Vancouver Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: MAESTRO AMJAD ALI KHAN & SONS Mesmerizes at Orpheum Theatre BWW Review: MAESTRO AMJAD ALI KHAN & SONS Mesmerizes at Orpheum Theatre
by Matt Hanson - October 01, 2015

There are other paths in this world than the clearest, largest, and most trod. The dominant paradigm is not the only way. That is the message of cultural integrity in the 21st century. The truth about other paths is that they begin from a different place and so have a different perspective on the wo... (more...)
BWW Review: BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE Deepens at Rubin Museum Theater BWW Review: BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE Deepens at Rubin Museum Theater
by Matt Hanson - September 30, 2015

Opening in Chelsea in 2004, the Rubin Museum of Art has since enlightened worldly art lovers and enriched the masses with a sense of the sacred in the heart of New York.... (more...)
BWW Review: TINARIWEN Warms at The Imperial BWW Review: TINARIWEN Warms at The Imperial
by Matt Hanson - September 30, 2015

There are a few reasons why a nomadic ethnic minority from the Western Sahara has become the poster child of world music in the 21st century. In truth, no one can really put his or her finger on Tinariwen definitively, because they are the living, pure sound of a people, a place, and a time so authe... (more...)
BWW Review: VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Revels at Bard on the Beach BWW Review: VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Revels at Bard on the Beach
by Matt Hanson - September 25, 2015

Mozart isn't exactly casino music. In 1788, it was. "So you can see how far we've come," said Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conductor Gordon Gerrard, reminding a full house audience of how, at times, historical progress is truly linear.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Cheers at Bard on the Beach BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Cheers at Bard on the Beach
by Matt Hanson - September 24, 2015

British Columbia is still British in more ways than one. Along the scenic walkway to Vanier Park, fans of The Bard sidle past the sail-strewn glittering facades overlooking False Creek and the craft beer mecca of Granville Island.... (more...)
BWW Review: VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL Inspirits at Jericho Beach Park BWW Review: VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL Inspirits at Jericho Beach Park
by Matt Hanson - September 15, 2015

Folk people are the People's People. Folk signify kith, kin, family, ancestry, and flesh and blood.... (more...)
BWW Review: EDGE SERIES Tantalizes at Firehall Arts Centre BWW Review: EDGE SERIES Tantalizes at Firehall Arts Centre
by Matt Hanson - September 10, 2015

If art does not make the public more capable of feeling, of seeing the world through other eyes, and wanting positive change for all, then it only perpetuates class division, and in so doing, social strife.... (more...)
BWW Review: KOKORO Enlightens at Wreck Beach BWW Review: KOKORO Enlightens at Wreck Beach
by Matt Hanson - September 10, 2015

Butoh is a sacred modern art. Originally spawned of postwar Japan, Butoh has since invigorated the world to a new style of movement. Kokoro dances Butoh in the nude. From the lower mainland of British Columbia to the world, this Dancing on the Edge Festival surely lives up to its name.... (more...)
BWW Review: WEAVER WOMAN Entrances at Scotiabank Dance Centre BWW Review: WEAVER WOMAN Entrances at Scotiabank Dance Centre
by Matt Hanson - September 10, 2015

For fear of falling into the Eurocentric trap of appreciating East Asian literature through an Anglophone lens, what must be said first is that Korean author O Ch?ngh?i is an incomparable visionary of the heart.... (more...)
BWW Review: NINEEIGHT Stuns at Firehall Arts Centre BWW Review: NINEEIGHT Stuns at Firehall Arts Centre
by Matt Hanson - September 10, 2015

98. Seventeen years ago, Hong Kong became independent. "DEAR HK," a projector blinked to a visceral thump, as the pulsing paroxysm lingered (HK = Hong Kong). Dancers Michelle Lui, Alex Tam, and Milton Lim shook spasmodically under stroboscopic shadows.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MOVE Celebrates at Vancouver Playhouse BWW Reviews: MOVE Celebrates at Vancouver Playhouse
by Matt Hanson - July 13, 2015

Preeminent dance companies of New York, London, and Winnipeg all collaborated to celebrate the tenth birthday of Move: the company with a world premiere collection of works by company choreographer Joshua Beamish.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MISFIT BLUES Understands at Firehall Arts Centre BWW Reviews: MISFIT BLUES Understands at Firehall Arts Centre
by Matt Hanson - July 07, 2015

The uncanny and ingenious artistic resemblance of human relationships, Misfit Blues performs the tragicomic complex of relative mental states, the interplay of caustic vagaries, and invites onlookers to peek into a womb of loving solidarity.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: OKA Grooves at Fortune Sound Club BWW Reviews: OKA Grooves at Fortune Sound Club
by Matt Hanson - June 28, 2015

The symbol of the sun, a perfect yellow disc, shone brilliantly onstage, over red, for the spirit of the land, and black, for Aboriginal Peoples. Likely the only act at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival to vocally pay respects to the "traditional custodians of the land," OKA front man Stu... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SNARKY PUPPY Barks at The Vogue BWW Reviews: SNARKY PUPPY Barks at The Vogue
by Matt Hanson - June 28, 2015

If the first casualty of war is truth, the first casualty of capitalism is music. Snarky Puppy is a reminder to the American (and thus, global) consciousness that in a culture homogenizing music faster than milk, there are still authentic explosions of human ingenuity in the midst of the seemingly ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE BAD PLUS JOSHUA REDMAN Answers at The Vogue BWW Reviews: THE BAD PLUS JOSHUA REDMAN Answers at The Vogue
by Matt Hanson - June 28, 2015

It's that awake-and-thinking style of jazz that has become the peerless sonic pulse in the brainwaves of audiophiles around the globe. Unmistakable by name, The Bad Plus has galvanized the musical horizon, armed with nothing more than honest-to-goodness originality. Joshua Redman is the cherry on to... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE STANLEY CLARKE BAND Explodes at The Vogue BWW Reviews: THE STANLEY CLARKE BAND Explodes at The Vogue
by Matt Hanson - June 25, 2015

"I am Louis Armstrong," said the man under the spotlight at center stage. "No! You're the great Stanley Clarke!' a festivalgoer called out from the audience. Clarke is one of the few still ticking who has spent the better part of the century among the pantheon of jazz gods and goddesses.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DÁLAVA Intrigues at The Ironworks BWW Reviews: DÁLAVA Intrigues at The Ironworks
by Matt Hanson - June 23, 2015

Over a hundred years ago, in the land now known as Czechoslovakia, a Moravian biologist named Dr. Vladimir Úlehla walked the cemeteries and fields of Stražnice. He composed folk songs, enchanted by a world between the wings of grey doves and the hooves of the hussar's horse.... (more...)