Riotous Family Dysfunction Reign in the Vancouver Production of Hir

Actors from Pi Theatre’s Hir. Clockwise from left: Jordan Fowlie, Victor Dolhai, Deb Williams, and Andrew Wheeler. Photo by Emily Cooper.

At this time of year, as we transition into winter, a little bit of dark levity seems highly fitting. Vancouver’s theatre scene continues to impress with new productions that push the boundaries of the conventional and the expected.

The American nuclear family gets an upending and a wickedly comic skewering in an upcoming production at Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex. Get set for a wild ride through family strife, post-war turmoil, and gender identity explorations. This certainly is not your typical warm and fuzzy holiday on-stage show!

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Riotous Family Dysfunction Reign in the Vancouver Production of Hir

Christmas on stage in Metro Vancouver

Written by John Lee

When I started planning the 2018 edition of my pop-up Vancouver Christmas Guide, there were a few things I really wanted to know: what are this year’s must-see holiday activities; where could I find the coolest neighbourhood festive fairs; and what exactly was figgy pudding (okay, I didn’t really need to know that).

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Christmas on stage in Metro Vancouver

Stars of NBC’s World of Dance in Vancouver

World of Dance Live brings Utah champs Charity and Andres to the Centre in Vancouver.

All right all you dance maniacs, Vancouver has something for just about everyone this month—Chotto Desh for the kids (and adults), the stars of a primetime TV dance competition for the home viewers, and a more challenging piece from a Montreal choreographer for the hardcore dance-ophiles. Find out more below.

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Stars of NBC’s World of Dance in Vancouver

Bacon taped to the wall: a Harmony Korine retrospective at Cinematheque

James Franco plays Alien in Harmony Korine’s 2012 “crime drama” Spring Breakers.

Harmony Korine, that post-grunge enfant terrible of America cinema, is the subject of a new retrospective at Vancouver’s premier arthouse, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

Korine’s films include Gummo and Spring Breakers; he also wrote the script for Larry Clark’s controversial 1995 film Kids, which featured the first screen appearances by Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. The retrospective is the first of its kind in Canada.

See below for more about the films screening in Harm: A Harmony Korine Retrospective (Nov. 8-15).

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Bacon taped to the wall: a Harmony Korine retrospective at Cinematheque

What’s happening in Vancouver theatre this month

Kate Dion-Richard, Matthew Macdonald-Bain, and Carmela Sison star in Christmas at Pemberley. Costumes designed by Amy McDougall. Photo by David Cooper

A double dose of Jane Austen, a post-apocalyptic samurai drama, the return of East Van Panto (this time with Dorothy, Toto and those ruby slippers) and more make November an eclectic month for theatre in Vancouver. Scroll below to see what’s happening.

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What’s happening in Vancouver theatre this month

Aussie acrobat troupe’s Backbone is circus on a human scale

Gravity & Other Myths is back. Following a sold-out run here in 2015 with its show A Simple Space, the Aussie troupe returns with a new creation, Backbone.

Running at the Vancouver Playhouse until Nov. 4, Backbone is a mix of thrilling acrobatics, contemporary dance/movement, and live music. Find out more about the 80-minute spectacle, and Gravity & Other Myths, below.

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Aussie acrobat troupe’s Backbone is circus on a human scale

Hip-hop Dance, Aerial Work, and Spoken Word Come to the Vancouver Playhouse (with Review)

Photo by Frank Szafinski

This fall’s arts and culture line-up in the city features incredible local and international talent.

This weekend, France’s Company Wang Ramirez is launching their Canadian premiere in a dance production that is sure to dazzle with its technical prowess, its artistic beauty, as well as its gravity-defying brilliance.

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Hip-hop Dance, Aerial Work, and Spoken Word Come to the Vancouver Playhouse (with Review)