Norman Rothstein Theatre

  • 950 W 41st Avenue
  • Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Phone: 604.257.5111 Ext. 255

It’s our 15th Anniversary and we’re celebrating by inviting you to join us on an invigorating, creative, hip adventure to downtown clubs and venues such as The Imperial, RedRoom Ultra Bar, Electric Owl, Scotiabank Dance Centre and, of course, our home – the beautiful Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre at the JCC.


I’ve said it before and it bears repeating: “the Festival stands behind the unwavering belief that the performing arts are an important vehicle of communication that holds us together as a culture and inspires us with new ideas and unexpected ways of looking at the world.” I also strongly believe that artists should be seen as independent from their countries’ political leadership in the absence of clear evidence to the contrary.

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until March 13, 2016

A new play by Itai Erdal, Anita Rochon and Maiko Yamamoto Enter into the JCC's Boardroom for this special up-close world premiere that reveals the complexity of living between cultures. In this humorous and moving chamber-sized play, award-winning performer and playwright, Israeli-Canadian Itai… more

February 24, 2016

"Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin virtuoso, is an American visionary ... Statman is the real thing - a musician's musician" The New Yorker "Statman's virtuosity has labeled him a genius by his peers." The Village Voice Welcome Andy Statman back to Chutzpah!, one of his generation's premier… more

May 7, 2016

"Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestor is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries." The New York Times Award-winning trumpeter Avishai Cohen - voted a Rising Star three years running in the DownBeat Critics Poll -… more

March 12, 2016

What is A-WA? - Three sisters whose sweeping and uncompromising music will take you on an exciting journey. From the first time A-WA took the stage they've been dropping jaws, raising eyebrows and making people dance. Accompanying the three singing sisters is four of Israel's best musicians on… more

March 5, 2016

"BALADINO's music was lively, engaging, enthralling and mystical - and I could have listened to it all night long" Chicago Now With stunning vocals, unexpected instruments, and a pitch-perfect sense of arrangement, this group melds everything from Egyptian darbuka to Armenian duduk, from Ladino… more

May 4, 2016 - May 6, 2016

Inspired by early music, Renaissance is a spectacular collaboration between Ballet Kelowna and Toronto's Continuum Contemporary Music that showcases some of Canada's finest choreographers, dancers and composers. Noted for injecting their work with a raw physicality and kinetic exuberance, Artistic… more

February 20, 2016 - February 22, 2016

Shay Kuebler Radical System Art - Once again taking us on a breathtakingly wild wide, Vancouver's Shay Kuebler is back at Chutzpah! with his extraordinary dancers and another World Premiere - Telemetry Volume 1 . Telemetry Volume 1 springs upon a mixed language of swing, bebop jazz, house and… more

March 10, 2016 - March 13, 2016

"Voluptuously polyglot choreography" The New York Times After their Canadian debut at the 2010 Chutzpah! Festival, Gallim Dance returns to Chutzpah! with the Canadian Premiere of WONDERLAND . Gallim Dance is a highly sought-after New York City-based dance company that creates and performs worldwide… more

April 2, 2016

Welcome Jennifer Teeg e to our stage in conversation with Marsha Lederman, sharing her unique story with us as told in her new memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past (co-written with journalist Nikola Sellmair and newly translated from German). A… more

March 3, 2016

"A remarkable band out of Mexico City taking the Jewish tradition to some fresh and uncharted new places... one of the most creative and unique bands in Jewish music today" John Zorn - Tzadik Klezmerson finds its footing in the Klezmer tradition, then infuses it with elements of prog-rock, hip hop… more

March 5, 2016 - March 7, 2016

Returning after their successful 2015 Chutzpah! performances, Tel Aviv-based Maria Kong brings their North American Premiere of award-winning OPEN SOURCE . This dance experience is full of passion, drama and humour, created and performed with wireless digital gloves controlling sound and light… more

March 1, 2016

"... the playing is impeccable... a solid sonic shot of festive fun..." Down Beat Odessa/Havana is a JUNO Award-winning stunning ensemble of incredible musicians who collectively represent the best of the international world jazz and pop scene. Led by award-winning trumpeter and composer David… more

February 27, 2016 - February 29, 2016

In their Western Canadian debut, Rome-based Spellbound Contemporary Ballet brings a wonderful evening of mixed repertoire to Chutzpah! The company has defined itself in the European dance community for its dynamic choreography by Artistic Director Mauro Astolfi, and the virtuosic technique of the… more

February 23, 2016

Victoria Hanna 's performance is unique, surprising and hypnotic. Performing Aramaic hip hop, wild rhythmic rap on ancient Hebrew texts, this cosmopolitan one of a kind multi-faceted artist and her band explore the boundaries of sound. Moving between ancient and contemporary music, between… more

February 18, 2016

Two hilarious stand-up comedians open Chutzpah! Jon Steinberg is a comedian who draws material from his unique and twisted view of the world. A perennial favourite on CBC Radio's The Debaters , Steinberg has been entertaining audiences with his stand-up comedy across North America for over a decade. more

March 31, 2016

The former host of the celebrated CBC program Wiretap and a frequent contributor to NPR's This American Life and The New York Times Magazine, Jonathan Goldstein's signature brand of wry, self-deprecating humour is a staple of Canadian media. His essays have been published in the New York Times, The… more