Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 450+ 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.
Four Highlights: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
We could spend this entire post talking about PuSh Festival's diverse events but instead we home in on four productions that highlight the bold innovation that defines the annual fest. (Vancouver: to Feb. 3)
Reassembled, Slightly Askew: Created by Ireland’s Shannon Yee, survivor of a medically induced coma and an acquired brain injury, this immersive aural experience sees audience members lie down on hospital gurneys, don blindfolds and headphones, and enter Yee’s disoriented mind. (Jan. 17-Feb. 4: The Culture Lab)
Inside/Out: Vancouver-based former bank robber Patrick Keating’s solo show explores his years of incarceration and aims to challenge assumptions about criminality. (Jan. 17-21: Performance Works)
The Events: David Greig’s daring play, produced by Pi Theatre, is inspired by the 2011 Norway terrorist attack, which killed 69 young people at a summer camp. Can love and hope prevail? (Jan. 17-28: The Russian Hall)
Lookout: British artist Andy Field has gathered the children high above the city. Audience members sit one-on-one with a child to ponder the future through their eyes. (Jan. 20–21: Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre)
Gary Pearson: Short Fictions
The 50 paintings and drawings by Gary Pearson in this exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery are a visual memoir of artist’s urban life during the past 15 years. The characters he’s met in the cafes, bars and parks where he hangs out are portrayed with confident casualness, like a snapshot, which lends the work a voyeuristic quality. Kelowna-based Pearson is also an art writer and former Emily Carr University and UBC art educator. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with essays about Pearson’s evolving work by Michael Turner, Aaron Peck and others.
(Kelowna: Artist talk and opening reception, Jan. 19; runs to March 18)
Theatre for Living invites you up on stage and into a play about what reconciliation really means. It’s a daring and provocative work that's different every time it's presented. This show is the final production by the 36-year-old Vancouver company renowned for creating powerful, interactive theatre.
(BC/Alberta Tour visits 19 venues: Jan. 19-Mar. 10)
Dancers of Damelahamid: Flicker
The Vancouver-based indigenous dance troupe, which was founded in 1951 after the ban on potlatches was lifted, performs a company highlight at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria. Flicker uses ambitious multimedia to create a world that shifts between real and mystical in work that bridges powwow and contemporary Indigenous dance.
(Victoria: Jan. 19)
VSO's New Music Festival
Witness the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra along with local and international guests perform some of most exciting music being written for orchestras today, including a number of world première by Rodney Sharman, Jocelyn Morlock, Leslie Uyeda and others. The VSO’s composer-in-association Marcus Goddard penned his new Violin Concerto specifically for American guest soloist, the outstanding Rachel Barton Pine. New Music for Old Instruments features the Pacific Baroque Orchestra performing a world première by Maestro Bramwell Tovey (who curated the fest and conducts two of its four shows). Insider's tip: order tickets using promotion code NMFVSOF and pay just $10 per show.
(Vancouver: Jan. 22)
For more member events, check out our Member News page. To see your event on the BC Alliance website, email your press release to Nancy Lanthier at firstname.lastname@example.org.