Showcasing Asian heritage in improv

Instant Theatre will be bringing a martial arts themed improv show to the stage next month at Havana Theatre. Described as a kung fu spectacular, Fistful of Kicks aims to represent Asian Canadian improvisers in the theatre industry. Curt Da Silva, director of Fistful of Kicks, says that Instant Theatre specializes in improvisation theatre productions as well as…

A haunting Japanese story of heartbreak

Master practitioners of the Japanese art form Noh combine their strengths with professional opera singers in Komachi Visited, an East meets West performance of a heart-rending Japanese story. The Source talked with librettist and director Colleen Lanki, scholar of Asian theatre and a Noh practitioner herself, about the challenges of creating a Noh piece for…

From solo to full cast

There’s a lot of love on the internet. Or is there? As technology keeps us increasingly connected, we are progressively becoming more disconnected. That’s one of the many questions that the play Hyperlink sets out to answer from Oct. 4–14 at the Firehall Arts Centre. Is it real love or is it internet love, and…

Bombay Black

In a Bombay apartment by the sea, a young woman dances seductively. In a dark corner of the room a blind man sits, watching her. This image, accompanied by the question Why would a blind man pay to watch someone dance? intrigued Indian-Canadian playwright Anosh Irani into writing Bombay Black. The play, which runs Sept.…

Nomadic Tempest: a Climatopian rock opera

This summer the Caravan Stage Company sails into Vancouver (Aug. 15–Sept. 3) on their one of a kind 90-foot Theatre Ship. Their current show, Nomadic Tempest, explores a future world where climate change has caused environmental catastrophe across the planet, using original music, aerial artistry, and projections to captivate its audiences. Nomadic Tempest is an original –…

Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish

A mouse is caught stealing cheese from the mouth of Th’owxiya: a goddess known to hold the best foods from around the world. The challenge: find and sacrifice two young spirits to Th’owxiya (pronounced: Tho-wox-eeya) or she will eat the mouse’s whole family! With the help of new friends – two bears, a raven and…

Searching for home

A diner threatened by corporate takeover. A group of youths determined to keep the place they see as an integral part of their community.  This is the setting of Home, a new and original play from the Some Assembly Arts Society that will be performed from May 3-6. Written and performed by youth, it is…

On stage: Canadian Aboriginal soldiers

One hundred years ago, the battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in France. REDPATCH is a historical drama that focuses on this battle, as well as the contributions made by Aboriginal soldiers and their communities for Canada during the First World War. The play will be presented March 29–Apr. 9 at Presentation House Theatre in…

Play gives voice to refugee experiences

In 1998, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested by the international police and charged with crimes against humanity. Playwright Carmen Aguirre says that this was a turning point for Chileans in Chile and in Vancouver as well. “It led to all kinds of informal gatherings and Chilean refugees here started to talk about everything we’ve…

Refuge: Two kinds of goods

A work of fiction inspired by real events, playwright Mary Vingoe’s Refuge explores the two sides of the refugee situation – the ‘two goods.’ “It’s about who we are, what we want to protect; it’s about two rival goods – the idea of two principles. They are both good (protecting your own family and reaching…

Elle: a survivor’s journey

Firehall Arts Centre presents Elle, a play about a French aristocrat stranded on an island on the East Coast of Canada. Severn Thompson is the leading lady and also wrote the play as an adaptation of Douglas Glover’s novel of the same name. Christine Brubaker is the play’s innovative director. It will be live at…

Artists break down communication barriers through comedy

Vancouver choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg met Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi at a dance space in Embra, Scotland. They took an interest in each other’s work. Presented by the Chutzpah Festival and The Dance Centre, Friedenberg and Gribaudi’s collaboration, empty.swimming.pool, a work that includes dance, theatre and comedy, will be on at The Scotiabank Centre Feb.…

Understanding our place in the world through theatre

The legends of bears and ravens often showcase First Nations history to the public. This time, Quelemia Sparrow of the Musqueam Nation and Michelle Olson of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Nation decided to tell the story of salmon.  Produced by Raven Spirit Dance and created by Sparrow and Olson, Salmon Girl (which mixes theatre, dance, music…