Things To Do: 6 can't-miss Vancouver arts events this week, December 20 to 26

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      Rare beauty

      It’s rare here to get the chance to see real Beijing opera. The 300-year-old form is mesmerizing, from its lavish costumes and makeup to its ethereal singing, infused with dance and martial arts. Now one of China’s oldest, best-known companies, the Mei Lanfang Beijing Opera Troupe, is coming here for the first time. It’s renowned for its famous namesake, but also for his successor, Mei Baojiu, who brought his father’s practices into the new millennium. Its performers, true to tradition, have trained since childhood in the style. In other words, it’s the real deal—and about the closest you’re going to get to this art form without buying a plane ticket across the Pacific.

      Mei Lanfang Beijing Opera Troupe brings The Legend of Lady White Snake to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday and Saturday (December 22 and 23).

       

      Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

      Magical processions, labyrinths, and fire performances light up the darkest night.
      December 21 on Granville Island, and in Yaletown and Chinatown

      Christmas Reprise XV

      The Vancouver Cantata Singers serve up true choral bliss just steps from mall madness.
      December 23 at Holy Rosary Cathedral

      East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

      A warped family tradition that brings big laughs this year.
      To January 6 at the York Theatre

      Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

      A truly topnotch execution of a Broadway-style hit.
      To January 13 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

      Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

      To December 31 at Concord Pacific Place expressionistic, Jules Verne–like spectacle really is one of Cirque du Soleil’s best.
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