Arts Umbrella follows its theatre & music department’s 2019 Expressions Theatre Festival with the Dance Company’s season finale BE MOVED.
Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s (AUDC) BE MOVED, is the company’s season finale and a chance for audiences to see creations by acclaimed international, Canadian, and local Vancouver choreographers.
In four shows over three days, May 23 – 25, BE MOVED offers audiences the chance to see work that is rarely performed in Canada. Each performances features the contributions of over a dozen international dance artists, including luminaries such as Johan Inger (The Netherlands), Marts Ek (Sweden), and Crystal Pite (Vancouver).
“What is most extraordinary about our performances is the roster of international choreographers that come to Vancouver to create new works and set existing repertoire on our dancers,” AUDC Artistic Director Artemis Gordon said. “The quality of the work being performed is exceptional, and these performances offer Vancouver audiences a glimpse into the international stage.”
An outstanding, must-see event in the Vancouver arts calendar, this end-of-year presentation represents the culmination of months of exploration and rehearsal for AUDC students.
“BE MOVED offers audience-goers incomparable access to view works by international choreographers, many of which have never been previously performed on Vancouver stages,” Gordon said. “These extraordinary performances provide a glimpse into the future of international dance through the artistry of a dynamic group of emerging artists.”
Arts Umbrella Dance Company Season Finale BE MOVED runs at Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, on May 23-25, at 7:30pm nightly, plus 2:30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are on sale now at artsumbrella.com
Arts Umbrella has revealed the line up for the 2018 Expressions Theatre Festival. Running May 17 – 26, 2018 at the Waterfront Theatre, the festival showcases the talented young artists in Arts Umbrella’s Intensive, Pre-Professional and Theatre Conservatory Programs. This annual festival boasts a bevy of captivating productions, from the whimsical family fun of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the frontier hijinks of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, the audacious programming capitalizes on students’ exceptional range and skill.
This year, audiences will be treated to an line-up of thought-provoking works, including a modern take on the classic Greek tragedy The Phoenician Women and the perceptive student-created original work, Outside In. Additionally, the Theatre Conservatory Program will be make their festival debut with a performance of Charles Way’s Missing, a riveting modern interpretation of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel featuring Vancouverite and Arts Umbrella graduate, Douglas Ennenberg.
“The young and exceptionally talented assemblage of Expressions Theatre Festival students never fail to inspire with their courage, passion, and devotion to their craft. Their dauntless enthusiasm is contagious,” says Paul Moniz de Sá, Artistic Director of the Theatre & Music Program at Arts Umbrella. “We strive to provide an environment where students can take risks and express themselves freely while they hone their art. The skills they learn as they rehearse for and perform in this festival enriches their lives on and off the stage.”
While developing their presentations for this year’s Expressions Theatre Festival, Arts Umbrella students have the opportunity to collaborate closely with professional directors and designers. Before staging each festival production, the students perform their works in schools across the Lower Mainland, while learning the important operations involved in mounting and producing technically demanding works. This process allows students to experience the collaboration, creativity, and dedication that goes into a successful theatre production. For the 17-22 year olds who are preparing to audition for professional theatre schools in the Theatre Conservatory Program, the festival gives them a preview of the life of a professional actor.