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7 years in the making: Q+A with Corey Payette on his new musical, Children of God

Playwright, composer, actor and director, Corey Payette, spoke with Artslandia recently about his brand new musical, Children of God. Corey shares about his creation process, the story, Vancouver’s World Premiere and next year’s tour. This is a major work for Canada and an important part of our history that needs to be told. For those who don’t know, can you share with us a ... Read More »

Performative gender identity: Meredith Kalaman’s first full-length work, Femme Fatales

Femme Fatales is a poetic trio for three women that blends narrative and contemporary dance to bring to light the impact of gender socialization. The work takes a thought provoking look at our history of gender defined roles and behaviours to illuminate the impact on us today. Blending pleasure and sorrow, this work dives into the heart of what makes ... Read More »

Grease is the word: Q+A with The Lawyer Show’s Roger Watts, aka Danny Zuko

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of ... Read More »

In a spirit of collaboration: Pro Arté and Lions Gate Sinfonia prepare for their Earth Day performance

Can you tell us how Pro Arté and Lions Gate Sinfonia connected? What was your first encounter like? How long did it take before you knew that you wanted to collaborate by having both musicians and dancers on stage? Astrid Sherman: I first met Clyde at the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration in 2006. His Orchestra was playing and we were dancing, though ... Read More »

Q+A with Chanticleer’s Music Director William Fred Scott

 We reached out to Chanticleer’s Music Director, William Fred Scott, for a Q+A prior to Chanticleer’s concert in Vancouver. In this thoughtful interview, Scott tells of his first encounter with “the world’s reigning male chorus”, Chanticleer’s program repertoire, standout touring moments, and more! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Much of Chanticleer’s repertoire includes vocal music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. [Noteworthy for audiences: It appears as though Sebastián de ... Read More »