Vancouver Playhouse

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

In Rossini’s masterpiece, La Cenerentola ( Cinderella ), the evil stepmother trades places with a malevolent stepfather, the fairy godmother is a philosopher, and the legendary glass slipper is replaced with a bracelet. Nonetheless, the essence of the fairy-tale remains: a magical journey from rags to riches. The opera will be presented in the more intimate Vancouver Playhouse. Led by Maestro Leslie Dala, the orchestra will perform the re-orchestration of Rossini’s score. A refreshingly youthful cast will be directed by… more

April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 28th 2019 3:00pm Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver Three of the most prominent performers in classical music — violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, and pianist Lars Vogt — embark on their first trio tour of North America in three years. Their touchdown in Vancouver on their first tour was so successful that we jumped at the opportunity to hear them again. Meanwhile, their recording of the Brahms Piano Trios was nominated for a Grammy Award. For tickets and more information please visit… more

June 4, 2019

Inspiring Ideas Tuesday, June 4th 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Doors open 6:30 pm Dinner 6:00 pm Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir, Vancouver Short presentations by Vancouver's leaders and thinkers that will entertain, educate and provoke. Hosted by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan. Speakers: Balinese Gamelan Gender Wayang Instruments Suhk Brar - Anesthesiologist Janna Bishop - Flourist Gaby Eirew - Dying, Living, Loving Dr. Peter Ross - Microplastics Lana Sutherland - Tea General Admission: $21.99 $30 at… more

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

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 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 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

Così fan tutte , last produced by VO in 2005, is a sharply satirical take on relationships between men and women. Mozart's opera about fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty. Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other's partners in an elaborate ruse to win a bet, at the urging of the cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso. Così fan tutte contains some of Mozart's most beautiful arias and attractive ensembles and is packed with both pathos and humour. It was… 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