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Origin Stories: Coastal City Ballet & Pacific DanceArts

When the Chinese government told Li Yaming he was going to Canada in 1986, he packed his thick down jacket. A graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy and dancer with the Central Ballet of China, Yaming didn’t know anything about this country. He arrived in Vancouver (didn’t need that jacket) as a guest artist with the Goh Ballet, where local girl Andrea Allen was a member of the ... Read More »

Merry Christmas! From Artslandia Ambassador, Erick Lichte

My life as a musician and artist has always been inextricably bound to the holidays. I joined my first ensemble at age 9, after hearing my local boy choir present a festival of nine lessons and carols. From that moment on, I was no longer an unwilling consumer of Christmas carols at the mall, but a creator of, and contributor ... Read More »

Origin Stories: Bard on the Beach

_ Talk about roads not taken. Here’s the elegant Christopher Gaze, a classically trained actor hailing from what he calls London’s “stockbroker belt,” presiding over Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival for 26 years with his gentlemanly manners and ripe English accent, bringing over 100,000 people (he says with amazement) to see Shakespeare in Vancouver last summer alone. Sporting honorary ... Read More »

It’s Beginning to Sound a lot like Christmas! Artslandia’s Choral Music Preview

The weather is getting colder, the shops are getting busier, and there’s a special kind of excitement in the air. It’s that time again, the holiday season, and what that means to Artslandia is simple: brilliant holiday choral concerts. Picture, if you will, an advent calendar, with 5 doors between today and Christmas. Behind each awaits an excellent Vancouver choir, ... Read More »

The perfect blend of Dance/Theatre: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg opens up about ‘Porno Death Cult’

1 part theatre. 1 part dance. 1 part existentialism. Shake well. Artslandia’s Katrina Ketchum caught up with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg to talk about her upcoming solo remount Porno Death Cult as part of Shadbolt Centre for the Arts’ 20th anniversary season. Friedenberg shares with us the genesis of the work (spoiler: the idea came to her through her 2010 pilgrimage through Spain), her unique ... Read More »