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.
You may never look at clothes hanging from a clothesline the same way again after seeing this multidisciplinary work, presented by Victoria artist run centre Open Space. Choreographed by Lori Hamar, The Line features two dancers manipulating a clothesline in all manner of ways to depict the human condition. Continuum Consort performs the score by Linda Bouchard with lyrics excerpted from writings by Nobel Peace Prize winners.
(Victoria: Oct. 28)
Evelyn Glennie Performs with the VSO
Percussionist Evelyn Glennie is profoundly deaf, so she listens to music with her body, not her ears. The double Grammy Award-winner is a champion of new works, and at the Orpheum she performs a 2005 piece by Jennifer Higdon which probes the sonic possibilities of percussion in an orchestra setting.
(Vancouver: Oct. 28-30)
BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay has seen this show, “and it’s a winner." A part dance, part theatre meditation on dementia, it’s performed by the legendary Dulcinea Langfelder. Massey Theatre presents the funny tragedy.
(New Westminster: Oct. 25)
Fringe Cabaret: Back From The Dead
Granville Island’s Studio 1398 is haunted and more than a dozen restless spirits from Fringes past are here to prove it.
(Vancouver: Oct. 31)
The Big Reveal: Emily Carr University of Art + Design Open House
BC Alliance member Emily Carr University invites all to explore its new digs. The open house features art demos, a digital graffiti wall, animation screenings, community weaving project, and the Alumni Art Market. Explore the campus’s light-filled studios and shop for art and crafts created by graduates.
(Vancouver: Oct. 27-28)
New Shows at Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery launches four new exhibitions, including the touring blockbuster Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection; True Nordic, about ways Scandinavian design influenced Canadian designers, and two show by Metro Vancouver artists. Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings is a series of mostly black paintings that reference his war experience, where the 96-year-old West Vancouver-based artist shattered his leg. "The psychological content is so dense as to almost be surrealist," says Canadian Art. And Carol Sawyer's The Natalie Brettschneider Archives depicts the curious, remarkable work of a fictional artist, who symbolizes real-life, but lamentably under-the-radar female artists, who practised in BC and Europe from the 1920s to the 1970s.
(Vancouver: Members' Opening Oct. 27)
Zakir Husain and Dave Holland in Crosscurrents
A concert season highlight. Zakir Husain, the world’s foremost tabla master, joins forces with the brilliant bassist Dave Holland, who has played with Miles Davis, Chick Corea and many other luminaries—and takes a stellar quintet along for the ride. The Chan Centre presents this exploration of the intersection between the Indian music and jazz.
(Vancouver: Oct. 28)
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Missing is a chamber opera that pays tribute to the more than 1,200 missing and murdered First Nations women in Canada. To her help write her first opera, Marie Clements spoke with elders who have lost daughters, sisters and friends. “The story of Missing can't answer the questions I've been asking my whole life, but I am hoping it will join other voices who are asking the same questions and demanding an end to what should be unfathomable," says Clements. Co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, and starring Melody Courage and Caitlin Wood, with music by Brian Current, Missing premieres at Vancouver Moving Theatre's Downtown Heart of the City Festival. The 10-day fest features 100 events in 50 locations. Another highlight: Summoning, an interactive sound installation addressing violence against women and featuring, among others, vocalists Tanya Tagaq and Sandy Scofield (at Hastings and Main’s KW Production Studio).
(Vancouver: Oct. 25 - Nov. 5)