Joshua Beamish brings @giselle to Vancouver

Coming to the Vancouver Playhouse September 5-7, @giselle is a technology-driven, contemporary reimagining of the beloved classic ballet, presented by Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY. 

@giselle : Catherine Hurlin in @giselle. photo: Craig Foster.

Born out of Reimagining Giselle, a shorter work commissioned by The Royal Ballet in London, UK, this full-length narrative work is brought to life by ballet superstars from American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Directed and choreographed by Vancouverite and company founder Joshua Beamishthis innovative production will explore the connections and parallels between the original classical ballet and our understandings of love, sex, and relationships in a world mediated by dating apps, digital illusions, and fleeting encounters.

“I am deeply honoured to bring together such a stellar group of dance artists from across North America to collaborate on such a timely production,” says Beamish. “@giselle is a careful examination of the evaporation of true romance in our culture. Utilizing cutting-edge motion capture technologies and screen projections of social media ephemera, this full-length work will challenge audiences to consider the ways that technology has leveraged an unexpected change upon the very nature of modern love and relationships, which now seem fueled by a disdain for accountability and an increase in personal narcissism.”

The original version of Giselle, which premiered in 1841 — by what is now known as the Paris Opera Ballet, is based on a German legend, and follows a young peasant girl’s journey through the many dimensions of love, betrayal, and heartbreak.  @giselle updates the narrative to present day by telling the story of a character named Giselle who is betrayed, isolated, and ghosted by her romantic partner on social media.

@giselle featuring Catherine Hurlin Photo: Craig Foster.

Beamish’s work highlights the ways that social networks such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook have profoundly changed the ways we meet, fall in and out of love. @giselle is a new vision of a classic tale that also touches on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Beamish has assembled a cast of some of the finest ballet artists from across Canada and the United States.  The all-star ensemble brings together talent from American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Edmonton, the Alberta Ballet Trainee Program and graduates from varied local dance training institutions such as Arts Umbrella, Richmond Academy, Pro Arte, Tri-city Dance, and SFU. 

See how Joshua Beamish blends classic ballet with new media and technology for yourself as @giselle opens at Vancouver Playhouse, September 5, 6 and 7, 2019. Showtime is 7:30pm each night, pre-show talks by Beamish and guests take place from 6:30 – 7pm prior to each performance. Find tickets and more information visit 

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House 2018

At the corner of Davie & Granville Street, behind the facade of the unassuming former bank building lies a thriving hub of Vancouver’s dance scene, the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Kababayang Pilipino
photo: Leah Villalobos

Since 1986 The Dance Centre has been as a resource centre for professional dance companies and the public, providing a range of activities to the dance community. Presenting programs and events for artists and general public to build the profile of the dance scene in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia and beyond.

The annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House, taking place September 15, 2018 is an opportunity to sample a host of exciting dance styles, from ballet and contemporary to flamenco and swing, in a day of open classes, studio showings and events.

Vanessa Goodman
photo: David Cooper

“Our annual Open House is an opportunity to celebrate a wonderful building, which has become a home for dance of all kinds, and also to experience the excitement and diversity of Vancouver’s dance scene,” said Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of The Dance Centre, the organization which spearheaded the development of the building.

Participating companies and artists include Raven Spirit Dance, Kababayang Pilipino, Karen Flamenco, Shot of Scotch, Polymer Dance, Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, Anderson Performance Clinic, Project Soul and many more.

Linda Arkelian Balley
photo: Erik Zennstrom

The Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House from 11am – 5pm, for a full schedule of events taking place throughout the day visit .
Pre-registration is not required.
Classes are suitable for all levels, including beginner, except where specified

Picks of the Week – May 16, 2018

The Victoria Day, May long weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season for many of us, bringing with it a bounty of entertainment to fill our picks of the week.

Abba: You’ll say thank you for the music as the Arts Club opens the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage tonight, onstage until August 12th

Rock: Your hair might not be as long but be ready to bang your head as thrash metal group Slayer takes to the Pacific Coliseum

Kicks: Can Whitecaps FC redeem themselves in fans eyes and find a win when San Jose Earthquake come to BC Place tonight?

GollyMolly Misbegotten is the new play from by Beau Han Bridge, presented by the Mid Twenties Theatre Society at Havana Theatre May 10-12 and 15-19, 2018.

Ice: Catch Canadian Olympic Figure Skaters including Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir,  Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Kaetlyn Osmond and many more as Stars On Ice 2018 Tour comes to Rogers Arena May 17th

Country: The 72nd Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair returns to the Surrey fairground for 4 days of family entertainment, May 18-21, 2018

Friendship: The unlikely friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and its influence on Middle Earth and Narnia is on stage in Pacific Theatre’s Tolkien running May 11 – June 9

Magic: American magician, illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine brings his unique talents of amazement to Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 2 shows, Friday and Saturday

Comedy: English stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr brings his dry, deadpan humour to the Vogue Theatre for two shows on Sunday night.

Haida:  Museum of Vancouver is presenting, Haida Now. A collaboration with The Haida Gwaii Museum bring 450 works together in a one of a kind collection of Haida arts and culture, until June 15.

Museum of Anthropology

Culture: Musqueam, Squamish, Lil’wat, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Haida are collaborating for the first time so you can learn more about the cultures of these First Nations and the importance of their cultural centres at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s exhibition Culture at the Centre, until October 8th

Resist: Also until October 8th at MOA, the new exhibit, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Duo: The Vancouver Art Gallery unites the works of two dynamic female early 20th century artists Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman, on view at the Gallery until September 3, 2018

Offsite: Vancouver Art Gallery presents Offsite: Shigeru Ban by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House, organized by the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art at the Offsite Location at Shangri-La Vancouver


Play: ITSAZOO presents the Western Canadian Premiere of David James Brock’s award-winning drama, WET, May 8-27, 2018 in the intimate basement of The Russian Hall.

Amusement: Weekend just got more exciting as Playland reopens on weekends with three added rides for the family’s excitement.

Coastal City Ballet

Ballet: Coastal City Ballet closes out its 2018 season with a remount of Irene Schneider’s ballet, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  onstage at Vancouver Playhouse May 19 and if you miss it, catch it June 8 at Surrey Arts Centre

Vancouver International Dance Festival opens Wednesday

The world of movement comes to Vancouver when the 2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) opens March 1st. The VIDF has curated a culturally diverse program to stages around Vancouver including; classical ballet, Japanese butoh, street & urban, modern interpretive and other creative avenues of expression.

Choreographers, companies and dancers from near and far like local company Kinesis Dance, husband & wife team Kaeja D’Dance from Toronto, San Francisco brings Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Akaji Maro from Japan, and Denmark’s Kitt Johnson to name a few.
To reach as many as possible VIDF includes a number of free performances at Woodward’s Atrium and Roundhouse Community Centre.  For those who are more than spectators, masterclasses and workshops allow many of the visiting choreographers to share their art with local performers and artists.
In addition to the movement pieces, VIDF also presents art, photography exhibits and life drawing classes.

Vancouver International Dance Festival runs March 1st to 25th, 2017 in spaces and venues all around the downtown Vancouver. The full calendar, online program and tickets are available online now at


12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 10

In the 12 Days of Christmas on the 10th Day we find 10 Lords A Leaping just like we find in today’s gift idea.

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Vancouver on January 20 and 21 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  Sold out during its 2015 run, the performances will see the all-male, cross-dressing troupe combines breathtaking technical prowess with rampant sauciness to a new batch of ridiculously re-interpreted classical ballets, including Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, and Don Quixote.

photo: Sascha Vaughn

“It was a thrill to re-introduce Vancouver to these superb dancers and comic geniuses back in 2015,” said Svetlana Dvoretsky, President & Executive Producer of Show One Productions. “That The Trocks could sell out houses after a more than 30-year absence was a testament to the international cult following the company has built around their affectionately irreverent interpretations of classical dance. I am over the moon excited they will make their anticipated return to Vancouver in 2017, presenting a fresh program replete with their signature theatrics and extraordinary virtuosity. It will undoubtedly be a night at the ballet audiences will not soon forget!”

Swan Lake
photo: Sascha Vaughn

Founded by a group of professional dancers in 1974, the New-York based company is dedicated to presenting saucily skewered, lovingly crafted parodies of the beloved ballet classics.  In the 40 years since its founding, Les Trocks has performed in countries all around the world.

Tickets for Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Vancouver are on sale now at

Picks Of The Week – February 19, 2014

It’s the end of February already, the year is ticking away and the fun keeps coming.

Comedy: Northwest Comedy Fest continues through this weekend at venues across the city.

Duo: Get two great stars in one show at Rogers Arena as Paul Simon and Sting perform on Thursday night

Ballet: The latest show from Ballet BC: Grace Symmetry gets underway at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre running Feb 20 – 22.

Drag: The competition hits the pinnacle as The Search For Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar is crowned at Celebrities Nightclub with guest judge & Rupaul’s Drag Race alum, Alyssa Edwards performing.

The Pack AD

Rock: The Pack A.D. come home to the Rickshaw Theatre for a show on Friday, Feb 21

Family: At the Pacific Coliseum, bring the whole family together for Disney Live: Rockin’ Road Show, for five performances, Feb 21 – 23.

Club: Watch out for the Attack Of The 50ft Woman at Oasis Ultra Lounge, with a DJ set from Michael Venus and a performance by Quana Style

Picks Of The Week – November 13, 2013

Eastside Culture CrawlMid-November and the Holiday season is fast approaching, with all the entertaining, dining and festive parties that come along with it.

Concert: The Georgia Straight Presents Hollerado & The Zolas at the Commodore Ballroom Thursday night, November 14.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks play at home three times this week; Thursday Nov 14 against San Jose, Sunday Nov 17 against Dallas and Tuesday Nov 19 against Florida

Dance: For three nights only November 14, 15 & 16, Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a unique ballet performed to the music of Sarah McLachlan, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Art: Get your art-on and take a tour around Vancouver’s East Side for the Eastside Culture Crawl, a three day visual arts, design and crafts festival. November 15, 16 & 17 artisans, studios, galleries and workshops will throw open their doors to welcome the public.

Gig: New York indie band Cults hits the stage at the Rio Theatre on Saturday night at 9:30pm.

Beards: The Bearded Ladies – Ryan Steele and Cythinia Crane invade Biltmore Cabaret’s Kitty Night for a comedy-burlesque show in honour of Movember on Sunday night.