Vancouver Playhouse

  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6

January 22, 2020 - January 25, 2020

The oral history of the Inuit people is the inspiration for Unikkaaqtuat , a multidisciplinary work that combines the traditional practices of throat-singing, hunting and competitive games with circus arts. The 7 Fingers of Montreal joins forces with Artcirq of Igloolik, and Taqqut Productions of Iqaluit engaging Inuit and non-Inuit musicians and performers in a unique collaborative process. Featuring illustrations from celebrated artist Germaine Arnaktauyok, Unikkaaqtuat bridges ancient traditions and contemporary… more

February 2, 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G major, Opus 1 No 2 Felix Mendelssohn: Trio in D minor, Opus 49 Franz Schubert: Trio in E-flat major, Opus 100 D929 This returning ‘supergroup’ includes both artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and present and past members of the Emerson String Quartet. The Trio will play early music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn’s brilliant first trio, and Schubert’s melodious second trio. Tickets*: Regular $60.00 At the Door $70.00 Students $15.00 (available at the door) *Rates… more

February 4, 2020 - February 15, 2020

From North to South, a family reverses the refugee’s path in this darkly humorous vision of exile. The action is set in 1979, along the border between the US and Mexico. There, a father and his two daughters drive in a chrome convertible. They’re returning to Chile from Canada, and as they travel, visions of the past and future surround them. Their encounters with people crossing—and guarding—the border range from the poignant to the comical to the fantastical, and the audience is privileged to their internal journeys… more

February 21, 2020 - February 22, 2020

The inaugural Drumeo Festival will feature live masterclasses, performances, and full-band shows with some of the best drummers in the world. Friday, February 21st & Saturday, February 22nd 2020 Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver BC For more information, please visit here… more

February 28, 2020 - February 29, 2020

In their third presentation with DanceHouse, the Brazilian juggernaut Grupo Corpo channels the metaphysical with their new work Gira . Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras has infused his style with movement idioms inspired by Afro-Brazilian rituals. The company’s deep research into the cosmology and rites of Umbanda (the most widespread Brazilian-born religion) creates a new kind of performance aesthetic, possessed by a ripe sensuality and cathartic power. With music from São Paulo band Méta Méta, the dancers invoke a… more

March 6, 2020 - March 7, 2020

Epilogos is built around the art of rhetoric and the commodification of morality. The appropriation of moral codes and value systems has been used to exert control by dictators, politicians and royalty. In Epilogos, the performance on stage becomes a device of persuasion, persuading the audience to see the power of each value in the moral code and the strength of the characters within these values. For Epilogos, we base each performance from the moral code of Bushido, the way of the samurai: duty, integrity, compassion… more

Made and sustained by Alanna Kraaijeveld in collaboration with Modus Operandi artists and Kate Franklin, Line, Starting line, Practical questions, Disappear, Solos and small groups, Swirling, Space, All together is a scored improvised performance. It is comprised of an inventory of relational, movement, visual and textural possibilities. As a work, it practically manifests shifting perspectives, disappearance or invisibility, rhythm as a motor for dynamic possibility, as well a spectrum of intentional engagement. more

March 8, 2020

Ľubica Čekovská: The Midsummer Quartet Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No 2 in A major, Opus 81 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor, Opus 30 An exciting group of the newer generation, the Pavel Haas Quartet continues the burnished sound of the Bohemian tradition. Pianist Boris Giltburg joins the Quartet in Dvořák’s second piano quintet. We look forward to hearing the music of Slovak composer Ľubica Čekovská. Tickets*: Regular $60.00 At the Door $70.00 Students $15.00 (available at the door)… more

March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020

In their inaugural presentation with DanceHouse, powerhouse Canadian company RUBBERBANDance kicks off with a roar. Choreographer Victor Quijada marshals the forces of ten extraordinary performers and live music from composer/DJ Jasper Gahunia and violinist William Lamoureux to take apart the mechanisms of compliance and control with near-surgical precision. One moment, the dancers look like inmates in an asylum, the next, street dance warriors in boiler-suited conformity. As bodies jerk and flail, dystopic contests of… more

March 22, 2020

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K478 Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No 1 in A major, Opus 18 Richard Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 13 Masterpieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Strauss – each written before its astonishingly talented composer turned 30 – will be played brilliantly by CMS master musicians Gilles Vonsattel, Arnaud Sussmann, Alexi Kenney, Yura Lee, Richard O’Neill and David Requiro. Tickets*: Regular $60.00 At the Door $70.00 Students $15.00 (available at the door)… more

April 26, 2020

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No.2 (1917) Béla Bartók: String Quartet No.4 (1928) Béla Bartók: String Quartet No.6 (1939) The Takács Quartet is a perennial favourite, offering a window into the Hungarian quartet tradition through its irresistible blend of virtuosic technique and engaging personality. For the season finale – their 23rd and 24th concerts for us – we will be treated in two successive concerts to the full genius of Hungarian master composer Béla Bartók with his complete string quartet cycle. more

May 3, 2020

Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria have collaborated to co-commission and co-produce a new opera for young audiences. In this enchanting work, the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire. The Flight of the Hummingbird is based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America. The story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture. This… more

May 15, 2020 - May 16, 2020

In their second outing with DanceHouse, NYC’s Dorrance Dance serves up ETM: Double Down . Taking inspiration from tap’s history of combining sound and rhythm, ETM (Electronic Tap Music) replaces the wooden platforms of old with electronic tap boards, like drums for the feet. Mixing b-boy dance moves with the musical wizardry of Gregory Hines, the entire stage becomes an instrument, as the performers create their own percussive soundtrack that layers and loops in a dizzying atomic maelstrom. Hyped up with choreographer… more

June 6, 2020

Hey Vancouver! He’s returning from the land down under and coming up at the Vancouver Playhouse on June 6, 2020. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Joe Avati in person. Over the last 21 years, Joe has entertained audiences around the world with his poignant and hilarious routines which capture the experience of growing up in Italian households in English speaking countries. Joe’s material is always performed as an homage and celebration of the Italian experience. Audiences are drawn to Joe’s show due to the sense… more

August 1, 2020 - August 4, 2020

The enfant terrible of Flamenco, Rocío Molina brings her masterwork Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) to Vancouver. Channeling multiple incarnations – fetishistic matador, bloodied avenging angel – Molina crushes expectations, reinventing classical form with anarchic punk energy. Since bursting onto the international stage, Molina has revolutionized Flamenco and galvanized audiences. A fearless performer, she conjures images that recall both the natural world and the ruffled beauty of the human body. In… more