Off-Key: An Improvised Musical plays as part of Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Theatre Festival. Photo by Jonathan Kim.
Off-Key: An Improvised Musical plays as part of Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Theatre Festival. Photo by Jonathan Kim.

An improvised musical, a comic ballet and complaints in the streets of the Downtown East Side all play out on Vancouver stages this week.

[pullquote]“It’s fun to see what titles our audiences come up with … we never know what to expect” – Off-Key: An Improvised Musical Musical Director and pianist, Peter Abando[/pullquote]Off-Key: An Improvised Musical (May 14-18) plays as part of Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Theatre Festival (May 13-25), which showcasing adventurous, high energy, and sophisticated new work created by emerging companies and artists. In Off Key,  a one-act musical in which all elements – plot, characters, music, lyrics, choreography and lighting – are completely made up on the spot.

Vancouver’s pre-professional ballet company, Coastal City Ballet, presents a new commission of the comic ballet Coppelia (May 16 & 31) .  In Coppelia, toymaker Dr. Coppelius has created Coppelia, a lifelike doll, and wishes to bring her to life. He believes his dream has finally come true only to realize he is caught up in a hilarious lover’s spat. Coastal City Ballet dancers and local ballet students from throughout the Lower Mainland help bring this magical story to life.

 Ladies and gentlemen, start your complaining! The fourth edition of The Complaints Choir (May 17) takes to the streets in and around the Woodward’s building with complaints collected from members of the choir and the public, woven into a song that will be crafted using Dekaaz poetic form, an expressive form originated by contemporary artist, choral activist, and composer Rachel Begby. This simple, three-line song form will also allow the choir to add to the song on the spot with complaints collected from the public at the performances.