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.
Talking Stick Festival
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture during Full Circle's 11-day feast of visual arts, film, theatre, dance, and music. Highlights include Heartbeatz! featuring Tutchone/Tlingit singer Diyet, who fuses alt-folk with traditional First Nations music; [ZØGMA], a percussive dance company from Quebec, and the return of the Métis Kitchen Party, an all-afternoon musical jam complete with the Louis Riel Métis Dancers, jig workshops, and more.
(Vancouver: Feb. 14-25)
Soprano Heather Pawsey performs new solo vocal works by Canadian composers, whose lyrics give voice to the stories of largely unheard women in literature, history and mythology. Framed within photographs by artist Maggie MacPherson, Pawsey dons ritualistic costumes by Diane Park to amplify these silenced stories, at Open Space. (Victoria: Feb. 17)
Maestro! The Annual Conductors' Concert
Experience the unique ways six conductors from around the world approach their art as each takes a turn leading the Vancouver Chamber Choir, at Ryerson United Church. This year's program focuses on three distinct genres: famous prayers, Indigenous songs and story ballads, by Mozart, Bruckner, Adams, Jon Washburn (the Chamber Choir’s own conductor) and others.
(Vancouver: Feb. 17)
Chutzpah! Festival — Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival
Chutzpah! has earned a reputation for presenting some of the world’s most outstanding performers. Dance is again a strong component with performances by Israel's Roy Assaf Dance, Italy's MM Contemporary Dance, Derida Company from Bulgaria and others. Highlights of the musical line-up include the Israeli pianist Idan Rachel and Mexico's funkadelic jazz band Troker. The theatre and comedy showcase features Michael Rubenfeld’s We Keep Coming Back, a work deconstructing Polish-Jewish narratives, and a solo turn by humourist Jonathan Goldstein, the former host and creator of CBC’s Wiretap.
(Vancouver: Feb. 15 - Mar. 15)
The Butterfly Lovers: Coastal City Ballet
Joshua Beamish, who founded Vancouver's exciting MOVETHECOMPANY, choreographed this ballet, inspired by an ancient Chinese folktale — a romance that predates Romeo and Juliet. Take your valentine to the Vancouver Playhouse event, which also includes The Love Stories, choreographed by Irene Schneider.
(Vancouver: Feb. 16)
Based on Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical comic book, the Tony Award–winning musical memoir revolves around a lesbian and her closeted gay father. Arts Club Theatre’s production is directed by Lois Anderson, at Granville Island Revue Stage. On Facebook, critic Kathleen Oliver writes: "Just got home from the opening night of Fun Home. If you don’t already have tickets, GET THEM NOW. I’m not reviewing this show, but if I were, it would be an unqualified rave. Lois Anderson’s direction is outstanding; the emotions in this play are so complex, and her superb cast nails them. THANK YOU to everyone who worked on this show, and to the Arts Club for giving it its Canadian premiere. This link takes you to an animated version of a cartoon by Bechtel, giving a bit of background on how her graphic memoir became an award-winning Broadway musical."
(Vancouver: until March 10)
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.