Chutzpah Festival 2019 Brings Dance, Comedy, Theatre to Fall

The 2019 Chutzpah! Festival returns at a new autumn period from October 24 to November 24, with performances at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vogue Theatre, Rickshaw Theatre, and The WISE Hall.

Now in its 19th year of celebrating culturally rich works in comedy, music, theatre and dance, the Chutzpah! Festival has established a reputation for presenting Vancouver audiences with new and exciting, critically acclaimed artists from all over the world. This year’s Festival will also showcase live music with film, and shines a light on artists from the U.K., Israel, Italy, U.S.A., and Canada. 

“I’m overjoyed to be able to showcase such important, illuminating, and multi-disciplinary works at this year’s Festival, and proud to have shared so much with Vancouver audiences over these past 15 years as its Artistic Managing Director,” says Mary-Louise Albert. “2019 will be my final year with Chutzpah! as I move into a new chapter in my creative and personal journey. After a 20-year career as a professional dancer I could not have landed in a better spot than here at Chutzpah! and the JCC working with so many amazing people — which allowed me the space, generosity, trust, and understanding of my ‘no holds bar’ approach to work and life — which ultimately resulted in a second career and artistic vision that I am so proud of. I look forward to sharing my last Festival with you!” 

Some of the shows included in the 2019 Chutzpah! Festival lineup are: 

Guy Mintus Trio – Norman Rothstein Theatre | October 29 | 8:00pm
Mintus is a trained concert pianist with the energy of a rock star and a jazz musician’s sense of adventure who is unafraid to throw into the mix his native Middle Eastern scales and rhythms

Sandra Bernhard: “Quick Sand” – Vogue Theatre | October 31 | 8:00pm
Performing with a three- piece band, the iconic performer will make for a fun and memorable Halloween night. 

The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX – Norman Rothstein Theatre | Nov. 6-8, 8:00pm | Nov. 8, 1:00pm | Nov. 9, 2:00pm
Chutzpah! Festival is proud to present the Canadian premiere of The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX. American-Jewish director, Stan Zimmerman, is adding a modern-day twist to the story of Anne Frank.

MM Contemporary Dance – Norman Rothstein Theatre | Nov. 1 & 4, 8:00pm | Nov. 2, 2:00pm | Nov. 3, 7:00pm
Italy’s MM Contemporary Dance Company returns to Chutzpah! with the Canadian premieres of GERSHWIN SUITES – choreographed by Michele Merola, and SCHUBERT FRAMES – choreographed by Enrico Morelli. 

MM Contemporary Dance – Gershwin Suite photo: Riccardo Panozzo

This year the Chutzpah! Festival is also paying tribute to the Jewish Community Centre and celebrating the 25th anniversary of its long-standing and renowned musical theatre summer camp created by Perry Ehrlich – Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!; present local comedians in a comedy night of Shticks & Giggles; and host multiple workshops and creation residencies.

2019 Chutzpah Festival runs October 24 to November 24, 2019. For the full line up and tickets visit chutzpahfestival.com 

Invisible Threads at Vancouver Maritime Museum

InvisibleThreads_6833Last week, a very interesting and historic exhibit opened at Vancouver Maritime Museum, Invisible Threads: Life Saving Sugihara Visas and the Journey to Vancouver.
The exhibit tells the history of thousands of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi occupied Europe and were able to escape to Japan as a result of Japanese vice-council to Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara.  Going against the wishes of his bosses in Japan, Sugihara issued 4500 refugee visas, many personally handwritten, which allowed 6000 Jewish refugees transit to Japan and safety beyond.  Those refugees, many of whom came on ships to Seattle and Vancouver, and their descendants have spread around the world and are now estimated to number 40,000 people who are alive as a direct result of Chiune Sugihara.
At the opening of the exhibit, part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Vancouver – Yokohama sister city, many of the families of Sugihara Visa recipients were on hand to lend some personal meaning to the history of the exhibit and show how the Invisible Threads bind generations and people around the world.

Invisible Threads: Life Saving Sugihara Visas and the Journey to Vancouver, runs until July 1, 2015 at Vancouver Maritime Museum, at 1905 Ogden Ave, in Vanier Park.