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...]

Tomorrows Child at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review.

Tomorrows Child at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review. The mind-bending experience of Tomorrow’s Child by Ghost River Theatre (currently at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018 March 20-24) begins long before entering the theatre. Panels and poster boards provide information on the company and the main creators. Bright-eyed “performer mecs” greet patrons assembled in the lobby for this auditory immersive piece.  Instructions are … [Read more...]

Cafe Daughter at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review.

Cafe Daughter at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review. Café Daughter, the fictionalized story of the life of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, by noted Cree playwright Kenneth T Williams, currently at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018 March 20-24, is a deep dive into systemic and internalized racism through the eyes of a child, told with humour and grace. Yvette Wong (Tiffany Ayalik), growing up in small town Saskatchewan in the … [Read more...]

The Comedy of Errors at UVic Phoenix Theatre. A review.

The Comedy of Errors at UVic Phoenix Theatre. A review. The Comedy of Errors, currently at the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre until March 24th, deserves to be widely seen by the youth and young adult audiences of the Capital region.  Director Jeffery Renn has made it abundantly clear in this contemporary, bright and frothy adaptation that he is aiming directly for Generations Y and Z.  Fear not—even older audiences will appreciate the … [Read more...]

Who Killed Spalding Gray at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review.

Who Killed Spalding Gray at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review. What do you get when you cross Daniel McIvor, playwright, performer and renowned Canadian theatre artist with Spalding Gray, the man who practically invented the autobiographical monologue? Daniel McIvor. Photo: Guntar Kravis Two celebrated storytellers—Canada’s Daniel MacIvor, Siminovitch Prize winner, playwright and actor Spalding Gray, the American who re-invented … [Read more...]

Mouthpiece at Belfry SPARK Festival 2018. A review.

Mouthpiece at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2018. A review. Mouthpiece. Photo: Joel Clifton  Mouthpiece premiered in Toronto in 2015, won several Dora awards, was remounted, travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and has toured Canada.  Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that … [Read more...]

SPARK Festival 2018 at the Belfry Theatre March 8-25, 2018

SPARK Festival 2018 at the Belfry Theatre March 8-25, 2018 Victoria has an abundance of theatre festivals and the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival is one of my favourites.  It kick-starts the festival season in early spring; there are many FREE events (mini-plays, Belfry 101, play readings, concerts and a Hootenanny); there are opportunities to see vibrant, current work by artists not often seen on Victoria stages; it attracts a different … [Read more...]

ThySelf by Broken Rhythms March 16/17 in Victoria BC. Media release.

ThySelf by Broken Rhythms March 16/17 in Victoria BC. Media release. ThySelf –The newest piece from Victoria’s innovative indie dance company Broken Rhythms explores anxiety, self-sabotage and identity through dance.  ThySelf premieres March 16+17 at the Metro Theatre. ThySelf explores who we are in public, in private and who we strive to be through movement, breath, and rhythm. Dancers explore the fractured self that comes together to … [Read more...]

Victoria Composers Collective Call for Scores for New Music Festival. Media release.

Victoria Composers' Collective Call for Scores for Oak Bay New Music Festival. Media release. Founded in 2015, the collective has staged concerts, toured the province and been a major contributor to the Oak Bay New Music Festival.  Below please find their internal and external calls for scores for the Oak Bay New Music Festival (June 2/3 in Victoria BC). Photo: Aaron Licht Dear Composers, The Victoria Composers Collective and Oak Bay … [Read more...]

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events The Victoria Storytellers Guild, founded in 1989, has a long history of "telling" in the community. Join them in March for the following events.   Mar 19 :  WORLD STORYTELLING DAY Myths, Magic and Mirth Doors at 7pm; Stories at 7:30pm $5 / $3 .    Refreshments served Victoria Storyteller's Guild victoriastorytellers.org  250.370.2964 World Storytelling Day is celebrated … [Read more...]