35 new projects join Cultural Olympiad 2010

The inspiring story of Rick Hansen, whose Man In Motion World Tour is legendary, will take audiences back to the beginning of this remarkable man’s story and make its world premiere as a multi-media stage production – just one of 35 new projects announced today as part of Cultural Olympiad 2010.

Cultural OlympiadHailing from Canada and around the world, the new projects, from cutting-edge contemporary works to ancient traditions with a bold new twist, are part of the third and final edition of the Cultural Olympiad festivals. The first 20 projects were announced earlier this spring and many shows have tickets on sale now at www.vancouver2010.com/culturalolympiad.

The program, which starts on January 22, 2010 and runs throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to March 21, 2010 will include more than 600 ticketed and free performances and exhibitions in 50 venues in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia’s Sea to Sky corridor.

The works run the gamut from Canadian greats, such as The National Ballet of Canada and Royal Winnipeg Ballet performing on the same stage for the first time in two decades, to Ahke Theatre, the darlings of the Russian avant-garde arts scene who will bring their darkly comic White Cabin to Canada for the first time.

“These latest projects demonstrate the full range of what the Cultural Olympiad has to offer,” said David Guscott, executive vice president, celebrations and partnerships for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). “This fall, we’ll announce the remainder of the program, which is presented with the support of the Government of Canada, the home provinces and territories of the performers, as well as arts organizations and festivals large and small.”

Other highlights include a new stage production called Spine from British Columbia’s Realwheels, the deliciously cheesy trio The Lost Fingers from Quebec and a theatrical picture story pitting a modern-day Métis journalist against a famed photographer of Aboriginal peoples in The Edward Curtis Project. The program also includes an exhibit of 12 Canadian and international artists exploring new ways of understanding culture in the 21st century as part of the grand reopening of the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.

“For the last three years, our team has scoured stages, concert halls and galleries here at home and internationally for the most exciting established and emerging artists to showcase here in 2010,” explained Burke Taylor, VANOC’s vice-president, culture and celebrations. “The theatre troupes, dance companies, artists and musicians we’re bringing here in seven months stand out because they offer something different, stretching beyond the traditions and boundaries of their discipline to create something entirely new.”

“These projects will inspire audiences and challenge their perceptions of what constitutes classical music, what age means, or even what love is, and we’re excited to share them with you,” he added.

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