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.
Romeo + Juliet
Ballet BC premiers a new take on Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers, at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Created by French dance artist Medhi Walerski, the new choreography has been described as innovative and contemporary, even as it remains set to Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score and the story’s emotional power stays true. “The vision of love that Shakespeare gave us in this master work is very precious” says Waterski. “It is like holding a jewel in your hand that needs to be protected.” (Vancouver, Feb. 22- 24, with a preview performance Feb. 21).
With Granville Island's Winterruption festival on indefinite hiatus, we’re delighted that Coastal Jazz presents a free concert series featuring seven local and international groups, at Performance Works this weekend. Performers include Scandinavian jazz quintet Atomic, bassist Jodi Proznick, singer-songwriter Marin Patenaude, roots rockers the Sumner Brothers, vocalist Alicia Hansen, Thelonious Monk-inspired jazzers Monk's Music, and indie fave Jasper Sloan Yip. Listen to playlist of favourite tracks from the line up here. (Vancouver, Feb. 23-25)
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers
After making an impact in Vancouver with his performance art, Guatemalan-Canadian artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has since presented his provocative work at the Guggenheim, Tate Modern and Venice Biennale. This exhibition at grunt gallery present a collection of video works that evoke lost history. (Vancouver, Feb. 22-April 21)
Toronto Dance Theatre
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Toronto Dance Theatre performs five favourite pieces from a repertoire that includes nearly 500 dance works. House Mix offers a chance to "travel through time to witness the evolution of movement and style." DanceHouse presents the Canadian dance icons at Vancouver Playhouse. (Vancouver, Feb. 23-24)
Sunday Morning at Punjabi Market
Colour and sparkle, spicy aromas and the beats of bhangra mark South Vancouver’s Little India. Hear stories about the six-block neighbourhood by Naveen Girn, co-founder of the South Asian Canadian Histories Association and Steve Ram, long-time owner of local institution All India Sweets & Restaurant, then tour area highlights with Vancouver Heritage Foundation. (Vancouver, Feb. 25)
In August, Fraser Valley Stage, Abbotsford's prolific, amateur theatrical society will represent Canada at the UK's 25th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival with this production. A first for the company, The Gondoliers is a humorous love story, complete with mistaken identity and political satire—and plenty of song and dance.
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.