The Goblin Market mixes poetry and circusry for a sensual performance

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“We must not look at goblin men / We must not buy their fruits: / Who knows upon what soil they fed / Their hungry thirsty roots?”
The New Zealand circus troupe A Dust Palace brought their stunning cirque-theatre production to The Cultch after a long development period.
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Happy Place opens Touchstone’s 2017/18 season with fantastic cast

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Touchstone’s fall production, the first of their 2017/18 season, is Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha. Touchstone’s Artistic Director Roy Surette makes his Directorial return for the company, supported by a top notch team of designers: Pam Johnson on Set, Christine Reimer on Costumes, Adrian Muir on Lights, with Original Music and Sound Design by Dorothy Dittrich.

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Puccini’s Turnadot comes to Queen Elizabeth for first of 2017/18 Vancouver Opera season

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Colossal and colourful, spectacular and intimate—that’s a night at the opera as Vancouver Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, the opening production of the company’s exciting 2017–2018 season. To stunning effect, Puccini’s final opera combines his musical mastery with a tale as old as time. Based on Persian legend, and set in ancient Beijing (Peking), Turandot is the dramatic story of an icy princess, emotionally imprisoned by her own vengeful cruelty, who sets herself and her people free when she opens her heart to love. Among the many highlights in Turandot is Calaf’s show-stopping aria “Nessun Dorma.”

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Today: new exhibition about activism in Vancouver opens at Museum of Vancouver

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The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines our city’s rich history of protest demonstrations with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism, a compelling, new photo-based exhibition on display from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018.

The collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day, capturing those transformative moments when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change—or exploded in anger. Visitors will find themselves in a dynamic and interactive environment of large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives.

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For the first time in Vancouver: New Zealand’s premier circus troupe arrives with Goblin Market

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This October, New Zealand circus troupe, The Dust Palace, is taking over the York Theatre with the sumptuous circus production, The Goblin Market. Christina Rossetti’s poem of dangerous and delicious temptation comes to life with daring circus acts. Masterfully blending feats of spectacle with candid and gritty storytelling, performers Eve Gordon, Rochelle Mangan, and Edward Clendon transport audiences with this captivating story of two sisters; their temptation, sacrifice and eventual salvation. Including nudity and sexual scenes, this adults only circus production plates up a tantalizing evening of entertainment.  Eat fruit. Love lust.

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The Cultch presents world premiere of 1 Hour Photo this October

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The Cultch and VACT are thrilled to present the highly anticipated world premiere of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s 1 Hour Photo. From the creators of Empire of the Son, 1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century; from growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being interned as a Japanese Canadian during World War II, to guarding the Canadian arctic against Soviet bombers during the height of the Cold War. His life experiences are particularly resonant as 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians. Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, 1 Hour Photo is an intimate and captivating snapshot of a life lived courageously in the face of hardship and heartbreak; a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colors of our times. Continue reading

The Cultch and Diwali in BC Present: HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan from award-winning Dipti Mehta

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Presented with Diwali in BC as part of this year’s Diwali celebrations, HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a one-woman play by Dipti Mehta — winner of the 2016 Overall Excellence Award for Best Solo Show FRINGE NYC and 2015 SAIPAF (South Asian International Performing Arts Festival) award for Best Actress. HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a testament to the humanities and lives of sex workers; a mother’s plea for her daughter’s life and her honour; a story of the struggles of an unlikely family. See Mumbai’s red light district— the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother, and daughter who call it home — come to life through the versatile and award-winning performance of Mehta. When Rani, who was born and brought up in the Mumbai Brothel, falls in love, she stirs up the ire of the community. What does her future hold? Will she escape her fate?

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Random Netflix TV Night: Friends, season one

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Classes are back in session (well, a new school venture for me!) and with that, I’m rewatching all of Friends again to procrastinate. I’ve watched this show so many times over, and I love it just as much each time. I’m always finding something new to love and think about, so what better place to talk about it than here? Continue reading