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Q+A with Mantra Percussion’s Al Cerulo

Mantra Percussion returns to Vancouver from NY to place for Vancouver New Music audiences at The Annex. We chatted with Mantra Percussion’s Executive Director and co-founder, Al Cerulo, to learn about Mantra’s return to YVR, inspirations, commissions and fascinating new work. Can you tell us a bit about the structure of a Mantra Percussion performance? Al Cerulo: Mantra’s mission statement is to present ... Read More »

A spring gala and CD release party: Phoenix Chamber Choir’s new and heartfelt gift

Phoenix Chamber Choir is set to host From Our Hearts To Yours, a celebratory gala at Heritage Hall. Experience a twofold evening of exceptional choral music—a choral concert at the event and a copy of the choir’s newest CD to take home with you. Whether you’re a long-standing supporter and patron of Phoenix, or new to the Phoenix family, director Graeme Langager’s sends along his personal invitation. “I am ... Read More »

Directors Notes: The Refugee Hotel by Playwright Carmen Aguirre

We asked director and playwright of The Refugee Hotel, Carmen Aguirre, to give us her notes on her play. Aguirre shares with us some of the details around the “fictionalized autobiographical” elements of the play, as well as the deep “universal truths the victims and survivors of political oppression” that the story is based upon, and the hope the lies within. Carmen Aguirre: I ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Jovanni Sy describes Valley Song as both timely and timeless

We asked veteran director, Jovanni Sy, to give us his notes on Athol Fugard’s play, Valley Song. Sy shares with us some historical context leading up to Fugard’s writing of the play, as well as the “this but also that” comparative themes of the script. This “hugely political” yet “intimately personal” play is the perfect closing to Pacific Theatre’s remarkable 2016/17 season. Jovanni Sy: ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Chelsea Haberlin and John Cooper on The Pipeline Project

“The Pipeline Project promises to be a provocative piece designed to encourage debate. Peak oil, First Nations land claims, and climate change are explored with humour and insight in this hybrid of verbatim theatre and personal storytelling. Inspired by the Vancouver Observer’s Extract: The Pipeline Wars, the show follows three actor-playwrights as they struggle to dramatize the book while wrestling ... Read More »