The Vancouver Art Gallery’s enormously popular FUSE brings the crowd into the Gallery on the night of November 29th, from 8 pm to 1 am. Inspired by artist Kimsooja’s work that encourages human interaction, this FUSE event features its largest number of artists and performers to date, bringing sociability to the forefront through integrating unique ways of relationship building throughout the evening.
Some highlights of FUSE: Crowd Studies
• Join Douglas Coupland, in collaboration with the Vancouver Lego Club, to build a Lego tower for a crowd-sourced art project for Douglas Coupland’s upcoming exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in summer 2014.
• Artist Kimsooja presents her critically acclaimed performance art work, Beggar Woman, joined by 14 local performers and dance artists.
• Service oriented artist collective Instant Coffee creates “anti-social sculptures” that make you reflect on the slogan: Get social or get lost.
• Take part in Germaine Koh’s League project, where audience members are invited to play invented games with a new set of rules.
• DB Boyko and the Voice Over Mind Choir activates the Rotunda with a large-scale, participatory choral piece. Engage both body and mind in this expansive sound work.
• Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed bring crowd surfing to everyday life. Watch for their unique intervention outside the Gallery.
In addition to performances, FUSE-goers can see six current exhibitions: Charles Edenshaw, Kimsooja Unfolding, Muntadas: Entre/Between, James Hart: The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, and In Dialogue with Carr: Gareth Moore – Allochthonous Window.
FUSE happens from 8pm – 1am at the Vancouver Art Gallery, details here.
Attending this production of the classic Mary Poppins was delightful, Mary Poppins (Sara-Jeanne Hosie) literally flew over the rooftops of London—inside the Stanley Theatre! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical based on the writings of P.L. Travers and the popular Disney film features the unforgettable songs “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet as will the performances of both of the children.
“In assembling the cast for our production of the stage musical, I started with the title role and knew that Sara-Jeanne Hosie would be an ideal choice—she has contributed to the success of many of our most popular musicals, including Swing, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Cabaret, and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” said director Bill Millerd. “I also cast some other actors that will be familiar to Arts Club audiences: Warren Kimmel (Disney’s Beauty & the Beast), Caitriona Murphy (Next to Normal), and Susan Anderson (White Christmas). I’m also thrilled to have longtime collaborators Bruce Kellett (musical director) and Valerie Easton (choreographer) joined by a superb design team that most recently worked together on White Christmas.”
Although the five-book series was written in the 1930s, the 1964 Disney movie renewed awareness of the work of P.L. Travers and a new generation became interested in the Mary Poppins character. The popularity of the movie interested Broadway producers for years, though their offers were all rejected by Travers. It was not until English theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh (Les Misérables) wooed Travers in the early 1990s and persuaded her to allow Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) to go back to the original novels, as well as the movie, to create a new book that the stage musical came to be.
Mary Poppins at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St., at 12th Ave.) from November 7, 2013, to January 5, 2014. Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $29 to $70, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit artsclub.com.
Solo Collective Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Cool Beans by Anton Lipovetsky, a romantic musical comedy involving identity crises, hipsters, wannabes and a coffee shop. Directed by Rachel Peake, with music direction by Mishelle Cuttler, Cool Beans features Jay Clift, Gili Roskies, Katey Hoffman and Josh Epstein, and is designed by John Webber and Drew Facey. Cool Beans runs from November 21-December 1, 2013 at Performance Works.
In Cool Beans, we meet Meadow (or is it Megan?), and her boyfriend Holden- two hipsters running an organic-only coffee shop, which plays only the most underground records. Everything seems to be as it should be. Or is it? The sudden appearance of Meadow’s ex boyfriend Patrick unsettles the balance and leaves Holden and Meadow (and their friend Andi) scrambling to hold on to who they thought they were- and who they think they should be.
Solo Collective Theatre presents Cool Beans by Anton Lipovetsky | Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) Map: http://goo.gl/maps/duLat November 21st- December 1- 8pm. Tickets: $25/$15. Tickets at http://www.vancouvertix.com/onstage.htm
Waiting for Ghostbusters is set in a rehearsal hall that was once the heart of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. There, a small group of artists with more determination than dollars set out to stage a faithful musical recreation of the acclaimed 1984 film. Quickly, tensions and conflicts rise as the struggling company faces sabotage, a clash of wills, legal realities, and a haunting of their own. By opening night the company will either stage a rocking, 1980s infused extravaganza in the best of off-‐off-‐off Broadway tradition, or it may finally be curtains for everyone involved…
Genus Theatre has thrived during the last ten years in the Vancouver theatre scene by producing works that both engage with and entertain diverse audiences. Since its inception Waiting for Ghostbusters has struck a chord with artists within the theatre community, leading to a tremendous interest from potential collaborators. Actors, designers and technical wizards have repeatedly expressed interest in being a part of this production and audience interest is just as high. The efforts on the part of all involved have resulted in a production that honors the treasured memories of every child of the 80s. Since 2003, Genus Theatre Company has been presenting original, groundbreaking productions that have incorporated both live theatre and integrated film/media elements.
Genus has developed a reputation for producing carefully constructed projects that are both accessible and provocative. The company’s work includes an array of successfully produced independent productions, and a rich history of collaboration with other companies and festivals. An original production, Waiting for Ghostbusters is co-‐written by Frano Marsic and Kelly Sheridan, with direction by Victor Ustare. Featuring seven original songs with music written by Peter Abando, the production showcases eleven talented performers as they bring ghosts and ghouls to a live stage, all without aid of green screen.
Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.brownpapertickets.ca
Genus Theatre Presents: Waiting for Ghostbusters at Renegade Studios – 125 E 2nd Avenue, Vancouver from November 21, 2013 – November 30, 2013: 8:00pm (Matinee 2pm Nov 24)