BE MOVED by Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Season Finale

Arts Umbrella follows its theatre & music department’s 2019 Expressions Theatre Festival with the Dance Company’s season finale BE MOVED.

AUDC Be Moved

Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s (AUDC) BE MOVED, is the company’s season finale and a chance for audiences to see creations by acclaimed international, Canadian, and local Vancouver choreographers. 

In four shows over three days, May 23 – 25, BE MOVED offers audiences the chance to see work that is rarely performed in Canada. Each performances features the contributions of over a dozen international dance artists, including luminaries such as Johan Inger (The Netherlands), Marts Ek (Sweden), and Crystal Pite (Vancouver). 

“What is most extraordinary about our performances is the roster of international choreographers that come to Vancouver to create new works and set existing repertoire on our dancers,” AUDC Artistic Director Artemis Gordon said. “The quality of the work being performed is exceptional, and these performances offer Vancouver audiences a glimpse into the international stage.” 

An outstanding, must-see event in the Vancouver arts calendar, this end-of-year presentation represents the culmination of months of exploration and rehearsal for AUDC students.

AUDC Be Moved

“BE MOVED offers audience-goers incomparable access to view works by international choreographers, many of which have never been previously performed on Vancouver stages,” Gordon said. “These extraordinary performances provide a glimpse into the future of international dance through the artistry of a dynamic group of emerging artists.”

Arts Umbrella Dance Company Season Finale BE MOVED runs at Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, on May 23-25, at 7:30pm nightly, plus 2:30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are on sale now at artsumbrella.com

Diwali in BC spreads the light until November 17

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. Diwali in BC, founded in 2017 by Rohit Chokhani, has a goal to spread Diwali celebrations throughout the province over the coming years.

The theme for the 2018 celebrations, running now until November 17, is ‘New Horizons’ and features programming in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Vernon, Maple Ridge, and Nanaimo.

“In our second bold and ambitious year, we respond artistically to racial tensions and gender abuse that continues to threaten the safety of the world in which we live, with the theme of New Horizons,” says Chokhani.

A Vancouver Guldasta

“In A Vancouver Guldasta, we have fresh conversations around trauma and healing through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family living with a Vietnamese refugee in Vancouver. In The Believers Are But Brothers we take a deeper look at toxic masculinity, and with Shyama we explore different colours of love, the price of desire, forgiveness, and morality through one of India’s most celebrated playwrights – Rabindranath Tagore. Chokhani adds, “We are also excited to expand our Diwali programming to three new cities while we continue to grow and evolve in the existing cities.”

Here is a look at the 2018 Diwali in B.C. programming:

A Vancouver Guldasta : October 2-21 at Vancity Culture Lab | Presented with The Cultch

Diwali in B.C., Vernon : October 9-13 various events and performances at locations around Vernon, including the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

Shyama : October 27 at the York Theatre
Co-presented with Vancouver Tagore Society and in community partnership with Mandala Arts & Culture Society, with support from BC Arts Council.

The Believers Are But Brothers
photo: Jack Offord

The Believers Are But Brothers : October 30-November 10 at Vancity Culture Lab | Presented with The Cultch

Diwali in B.C., Maple Ridge : November 10 at The ACT Arts Centre
This inaugural event is presented with The ACT Arts Centre.

Diwali in B.C., Coquitlam : November 11 at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Diwali at Evergreen is in its second year and is presented by the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

For details about these events and more are available at diwalibc.com

Dancing on the Edge 30th Anniversary opens July 5, 2018

Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance, Dancing on the Edge Festival is coming to Vancouver venues July 5 -14, 2018.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Dancing on the Edge Festival’s longevity serves as a powerful reminder of the contributions of dance, to our past and future of the Arts in the community. Building on its 30 years of history the30th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival will bring dance in all shapes and forms to Vancouver audiences.

Festival Founder and Producer Donna Spencer announced that this year’s DOTE showcases over thirty performances involving more than twenty innovative companies and choreographers. Artists from across Canada, from Belgium and South Korea will take to stages and streets during the ten-day festival, performing in full length and mixed bill programs, as well as site-specific works.

Highlights of this year’s lineup include performances by visiting companies including;
Montreal’s Paul-André Fortier/Fortier Danse-Création
Belgium’s Liz Kinoshita,
South Korea’s Dab Dance Company
Montreal’s Lara Kramer Danse

MascallDance

BC choreographers are well represented too, performing a mix of new works and audience favourites include; Wen Wei Dance, Company 605, Lesley Telford/Inverso Productions, Co.ERASGA/Kasandra Lea, Kokoro Dance, Mascall Dance, Noam Gagnon/Vision Impure, and many more performances for the 30th anniversary. 

Outdoor site-specific work includes;

Gail Lotenberg of LINK Dance Foundation’s choreography Crosswalk Hustle, a new installation in “The Intersections Series” where pedestrians and vehicle traffic meet in a choreographed routine (performances at Davie & Bute and Commercial Drive &1st Ave),

Dances for a Small Stages Summer Series brings four short works to Granville Island ranging from tap to hip hop, from contemporary to flamenco.

Dancing on the Edge Festival kicks up its heels with a opening 30th Anniversary Party by-donation, community celebration on July 5th at Firehall Arts Centre.

For a full line-up and schedule of events, plus ticket information visit dancingontheedge.org

Ignite! Festival 2018 takes over The Cultch

The Cultch’s Youth Panel are bringing IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival to The Cultch’s Historic and Vancity Culture Lab — with youth led programming and new work by local youth playwrights— from May 8-19.

 IGNITE! is an eclectic festival, programmed and curated entirely by members of the Youth Panel at the Cultch. It features theatre performers, dancers, and visual artists —all aged 11-26— as well as participants in the Cultch mentorship programs. In its 19th year, this year’s festival will be headlined by tonight’s performance of The Chemical Valley Project from Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto) — a co-presentation with Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Festival. The festival also includes the production of two new One Act Plays by local youth playwrights. In addition, each of the main festival nights offer a diverse spread of performances in a variety-show style under a theme; from Avocado Toast to Floral Friday. This year’s IGNITE! includes spoken word, contortion, live music, short plays, and original contemporary dance, plus much more.

The line-up for IGNITE! Festival includes:  

THE CHEMICAL VALLEY PROJECT

May 8th 7:30pm at Vancity Culture Lab

IGNITE! presents a special one night performance of The Chemical Valley Project, a show created by youth-run Toronto company, Broadleaf Theatre centering themes of environmental racism in Canada, and presented in partnership with Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Festival.

ONE ACT PLAYS

May 11th and 12th 7:30pm at Vancity Culture Lab

Two new short plays by local youth playwrights are showcased in the intimacy of the smaller Culture Lab Venue.

IGNITE! FESTIVAL MAIN EVENTS

May 15th to 19th 7:30pm at The Cultch Historic Theatre

Five nights featuring a diversity of young performers and participants in the Cultch Mentorship Program. Enjoy five-six performances per night in this eclectic format.

Each night’s artists are loosely assembled into a category and audiences are invited to dress according to the theme! 

May 15th – Avocado Toast
Can’t afford a house? Can’t afford avocados? Can’t even afford toast? The IGNITE! Youth Panel are here to help you reclaim everything millennial! Join us for a showcase of millennial art, from circus to Craigslist.

May 16th – Cozy Campfire
The world getting you down? Come curl up by the fire for an evening of acoustic and s’mores. Camping gear encouraged.
 

May 17th – Dapper Flapper
Get out your top hat and tails, and enjoy a night of mystery and class ranging all the way from saxophone to contortion, and starring a baby Michael Buble

May 18th – Floral Friday
We’re ready to bloom! Enjoy the garden of young local artists Vancouver has to offer. Dress as your favourite flower.

May 19th – Dynamite Night
The explosive end to a high energy week. Don’t miss this special finale evening.

 IGNITE! Festival tickets are on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.

 

2018 JUNO Week In Vancouver Begins

This week, music fills the streets and venues of Vancouver as the 2018 JUNO Awards come to the city.  Returning to Vancouver for the first time since the 2009 Junos, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) brings a week of music and celebrations back to the city. Starting with the JUNO Cup Jam at The Imperial, the week caps off with Michael Bublé hosting the 2018 JUNO Awards, broadcast on CBC Sunday evening.

Events will appeal to all ages and budgets as CARAS makes the JUNOS accessible for all members of the family.

Events taking place during JUNO Week include:

March 22: JUNO Cup Jam – local faves, The Odds lead an all-star hootenanny at The Imperial in support of MusiCounts.

March 23: JUNO Cup celebrity hockey game supporting MusiCounts at Bill Copeland Sport Centre, Burnaby

March 23 – 24: JUNOfest  presented by CBC Music offers nearly 100 acts performing in over a dozen venues around Vancouver for two nights of unparalleled entertainment from the nominees and local performers. 

March 23- 24: Let’s Hear It! Live at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza is a free all-ages event to let everyone get the opportunity to take in the music of the JUNOS

March 23 – 25: Let’s Hear It! @ The Carnegie free lunchtime performances at The Carnegie Community Centre brings free music to the Downtown Eastside.

March 25: JUNO Songwriters Circle is a unique opportunity for fans to hear stories behind the song of JUNO nominated performers; Iskwe, Jim Cuddy, Rose Cousins, Ruth B, Scott Helman. Joined by hosts Jann Arden, Bob Rock, Sunday afternoon at The Orpheum.

March 25: The 2018 JUNO Awards, Micheal Bublé hosts the awards show on Sunday at 5pm at Rogers Arena with performances schedule by Arkells, Arcade Fire, Lights, City & Colour and more.

Vancouver International Dance Festival Takes The Stage

Shen Wei Dance Arts Photo: Christopher Duggan

The 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is now on stages around Vancouver until March 24, 2018.   The 2018 VIDF features a diverse and dynamic roster of internationally celebrated artists plus local favourites, over the three weeks of performances, workshops, and other dance activities. The Festival presents three Canadian premieres from New York’s acclaimed contemporary company White Wave Dance, Mexico’s Compañía de Danza Experimental de Lola Lince, and Hungary’s Ferenc Fehér; as well, a Western Canadian premiere of New York’s Shen Wei Dance Arts; a West Coast premiere from Montreal’s Lucie Grégoire Danse; and a world premiere from Vancouver’s own Amber Funk Barton/the response..

Harbour Dance ITP
Photo: Ernest Von Rosen

“Dance as a primal human instinct transcends language, cultural norms, and international borders. It has the potential to communicate any aspect of the human experience,” says Barbara Bourget, Co-Producer of VIDF. “In the current international climate of parochialism and division, it is more important than ever to connect with individuals from around the globe in a spirit of inclusion, connection, dialogue, and empathy. This year’s festival hopes to achieve this goal by bringing communities together through the presentation of innovative, thought-provoking, and breathtaking work of world class artists from the United States, Mexico, and Hungary, as well as trailblazing artists from Vancouver and Montreal.”

Vancouver International Dance Festival performances take place around downtown Vancouver at; Vancouver Playhouse, Roundhouse Community Centre, ScotiaBank Dance Centre, Woodwards Atrium and KW Production Studio.   For the full March 1 – 24, 2018 calendar of events and to purchase tickets visit vidf.ca

Théâtre la Seizième Announced 2017-18 Season

Théâtre la Seizième has announced its 2017-2018 season, including two local and four visiting productions coming to Vancouver stages.  Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in British Columbia. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, and a young audiences season, in addition to a series of drama workshops, a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists.

No matter the language, Théâtre la Seizième aims to reach all culture lovers while also surprising its audience with new faces and new forms of stage performance.  This season’s plays have been selected for the light they shed on some of today’s hot button issues (immigration, superficiality and appearance, birth rate and environmental protection, individualism and unity of the family, and the cult of performance).

“We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity.” stressed Esther Duquette, Artistic and Managing Director. 

Théâtre la Seizième adds performances English surtitles, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday shows to allow more non-French speaking culture lovers to experience the works.

This year’s season includes;

Mainstage Productions:

UNITÉ MODÈLE
October 17-28, 2017 at Studio 16

BIBISH DE KINSHASA
November 28 – December 2, 2017 at Studio 16

POURQUOI TU PLEURES…?
February 16-17, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre

DES ARBRES
May 8-12, 2018 at Studio 16 

Young Audiences Productions:

CRÈME-GLACÉE
April 7, 2018 at Studio 16
On tour in primary schools from April 3 to June 8, 2018

AVANT L’ARCHIPEL
On tour in high schools from May 3-25, 2018

Find production details and information plus book subscription packages and single performance tickets visit seizieme.ca