On Vancouver stages: our weekly round-up from Vancouver Presents

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The Competition is Fierce

Returning to its roots of presenting original scripts with a sociopolitical message, Vancouver’s ITSAZOO Productions presents The Competition is Fierce, a new work by playwright-in-residence Sebastien Archibald. “It takes place in dystopian future where high profile jobs are won or loss in a gladitorial battle,” explains Archibald.  “The only way to move up the ladder for this sweet but nebbish guy is to fight for his life.” Read more.

Omphile Molusi's Cadre plays The Cultch. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer.

Omphile Molusi’s Cadre plays The Cultch. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer.

There is a reason plays like Cadre continue to be written, as they are powerful reminder of the real price of freedom. Based on true events, Cadre is told through the eyes of a young South African activist, Gregory, from the 1960s until the fall of apartheid in 1994.  Beginning with the prophetic words “I thought I would be free”, what follows is a devastating look at life before and after apartheid, and the realization that for many, post-revolution South Africa did not live up to expectations. Read more.

Vancouver actor and writer Kirsty Provan has a passion for princesses.

Vancouver actor and writer Kirsty Provan has a passion for princesses.

Kirsty Provan is a Vancouver actor and writer. She studied at Studio 58 and now works professionally in theatre and film, as well as teaching programs at Trinity Western University, Pacific Theatre, Bard on the Beach and Viva Voce Speech Arts Studio. She founded My Little Princess Events in 2012, which hires local actresses to bring “faith, trust and pixie dust” to little birthday princesses throughout the Lower Mainland. Read More.

Miami City Ballet presents Balanchine

Miami City Ballet presents Balanchine

Miami City Ballet – founded and directed by Lourdes Lopez, a former Balanchine dancer – is one of America’s finest companies, and Balanchine interpreters. For the first time in Vancouver, the company presents a night dedicated to the prolific choreographer George Balanchine (1904 – 1983). Read more.

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