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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 »

Origin Stories: Studio 58

Jerry Wasserman interviewed his long-time friend Antony Holland for this profile in April, and wrote it shortly before Antony passed away on July 29, 2015 at age 95. Antony Holland is a phenomenon. But at 95, even he admits he’s slowing down a little. Mobility problems have forced him to modify the staging of his newly created solo show, Antony ... Read More »

Origin Stories: Vancouver Recital Society

Leila Getz arrived in Vancouver from her native South Africa in 1966 and founded the Vancouver Recital Society in 1980. What was she doing in the years between? She flashes her Cheshire Cat smile: “It took me that long to learn how to clean a house and cook!” But the self-described “bored housewife” remembered how her aunt had established a ... Read More »