Beware the temptation of adults-only New Zealand circus troupe’s Goblin Market

Goblin Market. Jen Rault photo.

“Spectacular, magnificent and breathtaking are a few of the words that describe contemporary circus show The Goblin Market,” according to stuff.co.nz.

The Goblin Market is a recent production from New Zealand circus performance troupe The Dust Palace. The show is inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem about two sisters, one of whom is tempted by the goblin merchants who sell fruit by the stream from which they draw their water. Needless to say, no good comes when the sister exchanges a lock of her hair for a piece of fruit.

In The Dust Palace palace version, three performers (Eve Gordon, Rochelle Mangan, and Edward Clendon) interpret the story’s dark, sensuous elements with acrobatic feats, nudity and sexual scenes. The adults-only circus production is sure to spice up this fall’s Vancouver  arts lineup.

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Beware the temptation of adults-only New Zealand circus troupe’s Goblin Market

Canada’s Puppet Master Returns to Vancouver with 19+-only Show: Daisy Theatre with Ronnie Burkett

Images from thecultch.com

Images from thecultch.com

If you see one puppet show this year (or this lifetime) make sure it’s this one.

More than 40 creepily realistic and very adult-themed puppets – everything from a snarky old dowager to a self-described “fairy boy” named Schnitzel – come together in The Daisy Theatre, a unique “puppet cabaret” returning to the Cultch, Dec. 1-Dec. 20.

The show incorporates dramatic set pieces, variety acts, music, monologues and lots off off-colour jokes – all performed by the ever-changing cast of puppets.  Amazingly, all the action is controlled by one man. Behind the strings, working from a balcony high above the stage, is Canada’s undisputed puppet master, Ronnie Burkett. Continue reading:
Canada’s Puppet Master Returns to Vancouver with 19+-only Show: Daisy Theatre with Ronnie Burkett

Last chance to see provocative Vancouver play Foreign Radical!

Milton Lim

Milton Lim plays the host of a theatrical game in Foreign Radical. Robert Dewey photo.

Have you purchased anything online in the last 24 hours? Have you ever been treated unfairly at the border? What civil rights are you willing to give up for a government promise of more security and safety?

These and other questions are at the heart of Foreign Radical, an interactive theatrical experience that ends this weekend.

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Last chance to see provocative Vancouver play Foreign Radical!

The Creepiest, Most Lifelike Puppets You’ll Ever See Come to Vancouver

Photo sourced from thecultch.com

Photo sourced from thecultch.com

Chance are you’ve never seen a puppet show like this.

Two dozen very adult and freakishly realistic puppets – everything from a snarky old dowager to a self-described “fairy boy” named Schnitzel – come together in The Daisy Theatre, a unique “puppet cabaret” showing at the Cultch, Nov. 26-Dec. 15.

The work pulls together variety acts, music and short, very un-PC skits – all performed by extremely lifelike puppets.  The man behind the strings, controlling the action from a balcony high above the stage, is Canada’s undisputed puppet master, Ronnie Burkett.

Burkett is widely credited with turning puppetry into a respected art form.  He has spent more than 25 years entertaining audiences around the world with sultry, bawdy and introspective tales – all acted out by his own intricately hand-crafted puppets.

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The Creepiest, Most Lifelike Puppets You’ll Ever See Come to Vancouver

Celebrated dancer’s salute to Emily Dickinson

Margie Gillis and Elizabeth Parrish. Photo credit: Adrienne Surprenant.

Margie Gillis and Elizabeth Parrish. Photo credit: Adrienne Surprenant.

Emily Dickinson was barely acknowledged in her lifetime. But  her genius lives on in her poetry and in an upcoming presentation at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

This month, Margie Gillis, one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary dancers, presents the world premiere of Bulletins from Immortality… Freeing Emily Dickson.

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Celebrated dancer’s salute to Emily Dickinson

1-Act Theatre Fest Coming to Vancouver, June 14-15

Like theatre but got a short attention span?  This festival is for you.

The Cultch in Vancouver is hosting a unique one-act theatre fest June 14-15.  For $18, you get four mini plays back to back – with all the action and drama condensed down into a single act each.

I think this is brilliant.  The traditional, three-act play is a cultural pillar that goes all the way back to Aristotle – but lots of people are intimidated by the length.  With so many other entertainment options out there – 3D movies, HD TV, YouTube – asking an audience to sit through two intermissions is a tall order.

Enter the one-act play.  Think of it as a short story.  You get all the climax and character and tension – but none of the tedious lead up and resolution of a three-act play.  Here’s what’s in store at the 1-Act Festival. Continue reading:
1-Act Theatre Fest Coming to Vancouver, June 14-15

Transgender Drama: The Silicone Diaries in Vancouver, thru Feb 25

Nina Arsenault is a classic blonde bombshell. But she wasn’t always that way. Born in 1974 in an Ontario trailer park as Rodney Arsenault, Nina lived her life as a man until 1996, when she underwent the first of more then 60 surgeries to transform her into the perfect woman.

Arsenault relays the sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspiring story of her transformation in the one-act play The Silicone Diaries, appearing in February at the historic Cultch theatre. Her surgical odyssey spanned more than eight years of cosmetic operations, with medical bills totaling more than $150,000.

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Transgender Drama: The Silicone Diaries in Vancouver, thru Feb 25