Chutzpah 2017 delivers breathtaking dance, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music

Chutzpah! Festival: Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival, February 16 - March 13, 2017. 

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Folk Lordz delivers high-speed and hilarious multi-cultural improv featuring two members of the world-renowned Rapid Fire Theatre. This Edmonton-based, award-winning improv troupe co-created and performed by Todd Houseman and Ben Gorodetsky brings together the unlikely combination of Cree storytelling, Chekhovian character drama and spontaneous comedy!

Comedy highlights include; Mark Schiff (USA) who has headlined all the major casinos and clubs across the country and has appeared many times on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

He has had both HBO and Showtime specials, was a featured act at the Montreal Comedy Festival and regularly opens for Jerry Seinfeld;

Comedy Double Bill: Ali Hassan and Judy Gold.Canada’s Ali Hassan appears in his hilarious, heartfelt, one man show Muslim Interrupted.

Hassan is a Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Chef and Radio & Television celebrity and is the host of LAUGH OUT LOUD on CBC Radio & SIRIUSXM. 

Judy Gold’s (USA) most recent TV appearances include guest-starring roles on Louie, Broad City, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Inside Amy Schumer and she has a recurring role on the upcoming new series on TBS Search Party. Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO (Cable Ace Award), Comedy Central and LOGO and was twice nominated for The American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Comedian.    

An eagerly anticipated highlight of Vancouver’s dance season is the Chutzpah! Festival’s Dance Series.

The 2017 Festival presents some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world. This year’s performances again offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work including; the much anticipated return of Italy’s brilliant Spellbound Contemporary Ballet with their full-length Carmina Burana ; Israel’s incomparable Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre excite audiences with their widely acclaimed and dynamic 4Men, Alice, Bach, and the Deer; Kyle Abraham/Abraham.

In.Motion (USA) bring a mixed repertoire of some of Kyle Abraham’s most prolific works in their Western Canadian Premiere, the acclaimed Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art (Canada) with the world premiere of their completed and full-length version of Telemetry; the unique and captivating Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg (Canada) and Italy’s award-winning Silvia Gribaudi as they collide and embrace while navigating the role of comedy as a catalyst to questions of gender, culture and language and understanding (world premiere presented with The Dance Centre).

And birds sing a pretty song (Canada/USA/Israel/Argentina), an exceptional exploration through dance, film, interactive media and live music created by Rebecca Margolick and Maxx Berkowitz  during a year- long Fellowship in New York City with LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture (Chutzpah!PLUS, May 13 & 14).

Special Presentation

For the second year, Chutzpah!PLUS  is co-presenting a Film Series with the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre.  The four eclectic and critically-acclaimed films being screened at the Festival in March and May are The History of Love (Mar. 21) and The Last Laugh (May 23).


Single tickets for Chutzpah! are $23 to $50 (+ s/c & GST) and can be purchased online at, by phone at the Chutzpah! Box Office: 604-257-5145 or Tickets Tonight: 604-684-2787.

Chutzi Packs are also available: see 4 different shows of your choice for only $94 (excluding Ali Hassan and Judy Gold, Shalom Hanoch, David Broza and Mira Awad, The Klezmatics).

New this year is a special 5-Show Dance Pack for shows at the Norman Rothstein Theatre for only $115. 

Tickets will also be available in-person at the on-site Chutzpah! Box Office at the Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Avenue, just 2 blocks west of the Oakridge Skytrain Station (for hours please see our website:





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