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:
Pseudo human/Super human
Larger-than-life Japanese butoh ensemble Dairakudakan present the Canadian premiere of their latest provocative piece, which explores “the fragility of the pursuit of happiness and prosperity through technology” through dance and expression, alternating between the joyful and the grotesque. Lofty and exciting stuff, courtesy of the Vancouver International Dance Festival.
(Vancouver: Mar. 8 & 9)
French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950
The newest exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery sure makes an impression (see what we did there?). See work from a who’s who of the late 19th and early 20th century French masters, including Monet, Manet, Chagall, Cézanne, Matisse, Rodin, Renoir and more.
(Vancouver: Feb. 21-May 20)
Hey Viola! and The All A’Broad Community Cabaret
Inspired by the life of trailblazer Viola Desmond, one of Canada’s first Black businesswomen, Krystle Dos Santos brings fire, warmth and charm to the stage with Hey Viola!, March 7 at Western Canada Theatre. Be entertained and learn a little bit more about the newest face on Canada’s money. Then, just in time for International Women’s Day, enjoy a range of talented women at The All A’Broad Community Cabaret on March 8. Proceeds will benefit the Y’s Women’s Emergency Shelter.
(Kamloops: Mar. 7 & 8)
Strong Women, Strong Music
Another way to celebrate International Women’s Day comes courtesy of Coastal Jazz, who have put together a lineup of the best West Coast jazz has to offer. The final night on March 7 spotlights Jennifer Scott, Helen Hansen and Nancy Newman on vocals, Brenda Baird on piano, Madeleine Elkins on guitar and Jennifer Kim on bass, but if you’re reading this before Thursday, you can still jam for multiple nights. All proceeds go to Enterprising Women Making Art, a self-employment initiative for women impacted by violence who face significant barriers to traditional employment.
(Vancouver: Mar. 5-7)
The Girls Are Coming!
In 1862, the screw steamer Tynemouth set sail from Dartmouth, England to Victoria, British Columbia. It carried 292 passengers including 60 young women, some as young as 12, to find husbands in Canada. The ensuing 99-day voyage saw violent storms, subhuman living conditions and even mutinies. A century and a half later, the Vancouver Maritime Museum looks at this little-known piece of history in a new exhibition, which opens March 9.
(Vancouver: Mar. 9-Jun. 16)