This week on Vancouver stages it all quite coincidentally takes place in East Vancouver with a twisted fairytale, a new dance and some holiday favourites.
Worlds collide as two choreographers from opposite ends of Canada – veteran Ottawa dance icon Tedd Robinson and young contemporary Vancouver trailblazer Josh Martin – create two new works for the eclectic trio of Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan and Ron Stewart with things near & far (Dec 3-6) at the Firehall. This bold and unusual meeting of generations, ideas and interdisciplinary innovation is completed with original music by electroaccoustic Quebec composer Charles Quevillon and Vancouver’s Stefan Smulovitz, with lighting by designer James Proudfoot.
Theatre Replacement’s An East Van Panto is back and this time they are taking on the scullery maid with the glass slipper. Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return to the York Theatre with a way beyond Disney retelling of the sweet little Cinderella (Dec 3-28) story. What’s a panto you say? Short for pantomime, it takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for the entire family.
Despite its inconveniences, when it snows in Vancouver as it did this weekend, it can be a very magical experience. Celebrate the beginning of winter with one of the most quintessential sounds of the season as the Vancouver Brass Quintet (Dan Kocurek, Kyle Axford, Greg Passmore, Dawn Haylett, and Andrew Poirier play some of the best holiday music they can find in Frostfire (Dec 5), part of the Concerts at Grace series in East Vancouver.