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The Revolutionary — Carmen Aguirre

“I had to create my own work.” As a child in Chile, Carmen Aguirre watched her socialist mother perform agitprop (agitational propaganda) theatre about land reform for the indigenous Mapuche people. Though Canada had accepted her family as political refugees, she returned with her mother to South America to join the Chilean resistance against Pinochet. Therein lies the topic of ... Read More »

Past Performances #Throwback: Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Ten years ago, DanceHouse presented their inaugural show featuring the mesmerizing bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS by internationally acclaimed Canadian choreographer and dance artist, Marie Chouinard. The first of many works that would bring Chouinard’s creations and her Montreal- based dancers, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, back to the DanceHouse stage in 2010 and again in 2015, featured an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. ... Read More »

The Dancer — Livona Ellis

“It’s nice to be creating something new and not replicating the past.” The 2017–18 season is ripe for Livona Ellis’ comeback to Ballet BC after surgery for a torn meniscus. But, at least she doesn’t face the common ballet dancer’s worry about bleeding toes. “We mostly dance contemporary and don’t often use pointe shoes. [Artistic Director] Emily Molnar believes strongly ... Read More »

VSO New Music Festival 2018

New year. New Music. Seems natural, right? The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has a multi-concert festival to celebrate both the new and kick-off the new year. This new music festival is one of the great legacy achievements of conductor Bramwell Tovey. The concept of a wintertime festival was tested in Tovey’s previous gig with the Winnipeg Symphony and has now taken ... Read More »

The Philanthropists — Bonnie Mah & Anndraya Luui

THE PHILANTHROPISTS: BONNIE MAH & ANNDRAYA LUUI “It’s like tree planting.” In her first year at UBC, needing an elective, North Vancouver’s Bonnie Mah took an introductory theatre course from legendary Professor Peter Loeffler (“a very gentle soul and a true intellectual”), completing her major project on the opening of Gateway Theatre with aplomb. “But what really got me hooked ... Read More »