DanceHouse Presents
Dorrance Dance

Dates Friday April 13 2018, 8pm
Venue
Vancouver Playhouse
Artistic Director Michelle Dorrance

Reviewer Aleana Reynolds

This inspiring work from the award-winnning Dorrance Dance tap company graced Vancouver audiences with two nights of ground-breaking tap choreography. The triple bill show took the audience from old-school tap through to the here and now through expert contrast and combination with other dance forms, music, and athleticism. Full review

 

Broadway Across Canada Presents
Riverdance 20 Years

Dates April 13 - 15 2018 Venue Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Composer Bill Whelan Producer Moya Doherty Directer John McColgan Costume Design Joan Bergin Set Design Robert Ballagh Lighting Design John Comiskey Musical Director Mark Alfred

Reviewer Erin Jane

The Riverdance Irish dance troupe, musicians, singers, and featured International soloists really need no review as they celebrate 20 years of world-class entertainment. Navigating through a packed lobby filled with young and old dancers and enthusiasts before the show, one young girl and her mother caught my eye. Both wore a sweatshirt identifying them as dancers and both were so excited to see the show. At intermission, they caught my eye again as the young girl went dancing up the aisle, compelled by the inspiring talent on stage. Full review

 

Ballet BC
Romeo + Juliet

Dates and Venue February 22- 24, 2018 at 8pm (preview performance on Wed February 21 at 8pm )| Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Choreographer Medhi Walerski Costume Design Medhi Walerski Set Design Theun Mosk Lighting Design James Proudfoot

Reviewer John Jane

Medhi Walerski, the former dancer with Paris Opera Ballet, is new to the genre of full-length linear narrative ballet, but it seems to suit his style. Brandon Alley (Romeo) and Emily Chessa (Juliet) are both outstanding interpreters who each excelled in conveying the pain and pleasure of the iconic love story. Full review

 

 


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

The Eternal Tides

Date and Venue February 3, 2018 at 8pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Choreography Lin Lee-Chen

Principal Dancers Wu Ming- Ching, Wang Chien-Yi, Cheng Chieh-Wen

Reviewer John Jane

There is a strange beauty in Legend Lin Dance Theatre’s latest visually stunning dance spectacle The Eternal Tides. Choreographer and artistic director Lin Lee Chen brings her company to Canada for the first time to be the main event at this year’s PuSh Festival..... Full review

 

 

 

Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet’s
The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Dates and Venue December 28 – 30 at 7:30pm & December 29 & 30 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Jean Grand-Maitre Costume & Set Design Zack Brownn Lighting Design Pierre Lavoie Music Direction/Conductor Peter Dala

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

This year’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet production of Nutcracker is a rather subdued affair. Set in St. Petersburg during Tchaikovsky’s time, the sets harken back to an era of restrained elegance. Scenery designer, Zack Brown, drew inspiration for this Nutcracker from the St. Petersburg drawing room of Tchaikovsky. Full review