Dancing on the Edge Festival
If you're at a busy intersection and notice dancers getting down in the middle of the road, don't worry. Nobody gets hurt. It's Crosswalk Hustle by BC choreographer Gail Lotenberg, who thinks of public spaces as the ideal location for art. The site-specific work is just one of nearly 40 performances by companies from across Canada and as far away as Belgium and South Korea, presented by the 30th annual festival, known for bringing dance of all shapes and forms to Vancouver audiences.
(Vancouver: July 5-14)
Theatre Under The Stars: Cinderella & 42nd St.
Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park is a stunning place to see theatre, and it's no exaggeration to say that Theatre Under the Stars does the setting justice with fabulous productions. This season offers two dream-come-true tales – one of a rags-to-riches princess, the other of an aspiring theatre star who gets her lucky break on Broadway. Returning after 25 years of big-time productions in New York, Toronto and elsewhere, Robert McQueen directs 42nd Street. Sarah Rodgers, who helmed 2015's spectacular Hairspray, leads the creative team of Cinderella.
(Vancouver: Jul. 4-Aug. 18)
Indian Summer Festival
Indulge in 11 days of Indian culture involving 130 artists at 12 venues. Vancouver celebrity chef Vikram Vij invites his favourite local chefs to help him host the hugely popular Opening Party. New this year: the outdoor space PAUSE located at Vanier Park, will present 15 free, family-friendly events. Most anticipated show: the master flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia performs at Orpheum Theatre.
(Vancouver: Jul 5-15)
The president and CEO of Science World British Columbia, Scott Sampson, is a passionate advocate for connecting people with nature. One of his favourite quotes: "If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees," written by Rainer Maria Rilke. He has written books about dinosaurs and is perhaps best known as “Dr. Scott,” host of PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train. For his CreativeMornings talk at SFU Woodward's, Sampson shares his life story through the lens of this month's theme "Intention."
(Vancouver: Jul. 6)
Abstract / Realism
The 12 artists in this exhibition at Cityscape Community Art Space were given a challenge: compose two works, one following a realist approach, and the other abstract—using the same subject. In many cases, the artists had never before painted in one of the styles. Stepping out of their comfort zone could lead to potential failure, "but also to transformation," notes the press release.
(North Vancouver: Jul. 5-Aug. 18)