Mînowin mesmerizes with Indigenous dance in a multi-media setting

Mînowin is the latest interactive dance show from Dancers of Damelahamid. The Indigenous dance company is known for combining traditional West Coast dance with eye-popping staging, projections, and lighting.

Since premiering the piece in September as part of the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre’s inaugural year, the troupe has been touring Eastern Canada and Mexico. Now, they’re bringing it all back home for a run at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre Nov. 20-24. Find out more below.

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Mînowin mesmerizes with Indigenous dance in a multi-media setting

Guide to what’s happening in Vancouver theatre this April

Royal City Musical Theatre presents Singin’ in the Rain at the Massey Theatre.

There’s lots happening in Vancouver theatre this April. Shows include a stage adaptation of a beloved move musical, a local take on a classic Chekhov play, and an original story about a real-life Canadian women’s hockey team. Scroll below to see what’s coming up.

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Guide to what’s happening in Vancouver theatre this April

‘Unapologetically political’ dark comedy tackles a subject near (and not-so-dear) to Canadian hearts

The cast of Bears. Photo by Alexis McKeown.

If you’ve spent any time in Canada, particularly B.C., then you know the big story these days is the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline.

A new play from Alberta tackles the subject head-on. Presented by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre, Bears is a multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the pipeline. It runs May 8-12 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre Historic Theatre.

Read more below.

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‘Unapologetically political’ dark comedy tackles a subject near (and not-so-dear) to Canadian hearts

Provocative theatre from Belgium—magic, music and a planet devoid of humanity

The World Without Us imagines a post-human world.

This month, the Cultch—Vancouver’s favourite purveyors of provocative Belgian theatre _presents two shows: The History of the World (Based on Banalities) and The World Without Us.

One is a full-scale production featuring magic, music and a story about family; the other is a monologue (or “zero-logue,” as performer Karolien De Bleser puts it) guiding us through a post-human world.

The History of the World runs Apr 25 – May 5 at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.), while The World Without Us runs April 17-29 at the Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St.). Find out more below.

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Provocative theatre from Belgium—magic, music and a planet devoid of humanity

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!