SHIFT Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Steve Yockey's very still & hard to see.
SHIFT Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Steve Yockey's very still & hard to see.

This week on Vancouver stages is a celebration of lights, short plays and small stages.

The 11th annual Diwali Fest (through Oct 26) continues with its theme of “Unity in Diversity”. Produced by the Diwali Celebration Society, Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts & culture festival that coincides with the Hindu “festival of lights”.  The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.  Events during the week long celebration take place in both Vancouver and Surrey with the free showcase of Indian culture, Diwali Downtown Vancouver (Oct 25), taking place at the Roudhouse Community Centre.

Just in time for Halloween, SHIFT Theatre presents Steve Yockey’s short play cycle, very still & hard to see (Oct 21-25).  From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing an ever-expanding hole in the floor armed only with cleaning supplies, these encounters with the unknown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes, bad things do happen for a reason.

Dances for a Small Stage (Oct 23-25) returns for its 31st edition with something a little different as it joins forces with Music on Main as part of the 2014 Modulus Festival.  This new collaboration is marked by the first-ever joint performance on a west coast stage by composer John Oswald and choreographer Holly Small.