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

Hitchcock-style Opera Is Sure to Thrill at Vancouver’s Cultch

City Opera Images of Tyler Duncan and Sarah Vardy by Michelle Koebke from
Diamond’s Edge Photograph

It’s promising to be yet another exciting theatre and arts season in Vancouver! Companies around the city are launching their new productions, some particularly avant garde and definitely worth catching.

Upcoming at The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables) is City’s Opera’s mounting of Nigredro Hotel, a one-act chamber opera that is an intense delving into the intricacies of relationships and the instability and survival of the human psyche.

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Hitchcock-style Opera Is Sure to Thrill at Vancouver’s Cultch

Raucous Fringe Fest hit The After After Party returns to the Vancouver stage

Cheyenne Mabberley and Katey Hoffman are Jules and Fiona in The After After Party. The re-mount comes to Vancity Culture Lab March 6-17.

When it premiered at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival, The After After Party was a break-out hit. Audiences and critics loved it, and the two-woman play was selected as a Pick of the Fringe (which meant additional performances). It also received the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, which includes the chance to re-mount the play for an additional run during the Vancouver East Cultural Centre’s season.

That run is about to begin. Cheyenne Mabberley and Katey Hoffman’s The After After Party brings outcast teens Jules and Fiona back to the Vancouver stage from March 6-17. The show runs at the Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables St.). Find out more about this raucous comedy below.

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Raucous Fringe Fest hit The After After Party returns to the Vancouver stage

Where to see A Christmas Carol in Vancouver this holiday season

Russell Roberts plays Scrooge in Gateway Theatre’s version of the classic. David Cooper photo.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a lot of A Christmas Carols…

In fact it might be easier to see a stage version of the Charles Dickens novel than to avoid one this holiday season. With no fewer than three different productions on Vancouver stages, A Christmas Carol is taking over local theatre in a big way. So, if you love the seasonal favourite, here’s your chance to get your Scrooge on.

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Where to see A Christmas Carol in Vancouver this holiday season

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

Three very different plays in Vancouver for March

Broken Sex Doll

Broken Sex Doll’s Paula Burrows. Photo credit: Emily Cooper.

Three plays running in Vancouver this March run a wide gamut of subjects and styles, from the political to an original sci-fi musical comedy to a gay domestic dramedy.

So if you’re in the mood for sexy robots, dialogue about monogamy, or personal recollections about living in China and working in the Alberta tar sands, Vancouver’s theatre scene has something for you this month.

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Three very different plays in Vancouver for March

Sizzling, steamy Closer opens at the Cultch Nov 8

Closer Shift Theatre Vancouver cast

The cast of Shift Theatre’s production of Closer. Photo credit: Shift Theatre

It’s catnip for actors.

Since Patrick Marber’s Closer premiered in London’s West End in 1997, the searing anti-romance has become a favourite of theatre companies with a taste for raw, uncompromising language and emotion. Beginning Nov. 8, Vancouver’s SHIFT Theatre  presents their version of the play, which many may remember from a 2004 Mike Nichols movie with Julia Roberts and Jude Law.

And what will SHIFT bring to the play?

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Sizzling, steamy Closer opens at the Cultch Nov 8