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.
The Full Light of Day
Electric Company Theatre, whose dance theatre sensation Betroffenheit is touring around the world, holds a free rehearsal of its newest spectacle at Vancouver Playhouse. Set to premiere next year, Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier's inventive co-creation promises to set "a new benchmark for film/theatre hybrids," in a story about a dysfunctional family whose wealth has a criminal core.
(Vancouver: Jan. 30)
Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson
If you attend just one poetry reading this year, this free event, presented by Vancouver Writers Festival at the Central Library, should be a contender. Adèle Barclay’s “radically intimate” If I Were In A Cage I’d Reach Out For You received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2016. Aislinn Hunter, author of The World Before Us, the “strange and absorbing novel” (The New York Times) which won the 2015 BC Book Prize, reads from Linger, Still. Richard Harrison‘s On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood earned the 2017 Governor General’s Award. And Cecily Nicholson is the SFU 2017 Writer-in-Residence. Let their words stretch your perspective.
(Vancouver: Jan. 24)
Dance Days/Rough Cuts
If want to perfect your ballroom or belly dance moves, now’s the time. Dance Victoria presents 10 days of free dance classes at all kinds of studios around the city. The celebration also includes Rough Cuts at Metro Studio Theatre (Jan. 26-27), free previews of five works by such stars as Vanessa Goodman, Company 605 and Arash Khakpour.
(Victoria: Jan. 19-28)
The Birds and the Bees
The romantic comedy that takes a darker turn, written by young Canadian playwright Mark Crawford and co-produced by Ontario’s Thousand Islands Playhouse and Western Canada Theatre, gets a remount on this side of the country. Ashlie Corcoran, Arts Club Theatre Company’s new artistic director, directed the original staging (her final show as AD after five years with Thousand Islands). WCT alumni Heather Cant is the revival director for the Sagebrush Theatre presentation.
(Kamloops: Jan. 25-Feb.3)
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ruined tells a powerful story about a small group of women at a bar/brothel in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Pacific Theatre presents the first full-scale production of Vancouver's Dark Glass Theatre.
(Vancouver: Jan. 26-Feb. 17)
See this massive Irish hit before it becomes a film. Emmet Kirwan stars in his play which takes the form of a drug-fuelled odyssey through Dublin. Along the way, Kirwan's character, an aspiring DJ, encounters his brother (Lloyd Anderson), a homeless heroin addict. The script is fast and wildly poetic—a ketamine high is like “ten thousand butterflies tapping their wings on every vertebra of my spine.” At The Cultch, as part of the Push International Performing Arts Festival.
(Vancouver: Jan. 30-Feb. 3)
Sleeping Beauty Dreams
We love a cool collaboration. Mexico’s renowned Marionetas de la Esquina visited Vancouver to train and mentor the cast at Presentation House Theatre to perform this world-touring, fanciful fairy tale in English. Then later this year, a Presentation House Theatre team will visit Mexico to train artists to perform its signature youth production, Jack and the Bean, in Spanish.
(Vancouver: Jan. 25-Feb. 4)
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.