Langara College’s Studio 58 presents the world premiere of Kosmic Mambo, a space-aged retelling of the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". Performances take place October 2 to 19 at Studio 58 (100 West 49th Avenue).
Created by David Mackay and directed by Wendy Gorling and Mackay, Kosmic Mambo is a non-verbal movement piece loosely based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem. Set during the end of the American/Russion space race, Kosmic Mambo tells a fictitious story of the USSR’s failed attempt to send six cosmonauts to Mars in response to America’s successful moon landing.
The Vancouver Art/Book Fair opens October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and continues on October 4 and 5 from 12 to 5 p.m.
The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the only international art and book fair in Canada and only one of two on the West Coast. The public event attracts over 1,500 visitors from across Greater Vancouver.
The festival presented by Project Space features nearly 100 local, national, and international publishers that produce books, magazines, zines, and printed ephemera, as well as digital and experimental forms of publication. Also included at the event are a diverse lineup of programs, performances, and installations.
Dance Allsorts opens its 2014-15 season with Mozaico Flamenco at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street) on October 5. A performance will start at 2 p.m., followed by a workshop at 3:15 p.m.
Known for its exuberance and technique, Mozaico Flamenco has been a leader in Spanish and Flamenco dance for over 40 years. The group will perform a mixed program that includes Viñetas del Mozaico and Solo Flamenco.
Viñetas del Mozaico is a three-part piece that features October, Semblanzas de un Rio and Casa Pavón. Solo Flamenco is a celebration of flamenco dance in its purest and most traditional form.
The Daisy Theatre will be presented at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from September 23 to October 12.
Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett, The Daisy Theatre is back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2013. This season’s edition of The Daisy Theatre will feature new variety acts and characters in addition to existing favourites. Each performance is different, daring, and ridiculous as puppeteer Burkett and his 30 marionettes take over the stage.
Pacific Baroque Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with Kaffeemusik with two performances in the Lower Mainland.
The first concert will take place at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) on Saturday (September 27) at 8 p.m. and a second will take place at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue) on Sunday (September 28) at 2:30 p.m.
Kaffeemusik features music that Bach, his family, and friends would have performed on summer afternoons at the Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse in Leipzig in the 1730s. Pieces will include Bach’s Brandenburg 5, a flute concerto by František Benda, and an orchestral overture (BWV 1070).
Inspired by the Age of Enlightenment, FAR features 10 dances as they confront the distortions, sensuality, and feeling of the 18th century’s contemporary sensibility. The piece, which crosses dance, science, film, music, visual arts, and technology, is performed to a haunting score by composer Ben Frost.
Interior Design Show West, best known as IDSwest, takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Thursday to Sunday (September 25 to 28). Now in its 10th year, the event features the latest trends, ideas, and products designed for the home.
We’re unveiling exclusive behind-the-scenes content and celebrating design from across North America and abroad,” David Tyldesley, director of IDSwest, stated in a news release. “We invite design enthusiasts from far and wide to come and learn from the design world’s most creative minds. IDSwest is the Western hub for a diverse group of creative types who come to experience what’s up-and-coming in the world of design.”
Vancouver Opera opens its 2014-15 season with Georges Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen. Performances take place September 27 to 28, and October 2 to 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie Street).
The four-act French opera (performed with English subtitles projected above the stage) tells the story of a downtrodden soldier named Don José who falls for seductive gypsy Carmen. Enraptured by Carmen’s beauty and sensuality, Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and military post to pursue his love. However, Carmen soon abandons Don José for a handsome toreador named Escamillo. In a fit of jealous rage, Don José kills Carmen.
The Dance Centre opens its 2014-15 Global Dance Connections series with Ballet Preljocaj in Empty moves (parts I, II & III. Performances will run September 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)
Empty moves (parts I, II & III) was created by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The piece is set to the 1977 recording of John Cage’s Empty Words.
With one of Canada’s largest wine festivals—the Vancouver International Wine Festival—still five months away, the Arts Club Theatre’s Chef Meets B.C. Grape is a popular fall event for local oenophiles. The local theatre company hosted the California Wine Fair in April, but its fall wine-tasting fundraiser—now in its 10th year— is meant to showcase B.C.