October 3 to December 29 under the big top at Concord Pacific Place
Cirque du Soleil’s back in town with a show that’s been wowing even critics who may be tiring of contemporary circus spectacles; the New York Times has called the Mexico-inspired show “peak Cirque”. Propelled by two giant turntables, the in-the-round action travels from an old movie set to a cenote and jungle. Among the highlights: a Cyr-wheel act is performed in the rain, a waterfall gushes at centre stage, and a life-sized mechanical jaguar goes on the attack.
Adieu Monsieur Haffmann
To October 5 at Studio 16
Théâtre la Seizième, Vancouver’s francophone theatre company, transports audiences to Vichy France, where a Jewish jeweller strikes a complex bargain to hide in his basement while his employee runs his store. Written by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, the piece scored four of France’s prestigious Molière Awards in 2018. Enjoy it with English surtitles on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday performances.
Jorge Calandrelli: I Belong to the Stars
October 4 and 5 at the Orpheum
Jorge Calandrelli’s work as a composer and arranger spans the realms of jazz, pop, film scores, and more. He’s penned arrangements for megastars like Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, and Elton John. In this concert, he and Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for a jaunt through some of his greatest hits.