La Palabra en el Tiempo at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Fringe festivals world-wide provide the opportunity to experience work in many different genres.  This definitely holds true for the Victoria Fringe, where this year patrons are rewarded with several dance shows.  La Palabra en el Tiempo marries fiery flamenco, exquisite guitar and profound poetry.  Principal dancer Denise Yeo and poet Garth Martens answered questions about their show. PS: I saw an earlier version of this show at the beginning … [Read more...]

Para Dos by PointeTango at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. A preview.

One of the aspects of the Victoria Fringe Festival that I appreciate the most is the ability to experience work(s) in genres that are relatively unfamiliar to me. It's that way with dance about which I know very little.  This year Para Dos by PointeTango Company is one of two dance shows at the Fringe (the other being Palabre en el Tiempo). … [Read more...]

SKAMpede celebrates 10 years July 13-15 2018 in Victoria BC

SKAMpede celebrates 10 years July 13-15 2018 in Victoria BC SKAMpede (originally known as Bike Ride) is Theatre SKAM's 10th annual outdoor live performance festival along the Galloping Goose in Victoria BC.  And, for the very first time, and in celebration of ten years--it is FREE. Audiences gather at the HUB 360 Harbour Road, and take off in small groups to see up to 16 different mini shows (this can take up to four hours), ranging from … [Read more...]

Broken Rhythms presents LASHBASH at Uplands Golf Club June 27th 2018

Broken Rhythms presents LASHBASH at Uplands Golf Club June 27th 2018 (media release)  One of Victoria' favourite indie dance companies, Broken Rhythms, is back with their ever-popular fundraiser--LASHBASH. Why the lashes you ask?  It all started when founder Dyana Sonik-Henderson decided to enter her company into the Victoria Fringe Festival in 2012. Looking for a way to market their show to the masses of Fringe fan in line-ups throughout … [Read more...]

The Humours of Bandon at UNO Fest 2018. A review.

The Humours of Bandon at UNO Fest 2018. A review. Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest, now in its twenty-first year, runs May 9-19, 2018 in Victoria BC.  It features eighteen shows, including two as part of the new Family Fest Series, and a spotlight on women’s indigenous voices with a guest indigenous curator, Yolanda Bonnell. I’ll be featuring interviews, previews and reviews during the festival. Follow http://janislacouvee.com/tag/uno-fest-2018/ … [Read more...]

9 to 5 the Musical by the Victoria Operatic Society. A review.

9 to 5 the Musical by the Victoria Operatic Society. A review. Take a trip back to 1980 and be buoyed by the infectious spirit of 9 to 5 the Musical (May 4-3, 2018 at the McPherson Playhouse) with its can-do nature, peppy music and award-winning lyrics. The Victoria Operatic Society has once again pulled out all the stops—not only are there twenty six actors and twelve musicians, but a quick read-through of the programme reveals dozens of … [Read more...]

Dream Another Day at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Meagan O’Shea.

Dream Another Day at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Meagan O'Shea. Meagan O’Shea of Stand Up Dance has a long history of creating solo shows. Victoria audiences may remember her from The Atomic Weight of Happiness at UNO 2012. What sparked the creation of this show? Rape culture The inheritance of the imperative to keep secrets The fact that now we’re in a truth telling and believing moment there is still the training to not … [Read more...]

All Happy Families by Dance Berskerer Dance May 4 2018. Preview.

All Happy Families by Dance Berskerer Dance May 4 2018. Preview. (media release) New dance company merges disciplines to interpret dysfunctional family life.  Dance Berserker Dance, Victoria’s newest contemporary dance company, is debuting their original work All Happy Families, May 4th, 2018. With concept and choreography by Kelly Hobson and video design by Alex Wlasenko, this captivating new work spotlights the tensions and contradictions … [Read more...]

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Preview.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Preview. The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) sheds the glitz and glamour of their spring performance with the Victoria Symphony to don a different uniform this week. The students – singers, actors and dancers all – will become a tableau of America’s often invisible working classes in the Tony Award-nominated musical WORKING. WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the … [Read more...]

ThySelf by Broken Rhythms Dance March 2018. A review.

ThySelf by Broken Rhythms Dance March 2018. A review. Since 2011 when she founded Broken Rhythms Dance, choreographer Dyana Sonik-Henderson has consistently created new work and engaged unusual audiences by applying to Fringe theatre festivals, first in her home city of Victoria BC and then further afield in Port Alberni, Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto.  As a marketing move, it was pure genius—patrons unaccustomed to dance had the opportunity … [Read more...]