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Shay Kuebler's "Karoshi" physically explodes the chasm of east and west

Andrea Rabinovitch
Dec 4th, 2012

Shay Kuebler and the cast of Karoshi say no to "death by overwork".

Shay Kuebler’s Karoshi is a physical expression of the meld between eastern and western philosophy exploring  the Japanese phenomenon of karoshi – ‘death by overwork’.

The clash between extreme societal pressure and personal need is expressed in Kuebler’s highly physical pedal-to-the-metal style Thursday through Saturday, Dec 6-8 at 8:00 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. It is presented by the The Dance Centre  in their Global Dance Connections series.

Karoshi includes Taiko drummer Jason Overy  from Uzume Taiko,visual andvideo artist Josh Hite creating the stunning video projections, and Craig Alfredson, who will use real-time media manipulation Isadora software to enable live interaction between lights, sound and drumming.

Bad Boys of Dance combines every genre imaginable for a rollicking good time

Andrea Rabinovitch
Nov 26th, 2012

Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance will be breaking all the rules like naughty boys everywhere, and letting Vancouver in on the fun and excitement.

Playing at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on November 30 to December 1, this is  one show that can turn even the most hardened non-dancer into a believer.

Vancouver producer Brent Belsher, who last year brought the National Ballet of Cuba to Vancouver to great acclaim, shared Thomas’ story.

Ballet BC's In/verse shows breathtaking choreography by Jacopo Godani.

Andrea Rabinovitch
Nov 17th, 2012

Dancer Darren Devaney. Photo credit: Michael Slobodian.

Ballet BC brings cutting-edge contemporary ballet featuring two world premieres in its much-anticipated In/verse. Showcasing the work of internationally acclaimed choreographers Jacopo Godani,  Nicolo Fonte and Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar, In/verse will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from November 22-24, with three evening performances at 8:00 p.m.

Molnar said she was excited to be fulfilling her mandate of curating new work by choreographers often unseen by Vancouver audiences but lauded around the world.

“We are the first company in Canada to present Jacopo Godani’s work," Molnar said of the Italian choreographer who has created works for many international companies, including Netherlands Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake, The Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and The Royal Ballet of Flanders. Godani was praised by Vogue Italia as “one of the most in-demand choreographers in the world."

Arts Club's White Christmas: The Musical

Press Release
Nov 9th, 2012

Todd Talbot, Monique Lund, Jeffrey Victor and Sara-Jeanne Hosie in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of White Christmas; Photo by David Cooper

Christmasfy your life with a seasonal tradition. Arts Club’s production of White Christmas: The Musical is back from November 29 to December 23, 2012, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, and is bound to make you feel jolly and warm inside.

Make your days merry and bright by warming to this unforgettable musical about love and friendship. Now in its fourth year, the production has already brought joy to more than 100,000 audience members.

“Our show has been embraced as a seasonal tradition by thousands throughout the province,” says director Bill Millerd in a press release. “If you love the film, you’ll discover that there’s more to love in the stage adaptation, which includes more of Berlin’s standards. And our production explodes on stage with a versatile cast that sings beautifully and tap-dances furiously. This show captures the timeless yearning during the holidays to be with those that you cherish.”

Arts Club's It's A Wonderful Life brings spirit of the season to Granville Island

Press Release
Nov 9th, 2012

Jennifer Lines and Bob Frazer in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life; Photo by David Cooper

Arts Club Theatre Company is about to make your life even more wonderful, with its much-adored production of It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Granville Island Stage, from November 26 to December 29, 2012.

“Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”. George Bailey (Bob Frazer) has a lovely wife (Jennifer Lines) and family, and performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls. Yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity and a nemesis (Alec Willows). At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody (Bernard Cuffling), swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.

Aszure Barton's Awáa floods with emotion and rhythmic heart

Andrea Rabinovitch
Oct 21st, 2012

Contemporary dance is not always a linear journey to story, but is rather an expression of the choreographer’s and dance artists’ emotional states and internal voices. In Aszure Barton’s Awáa produced by Chutzpah! PLUS and running at the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre October 24 – 28, dance is being served with the finest artists working in the genre today.

Electric Company's Initiation Trilogy a moving feast of visual imagery, poetry and theatre

Andrea Rabinovitch
Oct 21st, 2012

Colleen Wheeler, Emma Lindsay and Wendy Donaldson tell poetic stories through a secret journey.

Part treasure hunt, part art installation, part poetry reading, part theatre experience, Electric Company’s Initiation Trilogy is an evocative happening. Presented with the 25th Vancouver Writers Fest and Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, this three-part experiential and physical journey runs till October 28 in secret locations around Granville Island.

Arriving at the first destination to pick up your coloured card that will divide you into groups, a projection on the ground announcing Boca del Lupo’s involvement offers a spooky tingle. Led to a secret lobby, the books of poetry, source material for the evening, are set around a table along with crafting possibilities. As men and women sit around chatting and cross stitching, our guide Stephanie, gathers us up to take us to our group’s first installation.

Electric Theatre's Initiation Trilogy immerses audience in a poetic adventure

Andrea Rabinovitch
Oct 15th, 2012

Photo of Colleen Wheeler, Emma Lindsay and Wendy Morrow Donaldson by Michael Julian Berz

With their last production winning six Jessie Richardson awards and selling out before it even opened, consider Electric Company Theatre’s Initiation Trilogy another innovative theatre must-see.

Presented with the 25th Vancouver Writers Fest and Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, this three-part experiential and physical journey runs from October 15 to 28 in secret locations around Granville Island.

Opera singers enjoy randy good fun in Le Nozze di Figaro

Andrea Rabinovitch
Aug 16th, 2012

Opera singers Alistair Smyth, Kristen Jayne, Kate Mathews and Stefanie Randall enjoy their break from rehearsal 

The singers of Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, led by director Andy Maton and conducted by Kinza Tyrrell, have spent their August romping through Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, which was first banned in Vienna for its racy content. 

Their work will culminate in two performances August 25 and 26 at the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

"I've reset it into the modern times in the court of (long standing Italian politician and media tycoon) Silvio Berlusconi notorious for his bunga bunga parties, " explained Maton, while on a short break from rehearsal.

"I felt that there was a link to the Marriage of Figaro as it's also all about who wants to have sex with who."

Mary Poppins delights with magical fun at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Andrea Rabinovitch
Jul 18th, 2012

If you're running low on magic these days, Broadway across Canada's Mary Poppins can help. The show runs until Sunday July 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, where you can expect day-glow worlds filled with wacky characters and made-up words, men who walk on walls and ceilings and an unhappy family resurrected. It will be sure to throw some stardust your way.

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