Vancouver International Flamenco Festival Kicks Up Its Heels.

From September 13 to 29, The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival will bring Vancouver stages to life with a thrilling line-up of local and international flamenco artists.

Venues including Vancouver Playhouse, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Waterfront Theatre, St James Community Square, Vancouver Public Library will feature free workshops and ticketed performances throughout the festival. 

“Baile De Autor” by Manuel Liñán Company (Spain)

The 2019 Festival proudly presents the Canadian premier of Spain’s Manuel Liñán Company in Baile De Autor. Manuel Liñán is influencing the renewal of both Spanish and flamenco dance.  An accomplished performer and choreographer for other companies, BAILE DE AUTOR unites both of Manuel Liñán skill disiplines.  

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival also features many of the finest Canadian and International Flamenco artists, program highlights include:  

  • La Musica del Flamenco” with Victor Kolstee and featuring Manuel Liñán Company Artists (Vancouver/Spain)
    Venue The Hall at St James Community Square, Friday September 13, 8pm
  • World Premiere “MAGNETIKAE – a personal journey” by La Otra Orilla (Montreal),
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre Thursday September 26, 8PM
  • Vancouver Premiere “NRITYA” by La Caramelita Flamenco Company (France),
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre, Friday September 27, 8PM
  • World Premiere “Nuevo II” by Flamenco Rosario & Guests (Vancouver/Spain),
    Venue: Waterfront Theatre Saturday September 28, 8PM
“NRITYA” by La Caramelita Flamenco Company (France)

As one of few festivals devoted to Flamenco Art in North America, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival has helped to develop an understanding of Vancouver’s multicultural audiences by nurturing the form’s hybridized roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy and Indian cultures.  Since its 1990 debut, local producers Flamenco Rosario have grown the Festival into a two week long annual event filling the city’s stages with the vibrant art form. 

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival runs September 13th to 29th, line-up, information and tickets visit vancouverflamencofestival.org

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 joshuabeamish.com 

Dance House Closes One Season, Announces A New

To close out the 2018-19 season, DanceHouse welcomes the Canadian premiere of MOMIX : Viva MOMIX, on April 12 & 13, at the Vancouver Playhouse. The US company, helmed by acclaimed Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, one of America’s most innovative choreographers and directors, MOMIX is revered for its ability to conjure a surreal world using props, light, shadow, humour, and the human body. Viva MOMIX celebrates the best of more than three decades of works, with a selection of company favourites mixed with three new creations.

MOMIX : Viva Momix photo: Charles Paul Azzopardi

“Vancouver dance lovers will undoubtedly be blown away by this beguiling tour de force of illusion, beauty, and magic,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse. “Viva Momix is a collection of Pendleton’s most unforgettable works. It is a masterpiece of ingenious theatrical creativity, combining superb physicality, whimsical costumes, and stunning music. I can think of no better way to close our 2018/19 season than with this evening of unforgettable beauty and pure unadulterated enjoyment for all ages.”

MOMIX : Viva Momix photo: Eddy Fernandez

Developed in 2015 in honour of MOMIX’s 35th anniversary season, Viva MOMIX features stunning vignettes from six of their previous productions: MOMIX in Orbit, Botanica, Lunar SeaReMIX, Classics, and Opus Cactus, alongside scenes from three new works — Daddy Long LegLight Reigns, and Paper Trails. Praised for its visuals and theatrics, Viva MOMIX will transport audiences on a journey into a surreal fantasy. The nine gifted artists shape their bodies into creations of the natural world that are sure to tease the audience’s imagination with wonder and a glorious sense of play.

As the current season closes, DanceHouse has unveiled its 2019/20 season. Showcasing the work of four new companies to DanceHouse audiences and two returning favourites, the season runs from October 2019 through May 2020. This season’s offerings highlight an diverse range of pioneering artists who are transforming traditional dance styles with boundary-blurring fusions of genres and cultures.

“Dance is a vibrant art form that is constantly evolving. We are delighted to share a curated lineup of world-class dance companies at the vanguard of their respective fields in our 2019/20 season,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse.

This season, new additions to the DanceHouse stage include Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander dance companies performing Spirit, a powerful collection of dance stories selected from their 30-year repertoire; Montreal-based arts collective The 7 Fingers in collaboration with Artcirq of Igloolik and Taqqut Productions of Iqaluit with Unikkaaqtuat, an innovative work that melds ancestral Inuit practices with circus arts; Montreal’s explosive RUBBERBANDance Group showcasing their dynamic blend of break-dancing, ballet, and dance theatre in Ever So Slightly; and Spain’s iconoclastic Compañía Rocío Molina’s reinvention of flamenco dance in the virtuoso tour de force Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo).

DanceHouse welcomes back audience-favourite and internationally acclaimed Brazilian company Grupo Corpo in a mixed program featuring Gira, a dazzling homage to dance as a conduit to the divine. Finally, following their crowd-pleasing appearance in Vancouver in 2018, the New York-based tap dance sensation Dorrance Dance will return with ETM: Double Down, a rollicking celebration of the percussive potential of the human body.

For tickets and show details of MOMIX:Viva Momix as well as the full schedule and descriptions of the 2019-2020 Season visit dancehouse.ca 

The Dance Centre presents Sons of Sissy

Sons of Sissy

The Dance Centre presents the penultimate show in the 2018-19 Global Dance Connections series, Simon Mayer’s Sons of Sissy, April 4th to 8th.  The Austrian choreographer has created a deconstruction of traditional folk dances and music of the Alps, as well as masculine stereotypes. Four virtuosic male performers deploy their bodies, voices and instruments with skill, stamina and impeccable timing. The choreography breaks down Austrian dances and music to set the dancers free from convention and masculine stereotypes. Part weird folk music quartet, part experimentally playful ritual dance combo, the Sons of Sissy present a funny and touching take on their heritage and their masculinity. This creation by Simon Mayer, an Austrian performer, musician, and one of Europe’s most exciting and original young choreographers, premiered in 2015, and continues to tour internationally: this performance at The Dance Centre in Vancouver will be the Canadian premiere.

Simon Mayer’s Sons of Sissy plays at The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, from April 4 to 8, 2019, with an artists talk-back on April 5th.
For details and ticket information visit thedancecentre.ca
Note: the performance includes nudity.

Picks of the Week – March 20, 2019

Finally, Spring has arrived, with record breaking temperatures this week to wake us from our Winter slumber and get out and enjoy these picks of the week.

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

Blooms: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31

Diva: If you missed it last night at the Chan Centre but you’re in Victoria tonight, catch Piaf! The Show, a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf as performed by Anne Carrere at The Royal Theatre

Mclaren Senna

Cars: Does spring make you want to drop the top on a convertible and get out on the road in a new car? Find out what’s new on four wheels at the Vancouver International Auto Show, on until Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival keep the city moving as it brings world of dance to stages around town until March 30th.

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.

Composer: The 2019 Sonic Boom Festival brings four days of new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by some of the province’s most talented musicians at Pyatt Hall and Orpheum Annex March 21 – 24

Musical: Until Saturday, you can 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.

Hot Brown Honey photo: Chrissie Hall

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.

Francophone: Festival du Bois celebrates its 30th year of bringing francophone and French Canadian music and culture to BC audiences. Running from March 22-24, open to all ages at Mackin Park, Maillardville, Coquitlam

Puppet: The Cultch brings Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.’s Multiple Organism to the Vancity Culture Lab March 19-30, with nudity, projections, puppetry original music, and more to this eclectic work

Pucks: As the end of the season draws near, Vancouver Canucks play host to Ottawa tonight and Calgary on Saturday at Rogers Arena

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