Theatre, dance and music make for a near perfect balance of the arts in our picks this week on Vancouver stages.
[pullquote]In Colonial, Alvin Erasga Tolentio poses the notion that understanding and acknowledging one’s culture is not only important, but there is an imperative in acknowledging that colonization is present in the modern world and in recognizing the need to de-colonize as an individual. [/pullquote]The irony doesn’t escape us … just as Vancouver is about to move into its dry summer period, Scottish theatre company The Vinyl Theatre brings A Steady Rain (Jun 10-14) to the Havana Theatre. But don’t be fooled, this has little to do with the weather as it tells the story of two cops and best friends fall from grace after a grisly murder and a life-changing error in judgement.
In celebration of the 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day, dance company Co.ERASGA brings Colonial (Jun 11-12) back to Vancouver before it embarks on a national tour of the Philippines this summer. The solo show created and performed by artistic director Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Colonial is a multimedia experience that analyzes the impact of colonial subjugation through contemporary dance.
The Vancouver Academy of Music Opera Studio presents back-to-back performances of two of Puccini’s beloved masterpieces: Suor Angelica & Giani Schicchi (Jun 12-15). Suor Angelica tells the tale of Sister Angelica, a nun who was banished to a convent for unknown reasons. Gianni Schicchi, based on Pietro Fanfini’s The Divine Comedy, tells a story of a family out for their dead relative’s fortune, through the help of Mr. Schicchi. Little do they know what’s in store for them!