First Nations are well represented on Vancouver stages this week with the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at the Museum of Anthropology and a production of Tara Beagan’s Dreary and Izzy at Richmond Gateway.
[pullquote]”This year will be a particularly exciting one, as we are thrilled to include incredible international performance in the celebration,” Margaret Grenier, Executive and Artistic Director of Dancers of Damelahamid.[/pullquote]Dancers of Damelahamid, in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology, present the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (Mar 4-9), a week long celebration of the diverse stories, songs, and dances of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and beyond. In addition to performances by internationally renowned artists from throughout British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon, and Washington, this year’s festival also welcomes South American dancer Adriana Arrunátegui, from Lima, Peru, in her Canadian debut.
Gateway Theatre in Richmond presents Dreary and Izzy (Mar 5-15) the powerful play penned by Tara Beagan, one of Canada’s sharpest playwrights. When the Monoghan sisters lose their parents in a car accident, Deirdre is poised to enter university. Now she must care for her beloved older sister Isabelle, who’s adopted, First Nations and affected by fetal alcohol syndrome. Deirdre struggles to manage until twin rays of hope appear in the form of a gorgeous vacuum cleaner salesman and a family friend. Their helpful impulses will have startling consequences.
And for something completely different … The classic board game comes to life as Ghost Light Projects presents Clue: The Musical (until Mar 8) on stage at the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive. A hilarious and twisted tale of crime and passion through multiple rooms and classic weapons athe characters in the game you have played since you were a child come to life to create musical experience with 216 possible endings. In what room and with what weapon?