Chan Centre Concert Bridges Jazz and Indian Music’s Shared Influences & Intersections

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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia
(UBC) presents Crosscurrents, a collaboration by virtuoso musicians Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland on October 28 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Hussain, the world’s foremost tabla master, joins forces with Holland – bandleader, composer, and 2017 NEA Jazz Master bassist – alongside a stellar quintet including saxophonist Chris Potter and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Continue reading

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Encounter brings the best physical theatre from India to the York Theatre

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Presented with Diwali in BC as part of this year’s Diwali celebrations, Navarasa Dance Theater’s Encounter is a provocative performance blending daring physical theatre with bold storytelling. Inspired by award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi’s short story, and using acrobatics and original music, Encounter is the story of an indigenous  woman, Dopdi, her defiance against injustice, and her communities’ struggle to uphold their indigenous way of life. It is a story that the world can relate to, a story about being the underdog and standing up to injustice. Written by Navarasa Dance Theater’s founders S.M. Raju and Aparna Sindhoor, Encounter is a passionate story of female power that delves into the struggles and challenges of the indigenous communities of India.

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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.

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