Australia’s Hot Brown Honey comes to the Cultch for Femme January

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The hottest ticket out of Australia makes its Vancouver debut. Headlining The Cultch’s Femme January — a whole month of Cultch programming celebrating the power of the female voice —Hot Brown Honey turns tradition on its head, packing a potent punch of Hip Hop politics, dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song.
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The Daisy Theatre presents A Christmas Carol in Little Dickens

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In Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre takes on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, in this Burkett-esque retelling of the Dickens classic.

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Vancouver’s housing featured in new play, Satellite(s)

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Interlaced with equal measures of pain and humour, Satellite(s) is set to hit the Vancouver stage on November 16, 2017. Produced by Solo Collective Theatre, the play is inspired by Caroline Adderson’s book on Vancouver’s ever-shifting housing landscape, Vancouver Vanishes. An existential exploration of relationships and real estate, Satellite(s) is directed by the award-winning Bill Dow and runs from November 16 to 26 at Performance Works on Granville Island. To book tickets, call the box office on 604-687-3020. Continue reading

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