The Friday Round Up
I can hear those Christmas bells ringing… tis the season for all those Nutcrackers!
There is still time tonight and tomorrow night to see Shay Kuebler’s Karoshi at the Dance Centre 8pm. Based on research into the phenomenon of death due to overwork in 30 and 40 year old Japenese business executives that took Kuebler to Japan to learn more, this is a highly physical, athletic work that incorporates the use of Taiko drums and video. Last night was sold out so hurry, hurry! Tix
Tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm The December Project brings three new works by emerging choreographers Katie DeVries, Michael Kong, and Erika Mitsuhashi. For the past year, Katie, Michael and Erika, in collaboration with interpreters, musicians, photographers and new media artists, have developed this show as a finale to their achievement of an honours degree in Fine Arts. Come see what some of Vancouver’s upcoming choreographers have to offer! Goldcorp Centre for the Performing Arts, SFU Woodwards, 149 West Hastings St, Vancouver. FREE, arrive early because these shows fill up quickly.
Saturday December 8 Art for Impact presents Ou(x)po, an evening exploring the possibilities found within creative constraints. Ou(x)po invites guests to roam the building and enjoy the many pieces (ranging from classical music and dance to shadow puppetry, clown, film and beyond), all going on in unconventional locations. TIckets include an afterparty (10pm-midnight) featuring the awesome band Miss You in Tuques, and a raffle draw. Russian Hall (600 Campbell, close to Hastings/Commercial). All proceeds go to Instruments of Change and their Women Rock! program, a 12-week project for women in the BC prison system to gain self-empowerment through learning to play rock instruments, forming bands, managing gear and writing songs. Tix $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The first of the Nutcrackers this year is Ballet BC’s presentation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Nutcracker December 14 to 16. With stunning costumes, timeless choreography and brilliant score, Nutcracker features iconic imagery familiar to Canadians as part of Clara’s holiday fantasy. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tix Photo Bruce Monk
More to come next week…