Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 445 members are artists, performance groups and cultural workers at museums, theatres, concert venues, community organizations, professional associations and more. Here's what some of them are up to this week.
Walk for Reconciliation
The inaugural Walk for Reconciliation in 2013 drew 70,000 people. Let's show how much the reconciliation movement has grown on this walk. The Walk for Reconciliation starts at the intersection of Cambie and Georgia Streets at 10:15 a.m., with marshalling around 9:30. At the procession’s Strathcona Park destination, the free Reconciliation Expo offers an afternoon of words, wisdom and art, including performances by George Leach and Susan Aglukark, speeches by National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Chief Robert Joseph, exhibitions and interactive activities. Want to join Arts & Culture for Reconciliation and walk as part of our team? Sign up here.
(Vancouver: Sept. 24)
Word Vancouver Main Festival Day
Vancouver’s annual literary festival features 150 authors of all genres — comedy, memoir, fiction, non-fiction, kids' lit — reading from favourite works and leading workshops and other activities. Authors include Aaron Chapman, reading from his book The Last Gang in Town, about Vancouver gang culture in the 1970s; Grant Lawrence, sharing adventures from his memoir Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries; and Dan Bar-el, whose latest graphic novel, Dog Night at the Story Zoo, imagines the zoo's open mic night for dogs. The festival also includes musical entertainment, improv theatre and a marketplace with offerings from more than 100 local publishers.
(Vancouver: Sept. 24)
Eric Metcalfe: Gargoyles and Improvisations
Inspired by jazz, film, comics and art history, Vancouver artist Eric Metcalfe works in a variety of media including performance, video, painting, and sculpture. A recipient of the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Metcalfe shows a series of paintings that celebrates his love of graphic patterns that animate otherwise static forms at the West Vancouver Museum.
(West Vancouver: Sept. 20 - Oct. 28; artist talk Sept. 30)
Kokoro Dance: Embryotrophic Cavatina
Twenty years in the making, Kokoro Dance’s latest full-length butoh dance requires four dancers to strip themselves bare – literally and figuratively – in order to convey the rawness of humanity that drives the piece. "Our intention is to arrive at a state of performance that is transcendent to our egos, personalities, and any other layering that covers something more essential, something more universal, something that will connect us to our audience because we are reflecting something in them," writes Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, who choreographed the work and perform in it along with Molly McDermott and Billy Marchenski at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.
(Vancouver: Sept. 20 - 29)
The Capilano Review: Issue 3.32 Launch
The Capilano Review has a long history of publishing artists who experiment with conventional forms. The latest issue, Polymorphous Translation, is all about expanding boundaries of translation. The launch features readings, performances and a short film by several contributors, including Lisa Robertson, whose poetry collection Magenta Soul Whip made the New York Times Top 100 Books of 2010. The venue, East Van's Arts Factory, is a new creative hub in Vancouver.
(Vancouver: Sept. 22)
Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival
Treat the kids to artsy fun at the annual event presented by Chilliwack Community Arts Council. New this year: An evening magic show, featuring Matt Johnson (and free pizza), and the day-time venue Tzeachten Community Centre, which will brim with art activities and performances, such as the swinging Tim Sars Trio.
(Chilliwack: Sept. 22 - 23)
Roundhouse Ageless Dancers
Co-create a dance show as Mascall Dance artists Jennifer Mascall, Nina Jane Patel and Simon Kendall host a free, community-engaged dance project open to anyone 55 or older. (Vancouver: Wednesdays until Nov. 29)
Time Tracks: The VSO’s Season Opener
Maestro Bramwell Tovey’s final season with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra launches with a performance of the maestro’s own Time Tracks, a collection of orchestral themes from his opera, The Inventor. The program also features Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 5, and the Australian String Quartet (featuring former VSO concertmaster Dale Barltrop) performing Absolute Jest by John Adams.
(Vancouver: Sept. 22 - 23)
Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY: Saudade
The Dance Centre presents a new work created by Vancouver choreographer Joshua Beamish. Informed by human longing for the unattainable, Saudade features six male dancers, whose collective credits include leading such companies as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and La La La Human Steps. Beamish says that language doesn’t come close to articulating “the incredibly complex state of emotional being, so I can only attempt to communicate it through physicality."
(Vancouver: Sept. 20 - 23)