The latest in Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, a story from one of Canada’s darkest hours at Studio 58, and a return engagement at the Firehall Arts Centre all take centre stage in our picks this week.
[pullquote]“People ask me, “Where is Azano?” Azano is not a place in space, it is a place in space-time, which is to say, it is a journey, a continual process of becoming.” – Nobunaga Nobuyoshi, oracle of Azano[/pullquote]The latest in Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, Azano (20-23 Mar) is billed as an irreverent collective of Vancouver talents who take on a profound, hysterical, and anarchic romp through the State of Asianness, the State of Whiteness, and the state of Being Us, circa 2014 and beyond. With a content warning that includes “Asian people raising uncomfortable truths about race” you know this is a show made for Vancouver audiences.
Studio 58 presents the Western Canadian Premiere of Innocence Lost (20 Mar-6 Apr), a play about Steven Truscott by alumna Beverley Cooper. In the summer of 1959, a small town in rural Ontario was stunned by a crime that changed the community forever and sent shockwaves around the world. A 12-year-old girl named Lynne Harper was found raped and strangled to death. Days later, 14-year-old Steven Truscott was charged with her murder. After a two week trial by jury, the boy was found guilty and sentenced to hang, making him the youngest person to sit on Canada’s death row.
The Firehall Arts Centre presents a return engagement of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (18-29 Mar). Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a tribute to the remarkable writer.