Vancouver Playhouse

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

September 5, 2019 - September 7, 2019

A technology-infused reimagining of the iconic ballet masterwork that examines the ways social media has leveraged an unexpected change on the nature of modern love and relationships. Vancouver’s own award-winning Joshua Beamish brings his innovative choreographic vision to the Vancouver Playhouse, featuring an all-star lineup of some of North America’s finest ballet artists from American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, and Pennsylvania Ballet. This undeniably modern take on a beloved classic will explore… 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

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