Chill Out: Seven Vancouver shows to warm a winter's eve

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      Still itching for ways to get out and enjoy the winter’s wicked arts season? Here are seven more shows worth warming up to:

      Little One

      At the Anvil Centre Theatre from February 4 to 6, and at the Firehall Arts Centre from February 9 to 13

      Back from a hit run at the New York International Fringe Festival, Alley Theatre’s dark and creepily funny Little One is the ultimate twisted sister-brother act.

      BigMouth's Valentijn Dhaenens.



      At the York Theatre from February 11 to 21

      Valentijn Dhaenens uses five microphones to ride the roller coaster of speeches throughout history. Spanning Socrates, George S. Patton, and Muhammad Ali, the show was a massive hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


      Robert Lepage’s 887

      At SFU Woodward’s in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from February 11 to 21

      Masterful storytelling and mesmerizing imagery mark the theatre legend’s moving solo show about memory, forgetting, and history.


      Dances for a Small Stage

      (At the ANZA Club from February 11 to 14)

      Lesley Telford, Josh Beamish, Karen Pitkethly, and more local talents serve up a diverse program of dance in a romantic Valentine’s Day edition in intimate, licensed digs.



      At the Vancouver Art Gallery from February 20 to June 12

      Subtitled The Birth of Modern Culture, this massively ambitious show takes up the entire four floors of the VAG and spans such names as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Danger Mouse, Stan Douglas, and Tobias Wong.


      Phantom of the Opera

      At the Orpheum on February 20

      The Vancouver Bach Choir goes multimedia, performing Andrew Downing’s hypnotic score while the classic silent film plays on a big screen and a specially curated chamber ensemble provides haunting accompaniment.


      Tiffany Tregarthen and Jonathon Young in Betroffenheit.
      Wendy D Photography


      At the Vancouver Playhouse from February 25 to 27

      Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s dark, carnivalesque exploration of real grief and addiction had audiences stunned and in tears at last year’s Panamania cultural fest in Toronto. It’s worth whatever begging you have to do to find tickets to this DanceHouse presentation by two of Vancouver’s biggest artistic geniuses.