October 16 to 19 at the Firehall Arts Centre
Vancouver is known for powerhouse female choreographers like Emily Molnar and Crystal Pite—and Lesley Telford, of Inverso Productions, is quickly rising to join their ranks. The artist definitely has the pedigree: she’s an alumna of both cutting-edge Nederlands Dans Theater and Madrid’s Compañía Nacional de Danza. And you’ll find her work as intellectually stimulating as it is inventive and witty. Case in point: Spooky Action draws on Albert Einstein’s theory of quantum entanglement, in which particles are closely linked but universes apart. It plays out like a moody mystery, blending live spoken word by Vancouver poet Barbara Adler with intricate dance.
Cost of Living
October 10 to November 3 at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok’s deeply heartfelt work hit with unsentimental force when it premiered last year, winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play looks with brutal honesty at living and loving with disability; one character is living with cerebral palsy, while another has had both legs amputated above the knee. As the New York Times put it, the work “slams the door on uplifting stereotypes”.