Vancouver Playhouse

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

October 25, 2019 - October 26, 2019

Drawn from 65,000 years of culture, Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre presents foundational work, seemingly pulled from the very land itself. In their first visit to Vancouver, Bangarra brings a selection of their extraordinary 30-year repertoire that weaves together totemic storytelling, performance and rich musical scores. A key part of the resurgence of Indigenous dance making, the company is committed to sharing the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with audiences around the world. more

November 1, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Karen Flamenco’s Pink Ladies together with Troy’s Tap dancing T-birds will set the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre into a 1950s High School adventure of friendships, Romances and Gangs. Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd 2019 Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver BC… more

November 12, 2019

The SLSQ had quickly earned acclaim at top international chamber music competitions and has played hundreds of concerts per year worldwide. “Modern,” “dramatic,” “superb,” “wickedly attentive,” “with a hint of rock ‘n roll energy” are just a few ways critics describe the musical phenomenon that is the St Lawrence String Quartet. “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” –The New Yorker Tickets*: Regular… more

January 14, 2020

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No. 1 in F major, Opus 18 Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Opus 15 Savour the grace, wit, and charm of a late 19th Century Parisian salon with early works by Saint-Saëns and Fauré. In between, we will hear the Ravel sonata, a composition of unique, austere beauty. CMS co-artistic director Wu Han leads a fabulous group including Paul Huang, Matthew Lipman and Clive Greensmith. Tickets*: Regular $60.00 At the Door $70.00 Students… more

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 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 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 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

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