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WE ASKED THOSE IN THE KNOW TO RE­VEAL THEIR SEA­SON’S HID­DEN GEMS > By Tammy Kwan

The Georgia Straight - - Arts Insiders -

NEW WORKS SEA­SON LAUNCH

“I’m so ex­cited about the New Works Sea­son Launch show on Septem­ber 21: six tal­ented fe­male artists pre­sent­ing three in­cred­i­ble duets for one night only at the An­nex, cu­rated by the in­spir­ing Jus­tine Cham­bers,” says Quincey Kirschner, artis­tic di­rec­tor of New Works.

COM­PAÑIA SHARON FRID­MAN

“Sharon’s work is or­ganic and hu­man, its sheer warmth makes it easy to re­late to. How­ever, it is also very well crafted, and the dancers are so nat­u­ral, they just look as though they are born to move this way,” says Mirna Za­gar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Dance Cen­tre. “Pow­er­ful and ath­letic chore­og­ra­phy means is dance you can feel in your body and soul. Part of our Di­wali in B.C. pro­gram, this dy­namic work ex­plores Indige­nous sto­ries from In­dia through move­ment and phys­i­cal sto­ry­telling,” says Heather Red­fern, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cultch. “A con­tem­po­rary study of mas­culin­ity, by Fin­nish chore­og­ra­pher Tero Saari­nen, is a mus­cu­lar work that ex­plores what makes a man and toggles be­tween raw vul­ner­a­bil­ity and high for­mal­ism, re­sult­ing in work that is ex­pres­sive, mul­ti­lay­ered, and re­flec­tive. It will be the West Coast de­but of the Tero Saari­nen Com­pany and we are thrilled to open our 10th sea­son with this com­pany,” says Jim Smith, Dance­house’s artis­tic di­rec­tor. “A church split over heaven and hell? It’s breath­tak­ing, dra­matic, af­fect­ing... What­ever you go into the show think­ing, you’ll think again,” says Ron Reed, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Pa­cific The­atre. “You’ll want to catch the pre­miere of a new play by Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award–win­ning play­wright Kevin Lor­ing, who was re­cently ap­pointed the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Indige­nous the­atre for the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre,” says Bill Millerd, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Arts Club. “If you missed last spring, this is your chance to catch this must­see pro­duc­tion. It’s a clas­sic mu­si­cal with stun­ning per­for­mances from Van­cou­ver’s lead­ing ac­tors,” says Jo­vanni Sy, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Gate­way The­atre.

PRO­GRAM 2

“Bal­let BC’S 2017-18 sea­son is rich with cre­ative orig­i­nal­ity. Not to miss in Fe­bru­ary is our firstever cre­ation of en­vi­sioned for to­day through the in­spired voice of in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed chore­og­ra­pher Medhi Waler­ski,” says Emily Mol­nar, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Bal­let BC. “Our sea­son opener, at the York The­atre is a sub­lime mar­riage of lit­er­a­ture and cir­cus per­for­mance. This hid­den gem from New Zealand is vis­ually stun­ning, pas­sion­ate, and erotic. This is cir­cus for adults that com­bines breath­tak­ing live per­for­mance and vis­ual im­agery with a se­duc­tive mu­si­cal score. A great date night!” says Heather Red­fern, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cultch. will be a galac­tic im­prov bat­tle of epic pro­por­tions and an out-of-this-world par­ody that is sure to leave au­di­ence mem­bers sore from laugh­ing,” says Jay Ono, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Van­cou­ver Theatre­s­ports League.

UNITÉ MODÈLE (SHOW­ROOM)

“I’m ex­cited about our up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of by Guil­laume Cor­beil. It’s bold, clever, and it of­fers a unique per­spec­tive on the con­ver­sa­tion sur­round­ing the real es­tate mar­ket,” says Es­ther Du­quette, artis­tic and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Théâtre la Seiz­ième.

(Pre­sented by New Works on Septem­ber 21 at the An­nex)

(Pre­sented by the Dance Cen­tre from Oc­to­ber 12 to 14 at the Sco­tia­bank Dance Cen­tre) EN­COUNTER (Pre­sented by the Cultch from Oc­to­ber 17 to 22 at the York The­atre) En­counter MOR­PHED (Pre­sented by Dance­house on Oc­to­ber 27 and 28 at the Van­cou­ver Play­house)

Mor­phed, THE CHRIS­TIANS (Pre­sented by Pa­cific The­atre from Septem­ber 15 to Oc­to­ber 7 at Pa­cific The­atre) THANKS FOR GIV­ING (Pre­sented by the Arts Club from Oc­to­ber 5 to Novem­ber 4 at the Granville Is­land Stage) Thanks for Giv­ing, (Pre­sented by Gate­way The­atre from Oc­to­ber 12 to 21 at Gate­way The­atre) A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic

(Pre­sented by Bal­let BC from Fe­bru­ary 22 to 24 at the Queen Eliz­a­beth The­atre)

Unité Modèle Romeo and Juliet, THE GOBLIN MAR­KET (Pre­sented by the Cultch from Oc­to­ber 3 to 14 at the York The­atre)

The Goblin Mar­ket, (Pre­sented by Van­cou­ver Theatre­s­ports League from Oc­to­ber 5 to Novem­ber 18 at the Im­prov Cen­tre) “Im­prov Wars: The Laugh Jedi (Pre­sented by Théâtre la Seiz­ième from Oc­to­ber 17 to 28 at Stu­dio 16)

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