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