#FridayFive: 5 shows not to miss at this year's Chutzpah! Festival

The 2018 Chutzpah! Festival is about to get underway.

This winter performing arts festival features international, national and local artists in everything from music, dance, comedy and theatre. The 2018 Chutzpah! Festival runs from February 15 to March 15 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and other venues in and around Vancouver.

Vancouver Presents has scoured this year’s festival program and have come up with fives shows we think you should not miss:

1. An Evening With Mary Walsh

Canadian cultural icon, actress, comedienne and social activist Mary Walsh (Mar 6) performs her new stage with some of her best comedic bits and most popular characters from CODCO and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, along with up-to-the-minute political satire.

An Evening With Mary Walsh
An Evening With Mary Walsh

2. MM Contemporary Dance Company

Based in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the MM Contemporary Dance Company (Mar 1-3) performs choreographies of two universally known musical scores: Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and Igor Stravinski’s The Rite of Spring.

MM Contemporary Dance Company
MM Contemporary Dance Company

3. Salomé: Woman of Valor

Presented in association with The Dance Centre comes the world premiere of Salomé: Woman of Valor (Mar 8-10) from Grammy Award-winning composer/trumpeter Frank London and poet/performer Adeena Karasick. A total art experience, this multi-disciplinary piece is a spoken word opera with an interplay of poetry, music, and dance.

Salomé: Woman of Valor
Salomé: Woman of Valor

4. Perla Battalla in The House of Cohen

Vocalist Perla Batalla (Mar 11) brings her signature cross-cultural style to her homage to her friend, Leonard Cohen.

Perla Battalla in The House of Cohen
Perla Battalla in The House of Cohen

5. We Keep Coming Back

In We Keep Coming Back (Mar 13-14), a real-life son and mother attempt to capture the truth of a Polish-Jewish reality, following a visit to Poland to find their family’s roots.

We Keep Coming Back
We Keep Coming Back

Vancouver Presents!

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