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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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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The Merchant of Venice -reviewed

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Bard on the Beach has taken on a modern rendition of The Merchant of Venice this year. Helmed by Nigel Shawn Williams and starring Olivia Hutt (Portia), Charlie Gallant (Bassanio), and Warren Kimmel as Shylock, the Merchant focused on the difficult themes of intolerance and patriarchy over it’s comedic attributes. Continue reading

Bard on the Beach shines in opening of beautiful The Winter’s Tale

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Bard on the Beach premiered their second show of the season, The Winter’s Tale, last week on the BMO Mainstage. Set in Sicilia and Bohemia with a large cast of strong characters, a wonderful minimalist set, beautiful costumery, and fantastic puppetry, Bard is showcasing their best. Continue reading

Theatres Under the Stars prepares for 2017 summer season

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Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) injects a delightful dose of magical entertainment into summer with Mary Poppins & The Drowsy Chaperone, running July 7 – August 19, 2017 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS’ single tickets are now on sale.

“Last year was our most successful summer on record – more than 45,000 guests passed through our gates!” says Naveen Kapahi, TUTS Board President. “In 2017, we will build on this momentum by putting our patrons in the talented hands of two of the Lower Mainland’s most celebrated directors. Shel Piercy will follow-up last summer’s epic Beauty and the Beast with Mary Poppins; and we are thrilled to welcome Capilano University’s theatre luminary Gillian Barber as director of The Drowsy Chaperone.”

TUTS’ 2017 season offers a supercalifragilistic classic and an uproarious ode to golden age glam:

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way! The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love & imagination.

Practically perfect favourites like ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ come to life in the cherished musical – complete with brand-new dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft.

The Drowsy Chaperone is bursting with show-stopping song and dance. This Canadian musical parody & five-time Tony Award-winner whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.

Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the colourful & chaotic characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more.

You can find tickets at tuts.ca or 1-877-840-0457.

Bard on the Beach rounds out 2017 season with a test of friendship in Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 28th season with The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Directed by Scott Bellis, Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively tale of friendship, love and loyalty, with two very funny clowns and a loveable Basset hound that just might steal the show! The Two Gentlemen of Verona plays on the Howard Family Stage from June 29 to September 17. Continue reading