Artists use improvisation to create unique performances

Whenever Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory prepares for a performance, she challenges herself to put on a different mask – made of black grease paint mixed with red. Like her mask, which is based on a traditional Greenlandic Inuit dance mask known as uaajeerneq, used in rituals performed during the cold winter months, the audience can expect…

A taste of Japan in Canada with iaido

When it comes to Japanese martial arts, most people have heard of kendo or aikido. Less known, iaido is nevertheless interesting and beautiful to its practitioners. The Source met two iaido experts who also happen to be husband and wife: Martin and Judith Farncombe, respectively 4th dan and 5th dan in iaido, as well as one of…

Uncovering meaning in new and undervalued artistic works

Love: Part One a stage reading, will be presented by the Dorothy Somerset Studio at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on February 9. The play is part of the Enacting Culture/s series, a series of talks, performances and screenings looking to expand the awareness of students and the wider community to previously untapped or undervalued art…

Sugar beet fields in the landscape of Canada’s Japanese internment

2017, Canada’s 150th birthday, also marked the 75th anniversary of Canada’s Japanese Internment. Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, a fourth generation Japanese-Canadian, felt compelled to bring the stories told by her grandparents and great-grandparents back to the forefront. With Keri Latimer, the two Japanese-Canadian artists will present Beta Vulgaris: The Sugar Beet Projects, an art installation followed by…

The puppets are dreaming

Presentation House Theatre (PHT) and Mexico’s famed Marionetas de la Esquina present the Canadian premiere of Amaranta Leyva’s whimsical and enchanting puppet show, Sleeping Beauty Dreams, at Presentation House Theatre from Jan. 25–Feb. 4. “I want people to see the story, feel the story and think about what the story is giving them,” says Leyva. Leyva…

How we sound: exploring the possibilities of sound and music

Western Front’s sound installation series, the-possible-impossible-thing-of-sound, continues with an installation (Feb 2–10) and performance (Feb 8) of composer Juliet Palmer’s Inside Us, which explores the rhythm, sound, and experience of the body. This will be followed by a talk from artist and academic Salomé Voegelin who explores the potential of sound in conceiving new ideas and ways…

Indian Indigenous art makes a stop at the Surrey Art Gallery

This month the Surrey Art Gallery will showcase an art collection featuring Indigenous Indian art rarely seen in North America. Curated by Drs. Aurogeeta Das and David Szanton with assistance from curating consultant Jeffrey Wechsler, the exhibition’s stop at the Surrey Art Gallery is the only one in Canada. The exhibition runs Jan. 20–Mar. 25.…

Mother-son team of artists explore ghosts and death

When Derya and Dilara Akay found out they could work together on an art project that has personal significance to them, they jumped on the opportunity. “We live on different continents and with this project we wanted to spend time together and learn from each other in the light of collaborating as artist aside from…

Connecting to the homeland through art

Deep inside Jose Urbay’s heart, there’s a land of gold where he sources his artistic inspirations. Born and raised in Havana City, Cuba, Urbay considers his homeland the backbone of his artworks. “It’s where I come from and it’s the goal of my works,” says Urbay, now a Vancouver-based visual artist and graphic designer. Urbay…

Workshop seeks to provide new perspective on artisan chocolate

With the holiday season approaching, many are sure to consider a box of chocolates as a gift. But how much is commonly known about chocolate? Geoseph Domenichiello, a chocolate sommelier and chocolatier, will be hosting a chocolate sensory workshop Dec. 17 to provide chocolate lovers with some answers. Domenichiello is of Italian descent and grew…

The fabric of Salish lives

Susan Rowley describes Salish blankets as containing the threads of culture and environment, an aspect that emerges from the art of weaving. But for Rowley, curator of a new exhibition of Salish blankets, the threads being woven are more than literal. “All sorts of reconnections are being made,” says Rowley, associate professor at the University…

A crawl across arts and countries

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Amaya combines Venezuela with Vancouver, visual arts and music at the Eastside Culture Crawl. A Venezuelan-born artist, Gonzalez now calls Vancouver home. The influence of both cultures can be found in a new exhibition held as part of the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl. “My mom still lives in [Venezuela], so I know exactly…

Inclusive Theatre: The Ridiculous Darkness

Alley theatre, in partnership with Neworld Theatre, presents the North American premiere of The Ridiculous Darkness showing from Nov. 11–19 at the ANNEX. The Ridiculous Darkness is a German radio play by Wolfram Lotz, written as a satirical work influenced by both the film Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness, a novella written by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad in 1899. The play,…