With the successful run of our first theatre performance of the season – after the quake – now behind us, we’ve asked some members of our staff to look ahead at the rest of our 10/11 season, and let us know which presentations they are really looking forward to seeing. We recently had picture day here at The Cultch, and thought it would also be a good opportunity to show you some of the faces behind the administration team here at The Cultch!
CORBIN MURDOCH, YOUTH PROGRAM MANAGER:
Double Bill: Hero & Heroine / Audible by the response. / The 605 Collective.
As part of our 2010 Summer Youth Intensive, I was lucky enough to step into the rehearsal room with this amazing group of dancers. What a thrill! These boys and girls can MOVE! I can’t wait to see the result of their residency in our Vancity Culture Lab.
In my humble opinion, Christine is one of the finest Canadian songwriters of all time. This performance marks the Vancouver debut of her new album. She will be joined onstage by a string quartet. Mark my words, it is going to be a breathtakingly beautiful night of music. Unmissable!
Mark’s star is on the rise. His music is at once powerful, anthemic, and deeply moving on a personal level. With the release of his new album in early 2011 he is sure to become a household name. This is going to be one of those “I saw him back when” kind of performances.
ELEANOR STACEY, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT:
Dr. Egg and the Man with No Ear, a Jessica Wilson production
I find shows about science so exciting. Theatre and science are a seemingly unlikely couple, but they both ultimately serve the same human interests in fantasy, creativity and innovation. Add an ethical dilemma and you’ve got a recipe for a riveting play. Overall, Dr. Egg sounds like a really good story. I’m also looking forward to seeing Redmoon Theatre’s puppetry as well.
Firebird 2011 by Turning Point Ensemble
This music and dance collaboration between Turning Point Ensemble and Move: the company sounds amazing. I also can’t wait to hear Michael Bushnell’s new take on Stravinsky’s Firebird (see Stravinsky here in 1963 conducting the original Firebird). Overall I think the entire project just seems so magical and inspired.
The You Show by Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM
I have enjoyed watching Crystal Pite and Kidd Pivot unfold over the last few years, and I have always looked forward to seeing their performances (and the always-fascinating new compositions by Owen Belton) each time they have returned to The Cultch. This show is no exception – I am interested to see how the company and choreography has grown and changed during their time in Germany.
DENISE HIGGINSON, DESIGN & WEB CO-ORDINATOR:
Working at The Cultch, I’ve become exposed to a lot of wonderful contemporary dance, and I’ve since become a dance fiend. We are so lucky this season to have a stellar line-up of three dance presentations, so my recommendation is an all-dance trifecta:
Double Bill: Hero & Heroine / Audible by the response. / The 605 Collective
These young hot Vancouver dance companies address very contemporary themes such as social media and data addiction, as well as referencing hip-hop gestures. I love the physicality of their dances, and how they spring and jump vertically and horizontally. I hear they are the next big thing in Vancouver dance, so it’s an opportunity to see them in this seminal stage of their careers.
relay by Ame Henderson/Public Recordings
This show just had a sold-out run in Toronto, and the critics call Ame Henderson “notoriously adventurous” (Toronto Life) and “an agent provocateur of dance” (The Globe and Mail). I am a fan of agents provocateurs in any artistic medium, so I am really looking forward to this one! I am very intrigued by their notion of “re-imagining unison”. I’m not sure what unison dance means exactly, but I love that they are exploring it and traversing its boundaries.
The You Show by Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM
Choreographed by Crystal Pite, an international dance sensation hailing from Vancouver, I am so excited that she is returning here to The Cultch where she used to perform as an emerging artist. I have heard about workshops of this piece and I can only say – I am so there.