From a dance performance that explores the athleticism of its dancers, to the Diwali Fest, Vancouver’s stages are once again filled with diversity.
Solitudes Solo is intended to be an exploration of being alone, but feels more like an exploration of the athletic might of the dancers. According to the marketing of the show, Solitudes Solo explores the nature of solitude, a state that choreographer Daniel Léveillé feels reveals the depths of our being. The show features five dancers who file in and out one at a time, performing a series of solos backed by either silence or the music of Bach. There is very little else to the production: the costumes are simply different coloured underwear, and the lighting is, with a few exceptions, static. Read more.
In one of our more unique 20 questions to date, we meet all seven members of the Vancouver alt-roots band The Nautical Miles: Rachel Tetrault (vocals), Tim Tweedale (slide guitar), Simon Rotheisler (bass), Allison Gorman (trumpet), Corbin Murdoch (guitar, vocals), Lucas Schuller (drums), Ellen Marple (trombone). Read more.
New Westminster’s Anvil Centre, one of the area’s newest performing arts venues, presents an inaugural theatre season that includes a mix of theatre, music, dance, and family entertainment. Located in the region’s geographical centre, and conveniently situated right outside the New Westminster Skytrain Station, the Anvil Centre includes a state of the art 361-seat contemporary theatre that will be the focal point of its eclectic first season. Read more.
Meet Vancouver theatre artist Evan Frayne. Evan next directs a production of The Amish Project on stage at Pacific Theatre November 6-21. Read more.
Diwali Fest gets underway in November with thirteen days of workshops, cooking classes, and performances across the Lower Mainland. As part of this year’s annual Hindu festival of lights, The Cultch has partnered with festival organizers in presenting two very different shows, Nirbhaya and Sunya. Read more.
There is a scene at the top of act two that pretty much sums up A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room. As a young university student photographs his aunt going through the ritual of setting her table with the family’s heirloom silverware and fine china, we discover that his interest isn’t in learning the art of the finger bowl, but comes from an anthropology assignment to study the eating rituals of dying cultures. Read more.