Dear Strathcona friends and neighbours,
I'm writing to invite you to City Opera Vancouver's new production, which opens in just a few weeks. It's a double bill, both halves based on the iconic Japanese Noh drama, Sumidagawa, about a madwoman searching for her stolen child. Denise Fujiwara, a mesmerizing dancer, will perform a Butoh dance version of the story, and Britten's opera, which transports the story to medieval England, will follow. Britten's inspired response to Japanese music, amazing innovative projections from Robert Gardiner, and the introduction to Vancouver audiences of tenor Isaiah Bell - playing the Madwoman - will make this a very special production. There will be only four performances - please buy your tickets soon.
Looking forward to seeing you at the theatre - and please forward this message to friends you think will be interested.
City Opera Vancouver
SUMIDAGAWA & CURLEW RIVER
Two Great Traditions. One Great Story.
May 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 – May 30 at 2:30
Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC – $40.00 general – $26.00 student ID
TICKETS ON SALE AT
Sikora’s Classical Records
COMMUNITY CENTRE LOOKING FOR DONATED GOODS TO SELL AT HAWKS AVENUE YARD SALE
Strathcona Community Centre will have its own booth at this year’s Hawks Avenue Yard Sale on June 13. In order to raise money for community centre programs, the SCC is looking for donations of quality items to sell that day. To donate your items, contact Roberta Robertson at 604.253.5606 or Roberta@shaw.ca, and arrange to drop them off at her home on Heatley Avenue.
SAVANNAH WALLING NOMINATED FOR WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD
Congratulations to Savannah Walling, Strathcona/Downtown Eastside resident and Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre on her nomination for the YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture and Design Category.
The nomination describes Savannah this way: "Committed to strengthening community through collaborative and artistic practices, Savannah has been a driving force in local and provincial performing arts. As Artistic Director for Vancouver Moving Theatre, she’s created over 45 productions, performed at 40 international festivals and co-created productions for and with the Downtown Eastside playing to critical acclaim, sold out houses and standing ovations.
"A resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 35 years, Savannah works tirelessly and voluntarily contributes thousands of hours to her community through services she provides as an artist, artistic director, writer, lecturer and community organizer. Recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award and Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Community Arts, Savannah is regarded as a visionary with an immensely creative and maverick imagination."
Please note – this is not a vote for Savannah to receive the Women in Distinction Award. This award is selected by an advisory.
GALLERY ATSUI PRESENTS
Gallery Atsui presents: Funny Business featuring works by: Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Tonel, Paul Kajander, and Dina Del Bucchia. Guest curated by Old Friends.
Funny Business takes the comedic as a starting point for bringing together artworks that are alternately anxiety-ridden and humourous, or perhaps both. The exhibition features Vancouver-based artists and performers whose work conveys a lightness of tone and a capacity for satire while maintaining a rigorous or thoughtful nature in their practices. Among the ideas that will be considered is the notion of stand-up comedy as an experience frequently mediated by props or forms of armour that alleviate the tension and self-consciousness that often accompanies such performances.
Come celebrate the final show in Gallery Atsui's 2009/10 season.
602 East Hastings (at Princess)