Vancouver BC Upcoming Performing Arts Events
Hunchback – Catalyst Theatre, Adopted from the novel by Victor Hugo. Presented by The Cultch with & performed at Vancouver Playhouse. From the award-winning creators of Nevermore and Frankenstein. Lust, obsession, love and desire. A tormented priest, a beautiful dancer and the deformed bell ringer Quasimodo struggle to control a destiny that will ultimately destroy them all. A stunning, audacious musical take on Hugo’s enduring classic; the newest work from Catalyst Theatre.
February 18 – March 10, 2012, 8pm
Tickets $33 – $74 at http://tickets.vancouverplayhouse.com/tickets/ 604.873.3311
Ignorance – The Old Trout Puppet Workshop – at the Historic Theatre at The Cultch. Ignorance is a puppet documentary about prehistoric humanity – about the time when we lived in caves, before we invented Facebook, iPhones, or nagging senses of dissatisfaction. With much grunting, shrieking, and gnawing on bones, the Old Trouts will explain where we went wrong, and how we might find our way once again.
February 28-March 10, 2012, 8pm (+ 2 matinees)
Elles – Les Productions Figlios
Winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, Dance 2012. At the Historic Theatre at The Cultch.
Elles is the expression of choreographer Serge Bennathan’s desire to be confronted once again by feminine strength, passion and depth. This work explores the visceral, raw physicality of women coming from different geographical points, bringing with them different approaches and languages of dance.
March 13 – 17, 2012, 8pm
Sonic Boom 2012 is the annual celebration of music by BC composers. Hear works by 40 composers this year, with Vancouver Brass Project as the Ensemble-in-residence, and Michael Murray is Guest Artist. World premieres include a piece for large brass ensemble by Owen Underhill, Sonic Boom’s Composer-in-residence this year, and a new electro-acoustic piece by Yota Kobayashi, who curates the Wednesday performances. Concerts and workshops are in two venues this year: the Western Front at 303 East 8th Ave., and St Philip’s Anglican Church at 3737 W. 27th Ave. March 20 – 25. Festival passes available as well as single tickets on sale soon. www.vancouverpromusica.ca/sonicboom
L’Orchestre D’Hommes-Orchestres performs Tom Waits – presented with Capilano University at the Historic Theatre at The Cultch. Armed with the colourful repertoire of uncategorizable American music icon Tom Waits, Quebec City’s L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres offer an event that is more of a carnival show or musical circus than just a concert. This bustling orchestra performs the music of Tom Waits using nearly 100 objects and invented instruments on stage.
March 22 – 24, 2012, 8pm
Presented by Rumble Productions. Rumble Productions’ emerging arts festival returns to showcase the new generation of contemporary theatre. April 10 – 28, 2012 at The Cultch & Little Mountain Gallery. Tickets from $15 at tickets.thecultch.com or 604.251.1363
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Produced by Pound of Flesh Theatre; Presented with Rumble Productions as part of the 2012 TREMORS Festival. Part court-room drama, part urban re-telling of myth, this searing look at history’s most infamous double-cross places Judas Iscariot on trial for betraying Christ. As biblical and historical witnesses take the stand, we are forced to re-examine old truths and consider what it means to forgive. April 10-21, 2012, 8pm (+ 2 matinees). Tickets From $16 – 604.251.1363, http://tickets.thecultch.com
Giant Invisible Robot, by Jayson McDonald, roduced by Stars and Hearts, presented by Rumble Productions as part of the 2012 TREMORS Festival. This 2011 Fringe hit returns to tell the story of a painfully shy young man and his compulsively destructive robot. April 17 – 21, 2012, The Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch. Tickets: $15 at tickets.thecultch.com or 604.251.1363
Endgame, by Samuel Beckett, produced by Main Street Theatre, presented by Rumble Productions as part of the 2012 TREMORS Festival. Main Street Theatre tackles Beckett’s absurdist rumination on the end of life. April 19 – 28, 2012, Little Mountain Gallery (195 East 26th Ave). Tickets: $15 at tickets.thecultch.com or 604.251.1363
A Last Resort, by Camille Gingras & Candelario Andrade, produced by Rough House Productions, presented by Rumble Productions as part of the 2012 TREMORS Festival. Part travelogue, part theatrical performance, A Last Resort embarks on a luminous voyage into the dark side of humanity’s increasingly tenuous dreams of paradise. April 24 – 28, 2012, The Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch. Tickets: $15 at tickets.thecultch.com or 604.251.1363
IZM – Bboyizm – At the Historic Theatre at The Cultch.
Choreographer Crazy Smooth brings together ten of Canada’s most talented performers to evoke the essential nature of pure street dance. Explosive dancing, heart-on-sleeve commitment and heroic attitudes bring urban culture’s street dance to the stage, showing audiences that hip hop is still a dynamic force in dance today.
April 24-29, 2012, 8pm
Blue Box, by Carmen Aguirre; Nightswimming/Neworld Theatre – at the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch. Blue Box presents Carmen Aguirre’s remarkable life as an underground revolutionary in Chile. It’s a story of terror, romance, fear and abandon that takes us from the dangerous mountain passes of Chile to the perilous roller coasters of Hollywood; from an ardent love affair with a TV star; to a passionate love for a revolutionary political movement that strove to free and change an entire nation.
May 1 – 12, 2012
The 35th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival returns to Granville Island May 28 – June 3, 2012. Featuring theatre, puppetry, animated film, storytelling, dance and music from Taiwan, Italy, Senegal, UK, USA and across Canada, including the return of the popular Aquabus shows with Ferry Tale Theatre’s version of Little Red Riding Hood. Tickets from $18, on sale soon. www.childrensfestival.ca