This week in (gay) Vancouver

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Vancouver's critically acclaimed gay choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Bonn-based RafaÎle Giovanola team up for Shifting Geography, a trans-continental dance creation.

Dance dominates a week that also includes a musical based on a board game, plus the launch of a monthly dance party and an annual celebration of performing arts.

A tale of two cities. Vancouver’s critically acclaimed gay choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Bonn-based RafaÎle Giovanola team up for Shifting Geography (Feb 18-22), a trans-continental dance creation.  Using Vancouver and Bonn as the two homes for the research, development and creation of the new work, Shifting Geography references the two cities, continents and environments to influence, signify and shape the body into dance.

Vancouver's critically acclaimed gay choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Bonn-based RafaÎle Giovanola team up for Shifting Geography, a trans-continental dance creation.

Vancouver’s critically acclaimed gay choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Bonn-based RafaÎle Giovanola team up for Shifting Geography at The Cultch February 18 – 22, 2014.

This week is shaping up to be a dance lover’s paradise as Ballet BC presents Grace Symmetry (Feb 20-22), featuring two world premieres from renowned choreographers Kevin O’Day and Medhi Walerski plus a work from Wen Wei Wang.  The evening of dance is accompanied by Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, a chamber ensemble with a repertoire specializing in music composed during the past hundred years.

Ballet BC in collaboration with Turning Point Ensemble presents Grace Symmetry at the QE Theatre February 20-22, 2014.

Ballet BC in collaboration with Turning Point Ensemble presents Grace Symmetry at the QE Theatre February 20-22, 2014.

Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench.  The beloved board game comes to life in Clue The Musical (Feb 20-Mar 8) from Vancouver’s Ghost Light Projects.  With 216 possible endings the victim, Mr. Boddy, will see his demise differently each night by the cards selected by you, the audience.

The beloved board game Clue comes to life as a musical at the Havana Theatre February 20 to March 8, 2014.

The beloved board game Clue comes to life as a musical at the Havana Theatre February 20 to March 8, 2014.

Here are a couple of other events we’re also excited about this week:

  • Truckerdisco (Feb 21) – DJ Taffi Louis and guests presents audio oddities, rare grooves, and subverted visuals in this new monthly edition at Heaven’s Door on Davie Street.  Join them for their “soft launch” on February 21 and be sure to check out the official launch on March 22.
  • 14th Annual Chutzpah! Festival (Feb 22-Mar 9) – dance, comedy, theatre and music combine for
    two weeks of performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists.  Queer highlights this year include Judy Gold’s 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and Hirsch, the Stratford Festival smash hit that brings to life the world of legendary theatre genius John Hirsch.

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