The Friday Round Up

It’s a pretty quiet weekend this weekend – perhaps in preparation for the holiday festivities?

Speaking of holiday festivities, Nutcracker season is right around the corner! First to hit the stage is Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker, now in it’s 7th year. This production will feature performances by both local and international professionals, including Principal Dancers from the San Francisco Ballet as well as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and with choreography by the iconic Anna-Marie Holmes. Musical accompaniment will be performed by members of  the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, led by the incomparable Leslie Dala, with lighting design by Canadian Pierre Lavoie. At the Centre December 17 to 21, 7:30pm, matinees Dec 19 and 20.  Tix

December 18 and 19 The Arts Umbrella Dance Company presents us with a classic holiday performance reinvented with a twist in their show Mixed Nuts. Mixed Nuts is more than just a ballet. It is a funny, lovely mix of hip-hop, ballroom and of course the classic grand pas-de-deux, in a contemporary re-telling of the old favourite.  This year features both old and new pieces choreographed by leading Vancouver and Canadian dancers including Ballet BC and Kidd Pivot company members. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 7pm. Dec 19 matinee 2pm. Tix

And last but definitely not least, BC Ballet brings Alberta Ballet’s magnificent Nutcracker  to Vancouver December 29-31. Set in turn-of-the-century Imperial Russia, this extravagant production with choreography by Edmund Stripe and sets and costumes designed by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown, includes more than 100 children from local dance schools, mice dressed as Cossack soldiers, and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses. This sparkling spectacle offers a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 7:30pm, 2pm matinee December 30and 31. Tix


Now if the Nutcracker is not your thing, Saudade, with choreography by Vancouver’s Rob Kitsos, contemporary dancer and choreographer and professor of dance at the SFU School for Contemporary Arts, is a full evening interdisciplinary performance inspired by the post-war Berlin in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) and the futuristic dystopia of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982).  Both films investigate – through textures, sprawling landscapes, duration of light – a timeless longing.  The replicants in Blade Runner long for more life as they approach finite expiration; the angels in Wings of Desire long for the finite and vulnerable experience of living.  Using these films as primary sources, material was developed over three stages of research involving movement, text, sound, images, and movable screens.  The result is an interdisciplinary collage of longing for human experience – Saudade. December 17 to 19, SFU Woodwards. Tix

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~ by DanceHouse on December 11, 2015.

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