Gateway Theatre Announces 2019/20 Season

Last week, Gateway Theatre announced its 2019/2020 season line-up of productions. Introducing four MainStage shows and two Studio Gateway Theatre is bringing a season of productions which travel through culture and history to present a diverse collection of stories, guided by an all female line-up of directors.  The season takes the audience from China, to Newfoundland, and Alaska to tell true-life stories, family dramas, a physiological thriller, a satirical comedy, and one of the most-loved musicals. 

“We are excited that our 2019/2020 plays will cross the globe to tell the diverse stories of our country and our community,” says Interim Producer Barbara Tomasic. 

“Curated by former Artistic Director Jovanni Sy, the new season will take our audience on a tour from contemporary North America, to turn-of-the-century China, early nineteenth-century Newfoundland, and as far back as biblical times. We are particularly delighted that our season features all women directors and continues our commitment to diversity both onstage and through our playwrights and creative teams.” 

Gateway Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season includes:

China Doll
Written and Directed by Marjorie Chan
October 17–26, 2019 / MainStage

The daintier the foot, the more marriageable the girl.

Bound by tradition, Su-Ling’s world is closing in around her. Her grandmother is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. But when she learns to read, Su-Ling’s mind is opened to new possibilities, setting her on a dangerous path to independence.

The Double Axe Murders
By Berni Stapleton
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
Produced by Rusticate Theatre 
November 14–23, 2019 / Studio B

Who will survive the long, haunting night?

On an evening colder than frostbite itself, Sarah, Payne, and Pelly wait out a winter storm. Is that a tree branch knocking on the cabin wall? And why does the howling wind sound more like a wailing Banshee?

Based on true events, this psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, will have you sleeping with the lights on.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Lyrics by Tim Rice & Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Barbara Tomasic
December 12–31, 2019 / MainStage

Any dream will do.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most well-loved musicals of all time. 

A joyous re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours, this heartwarming hit will have your whole family humming along.

Straight White Men 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin and Fay Nass
Produced by ITSAZOO Productions 
February 6–15, 2020 / MainStage

An explosive evening of male bonding.

In this satirical comedy, three brothers return home for the holidays. Regressing to trash-talking and sibling pranks, they are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic, forcing them to examine the effects of traditional masculinity.

O’wet
By Quelemia Sparrow
Directed by Kim Senklip Harvey
Produced by Savage Society
March 19–28, 2020 / Studio B

One woman’s journey towards spiritual reclamation.

In O’wet, playwright and performer Quelemia Sparrow explores her identity as a mixed-race aboriginal woman in the present-day, colonized world. Taking the audience on a journey of discovery, Quelemia weaves real-life stories with spiritual awakening to reconnect with her First Nations heritage.

O’wet (oh-wee): a verb used to denote propelling a canoe. O’wet is also connected to a shaman’s canoe ride to the land of the dead to retrieve a lost soul.

From Alaska
By Sébastien Harrisson
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Diane Brown 
Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
April 16–25, 2020 / MainStage 

Two heartbroken souls healed by an unlikely connection.

A troubled teenager escaping from the world breaks into the house of an elderly woman. Time passes with the unpredictable rhythms of grief as the seemingly mismatched pair share their feelings of love and loss.

Moving effortlessly between street-smart humour and lyrical elegance, From Alaska explores the intense connection between young and old, the limits of language, and the ways in which we come to both change and mirror the ones we love.

Season subscription packages are on sale now from $116 visit gatewaytheatre.com for details.

Dance House Closes One Season, Announces A New

To close out the 2018-19 season, DanceHouse welcomes the Canadian premiere of MOMIX : Viva MOMIX, on April 12 & 13, at the Vancouver Playhouse. The US company, helmed by acclaimed Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, one of America’s most innovative choreographers and directors, MOMIX is revered for its ability to conjure a surreal world using props, light, shadow, humour, and the human body. Viva MOMIX celebrates the best of more than three decades of works, with a selection of company favourites mixed with three new creations.

MOMIX : Viva Momix photo: Charles Paul Azzopardi

“Vancouver dance lovers will undoubtedly be blown away by this beguiling tour de force of illusion, beauty, and magic,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse. “Viva Momix is a collection of Pendleton’s most unforgettable works. It is a masterpiece of ingenious theatrical creativity, combining superb physicality, whimsical costumes, and stunning music. I can think of no better way to close our 2018/19 season than with this evening of unforgettable beauty and pure unadulterated enjoyment for all ages.”

MOMIX : Viva Momix photo: Eddy Fernandez

Developed in 2015 in honour of MOMIX’s 35th anniversary season, Viva MOMIX features stunning vignettes from six of their previous productions: MOMIX in Orbit, Botanica, Lunar SeaReMIX, Classics, and Opus Cactus, alongside scenes from three new works — Daddy Long LegLight Reigns, and Paper Trails. Praised for its visuals and theatrics, Viva MOMIX will transport audiences on a journey into a surreal fantasy. The nine gifted artists shape their bodies into creations of the natural world that are sure to tease the audience’s imagination with wonder and a glorious sense of play.

As the current season closes, DanceHouse has unveiled its 2019/20 season. Showcasing the work of four new companies to DanceHouse audiences and two returning favourites, the season runs from October 2019 through May 2020. This season’s offerings highlight an diverse range of pioneering artists who are transforming traditional dance styles with boundary-blurring fusions of genres and cultures.

“Dance is a vibrant art form that is constantly evolving. We are delighted to share a curated lineup of world-class dance companies at the vanguard of their respective fields in our 2019/20 season,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse.

This season, new additions to the DanceHouse stage include Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander dance companies performing Spirit, a powerful collection of dance stories selected from their 30-year repertoire; Montreal-based arts collective The 7 Fingers in collaboration with Artcirq of Igloolik and Taqqut Productions of Iqaluit with Unikkaaqtuat, an innovative work that melds ancestral Inuit practices with circus arts; Montreal’s explosive RUBBERBANDance Group showcasing their dynamic blend of break-dancing, ballet, and dance theatre in Ever So Slightly; and Spain’s iconoclastic Compañía Rocío Molina’s reinvention of flamenco dance in the virtuoso tour de force Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo).

DanceHouse welcomes back audience-favourite and internationally acclaimed Brazilian company Grupo Corpo in a mixed program featuring Gira, a dazzling homage to dance as a conduit to the divine. Finally, following their crowd-pleasing appearance in Vancouver in 2018, the New York-based tap dance sensation Dorrance Dance will return with ETM: Double Down, a rollicking celebration of the percussive potential of the human body.

For tickets and show details of MOMIX:Viva Momix as well as the full schedule and descriptions of the 2019-2020 Season visit dancehouse.ca 

Picks of the Week – March 27, 2019

March comes to a close with plenty of entertainment in the picks of the week to keep Spring in your steps

Buns: Vancouver Foodster takes it to the East Village with a new taste tour, Between The Buns Crawl celebrating what the neighbourhood’s bakeries and eateries can get between a bun.

Blossom: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31

photo: Clark Smith

Joni: Tonight is your opportunity to listen to Merideth Kaye Clark perform Joni Mitchell’s iconic album BLUE performed live by in the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre.

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival keep the city moving as it brings world of dance to stages around town until March 30th.

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Art: Spring Break Family Fuse Week at Vancouver Art Gallery welcomes families to explore the Gallery and get hands on with workshops, talks, tours and more

Hot: The bold, brash and beautifully entertaining troupe of Hot Honey Brown returns to The Cultch to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment, from March 15 – 30.

Multiple Organism / Jessica Gabriel Pic: Chloe Ziner

Puppet: The Cultch brings Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.’s Multiple Organism to the Vancity Culture Lab March 19-30, with nudity, projections, puppetry original music, and more to this eclectic work

Ice: Vancouver Canucks have a pair of games, versus LA Kings on Thursday and Dallas Stars on Saturday

Pop: Canadian group Marianas Trench bring their Suspending Gravity Tour to the Orpheum Stage, supported by pop duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, on Friday night

Picks of the Week – March 6, 2019

Winter marches on and we start March off with chilly but bright weather, perfect to get out and enjoy these picks of the week…

Canada Sevens

Scrum: The world, with a whole lot of costume wearing fans, is coming to BC Place this week as Canada Sevens takes over the city March 9 and 10.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Redpatch –
image: David Cooper

Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.

Music: At The Cultch York Theatre, Corey Payette’s Children of God continues until March 10th

Théâtre: The world premiere of Théâtre la Seizième’s newest production, Le Soulier, continues at Studio 16 until March 9

Divas:  Fabulist Theatre’s Better Than This, an original revue celebrating the women’s roles in musical theatre, wraps up at the Havana Theatre stage on March 9th.

Blooms: From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.

Dance: The Vancouver International Dance Festival brings world of dance to the city’s stages until March 30th.

Reverberations (Bar Mitzvah Tape) Brian Linds

Sound: Presentation House Theatre welcomes a unique production to the stage, Reverberations makes use of innovative sound technology with vintage apparatus, LP, 8-Track, Cassette & others to tell writer Brian Linds’ life story.

Lights: Friday March 8th, Yaletown lights up, with free one-of-a-kind light art installations, for one night only, on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate Yaletown. 

Rock: The River Rock Show Theatre welcomes the number one Elvis Tribute Artist, Shawn Klush performing Elvis Elvis Elvis, the Ultimate Tribute to the King on Friday.

Gateway Theatre brings Gross Misconduct

Next up at Gateway Theatre, comes the spring production of, Gross Misconduct, running March 14th to 23rd.

Ian Butcher as Deke photo: David Cooper

With the current global accountability, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Gross Misconduct, directed by Kayvon Khoshkam, brings a riveting take on the twinned experiences of revenge and redemption.  Written by Meghan Gardiner, familiar to Gateway audiences as a brilliant performer, shows she is an equally talented playwright in this world premiere of her provocative new drama.

Now in his early fifties, Deke has been in Millhaven Prison without a cellmate for the past twenty years. He is surprised and irritated when Corey, a twenty-something rich kid, joins him in his cell. With little in common, other than a shared passion for hockey, tensions emerge as the pair are forced to share a tiny space. 

As a complicated bond begins to form between these two unlikely cellmates, the ongoing threat of violence takes a new form when Corey begs Deke for protection inside the prison. The men are forced to re-evaluate how they see each other after the true nature of their respective crimes is revealed. Old patterns resurface and Deke is finally brought face-to-face with a decision that he made twenty years ago. 

Gross Misconduct plays at Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, from March 14th to March 23rd, 2019. Tickets, showtimes and details available at gatewaytheatre.com

Picks of the Week – February 27, 2018

As we wrap up February, the city’s entertainment picks keeps on filling our days and nights with good times…

Taste: Join Vancouver Foodster on another flavour visit to a Vancouver neighbourhood on Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant, Wednesday evening.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Festival: The 18th Talking Stick Festival is now on, celebrating Indigenous art, music, dance and culture throughout the city until March 2nd.

WhitecapsFC

Kicks: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Soccer Bowl victory, Whitecaps FC kick off their season on Saturday versus Minnesota United at BC Place

Pop: Swedish pop sensation Robyn returns to Vancouver with a show at the Pacific Coliseum (moved from PNE Forum) on Thursday night

Musical: Part of Talking Stick Festival, Corey Payette’s Children of God is playing at The Cultch York Theatre until March 10th

Choral: Acclaimed South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo visits the Chan Centre for Performing Arts on March 2nd.

Le Soulier

Théâtre: Studio 16 welcomes Théâtre la Seizième‘s world premiere of its newest production, Le Soulier, from February 27 to March 9

Divas:  Fabulist Theatre’s new production, Better Than This, an original revue celebrating the women’s roles in musical theatre, comes to the Havana Theatre stage February 28th to March 9th.

Dance: Ballet BC presents Program 2 this week for three shows only Feb 28, Mar 1-2 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

Rock: Puck legend Billy Idol plays a sold out show at Vogue Theatre on Sunday night

Vancouver International Dance Festival brings dance to city stages

From March 4th to 30th, the 2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) brings the world of dance to Vancouver venues. From across the country, across the Pacific, and right here at home, VIDF proudly presents a 2019 festival season, showcasing exhilarating performances by both internationally revered artists and lauded Vancouver performers, engaging workshops, and a host of interactive dance activities.

Dairakudan’s Pseudo Human Super Human by Hiroyuki Kawashima

The 2019 Dance Festival’s program showcases Canadian premieres from Japan’s sensational Dairakudakan — a VIDF audience favourite — as well as Taiwan’s Tjimur Dance Theatre, appearing in Vancouver for the very first time; three world premieres from Vancouver’s own Vision Impure, Olivia C. Davies, and Lesley Telford; and three West Coast premieres from East Coast artists Daina Ashbee (Montreal), Manuel Roque (Montreal), and 10 Gates Dancing (Ottawa), among many others. With 27 days of free and ticketed events, the VIDF program is sure to include something for every dance fan.

Vision Impure’s Pathways by Erik Zennström

“Dance is a unique and powerful medium that communicates and expresses our deepest, innermost thoughts and emotions, transcending the cultural and geographical constructs of today’s world,” says Barbara Bourget, Co-Producer of VIDF. “The VIDF is a platform for an array of international artists to showcase their vision, honour their customs and traditions, remove barriers, and spark dialogue amongst us. Through a thoughtful, curated program showcasing globally renowned artists from Canada and abroad, our goal is to be a catalyst for meaningful expression, connection, and conversation.”

Vancouver International Dance Festival runs March 4 to 30, 2019 at venues around Vancouver, for the full performance schedule, tickets and more information visit vidf.ca