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 

Picks of the Week – May 3, 2017

It’s time to see if those April showers really did bring us May flowers while we’re out and about checking the picks of the week.

Social: Canada’s largest social media conference Social Media Camp brings novices, experts, and enthusiasts together in Victoria, BC this week.

Punk: The Commodore Ballroom welcomes punk supergroup Me First and The Gimme Gimmes tonight.

Circle Game photo: Tyler Branston

Icon: Firehall Arts Centre stages a unique musical experience, Circle Game: Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell, until May 20

Folk: Friday night, at the Fox Cabaret, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society presents Martin Harley as a prelude to this summer’s Folk Fest

Sips: Find festivities and activities all over the region during the 3rd Annual BC Cider Week until May 7th

Roar: It’s a jungle in there at XY YVR grab your leopard print and costume for Jungle Party on Friday night,

Films: The curtain raises on tomorrow for the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, bringing 10 days of docs to screens around the city.

Drama: The new work, The Piano Teacher is on the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until May 14th.

Blooms:  The Abbotsford Tulip Festival  brings explosions of colour to the Fraser Valley until Sunday

Rock: Friday night, catch Melissa Etheridge‘s M.E. Live tour at River Rock Show Theatre

Run: Lace up the runners and hit the road or cheer on your fave marathoner at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday

Friday Find:

This week, PocketLIVE, a new digital broadcast platform was launched.  The Vancouver based live broadcasting site has curated a diverse group of talent who share their talents and lives with an appreciative audience.

pocketLIVEEven though the site is only days old, the broadcasters are already filling the channels with content.  Lifestyle & Wellbeing, Performing Arts, Fashion & Makeup, Education & Opinion, Visual Arts, and Music are current categories viewers will find to watch.  Browse the categories to find Broadcasters, follow them to see when their next live or check for their next scheduled broadcast.  Your favourites build your feed so you’re watching your own interests and friends. Once you’re watching, chat with the broadcasters and other viewers to make PocketLIVE truly interactive broadcasting.

A couple of people I’ve watched so far are my friend Josh Rimer‘s daily broadcasts as he tries new things – Friday’s it’s cocktails, activist/writer/fitness coach Chad reading from his book – Enjoy the Journey: a Tale of a Backpacker.

The first 1000 people to sign up to pocketLIVE get 1000 coins which can be used to reward the broadcasters to help them on their journeys.  So sign-up, tune-in to pockeLIVE and who knows what interesting stories and people you’ll discover along the way.

Join an Instameet to #ExploreBCDay


In honour of BC Day on August 1 2016, Hello BC is helping to organize a day of Instameets around the province as a way to celebrate the holiday.

What’s an Instameet? An Instameet is a gathering of photographers and Instagrammers who come together, at a pre-set time and place, to take photos and upload them to Instagram. Visitors and locals can join in the BC Day celebrations by registering for one of the Instameets, happening all over the province, from Prince George to Victoria, listed on the Hello BC website.  Then explore the location taking photos, sharing them to Instagram with the hashtag #exploreBCday and meet fellow photographers (and maybe a few Pokemon Go players along the way).  These events are happening at popular summer destinations and attractions across the province, so there will be plenty of photo inspiration for everyone.  While the Vancouver and Victoria ones are full,

Grab your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and get creative. Follow what other Instameet participants are going by following the #exploreBCDay hashtag and see how people around the province celebrate BC Day

Todrick Hall #StraightOuttaOz Tour

StraightOuttaOz_IMG_6439Thursday night, Todrick Hall kicked off his new Straight Outta Oz Tour in Vancouver.  The YouTube star, American Idol alum and Broadway performer debuted the Straight Outta Oz tour to coincide with his recently released visual album of the same name.

A diverse audience gathered at The Vogue Theatre, to witness Todrick Hall and his large cast of singers and dancers’ musical theatrics.  Straight Outta Oz is a sweet and sassy, sometimes political, semi-autobiographical “twister” on the beloved Wizard Of Oz. A tale of a southern boy who feels out of place and seeks adventure and new horizons in the wonderful world of “Oz Angeles”.  The two dozen original songs weave the tale as Todrick replaces Dorothy on his journey down the yellow brick road, meeting the Wizard, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion and more.

While Todrick Hall is the star, he shares the stage with his supporting cast, giving many of them a chance to shine, especially Teresa Stanley’s emotional performance as Brenda (Mother) and “The Divas” Vonzell Solomon, Virginia Cavaliere and Judith Franklin. The show did experience some opening night technical glitches, but that didn’t take away from the show’s enjoyment. Once the Straight Outta Oz cast took their bows, an encore filled with highlights from Todricks other YouTube productions continued the fun filled evening, finally wrapping up after two hours on stage.

As expected of a social media star, Hall encouraged the audience to take photos and videos and post them with the #StraightOuttaOz hashtag, so you everyone can follow the progress of the tour on social.

The #StraightOuttaOz tour continues around North America until mid-August. Find tickets and tour dates on todrickhall,com

Catch it if you can, you won’t be sorry!

Friday Find : BC Day Instameets

Photo 2015-07-29, 23 58 03One of the most popular photo subjects on Instagram, aside from selfies and food, is beautiful scenery.  If this is your style of Instapic, this holiday BC Day Monday, August 3rd, is your chance to get out and meet other like-minded Instagramers.

BC Day #Instameets are happening all around the province.  Destination BC has helped organize 20+ Instameets as a way to help celebrate the beautiful scenes of Beautiful British Columbia.

An Instameet is a group of Instagram Photographers coming together at a set location, and set time, taking photos of their locations to upload  to Instagram.

Locals and visitors can join any of the BC Day Instameets and sharing their photos on Instagram using the hashtag #exploreBC. The Instameets are happening at popular destinations and attractions all around the province. So gather your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and start posting and remember to tag #exploreBC in your posts

Some of the nearby Instameets are:

Time: Details pending
Meeting location: Details pending

New Westminster
Time: 11:00 am
Meeting location: Westminster Quay, behind the Fraser River Discovery Centre (on the waterfront side)
Hosted by: @tourismnewwest

White Rock
Time: 5:30 pm
Meeting location: White Rock Visitor Centre (1459 B Johnston Road)
Hosted by: @inwhiterock

Time: 11:30 am
Meeting location: Lelem’s Arts & Cultural Café (100-23285 Billy Brown Road)
RSVP: Registration for this event is limited. To attend this event, please email:
Hosted by: @tourismlangley

Time: 1:00 pm
Meeting location: Made in India Clothing (8312 128th Street)
Hosted by: @tourismsurrey

Harrison Hot Springs
Time: 10:00 am
Meeting location: Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre (499 Hot Springs Rd)
Hosted by: @tourismharrison

Time: 3:00 pm
Meeting location: Bright Pearl Statue, Chinatown (1689 Government Street)
Hosted by: @tourismvictoriabc

Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting location: Heritage Hudson Bay Bastion (95 Front Street)
RSVP: To attend this event, please click here.
Hosted by: @tourismnanaimo

See the full list of scheduled BC Day Instameets at

Periscope pops up at FIFA WWC Half time

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has brought thousands of football fans to Vancouver and cities across the country.  For the Vancouver matches, Destination BC is introducing a new way to show fans what else the province has to offer.
Follow @HelloBC on Twitter and watch for a “Live on #Periscope…” tweet during half time, click the link and watch the show on Periscope. The Periscope videos hosted by local personalities, Jaeger Mah & Carly Walde and take viewers to visit locations around BC.periscope
Watch for the Tweets and videos during the following BC Place matches:

June 16 (Nigeria vs. USA) 5:00 pm game start – broadcasting from the Sea to Sky Gondola

June 21 (tbd) 4:30 pm game start– broadcasting from Fort Langley

June 23 (tbd) 7:00 pm game start– broadcasting from False Creek

June 27 (tbd) 4:30 pm game start– broadcasting from Whistler

July 5 (tbd) 4:00 pm game start– broadcasting from the Vancouver Aquarium