Dates and Venue January 29 – March 5, 2017, 7.30pm, Extra 2pm shows on Sat (2pm matineeon Sundays – no evening show) | Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village

Director & Choreography Wayne Fowkes Set Design Guillaume Lord Costume Design Michele Hamel & Goerges Levesque Lighting Design Alain Lortie

Reviewer John Jane

Cavalia has gone all out to make Odysseo a success. There are around sixty horses representing about a dozen different breeds, nearly fifty human artists drawn together from United States, Canada, Brazil, France, Belgium, Russia, Spain and even Guinea. Full review


photo: Pascal Ratthé

Reviewer Ed Farolan

What a show! This exciting equestrian extravaganza was a big wow for the opening night audience last January 31st! You could hear the ooohs and aaahs from young and old alike as acrobats, dancers, aerial artists together with magnificent horses and live music celebrated in magic and dreamlike fashion this fabulous spectacle. This is a show that "surpasses the world's greatest shows," according to Larry King. Full review

Théâtre la Seizième
Cuisine & Confessions by The 7 Fingers

Dates & Venue January 25 - 29, 2017, 8pm | Vancouver Playhouse

Reviewer Maria Figueiredo

Cuisine & Confessions was built on the real-life personal stories of each cast member. Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, in charge of the Creation and Staging of the performance began with extensive story-telling sessions and extracted facts, themes, and images which they wove throughout each act, all based on these real stories. Full review



PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe

Dates and Venue January 26 – 28, 2017 at 7pm (+Sat at 4pm & Sun at 2pm) | Performance Works

Performer Jonny Donahoe

Reviewer John Jane

Every Brilliant Thing is presented in autobiographical form, although, it essentially deals with his mother’s mental health issues that later manifest in himself. The title comes from a list that the storyteller initiated, when at the age of seven he was saddened by the death of his dog, then even more traumatized finding out that his mother had attempted to end her life. Full review



The Cultch and the PuSh Performing Arts Festival
Portraits in Motion

Date and Venue January 24 – 26, 2017, at 8pm | York Theatre

Created and Performed by Volker Gerling (Germany)

Reviewer Sharon Cairney

The York Theatre stage is shrouded in black, just before we see a man standing behind an antique table with a spotlight shining on his hands. Volker Gerling then explains to us that he trained as a filmmaker in Germany, but eventually found a different way to use photography, which was to make flipbooks. Full review



PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Dates and Venue January 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 2017 at 7.30 pm | Vancouver Playhouse

Macbeth Owen Metsileng Lady Macbeth Nobulumko Mngxekeza Banquo Otto Maidi Chorus Sandile Kamle, Jacqueline Manciya, Monde Masimini, Lunga Halam, Bulelani Madondile, Philisa Sibeko, Thomakazi Holland

Conductor Premil Petrovic Concept, Design, Direction Brett Bailey Choreographer Natalie Fisher Lighting Design Felice Ross

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Third World Bunfight, a South African company focusing on post-colonial Africa and historical and contemporary relations between Africa and the West, offers a magnificent Macbeth that is strong, brutal, full of forceful images. Full review

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Oil Pressure Vibrator

Dates and Venue January 17 – 19, 2017, 8pm | Studio D, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.

Performer Geumhyung Jeong

Reviewer John Jane

Jeong’s show is essentially comprised of a selection of videos complete with English subtitles flashed across a large screen at centre stage. The linear narrative is mainly anecdotal with Jeong herself as a hermaphrodite. Full review



United Players
Sunday in the Park with George

An interview with cast member Brandyn Eddy

Showtimes January 20 - February 12, 2017, Thurs – Sun at 8 pm except Sundays Jan 29 & Feb 12 matinées at 2pm (no evening performance) at Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery

Interviewer John Jane

On January 20th, Jericho Arts Centre re-open their doors for United Players’ first production of 2017: Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sunday in the Park with George. The musical was inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat. Full Interview




Old Stone (Lao Shi): Interview with Johnny Ma

Canada/China 2016. Dir: Johnny Ma. 80 min. DCP

Dates and Venue 9 - 14 Dec | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street

Reviewer/ Interviewer Ed Farolan

Vancouver-based Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Johnny Ma was recently the recipient of the Best Canadian First Feature award at TIFF this year with this drama/thriller exposing the indifference in today's society regarding the "hit and run" happenings not only in China but all over the world. Full review/Interview