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 joshuabeamish.com 

Celebrate the Opening of the new Tom Lee Music Vancouver Store

This weekend, June 3 & 4, 2017, is the Grand Opening event for the new Flagship Tom Lee Music store in downtown Vancouverat 728 Granville Street. 

Tom Lee Music
Photo credit: Jeremy Cook

To celebrate the unveiling of its new location at the busy intersection of Granville & Georgia, Tom Lee Music will offer workshops, door crasher deals, exclusive & limited edition products, and prize draws, as well as live performances by acclaimed artists Jenny Lin, Shawn Verreault, Michael Kaeshammer, Don Alder, Ian Parker and more.

The latest evolution of Tom Lea Music finds a new, state-of-the-art facility in the revitalized Vancouver Centre Cinemas featuring top brand musical instruments and equipment, the latest advancements in digital music technology, interactive displays, integrated sound and video technology, as well as acoustically designed spaces with soaring ceilings to inspire music making.

“Since we opened our doors in Vancouver 30 years ago, the way we make music – from the instruments we play on, to the tools we record with – has evolved dramatically,” says Graham Blank, Vice President, Director, Tom Lee Music. “We have proudly created a new space that responds to these sweeping changes and redefines what a music store can and should be. Whether an aspiring musician or a professional artist, when stepping into our new store, customers will find the products and tools they want more easily at their finger tips, moving through departments seamlessly with the modern flow and smart layout of our innovative facility.”

In addition to carrying all categories of musical instruments and equipment the new flagship Tom Lee Music Vancouver store features an collection of rare and one-of-a-kind instruments including signature edition guitars, custom art case pianos, boutique music technology products and acoustic folk instruments.

Within the busy heart of downtown, above London Drugs and conveniently situated near transit and abundant parking, Tom Lee Music is now better positioned to offer a superior customer experience, and remain one of North America’s largest musical instrument retailers.