When the days grow shorter, Victoria’s cultural calendar grows long with thrilling dance performances, engrossing theatre, and some of the world’s finest musicians, performing everything
from rock to Rachmaninoff.
Winter is high season for the arts in Victoria. Come explore the Capital’s artistic side!
Whether it’s classic ballet that appeals to your artistic sensibilities or the most modern of contemporary dance, Victoria’s dance card is full this winter.
Ballet Victoria celebrates the holiday season December 27 to 30 with a brand new family ballet, The Gift of Pandora’s Box: Every Christmas a favourite uncle returns with brilliant new exotic tree decorations and wonderful gifts. This year, he also brings a box that is not to be opened!
Get busy with Dance Victoria February 1 to 10 with YAM Magazine’s Dance Days. This explosion of free dance classes in all kinds of styles in studios all over town offers more than 75 events over 10 days, including dance fitness, dance demos, site-specific performances, open rehearsals and more. Visit www.DanceVictoria.com for a complete schedule after January 1.
February 1 and 2 brings Montreal’s RubberbanDANCE Group to the McPherson Playhouse with The Gravity of Center, choreographed by Victor Quijada, who “succeeds in containing the ferocity of hip hop in a refined choreographic language.”
Vancouver’s Joe Laughlin presents 25 Years of Dance February 6 and 7, featuring three of his favourite pieces as well as the premiere of a new work commissioned by Dance Victoria for Ballet Victoria dancers, while later in the month Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet presents a beautiful, richly textured ballet that includes signature works by Balanchine, Robbins and Wheeldon, February 22 and 23 at the Royal Theatre.
Theatre fans are blessed with an abundance of possibilities this winter, from the humourous to
Langham Court Theatre, a charming theatre a few minutes from downtown, presents the Oscar Wilde classic Lady Windermere’s Fan November 21 to December 8, a comedy of misunderstandings, hidden identities, fluttering fans, whispered gossip and a touching reconciliation. Come the New Year, Langham Court presents That Face, January 16 to February 2, Polly Stenham’s hard-hitting, intense and visceral dissection of children who become parents to their parents and a family at the breaking point.
The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre presents Bertolt Brecht’s Good Person of Setzuan November 8 to 24, a classic morality tale, re-set to a modern-day industrialized China, in which a young woman struggles to maintain her goodness in a corrupt business world.
Come February 14 to 23, the theatre turns its attention to Reasons To Be Pretty, Neil LaBute’s hard-hitting, yet humourous contemporary drama in which four friends and lovers delve into the layers between self-image and self-esteem.
After launching its winter season with the classic A Christmas Carol, the Belfry Theatre continues January 22 to February 24 with Australian Andrew Bovell’s fascinating and erotic play Speaking in Tongues, “a thoroughly modern mystery (that) twists and turns in spooky and unexpected ways.”
Following February 12 to March 3 is Helen’s Necklace, by Carole Fréchette, where in the heart of a chaotic Middle Eastern city, Helen, a Canadian, tries to retrace her steps in the hopes of finding a lost necklace.
Theatre Inconnu welcomes winter with its production of Murray Gold’s Kafka the Musical, November 27 to December 15, an accessible, touching and often hilarious portrait of the playwright.
Victoria’s musical tastes run the gamut from Beck to the Beatles to Beethoven, and the winter concert schedule reflects that diversity.
Celebrating 27 seasons, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra present two classical concerts at the University of Victoria, while the 80-voice Starlight Pops Choir swings with Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer and more in their January 25 and 27 concerts. (www.starlightpopschoir.com)
The Victoria Symphony presents a diverse season of concert offerings, featuring specialty themes and special guests, while Pacific Opera Victoria will brighten the winter doldrums with Albert Herring February 7 to 17.
Modern rock fans can get their groove on to the likes of Metric and Mother Mother, or go re-visit the ‘80s with a December line-up of Journey, Loverboy and Knight Ranger.
The ’60s more your speed? Don’t miss the Beatleshow, November 15 at the McPherson Playhouse.
There’s something for everyone during Victoria’s cultural season!
For more ideas, see the Entertainment Listings, pages 16 to 18.