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:
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Women in Film & Television Vancouver presents 49 films from 19 different countries around the world, including 18 local artists, all celebrating the rich tapestry of women filmmakers. Coming up in the festival’s first two days: Warrior Women, which tells the story of Native American activist Madonna Thunder Hawk (Mar. 5); Nîsowak, about a young Indigenous woman who uses the power of shapeshifting to protect her family (Mar. 6); and Thank You for the Rain, in which a Kenyan farmer struggles to adapt his farming methods to an ever-changing climate (Mar. 6). The festival runs through March 10; an alphabetical list of films can be found here.
(Vancouver: Mar. 5-10)
Icelandic puppetmaster Bernd Ogrodnik presents Metamorphosis, original stories ranging in length from just a few minutes to nearly 20 minutes, brought to life by intricately carved puppets and marionettes — and even silk scarves. Ogrodnik brings surrealist entertainment and deceptive depth to the stage in North Vancouver on March 1 and 2 with Presentation House Theatre. If you can’t make those dates, he’s also in Surrey on March 13 in partnership with Surrey Civic Theatres. Heads up: this is a grown-up puppet show, with occasional mature content, so leave the little ones with the sitter.
(North Vancouver: Mar. 1-2)
Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”
Or, if the sitter’s busy, why not bring them to Carousel Theatre’s delightful new musical about two best friends and their many adventures? Based on the best-selling book series by award-winning author Mo Willems, the show previews March 2 and launches its Canadian premiere March 3.
(Vancouver: Mar. 2-31)
North Shore Art Crawl
Over 280 North Shore artists at 91 locations open their doors to the public! Go behind the scenes, participate in an artist-led activity, and maybe walk off with a little something for that empty end table by the sliding door. Move at your own pace and soak in the art at this free event spanning from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, and everywhere in between.
(Communities along the North Shore: Mar. 1-2)
March 5, 1819
In 2008, Anishinaabekwe artist Rebecca Belmore produced the video installation March 5, 1819, recreating the abduction of the Beothuk woman Demasaduit and the murder of her husband Nonosabasut by colonialist settlers in Newfoundland. March 5, 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of these events. As we grapple with reconciliation, it is fitting to remember the history that brought us to this place. grunt gallery presents an all-day screening of this video piece to mark the beginning of its retrospective of Belmore’s remarkable career.
(Vancouver: Mar. 5)