Marie Chouinard brings Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights to life in all its surreal, macabre glory


Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights | Compagnie Marie Chouinard | DanceHouse | Vancouver Playhouse | March 15-16, 2019

If there’s any dance company in the world that Hieronymus Bosch’s 500-year-old painting was made for, it’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Chouinard’s trademark nude forms have earned her a reputation as a bold choreographer whose works range from idyllic to sinister.

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Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba's Cuba Vibra! is a fusion of the rhythms, sounds and culture of Cuba


Cuba Vibra! | Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba | Massey Theatre | March 8, 2019

Vibrant colours; live music; and the rhythms and passion of Cuba. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba fills the stage with dynamic energy and soulful music. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and the colourful, ever-changing costumes added to the effusive personalities on stage.

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Revisor explores the relationship between movement and meaning


Revisor | Kidd Pivot | DanceHouse | Vancouver Playhouse | February 20 – 23, 2019 | Canadian tour: Ottawa, Feb 27 – March 2, NAC Theatre; Toronto, March 7 – 10, 13 – 16, Canadian Stage; Montreal, April 3 – 6, Dance Danse

There are many standout lines in Revisor, Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s innovative dance-theatre hybrid, but the one that has stuck with me is also an apt summation of its theme: “I’m here to move a comma.”

In this tale of mistaken identity, corruption, and abuse of power based on Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General (Revizor in the original Russian), a commoner is mistaken as the “Revisor” (Tiffany Tregarthen) who has been sent “from head office” to investigate a political leader.

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Jacob Boehme is vulnerable, captivating in Blood on the Dance Floor

Blood on the Dance Floor | DanceHouse, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, and Talking Stick Festival present ILBIJERRI Theatre Company | SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | February 6 – 9, 2019

In a satin robe, flashy costume jewellery, and bright red lipstick, Jacob Boehme warmly welcomes the audience as we arrive at the theatre. His drag queen persona sits in the aisle for a few minutes, telling us about the many funerals during the AIDS epidemic. The persona is short-lived, though, as he soon de-robes and descends to the stage to tell us his story.

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