“Monsters” Free Open Rehearsal April 28th.

Miscellaneous Productions invites the public to a free open rehearsal of their new musical theatre work, MONSTERS.  The free open rehearsal and community forum takes place on Friday, April 28 at the Dance Centre’s Faris Family Studio. 

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Based loosely on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,  the show is designed for children and played by young actors to help reach the audience on the same level.  The title ‘monsters’  are both real and imagined as encountered by the cast of 14 youth players.  When the show debuts in October, the audience will find strong anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-racism themes.  The play explores how and why a community creates and supports a ‘monster’, how collusion functions and how many are unaware of how incredibly damaging bullies can be.

A one-of-a-kind youth oriented arts-based company, Miscellaneous Productions is a 17 year old collaborative, non-profit creating  culturally and socially diverse, multi-barriered and mainstream performances, films and music for the public.  

MONSTERS’ free open rehearsal and community forum takes place Friday April 28, 2017, 7pm at The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (at Granville St)

Odysseo by Cavalia in Vancouver

Odysseo by Cavalia is now on under the White Big Top in Vancouver. It’s hard to miss the largest travelling big top in the world as the massive white structure dominates the southern shores of False Creek.

Whilst the White Big Top is impressive to look at, what’s inside is even more of a spectacle.  Sixty-five majestic stallions and geldings and 48 of their human colleagues take centre stage to put on the breathtaking Odysseo by Cavalia.  The 2.5 hour long show defies description as it combines equestrian, acrobatics, live music, sound and visual effects broadcast by 18 projectors onto a curved screen three times as large as a standard cinema screen.

Without spoiling the show by giving away too many details, the horses, riders and performers take the audience on a global journey from the steppes of Asia, to the African savannah to the American West and on to Easter Island with many stops in between. Tumbling performers dazzle with the speed of their leaps, high flying acrobats spin overhead, gymnasts amaze with feats of strength and balance but it’s the quiet skills of the equine performers that draw the most applause. The training and talents of the horses and trainers is most evident when the horses are performing at liberty (free of harness), their trainers’ slightest gesture and noise encouraging the horse’s next movement.  Odysseo by Cavalia prides itself on having the most horses at liberty in a show, at one point 30 animals are filling the 1625 square meter stage.  When man and beast combine their skills the show is mesmerizing; acrobatics, strength and speed add a level of danger and wonder.

Odysseo by Cavalia continues under the White Big Top at Olympic Village until March 5th.  Tickets are on sale now with more matinees already added to meet demand

PuSh Festival 2017 – Program Launch

pushfestivalIt’s looking like it’s going to be a long, wet winter, thankfully PuSh Festival comes along each year to brighten the long dreary days.

Last night at the Fox Cabaret, the home of Club PuSh, Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour and Associate Curator Joyce Rosario announced the line-up for the 2017 PuSh Festival.  The 2017 Festival Guide is packed with another 3 weeks, January 16 – February 5, 2017, worth of acclaimed local, national and international artists that showcases their visionary, creative works. The multi-disciplinary festival, now in it’s 13th year, has earned its reputation for cutting-edge works in live theatre, dance, film, music and more.

This year watch for; Third World Bunfight from South Africa to put on a creative adaptation of Verdi’s Macbeth, from Belgium/Netherlands Jan Maarten’s Sweat Baby Sweat dance performance, or shadow projections in the Garden of Earthly Delights from Canada’s Mere Phantoms. With venues and showcases all over the city, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the 2017 PuSh Festival 

For the full line-up of what’s coming in the 2017 PuSh Festival visit pushfestival.ca

James & Jamesy In The Dark at Waterfront Theatre

jamesandjamesyFor a unique evening of theatre, catch James & Jamesy In The Dark at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island until October 16th.

In The Dark is a performance that literally begins in the dark with the only lighting coming from the players’ custom created illuminated costumes. Start with the whimsy of Pixar’s earliest work,  add surreal philosophical questions of Samuel Beckett, then throw in a bit of clown-like physical comedy and ad-libbed audience interaction, the end result is James & Jamesy In The Dark.  While that description may defy logic, the play is indescribable and with audience interaction it can be a different show every night.

James & Jamesy (played by Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles) have appeared in three shows co-created by director David MacMurray Smith and the collaboration and camaraderie of the duo is evident especially as they improvise aspects of the show based on the audience.  The award-winning duos mime-like physicality is entrancing and entertaining with their fluidity and agility, it’s no wonder the show has been a Fringe Festival favourite as it’s toured across the country.

James & Jamesy In The Dark plays until October 16, 2016 at the Waterfront Theatre 1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island. Tickets are available online or at Tickets Tonight.

Visit jamesandjamesy.com/in-the-dark for more information

Watch the trailer for James & Jamesy In The Dark


Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

VanFringeFest_2016_RGB-with-datesWe are just a week away from 11 days of creative theatre performances of Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016.  Vancouver Fringe Festival has a mission of “cultivating artists and audiences to create an open and vibrant independent theatre community”.  For three decades, the Vancouver Fringe Festival has been bringing one of a kind theatre to the stage, this year is no different.

Kicking off with a fun, party-like Opening Night performance of Butt Kapinski Dick on the Fringe, on September 8 and running until September 11 the Festival features over 800 performances by 90 artists all around the city. Theatre performances include Waiting For Garbo at Havana Theatre, One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody at The Rio, Piaf & Brel: The Impossible Concert at Performance Works, or Trump The Musical at Carousel Theatre.  The Big Rock Fringe Bar on Granville Island brings free musical entertainment nightly.  First time Fringe watchers might want to take in the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All festival preview: 40 artists will get 2 minutes each to woo audiences.  Walk the Talk AdMaking the Vancouver Fringe Festival open and inclusive to all audiences shows like Walk The Talk are by donation or the performers ask the audience to pay it forward with Acts of Random Care as their admission to the 40 minute interactive performance.

Whatever your genre, neighbourhood, or budget Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016 has a theatre performance for you.

Visit vancouverfringe.com for festival information and online tickets. Tickets and passes are available in person at the Fringe Festival Box Office at 1398 Cartwright St on Granville Island.

Eric McCormack – 2 Nights Only Concert

Next weekend, Eric McCormack brings two nights of music and storytelling to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, in support of Prostate Cancer Canada.  “The Concert I Never Gave… (except for, like 2000 times in my bedroom)” is the Emmy-winning star of “Will & Grace” and “Perception”, charity tribute to the memory of his parents, who both died of cancer.  Already a sell-out concert in Los Angeles and Toronto, McCormack brings the show home to Vancouver August 5th and 6th.

Featuring familiar music from 70’s and 80’s icons like Elton John, The Who, Billy Joel, Burton Cummings and Queen. Throughout the two-hour performance, Eric weaves tales of growing up in the suburbs, along with insider anecdotes about Will & Grace, becoming friends with Elton John, meeting Pete Townsend and more.  It’s like a autobiographical “This is your Life” episode filled with great stories plus in a concert featuring McCormack and his “uber” house band including musical director Loren Gold, keyboardist for The Who, Tyler Stewart, drummer for the Barenaked Ladies and Murray Foster, bass player for Great Big Sea in the intimate Stanley Theatre Stage.

Losing his parents to cancer makes the choice of charity very important to Eric,  all proceeds will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada.
“The Concert I Never Gave… (except for, like 2000 times in my bedroom)” takes place two nights only, August 5 & 6, 2016 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street.
Tickets are $95 or $115 and on sale online now from vancouvertix.com 

Che Malambo steps into Vogue Theatre

CheDrummermiddleVancouver is preparing for a thunderous performance by powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company, Che Malambo. 

Malambo, which began in the 17th century, as a competitive outlet between South American gauchos (cowboy), is a dynamic step dance blending precision footwork and rhythmic stomping (Zapeteo), drumming of traditional Bombos, whirling Boleadoras and song that is at the heart of the Gaucho tradition.

The 14-gaucho Che Malambo is exciting audiences across North America with their first tour, a spectacle of drumming, foot stomping dance and music, created by world-renowned choreographer and former dancer, Gilles Brinas.  Brinas was inspired by the rich tradition of the dance and created Che Malambo in 2007 to bring the traditional dance to audiences world-wide. After a successful 2015 run in New York City, Che Malambos is on its first North American tour.

Vancouver’s Caravan World Rhythms brings Che Malambo! Direct from Argentina to the Vogue Theatre stage for one night only May 20th.  Tickets are available now at Highlife Records and Banyan Books or online at caravanbc.com