What's On: January 30-February 5

Ballet West’s  Black Swan, White Swan.  | Image: Luke Isley.

Ballet West’s Black Swan, White Swan. | Image: Luke Isley.

Every week, the BC Alliance gives you a glimpse at five must-see member events. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the near future:

Ballet West
Dance Victoria presents visiting artists Ballet West (“…undoubtedly the future for professional ballet, both classical and contemporary,” according to Oklahoma State’s The O’Colly) with a trio of shows for your enjoyment. Black Swan, White Swan gives Adam Sklute’s take on the famous pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Nicolo Fonte’s Fox on the Doorstep is an abstract narrative recounting its choreographer’s encounter with a white fox hours before his father’s death. And Africa Guzmán’s Sweet and Bitter sees eight monochrome dancers play with the limits of gravity.
(Victoria: Feb. 1-2)

Friends of the Gallery (FOG) Group Show
If you’re on the Sunshine Coast this week, you’ve still got time to catch the last days of the FOG Group Show, presented by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. Come check out what the artists of the Coast have up their sleeves in this multidisciplinary showcase.
(Sechelt: until Feb. 3)

Romance Week
One of the central commandments of improv is to always accept the offer, and truly, is there any greater offer than love? Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is has unilaterally stretched Valentine’s Day out to a week (February 5-14, which is actually ten days, but again, we’re accepting the offer), so come down to the Improv Centre on Granville Island for lovely and lusty laughs. Get your heart and your funny bone tickled at the same time.
(Vancouver: Feb. 5-14)

Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka
Dance artist Victoria Hunt tackles the cultural and physical journey of Hinemihi – a female ancestor, but also a ceremonial meetinghouse connected with her Maori heritage. This entrancing solo is presented at The Dance Centre as part of the PuSh Festival.
(Vancouver: Jan. 31-Feb. 1)

Free Friday at the Bill Reid Gallery
You can’t argue with free, especially when you get an education in contemporary Indigenous art to go along with it. Thanks to the largesse of the Bill Reid Gallery’s community partner, Vancouver International Airport, you can enjoy the Gallery’s current exhibit, Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, at no cost (though for Gallery members and members of Indigenous communities, exhibits are always free!). You can also enjoy crafting activities and music courtesy of the Carnegie Cultural Sharing Program.
(Vancouver: Feb. 1)

For more member events, check out our Member News page. To see your event on the BC Alliance website, email your press release to Taylor Basso at taylor@allianceforarts.com.

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