Vancouver stages push the envelopes of music, film and theatre in our picks this week.
[pullquote]“Arne Eigenfeldt, Keith Hamel and David Eagle are world leaders in the use of computers and cutting edge technologies in the fields of metacreation and interactivity of computers and live musicians” – Turning Point Ensemble Co-Artistic Director, Owen Underhill.[/pullquote]Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble is once again at the forefront of innovative musical works with HyperEnsemble (May 2 & 4), a groundbreaking concert of music and technology. From artificial intelligence and the use of iPads to computer sampling and manipulation, the concert pushes music further into the realm of technology with the help of leading composers and researchers Arne Eigenfeldt, Keith Hamel and David Eagle.
With more than 90 films and 78 screenings, the 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival (May 2-11) proves that the documentary genre knows no bounds. From mountain gorillas to cartoon ponies and the men who love them, wild boars, roller derby grrrls, young agrarians and stick insects, the diversity of films ensures there is something for every taste.
As part of its year-round series, the Vancouver Fringe Festival presents the 2011 Pick of the Fringe show, Little Orange Man (May 7 & 9) and its stand alone sequel and winner of the 2013 Fringe New Play Award, Kitt & Jane (May 8 & 10). Written by Kathleen Greenfield and Ingrid Hansen, Little Orange Man asks the audience to participate in a dream experiment devised by Kitt, a 12-year-old with a wild imagination, as she tries to connect with her recently deceased grandfather. In Kitt & Jane two socially-awkward 14-year-olds hijack their high school assembly to lead an interactive survival guide to the near-post-apocalyptic future.