Early in my conversation with director Kim Collier, it became clear how it is difficult to describe Angels in America without rattling off long lists of adjectives (“Huge, epic, smart, powerful theatre,” she tells me).
Brian Paterson studied acting at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Ryerson University Theatre School. He is head of digital at Laura Murray PR, an arts and culture marketing agency in Vancouver.
Ballet BC is back on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre next week, celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary with a stellar line-up from local luminary choreographers.
The Vancouver International Dance Festival kicks off Wednesday night, launching into its 17th annual celebration of the kinetic and expressive art form.
Discoveries await musically adventurous Vancouverites this Saturday evening, in two concerts that bring unusual sounds and voices. The two programs reach across time and place to offer important questions about race, culture and diversity.
In addition to everything else, Shakespeare was a great adaptor. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear all draw on existing writing; the histories of Rome and England gave us such plays as Julius Caesar, Richard III, and Antony and Cleopatra.
In the middle of a war zone, it must be a difficult thing to be a healer. This complexity is at the heart of The Fighting Season, an acclaimed three-person play that explores the experience of Canadian military medical personnel in Afghanistan.
Britain brexited, Trump won and your favourite musician died. There’s no doubt about it: 2016 has been rough.
Of all the tales we tell at this time of year, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the finest: a deeply human story of redemption; a reminder that compassion, generosity, and joy can transform both ourselves and the world around us.
With Christmas just one month away, Vancouver theatre companies are diving head first into the holidays. City stages will soon be spilling over with an advent calendar’s worth of storybook stalwarts, colourful cartoons, and glowering ghosts. The tales they tell range from beloved seasonal favourites to edgy spins on Christmas classics.
“It’s kind of a whirlwind,” I’m told by 28-year old Kevin Bennett, one of Canada’s most promising up-and-coming directors.
A book is a magical thing. With ink and paper, it can transport us to far corners of the world. It can open windows into the past. And it can allow us to walk for miles in a stranger’s shoes.
From Frights Nights to haunted houses to killer clown corn mazes, there is no shortage of thrills and chills available to Lower Mainlanders in October. This year, frightening theatrical productions are one of the hottest trends of the season, taking audiences far beyond the traditional theatre walls.
With the wild and wacky antics of Fringe Festival now concluded, you might think normalcy would return to Granville Island.
The Spanish have a word to describe the fierce spirit and artistry that lies at the heart of flamenco: Duende.
Every year waves of Fringe Festivals sweep across Canada. Beginning in Montreal in May, the shows gain momentum through Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and more, before ultimately breaking in Vancouver.
The Book of Mormon arrives on Vancouver’s doorstep next week, bringing its cheerful barrage of no-holds-barred humour back to Queen Elizabeth Theatre after a sold-out 2015 run.
The summer will fill with song next week as Early Music Vancouver launches the first-ever Vancouver Bach Festival. Beginning Aug. 2, the 10-day affair fetes the legendary Baroque composer with a dazzling array of international musicians sharing a nine-concert, Best of Bach celebration.
Ensemble Theatre Company returned to Kitsilano’s Jericho Arts Centre last week for its fourth annual festival of electrifying, provocative work. Running until Aug, 20, its 20-member-plus acting company explore a rotating trio of plays that buck summer’s regular trend of lightweight fare.
Summer in British Columbia may be a time for beaches and hikes, but it’s also ideal for under-the-sky and outside-the-box artistic experiences. Here in Vancouver, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, and Fresh Air Cinema are some of the city’s favourite July and August activities. But we do not hold a monopoly on open- air art.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of history’s greatest writer, William Shakespeare. It seems fitting that Bard on the Beach’s consequential 2016 season is composed entirely of his plays — something that has not occurred at the theatre company since 2012.