The Vancouver arts scene does not slow down just because it is summer. With a mix of dance, laughs and theatre, here are five festival & shows we think you should not miss this month:
1. Small Stages Summer Dance Series (July 1-31)
Who doesn’t like free? This summer Small Stage is taking dance to the streets of Vancouver with the Small Stages Summer Dance Series. Kicking off on Canada Day, the month long festival will include intimate, outdoor dance pieces performed by local dancers. More information at smallstage.ca.
2. Theatre Under The Stars (Opens July 4)
It’s a musical theatre double-header as Theatre Under The Stars presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street in repertory at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. With a history reaching back to 1940, TUTS is a Vancouver tradition for audiences of all ages. More information at tuts.ca.
3. Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 5-14)
There is more dance in July with Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance. Dancing on the Edge celebrates 30 years with a ten-day festival featuring over thirty performances involving more than twenty companies and choreographers. More information at dancingontheedge.org.
4. Avocado Toast (Opens July 5)
Vancouver TheatreSports League celebrates summer with Avocado Toast, an affectionate and comedic look at what makes Vancouver so unique. In a series of vignettes, improvisers will lampoon our local stereotypes, all based on suggestions from the audience. More information at vtsl.com.
5. Ensemble Theatre Summer Repertory Festival (Opens July 12)
Ensemble Theatre returns to the Jericho Arts Centre for its 6th annual Summer Repertory Festival. Decidedly more serious than the usual theatre fare this time of year, this year’s shows are Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, Ian Rankin’s Dark Road, and Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. More information at ensembletheatrecompany.ca.