Toronto Dance Theatre brings eclectic, career-spanning program to Vancouver

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Toronto Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s foremost dance companies. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Vancouver’s DanceHouse is bringing a showcase of the company’s work to the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) on Feb. 23 and 24 (details below).

The program draws on three decades to present five works by TDT Artistic Director and choreographer Christopher House. Here are brief descriptions of the pieces.

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Toronto Dance Theatre brings eclectic, career-spanning program to Vancouver

Free Tragically Hip Viewing Party at the Vancouver Playhouse, Aug 20

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Join Vancouver Civic Theatres as they celebrate the Tragically Hip!

If you didn’t manage to get tickets to one of the shows this summer – or if you just want to relive it – you’re invited to come rock out at the live broadcast screening of the CBC and the Tragically Hip’s ‘The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration’ at the Playhouse on Saturday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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Free Tragically Hip Viewing Party at the Vancouver Playhouse, Aug 20

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2016 announced

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival at the Vogue Theatre, May 3 2014. Jess Desaulniers-Lea photo.

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival at the Vogue Theatre, May 3 2014. Jess Desaulniers-Lea photo.

With half-naked Stormtroopers among this spring’s big ticket items, it only makes sense that the 2016 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival has announced its lineup. Although we’re not sure if any kind of Star Wars burlesque is on the agenda, the VIBF does have some interesting entertainment lined up.

This year, the festival is divided into two events. The International Cabaret (May 6) features performers from around the world. Vancouver Uncovered (May 7) features some of the best local burlesque practitioners. Both male and female dancers are appearing, along with a burlesque legend.

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Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2016 announced

Alice in Wonderland, flamenco-style this weekend in Vancouver

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Karen Flamenco dancers. David Cooper photo.

There is no end to the possibilities of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. With so many colourful characters and incidents to draw, the classic keeps inspiring artists in all media.

This weekend, a Vancouver flamenco company is offering its take on the work with Alice In Wonderland 2015, a re-imagining of the tale with a Spanish influence.

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Alice in Wonderland, flamenco-style this weekend in Vancouver

Isabella Rossellini brings Green Porno to Vancouver

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Isabella Rossellini has a sideline. Besides appearing in films by internationally renowned directors like David Lynch and Guy Maddin, the actress has a curiosity about the sex lives of land and sea creatures. And she has a show – Green Porno, which is coming to Vancouver for the first time, and for one night only, April 25. Tickets go on sale today (March 11).

In Green Porno, Rossellini – the daughter of film royalty, actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini – narrates overtop short films about the mating habits of marine animals and insects. She also uses props and costumes to discuss and act out her subject matter, while accompanied by her Green Porno short films.

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Isabella Rossellini brings Green Porno to Vancouver

Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

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Interprètes/Dancers: Paige Culley. Sylvie-Ann Paré photo.

The woman who has been called “Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance” is back in Vancouver this weekend. And this time, she’s bringing an ambitious two-part performance that interprets work by a renowned composer and a lesser-known but no less intriguing poet/painter.

On Feb. 27 and 28, veteran Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard returns to Vancouver with Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. The first is a sensuous piece set to music composed in the late 1800s by Erik Satie. The second interprets a 1951 book of illustrations by poet and artist Henri Michaux to create a percussive and vital dance.

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Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

L-E-V brings Israeli contemporary dance to Vancouver

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Israeli dance troupe L-E-V (“heart” in Hebrew) performs this weekend at the Vancouver Playhouse. Chrisopher Duggan photo.

Fans of contemporary dance take note: a cutting-edge Israeli dance troupe will perform at the Vancouver Playhouse Nov. 14 & 15.

L-E-V (Hebrew for “heart”) was formed by Sharon Eyal, dancer, and choreographer at internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance. Presented by Vancouver non-profit DanceHouse, the company presents House, an exploration of “what a house truly is: a home, a club, an asylum, a way station.”

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L-E-V brings Israeli contemporary dance to Vancouver