Spend an evening with Cristina Pato Quartet at Chan Centre

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia presents the sounds of the Cristina Pato Quartet on April 11th in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. 

Cristina Pato Quartet Photo: Xan Padrón

Cristina Pato is a musical force, skilfully playing at the edges of jazz, classical, Latin, and world music with a tightly knit, synergistic band featuring Julien Labro on accordion, Edward Perez on double bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on percussion. The multi-talented Pato can be heard in collaboration with musicians from around the world, including Yo-Yo Ma and the supergroup Silkroad Ensemble.

“Cristina is incredibly captivating on stage — the type of performer you can’t take your eyes off of,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “When I saw her in New York a few years ago I was struck not just by her dynamic energy but also how beautifully and effortlessly she combines various styles of music for a fresh and contemporary sound. Vancouver audiences are in for a treat!”

The acclaimed performer was born in Ourense, Galicia, in northwestern Spain, and has been a recording artist and performer since the age of 12. In the 1990s when gaita (Galician bagpipes) was experiencing a renaissance she was the first female gaita player to release a solo album in 1999 with Tolemia. Since then, Pato has produced and released six solo gaita recordings and two albums as a pianist, in addition to numerous collaborations as a guest artist.

Cristina Pato Photo: Xan Padrón

With a repertoire that crosses genres and disciplines, except Cristina Pato Quartet to bring a global sound to the stage at the Chan Centre April 11th. Before the quartet takes the stage, Cristina Pato participates in a pre-show talk, moderated by music journalist Paolo Pietropaolo, about her journey as an artist, and passion for sharing the music of the Galician bagpipes. 

Pre-show Talk with Cristina Pato takes place Thursday April 11th at 7pm, followed by the performance by Cristina Pato Quartet at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC. 

Gateway Theatre Announces 2019/20 Season

Last week, Gateway Theatre announced its 2019/2020 season line-up of productions. Introducing four MainStage shows and two Studio Gateway Theatre is bringing a season of productions which travel through culture and history to present a diverse collection of stories, guided by an all female line-up of directors.  The season takes the audience from China, to Newfoundland, and Alaska to tell true-life stories, family dramas, a physiological thriller, a satirical comedy, and one of the most-loved musicals. 

“We are excited that our 2019/2020 plays will cross the globe to tell the diverse stories of our country and our community,” says Interim Producer Barbara Tomasic. 

“Curated by former Artistic Director Jovanni Sy, the new season will take our audience on a tour from contemporary North America, to turn-of-the-century China, early nineteenth-century Newfoundland, and as far back as biblical times. We are particularly delighted that our season features all women directors and continues our commitment to diversity both onstage and through our playwrights and creative teams.” 

Gateway Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season includes:

China Doll
Written and Directed by Marjorie Chan
October 17–26, 2019 / MainStage

The daintier the foot, the more marriageable the girl.

Bound by tradition, Su-Ling’s world is closing in around her. Her grandmother is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. But when she learns to read, Su-Ling’s mind is opened to new possibilities, setting her on a dangerous path to independence.

The Double Axe Murders
By Berni Stapleton
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
Produced by Rusticate Theatre 
November 14–23, 2019 / Studio B

Who will survive the long, haunting night?

On an evening colder than frostbite itself, Sarah, Payne, and Pelly wait out a winter storm. Is that a tree branch knocking on the cabin wall? And why does the howling wind sound more like a wailing Banshee?

Based on true events, this psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, will have you sleeping with the lights on.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Lyrics by Tim Rice & Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Barbara Tomasic
December 12–31, 2019 / MainStage

Any dream will do.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most well-loved musicals of all time. 

A joyous re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours, this heartwarming hit will have your whole family humming along.

Straight White Men 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin and Fay Nass
Produced by ITSAZOO Productions 
February 6–15, 2020 / MainStage

An explosive evening of male bonding.

In this satirical comedy, three brothers return home for the holidays. Regressing to trash-talking and sibling pranks, they are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic, forcing them to examine the effects of traditional masculinity.

O’wet
By Quelemia Sparrow
Directed by Kim Senklip Harvey
Produced by Savage Society
March 19–28, 2020 / Studio B

One woman’s journey towards spiritual reclamation.

In O’wet, playwright and performer Quelemia Sparrow explores her identity as a mixed-race aboriginal woman in the present-day, colonized world. Taking the audience on a journey of discovery, Quelemia weaves real-life stories with spiritual awakening to reconnect with her First Nations heritage.

O’wet (oh-wee): a verb used to denote propelling a canoe. O’wet is also connected to a shaman’s canoe ride to the land of the dead to retrieve a lost soul.

From Alaska
By Sébastien Harrisson
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Diane Brown 
Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
April 16–25, 2020 / MainStage 

Two heartbroken souls healed by an unlikely connection.

A troubled teenager escaping from the world breaks into the house of an elderly woman. Time passes with the unpredictable rhythms of grief as the seemingly mismatched pair share their feelings of love and loss.

Moving effortlessly between street-smart humour and lyrical elegance, From Alaska explores the intense connection between young and old, the limits of language, and the ways in which we come to both change and mirror the ones we love.

Season subscription packages are on sale now from $116 visit gatewaytheatre.com for details.

Vancouver Opera Festival brings Fairytales & Fables

Vancouver Opera has revealed details for the third edition of its annual Festival.  Themed Fairytales and Fables, Vancouver Opera has curated nine days of voice, music, theatre and visual arts for all ages.

The Festival opens on April 27th with performances of the mainstage operas. Rossini’s much-loved La Cenerentola (Cinderella) kicks off the day with a 2pm matinee at the Vancouver Playhouse. Gounod’s masterpiece, Faust will be at 7:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The celebration continues with a series of programs, panels and performances daily until May 5th.

Festival highlights include the world premiere of Brian Current’s The River of Light in co-production with the Vancouver Bach Choir on May 3 for one performance only. One of Canada’s outstanding composers, Brian Current conceived this large-scale oratorio for chorus, soloists and orchestra in a multi-movement composition.

On April 28th,  from 10am to 5pm, the Vancouver Opera invites audiences of all ages to its Festival Open House; a full day of free community stage performances, workshops and activities. Watch a live circus spectacular from CircusWest at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn (formerly Queen E Theatre Plaza), take part in a backstage tour of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, enjoy performances by the Roaming Diva, visit the Patio Bar, join talks and panel discussions and participate in VOF ArtWalks. 

The CBC Chamber Music Series returns to CBC Studio 700. These short, original chamber music concerts performed by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus and invited guests feature music inspired by Fairytales and Fables. Artists will include the Bergmann Piano Duo, members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, and members of the Standing Wave Ensemble.

Vancouver Opera presents Opera Off Site on May 1st ; pop-up performances at the Main Street Brewing Company and a screening of the 1926 black and white film adaptation of Faust at the Fox Cabaret featuring live accompaniment and a special presentation of Fenlon & Fenlon featuring soprano Rachel Fenlon.

“Our Festival is evolving to be an inclusive event showcasing the finest work of Vancouver Opera as well as many of our community partners” says Vancouver Opera General Director, Kim Gaynor. “We hope to make opera more accessible by breaking down the perceived barriers to attending and inviting everyone to take part in the celebration.”

The Vancouver Opera Festival Fairytales and Fables takes place at various venues April 27th to May 5th, 2019. For full details and ticket information visit vancouveropera.ca

Delinquent Theatre premieres Never The Last

Next week, Delinquent Theatre opens the emotional world premiere of Never the Last, as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex. 

Anton Lipovetsky, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon. Photo/Art by Bold Rezolution Studio.

Inspired by the life story of Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, an enormously innovative early twentieth century composer, the drama follows her 10-year marriage with the celebrated expressionist painter Walter Gramatté. Set to a live score of Eckhardt-Gramatté’s solo violin works, the multimedia presentation blends movement and text to tell a heartbreaking tale of adventure, poverty, and strife.

“As a strongly female-driven theatre company, it is vital for us to honour and share the stories of innovative women artists who blazed the trails before us. Especially those whose art has been forgotten or obscured due to discrimination based on gender and class,” says Christine Quintana, Co-Artistic Director with Delinquent Theatre and co-creator of Never the Last. “Eckhardt-Gramatté’s determination, adversity, and triumph in the face of tragedy is profoundly inspiring to us. In telling her story and lauding her rarely performed — but undeniably brilliant — body of work, we are honoured to share a narrative that pushes against society’s limitations for women — especially those in leadership positions — and rejects status quo.”

Molly MacKinnon as the Creator/Violinist Photo: Christine Quintana

Created by acclaimed playwright and actor Christine Quintana and violinist Molly MacKinnon, Never the Last was conceived out of MacKinnon’s curiosity with Eckhardt-Gramatté. During her research, MacKinnon discovered that many of Eckhardt-Gramatté’s innovative and experimental works were nearly lost in her male-dominated field before her immigration to Canada in 1950. MacKinnon approached Quintana with a vision to create Never the Last and help bring this gifted female composer’s tremendous life and legacy to the forefront.

Directed by award-winning Laura McLean and choreographed by Kayla Dunbar (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Arts Club Theatre Company), Never the Last is a music / theatre hybrid expressed through Eckhardt-Gramatté’s 10 solo violin caprices — poetic expressions of her visceral and dramatic relationship with her husband, expressionist painter Gramatté.

Performed by MacKinnon, Quintana, and Anton Lipovetsky, the love story unfolds in Berlin, 1919, where violin prodigy and composer Sophie-Carmen meets Walter, a German painter and war veteran in poor health.  Sparks fly and their resulting love affair spans 10 years, four cities, and numerous artistic successes and failures, all underscored by MacKinnon performing Eckhardt-Gramatté’s violin compositions. Fusing a classical music performance, movement, and text, Never the Last is an artistic expression of the enormities of loss and the complexities of love.

Following Gramatté’s death in 1929, Eckhardt-Gramatté later remarried art historian Ferdinand Eckhardt and eventually immigrated to Winnipeg in 1953. The musician’s legacy and work is preserved through the work of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation in Winnipeg which provided the background biological information, recordings and documents that helped form Never the Last.

Delinquent Theatre’s  Never the Last, runs April 9–20, 2019, as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex, 823 Seymour Street. For more information visit delinquenttheatre.com

Picks of the Week : April 3, 2019

No fooling, we’re already at the start of April, and of course some April showers, but not enough to dampen the entertainment found in this week’s picks.

Glory
pic: Barbara Zimonick

Hockey: Gateway Theatre finds Glory in the story of women’s hockey in the 1930’s, running April 4 – 13.

Blossoms: The city is in bloom as swaths of Cherry Blossoms paint the town pink, celebrate them all during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 4th – 28th.

Nisei: Until April 13th, The Firehall Arts Centre presents the eye-opening, award-winning play The Tashme Project: The Living Archives which
tells of the lives of the Nisei (2nd generation Japanese/Canadians) from being a child of the internment camps to post-war and beyond.

Sons of Sissy

Pop: Grammy award winning PINK! brings her powerful pop and the Beautiful Trauma World Tour, with guest Julia Michaels, to Rogers Arena for two shows, Friday and Saturday nights

Dance: The Dance Centre brings Austrian choreographer Simon Mayer’s Sons of Sissy, to the stage as part of the Global Dance Connections series, April 4th to 8th

Orchestra: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Festival brings two performances to the Orpheum this week, Libration: A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 5, and From Russia With Jazz on April 6.

Comedy: Funnyman Gerry Dee brings laughter to a pair of shows, April 5 at Bell Centre For Performing Arts in Surrey and April 6 at The Centre in Vancouver

Whitecaps

Kicks: Still looking for their first win of the season, Whitecaps FC host LA Galaxy on Friday night at BC Place

Rock: Sunday night, Rogers Arena welcomes a pair of legendary acts to the stage as Weezer and Pixies share the bill.

Okanagan: On stage at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, until April 21, The Orchard (after Chekhov) is Chekhov’s  The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. 

LateNight: Stay up later for some adults-only improv laughs at Vancouver TheatreSports presents The Late Show, Saturday nights at 11:15pm

The Tashme Project: The Living Archive brings history to the present

Tonight, The Firehall Arts Centre opens an eye-opening, award-winning play The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, on stage until April 13th.         

The play Created and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, internment in Canada during the Second World War, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. The Nisei, now in their 70s and 80s, were children at the time of internment and their stories of adventure and play are presented in sharp relief with the more common internment narratives of hardship and justice.

Created from twenty interwoven interviews with Nisei from Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Montreal, and Vancouver. The Tashme Project: The Living Archives moves from voice to voice and story to story with fluidity and with a purposeful and constructed gracefulness. The actors portray the voices of both men and women interviewees as they seek a deep emotional and spiritual connection with the stories of their elders, breathing new life into these memories.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives highlights the Nisei character, language, spirit and story. Bringing to light this part of Canadian history, that is often kept in the dark, is an incredibly topical reminder of cultural division in the current social and political environment.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives plays at The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St, from tonight, Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 13, 2019. Tickets and information available online at firehallartscentre.ca

Bill Reid Gallery brings new exhibit: qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways

Opening April 10th, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways.

Rage Flowers by Lindsay Delaronde with Performance by Erynne Gilpin, Photo by KL Peruzzo

The premiere group exhibition is guest curated by four members of the ReMatriate Collective — Ts?m? Igharas (Tahltan), Tiffany Creyke (Tahltan), Angela Marie Schenstead (nêhiyaw), and Denver Lynxleg(Anishinaabe) — and features nine Indigenous artists. The exhibition also features Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) as an important contemporary Water Keeper. The show honours the important role of Indigenous women on the coast, both past and present, in a timely investigation amid ongoing debates about pipelines and Indigenous rights. qa? y?xw is a h?n?q??min??m? expression that means “water honours us.”

Tsesqel Original by Carrielynn Victor

qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways, features video, photography, carving, printmaking, beading, and performance by artists affiliated with various Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and the interior of British Columbia. Each of the nine artists considers a unique experience with the life-giving element of water, and creates innovative works based on culturally specific practices.

“This exhibition highlights womxn’s unique relationship with water as child bearers, healers, doulas, and other roles key to Indigenous matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast as we are womxn and waterways,” says the ReMatriate Collective. “Water connects us all through the seas, rivers, and clouds, and is not bound by human-imposed borders. Through art, performance, and interactive programming, we explore water as a crucial element for all of creation, as well as its historical uses for survival and sacred cycles. In addition, the artists look at the excess of contemporary resource consumption as a threat to sensitive environmental and coastal ecosystems.”

Reconcile This by Krystle Coughlin

The ReMatriate Collective formed in 2014, dedicating itself to strengthening future generations of Indigenous women through positive self-representation. Their work encompasses the dissemination of public visual- and text-based works and exhibitions, including social media photo campaigns and hands-on workshops on traditional practices and skill development. Their collective work has been featured at the Western Front (2016), Arts Underground in Whitehorse (2018), and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC (2018).

To find out what each of the nine artists brings to the qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways exhibition visit Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Street, from April 10 – October 2, 2019. Find more information. exhibition hours and more online at billreidgallery.ca