Coastal City Ballet, PuSh Fest & 52 Pick-up
Coastal City Ballet, PuSh Fest & 52 Pick-up

This week Coastal City Ballet celebrates a milestone, next year’s PuSh Fest program is revealed, and Twenty Something Theatre plays with a full deck.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Coastal City Ballet celebrates its 5th anniversary with Fall For Ballet (Nov 9 & 19) with three world premieres from choreographers Wen Wei Wang, Joshua Beamish, and the company’s artistic director Li Yaming. In addition to the new dances set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Bach’s Suite for Cello No. 1, the evening also includes Paquita, from legendary French choreographer Marius Petipa. Founded in the fall of 2011, Coastal City Ballet provides performance opportunities for emerging dancers.

Coastal City Ballet. Photo by David Cooper.
Coastal City Ballet celebrates its 5th anniversary with Fall For Ballet. Photo by David Cooper.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Vancouver looks forward to the offerings each year at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, held each January on stages around town. Literally “pushing” the limits of the performing arts, the PuSh Fest reveals its 12th annual program at a Launch Party (Nov 9) with funnyman Charlie Demers as host. Featured performances will give you a taste of what is to come.

PuSh Festival 2016 Launch
Vancouver funnyman Charlie Demers hosts the PuSh Festival 2016 Launch party.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Twenty Something Theatre presents 52 Pick-up (Nov 13-29) by TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi. With 52 different scene titles written on a deck of cards, they are thrown into the air and as the actors pick-up the cards one-by-one a story gradually unfolds. Like the shuffle setting on your iPod, no performances are alike.

Sara Andrina Brown and Dan Willows are set to star in 52 Pick-up. Photo by Charlotte Labelle.
Sara Andrina Brown and Dan Willows star in the Twenty Something Theatre production of 52 Pick-up. Photo by Charlotte Labelle.