Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year!  Don’t miss out on the celebrations and festivals around Metro Vancouver this weekend.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

In the end, it’s all about the tutus.

Truth be told, that’s why I go to a the Nutcracker in Vancouver every year. Sure, some people say it’s for kids, but if there’s a more beautiful ballet out there, I don’t know about it.

The little girl in me still loves to admire those gorgeous tulle dresses, and when the Sugar Plum Fairy tiptoes on-stage, I inevitably decide that I’m going to become a ballerina when I grow up. It’s never too late to start over, right?

The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tells the same timeless story every year, but it’s interpreted in a slightly different way depending on the troupe. This year, Ballet BC presents performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet–one of the most celebrated companies in the country–from December 12 to 14.

I’m excited to see what this version will bring. Of course, there will be tutus. But also, apparently, some uniquely Canadian touches.

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Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
  The forecast calls for a weekend of beautiful sunshine!  Get out there and enjoy all our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Doors Open Vancouver, Hawker’s Market, Water’s Edge Days and Toronto Raptors basketball game are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Symphony orchestra performances, Olympic celebrations, arts festivals, chef guided tours… Read on for our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 

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In/verse premieres three works

BC Ballet's Emily Molnar. Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

BC Ballet’s Emily Molnar. Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

Two world premieres and one North American premiere kick off Ballet BC’s 2012/13 season.

Billed as In/verse, the dance event runs Nov 22 – 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and features works that will challenge dancers and thrill audience members. Two of the pieces are by celebrated international choreographers, while one is from Emily Molnar, the acclaimed Canadian dancer who now heads up Ballet BC as artistic director.

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In/verse premieres three works

April Dance Events in Vancouver: National Dance Week, International Dance Day & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Svengali

The Dance Centre and Vancouver Biennale celebrate National Dance Week with free dance performances at Vancouver's outdoor Biennale sculptures. Photo: The Dance Centre

April is a big month for dance in Vancouver: Not only will Vancouver’s The Dance Centre celebrate National Dance Week April 22 – 29 and International Dance Day on April 29 (with a full day of free performances), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the Vancouver premiere of Svengali from April 20-22 at the Centre for Performing Arts, too.

The Dance Centre celebrates both National Dance Week and International Dance Day with a wide array of public events—many of which are free—featuring performances that range from flamenco and contemporary to bharata natyam and Pow-wow. One of main highlights of Vancouver’s Dance Week celebrations is the partnership between The Dance Centre and the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum: local dance artists will perform for free outdoors alongside the Biennale’s monumental sculptures throughout the city, April 23 – 28.

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April Dance Events in Vancouver: National Dance Week, International Dance Day & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Svengali