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.
ISCM World New Music Days 2017
As this year’s host of the world’s premiere festival of new music, Vancouver welcomes 135 composers for 30 events, featuring music from 50 countries. We're excited about two events by Vancouver ensembles. Riot is big band Hard Rubber Riot Ensemble’s multimedia response to the appalling Vancouver hockey riot of 2011; and New Vista unites three of Vancouver’s finest choirs—Vancouver Chamber Choir, musica intima and Elektra Women’s Choir—for a concert of music from around the world in the gorgeous setting of Christ Church Cathedral. (The New Vistas performances will be streamed live—one of only two concerts in the entire festival with this distinction; click here to learn more.) (Vancouver: Nov. 2-8)
Ballet BC: Program 1
To launch its 32nd season, Ballet BC’s resident choreographer Cayetano Soto has created a new one act work for the full company. Soto’s statement about the untitled work is concise: “The more complicated it gets, the more beautiful it becomes." The program also includes the North American premiere of sought-after European choreographer Johan Inger’s B.R.I.S.A. If you caught Ballet BC’s performance of Inger’s Walking Mad, you know to expect visual storytelling that’s both intellectual and sensual, at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
(Vancouver: Nov. 2-4)
UBC Opera Ensemble: Orfeo & Euridice
Orfeo & Eurydice, the mythic story of a musician's quest to bring his lover back to life, is all about the power of love and music. Accompanied by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, UBC Opera Ensemble performs Christoph Gluck’s masterpiece, which first premiered in 1762 and represents the composers first ‘reform’ opera, which accentuates naturalness in the music and drama. At UBC’s Old Auditorium.
(Vancouver: Nov. 2-5)
Take Flight: A Benefit and Culture Crawl Festival Launch
Fans of the popular, ever-expanding Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 16-19) can show their love at a benefit taking place at The Arts Factory, featuring a ticketed reception with cocktails, canapés, silent auction, and the Crawl Art Roulette, featuring 26 original artworks—followed by a free party for the public to preview an exhibition of works by numerous 2017 Culture Crawl artists.
(Vancouver: Nov. 4)
ReACT: New Plays in Progress
This is a great, free opportunity to catch the next Craigslist Cantata or Mom’s the Word. Both hit plays were first presented at Arts Club’s annual event. which invites your comments after each performance. This year features new works by some heavy hitters, among them Marcus Youssef (Winners and Losers, The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil); Lucia Francine (In A Blue Moon, Cariboo Magi) and Sean Harris Oliver (Fighting Season, Redpatch). (Vancouver: Nov. 2-5)
We All Drew, Always: Bill, Frank, David and Charles Mayrs
The Mayrs brothers all graduated from Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) starting in the early 1950s, and then enjoyed careers in art in design. All four brothers’ works were shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1960. Now this show at West Vancouver Museum brings together paintings and drawings by all the brothers again. An offsite exhibition at West Vancouver Memorial Library features the Mayrs brothers' graphic design work and art books.
(West Vancouver: Nov. 7-Dec. 16)