Vancouver Children's Festival, 12 Minutes Max & From Barock 2 Roque
Vancouver Children's Festival, 12 Minutes Max & From Barock 2 Roque

This week our picks include the 2016 Vancouver International Children’s Festival, five dances performed in twelve minutes or less each, and Romanian violin virtuoso Cristian Herki.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] The Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May 30-Jun 5) gets underway on Granville Island with seven days of performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theater, music and plenty of arts activities make this annual celebration filled with surprises.

Cirque du Soleil veteran Jamie Adkins dazzles in Circus Incognitus at this year's Vancouver International Children's Festival
Cirque du Soleil veteran Jamie Adkins dazzles in Circus Incognitus at this year’s Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Photo by Amanda Russell.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The Dance Centre presents 12 Minutes Max (Jun 3), a showcase of five eclectic contemporary dance works each lasting 12 minutes or less.  This editions’s line-up includes some of Vancouver’s most exciting and innovative up-and-coming choreographers: Akeisha de Baat & Nathan Todd, Katie DeVries & Kimberly Stevenson, Iris Lau, Bevin Poole, and Ahalya Satkunaratnam.

12 Minutes Max
Ahalya Satkunaratnam presents Inconsequential as part of this edition of 12 Minutes Max, a solo exploring the global war on terror through bharata natyam dance, music, text, and a length of red ribbon. Photo by Bill Christiansen.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] In Barock 2 Roque (Jun 4), Romanian violin virtuoso Cristian Herki takes us on a journey through music’s history from the likes of Vivaldi to Guns N’ Roses.  Performing music from all eras and genres, including fiddling, current music, standards, jazz and rock, Herki’s appeal spans generations.

From Barock 2 Roque
Cristian Herki takes audiences on a musical journey in From Barock 2 Roque