Every week, the BC Alliance gives you a glimpse at five must-see member events. This week, we’re super-sizing it and giving you a whopping eight events! Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the near future:
Nearly 100 artists and galleries show their work at the Vancouver Convention Centre, from homegrown talent to artists from Japan, Ghana, Tunisia, Taiwan, the UK, Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines and more. Check here for the full of list of exhibitors, whose creations will be on display until the 28th.
(Vancouver: Apr. 25-28)
4½ (ig)noble truths
If we howl together, will we be healed? Many great works of art have attempted to navigate the realm of depression, and Thomas McKechnie’s 4½ (ig)noble truths is no exception. Watch as the playwright articulates his personal journey with clinical depression in a piece the Theatre Reader calls “dark, vulnerable and beautiful.”
(Vancouver: Apr. 25-27)
Pantayo + Gamelan Bike Bike
Pantayo is an all-women, lo-fi, R&B, gong punk collective based in Toronto that combines percussive metallophones and drums from kulintang traditions of Southern Philippines and synth-based electro grooves. Meanwhile, you might have seen Gamelan Bike Bike on CBC performing Indonesian percussive music on salvaged bike parts. If you’re in the mood for that kind of vibration, check out their show together on April 27 courtesy of Vancouver New Music.
(Vancouver: Apr. 27)
A special BC edition of the iconic late choreographer Pina Bausch’s processional dance work The Nelken Line by Kinesis Dance somatheatro will feature company dancers, community participants, and the Vancouver Carnival Band. A performance of ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR (Listen To See) performed by Danse Carpe Diem and Emmanuel Jouthe is made up of short solos: each dancer shares their choreography and music with a spectator through headphones, creating an intimate experience of movement in a shared world of sound. A thought-provoking contemporary dance solo called Dust by Francesca Frewer & Erika Mitsuhashi will incorporate live sound, new media, and striking designs to investigate themes of volatility, change, decay, and the unbound. Isabelle Kirouac and Sujit Vaidya combine comedy, contemporary dance, and circus in Habitats, an enchanting duet touching on migration, transformation, and the interaction between humans and animals. And students from Windermere Secondary School hit the street for a dynamic dance routine as part of Youth Dance Blast.
Admission to all events is free of charge. For details on times and locations, please click here.
(Vancouver: Apr. 28-29)
Space & Storytelling: An evening of astrophysics and creative writing
Curiosity Collider looks heavenward for its latest meeting of left and right brain, as young adult novelist Ria Voros and astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker come together to discuss their books, their collaborative processes, and of course, the vast wonders of space.
(Vancouver: Apr. 28-29)
Gaelynn Lea in Concert and IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival
Big doings afoot at The Cultch this week: first, Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture celebrates its 21st anniversary with a concert featuring a visual arts presentation by Mujtaba Saloojee, a performance by David Roche, and music by Gaelynn Lea. Snag a VIP ticket for a pre-show auction and gala.
(Vancouver: Apr. 26)
Then, Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival takes over. Pay what you can and come check out eight days of short films, spoken word, one-act plays and more from the incisive minds of today and the future.
(Vancouver: Apr. 26-May 4)
You Are Here - A Come From Away Story
Lastly, Reel Alternatives presents You Are Here - A Come From Away Story at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. This documentary takes a look at stories from the community of Gander, Newfoundland who took care of over 6,500 passengers from 38 planes who had to land at their airport after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The film is also inspired by the smash hit musical Come From Away, which is now the longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history.
(Duncan: Apr. 29)