March brings an eclectic mix of stage offerings to Vancouver. There’s some sexy violent satire, some economic dramedy, and some straight up gorgeous ballet courtesy of the homegrown talent at Ballet BC. Not to mention a web content festival and a Canadian premiere performance by a venerated Japanese dance group. Allow your eccentricity to blossom as Spring hits, and check out the seven hottest arts shows in Vancouver this month.
The Competition is Fierce
Local playwright Sebastien Archibald’s original script pits two go-getters against each other to win a job. A 20’ x 40’ box replicates the office in this corporate satire that doesn’t shy away from stage fights, blood, nudity or adult language.
- When: March 3 to 22
- Where: Shop Theatre, 125 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
- More Info: ITSAZOO Productions
Vancouver Web Festival
VWF is an event celebrating content created exclusively for the web. The unique, forward-thinking festival includes showcases, awards and forums with creators, producers and viewers from across Canada and the world.
- When: March 6 to 8
- Where: Performance Works Theatre – Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
- More Info: Vancouver Web Festival
A chamber arrangement of Saint-Saëns’ playful Carnival of the Animals with narration by George Zukerman is the centre piece of this program, which also includes music from Jocelyn Morlock and Claude Debussy.
- When: March 13 to 14
- Where: SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
- More Info: Turning Point Ensemble
Virtual Solitaire is the story of Nathan, who is addicted to full immersion virtual reality and can no longer tell the difference between his real and simulated lives.
- When: March 17 to 29
- Where: Studio 1398 – Granville Island, 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
- More Info: Vancouver Fringe Festival
With the backdrop of the banking crisis, Iceland presents a scathing, funny and insightful look at the oppositional forces facing the urban consumer.
- When: March 18 – 29
- Where: Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
- More Info: Presentation House Theatre
Dairakudakan – Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect
A Japanese butoh ensemble making their Canadian premiere at this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival, this performance will unleash 22 surreal, shape-shifting dancers, other-worldly costumes and body-paint and a spectacular set.
- When: March 20 to 21
- Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
- More Info: Vancouver International Dance Festival
Ballet BC’s Trace features the choreography of William Forsythe, Walter Matteini and Medhi Walerski. Musical accompaniment includes pieces by Mozart, Bellini and Vivaldi.
- When: March 26 – 28
- Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
- More Info: Ballet BC