The Cultch presents world premiere of Children of God

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In Corey Payette’s powerful new musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating the resilience and power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. Inspired by First Nations music, Payette’s moving score also includes echoes of Broadway masterpieces. Continue reading

Between the Darkness and the Light: Kinesis Dance somatheatro Marks its 30th Anniversary with the Premiere of In PENUMBRA

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Choreographer and Artistic Director Paras Terezakis will explore the realms of paradise and enlightenment with the world premiere of his experimental work In PENUMBRA, March 1-4, 2017 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre – as part of 2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival. A co-presentation with The Dance Centre, In PENUMBRA will mark the milestone 30th anniversary of Kinesis Dance somatheatro, while celebrating Terezakis as a major force for creativity in Vancouver’s arts scene. Tickets are available at vidf.ca/tickets

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Vancouver Opera opens season with wonderful fairytale story of Hansel & Gretel

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Vancouver Opera has brought to life a new family-friendly production of the beloved fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel, featuring larger-than-life puppet creations, costume design, and sets of world-famous Calgary-based Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Perfect for children and adults alike, this show is a magical night with great visuals and beautiful singing. Continue reading

Layers of Influence exhibition focuses on identity and cultural expression at Museum of Anthropology

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The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC opened Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures yesterday. This dynamic exhibition includes over 130 textiles from Western Canada’s largest textile collection, available now through April 9, 2017. Check out a gallery of photos, below! Continue reading

Hidden scares in the UBC Botanical Gardens

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Imagine you’re walking in the woods with 13 other people: all holding flashlights, all silent and scared, knowing someone is coming after you. That’s pretty much what you get from ITSAZOO’s newest production, Hidden. Continue reading

Bard on the Beach Opens the Howard Family Stage with Love’s Labour’s Lost

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 26th season with a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost. The play will run Tuesdays through Sundays from June 19 to September 20 on the Howard Family Stage, in the 270-seat Douglas Campbell Theatre Tent in Vanier Park.

It’s Chicago in the 1920s and Ferdinand, “The King” (Jay Hindle) controls the illegal liquor and gambling trade on Chicago’s South Side. He has decided to give up all vice (especially women) and turn his popular speakeasy, Navarre, into a scholarly retreat for three years. His two friends, Berowne (Josh Epstein) and Dumain (Daniel Doheny) agree to swear an oath to give up vice as well. The three men amuse themselves by enjoying the antics of Don Armato (Andrew McNee), Ferdinand’s Italian house guest, and Costard (Andrew Cownden), the resident comedian. Don Armato has fallen in love with Jaquenetta (Dawn Petten), a flapper at Navarre, and is distressed when he and his page Moth (Lili Beaudoin) find her alone with Costard. Ferdinand’s scholarly resolve is put to the test when his arch-rival’s daughter, Princess (Lindsey Angell), arrives at Navarre with Rosaline (Luisa Jojic) and Katherine (Sereana Malani), two of her closest friends. Ferdinand, Berowne and Dumain immediately fall in love with the women, but conceal their feelings because of their oath. When Berowne has Costard deliver a love letter to Rosaline, his feelings for her are revealed. It is not long before the three friends concoct a plan to pursue the ladies. Meanwhile, Princess and her friends learn of the men’s intentions and decide to have some fun of their own. Holofernes (Ben Elliott), Boyet (Anna Galvin) and Dull (Jeff Gladstone) also join the cast in this rip-roaring world of speakeasies and jazz. The party is in full swing!

 

Marshall McMahen brings the realm of gangsters and secret jazz halls to life with his scenic design, paired with Rebekka Sɸrensen-Kjelstrup’s rich, detailed costumes and Adrian Muir’s lighting design. The lively period is highlighted through Valerie Easton’s choreography and with fight direction from Nicholas Harrison. Under Ben Elliott’s musical direction, members of the Company perform jazz favourites in a live onstage band. Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre, makes his directorial debut at Bard this summer with his unique interpretation of the play, with the help of Apprentice Director Melissa Oei.

 

Performance details for Love’s Labour’s Lost are as follows:
• Previews: June 19, 20, 24, 25; OPENING NIGHT: Friday, June 26 at 7:30pm
• Runs Tuesdays through Sundays, June 19 to September 20, on the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Tent
• Plays in repertory with Shakespeare’s Rebel which begins previews July 2
Talkback Tuesdays July 7, 21, August 4 & 18 – Q&A session with members of the Love’s Labour’s Lost cast following the performance

 

Ticket prices for 2015 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $26. The Global BC Youth Price is also available. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. Full pricing information, the performance schedule and site and event details are on the Bard website at bardonthebeach.org. To book tickets, call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.