ to the Stage

Coming next week, Surrey Civic Theatres presents Metamorphosis, a unique piece of puppet theatre. An imaginative and poignant series of vignettes that range from the trivial to the metaphysical, the multi-faceted work created and performed by Iceland’s famed master puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik is a poetic — and often hilarious — exploration of the nature of our existence, inviting audience members to change how they perceive the objects of their everyday lives.

Metamorphosis photo: EDDI

“There is a surreal quality inherent in puppetry,” says Ogrodnik, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Iceland-based Worlds of Puppets. “When the audience actively contributes to the process of bringing puppets to life, breathing these fragile figures into existence, they have the capacity to express our deepest emotions, joys, and fears; thereby, creating magic and provoking thought. 

Metamorphosis brings a delightfully eclectic cast of characters to life, ranging from intricate, hand-carved marionettes and rod puppets to unusual characters created simply from silk scarves or Ogrodnik’s own hands and feet. Set on a minimalistic black stage, the 10 vignettes effortlessly journey from one story to the next, captivating audiences through a deeply meditative atmosphere. The presentation, which includes some mature content, offers a contemplative reflection on the varied aspects of the human experience.

Metamorphosis photo: EDDI

Neil Scott, Cultural Production Coordinator for Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall adds, “Metamorphosis is a delight for the senses. Bernd Ogrodnik’s series of original short stories is poetry in motion — a theatrical expression of the nuances of our lives from the ordinary to the sublime. It encourages us to question not just what we see, but how we see it.”

Originally commissioned in 2006 by the National Theatre of Iceland for adult audiences, the 90-minute presentation of Metamorphosis has toured the world extensively and comes to Canada for the first time. Featuring original stories ranging in length from just a few minutes to nearly 20 minutes. Mostly presented in silence, three stories are set to an eclectic mix of musical accompaniment including instrumental melodies composed and performed live by the German born, Ogrodnik.

Metamorphosis plays at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall on March 13, 2019 at 7:30pm. Visit surrey.ca/theatre for more show information and to purchase tickets.
Audience advisory:  One of the vignettes contains some mature content. This performance is intended for audience members ages 16+.