This week the Mr/Ms Cobalt competition kicks off, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet explores Canada’s residential schools with ballet, and Late Company opens at The Cultch.
Who will be the next Mr/Ms Cobalt? Now in its fifth year, this annual competition chooses a “Drag Queen, King or Thing” to represent the East Van watering hole that has embraced the queer community. Hosted by Peach Cobblah, with judges Isolde N Barron and last year’s winner Rose Butch, preliminaries take place April 3 and 10 with semi-finals on April 17. The winner will be crowned on April 22.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet comes to Vancouver with Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation (Apr 7-9), a classical ballet that represents the stories of First Nations residential school survivors and their families. Playing to packed houses and critical acclaim, creators hope “to pay tribute to the pains and atrocities of Canada’s past, while giving hope for healing and wholeness in our future”.
There is still time to catch Touchstone Theatre’s remount of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company. Following its run in Coquitlam, the company is back at The Cultch from April 5-9. Sadly, its central theme of bullying still resonates today as Late Company imagines a restorative justice dinner between the parents of their dead gay son, his chief tormentor, and that boy’s parents.