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

PuSh Festival – Sequence 8

While it’s too late to catch Sequence 8 during its run at PuSh Festival 2015, if you have a chance to see it this show definitely ranks a ‘must see’.  All of the performances, plus the added Saturday matinee, have sold out and drawn ample waitlists as people clamoured to see the show at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Presented with Vancouver’s Théâtre la Seizième and Tom Lightburn, and produced by Les 7 droits de la main/7 Fingersa Montreal based collaborative of circus performers, founded on a goal to bring “circus to a human scale”.  The 8 performers in Sequence 8 brought decades of tumbling, acrobatics, trapeze, dance and other circus pursuits to the stage.

This show is a collection of all those pursuits assembled together by dance and humourous scripted pieces between the stunning solos highlighting each of the performers specialities.  Each one is spectacular, breathtaking and mesmerizing in their talent, making the complexity seem simple. Spontaneous applause, gasps and laughter followed throughout the 90 minute performance.  It’s hard to describe so take a look at the trailer for an glimpse at the show.

Sequence 8 has wrapped its run at the PuSh Festival and is now headed on tour across the USA, if you get a chance to see it you won’t be disappointed.

Find other amazing shows at the PuSh Festival, running until February 8, 2015.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Schedule Released

2015 FIFA Womens World CupCanada will play host to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 5 to July 5, 2015. This will be the seventh quadrennial tournament, the first for Canada, and the first to expand the format to 24 teams. As a warm up the host country also gets the rights to host the previous year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Six Canadian cities, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and Moncton will host matches during both tournaments. (Toronto removed itself from consideration due to conflicting Pan-American Games schedule).

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup was hosted in Germany and won by Japan in a tight match ended by penalty kicks. Earlier this month to mark the 2 year countdown to 2015 the schedule was released for the tournament, with Vancouver’s BC Place being selected the host of the marque final match. Edmonton plays host to the third place as well as a semi-final match along with Montreal hosting the other. With the qualification rounds still underway, the only known competitor in the finals is host, Canada, who will play in Group A. However, we can expect perennial favourites; USA, China, Brazil, Germany to join them in the round-robin. Canada will play their opening round matches in Edmonton, Montreal and Winnipeg.

When Canada hosted the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championships the attendance was unprecedented and marked a turning point in Canadian Women’s soccer when Canada met the USA in the final match in Edmonton, which is still one of the most watched sporting events in Canada. So be sure to get tickets as soon as they go on sale and don’t miss one of the world’s premier sporting events on home soil!

Fair Play – Foul Play

When a sport team gains a reputation as ‘rough’, ‘dirty’ or ‘poor sports’, where does that mentality come from? The Coaches, the players or the fans? Is it a combination of all of the above?

Scrapping for the ball

Recently Whitecaps FC beat Montreal Impact in a semi-final Nutrilite Canadian Championships in a hard fought battle at Empire Field. While there has long been a rivalry between these clubs it has intensified in recent years, especially since Montreal fielded a second string team in the 2009 Championships that lost by 5 goals handing the game and Cup to Toronto on goal differential. The Montreal fans and ownership as well as the Vancouver supporters were appalled by the lack of sportsmanship displayed in throwing the game.  Since then Montreal clashes have been very scrappy, vocal and outright aggressive matches that do not display any of the attributes that make soccer “the beautiful game”.
Where did this attitude come from, do their fans expect it and encourage it of them? Is the coaching staff instilling the aggression in the locker room? Do the players themselves challenge and push each other to be tough and pushy on the field? We’ll never really know but even in other sports certain teams become known as playing a certain style which one would assume comes down to coaching methods but what happens when the coaching staff change and the attitude remains? It’s a strange phenomemon but one that will perpetuate for as long as there are sports and teams and players and coaches.

What’s your thoughts? What contributes to a teams playing style?

Brandon Flowers / Fran Healy

Brandon Flowers supported by Fran Healy – Commodore Ballroom – November 15, 2010

Playing to another headliner’s audience after headlining one of the biggest bands in Britain for over a decade has to be disconcerting for Fran Healy especially if the audience starts to heckle with taunts of “Get on with it” or “We want Brandon”. Fran handled it in his usual charming, humourous way of weaving a tale with a message (in this case…don’t be “that guy”, who makes an a$$ of himself at a show)
As he was the support act Fran was limited to a quick 35 minute set, 6 songs. Smartly beginning and ending the set with well known Travis singles, like Fran was singing his credentials to the crowd. It seemed to work, as the finale “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” was heartily sung along by many in the crowd. In between were a few of the tracks off of his first solo album “Wreck Order”.  (Click for a recap, and more images, of Fran’s August acoustic show at the Vogue Theatre)

After a quick set change the stage was ready for Brandon Flowers to come on with a slightly ‘old west’ swagger about him, black vest, jeans and boots, vaguely channelling Johnny Cash meets Elvis meets Freddie Mercury. Brandon Flowers knows how to entertain like the Vegas native that he his.
Kicking his set off with “On The Floor”, Brandon swung right into gear, whipping through much of his debut album, Flamingo. Besides songs from The Killers Brandon also covers “Bette Davis Eyes” which turned out to be a perfect song for his voice.  The 65 minute flew by and judging by the crowd reaction they were left wanting more. Like Fran before him, Brandon completed his set with a song from his band…in this case “Mr Brightside”.
By closing with songs by their more well known bands it made sure everyone left with a familiar ring in their ears.
Overall, it was a great show by two seasoned and brilliant artists who I’m sure we can all agree on left us wanting more…much more!

Chromeo – Won Over!

11Aug2010 – Chromeo at Commodore Ballroom (I forgot my camera so you’ll have to get a taste via the Momma’s Boy video instead)

One word! Awesome! Such a fun show. I’d heard of and listened to Montreal based Chromeo a bit before and like their blend of retro style dance-pop so thought I’d take the opportunity to see them live.  Boy, was I happy I did! My friend Grady and I ended up knowing a bunch of other people there and as soon as I tweeted that I was at the show…a few other friends started replying how much they liked Chromeo and wanted to be there…I had no idea they were so big (I’m not usually this clueless).
We got there in time to catch the opening set by Holy Ghost , also a good act but cursed by not having as good a sound set up as the headliners.
Once Chromeo took the stage to audience chants of Cho-ME-oh-WHOA-oh! It was a fun, bouncing, dancing, entertaining solid hour+ show.  I can’t imagine anyone not having a good time.  For one of our other friends this was his fourth time seeing them…I can see why. I will definitely be back and suggest you do the same!