Contemporary dance and the Roundhouse community connected recently, during auditions for PuSh Festival’s 2015 production of Le Grand Continental®. For those who are unfamiliar with PuSh, it is a multi-disciplinary, international performance smorgasbord that celebrated its 10 year anniversary last winter. I look forward to it each year as a bright spot in the post-Christmas lull before the arrival of spring. The performances are smart, thought provoking, assumption challenging, sometimes very funny, sometimes very puzzling, and always well worth seeing.
Have you ever felt the inner need and desire to dance, to express yourself through movement, as YOU want, as you FEEL it? Have you ever stopped yourself even before trying? Imagine if one day you did not have such an opportunity for reasons out of your control. Would it stop you from wanting to move, to dance, to connect?..
You would have to be living under a soundproof rock to not know about Disney’s record-breaking, ubiquitous movie Frozen. If you live or work with small children, you’ve no doubt been serenaded with the soundtrack, or enjoyed having the entire story recounted to you. I count myself among the film’s many fans, albeit taller than most. So what is it about children’s movies that gets to us – and in many cases – sticks with us forever?
We can just come right out and say it: Beerlesque IV was a huge success! The night was everything it said it would be and more – more ladies, more beer and more fun than I could have ever expected.
It is a simple formula: take finely made beer in adorable mini pilsner glasses, combine with Vancouver’s best burlesque dancers, sprinkle in some drag and circus performances, and anchor with genre-defying carnival music. What you get is a successful fundraiser that intrigues most any Vancouverite.
What is your artistic medium?
Until recently I made 2 dimensional work using collage, painting, drawing etc. However in the last year or so I have started to make small installations, dioramas that tell a story or parts of a story. The birds and the dancers in the Roundhouse vitrine are the first time that I used an element that projected into space. Those dancers created a shift in my thinking about the kind of art I make.
Even if you have never played Mahjong, chances are you’ve heard the familiar shuffling of tiles at the beginning of the game coming from behind many Vancouver doors. This shuffling is referred to as the ‘twittering of the sparrows’. The name Mahjong loosely translates as “sparrow” but most Vancouverites know the game by its initials: MJ.
Are you interested in intimately experiencing quintessential pieces of Vancouver’s culture? This October, the Roundhouse presents a fundraiser that is a unique mix of two of the city’s most popular pastimes: beer and burlesque. Billed as an “adult carnival for the senses”, Beerlesque IV brings together BC’s best burlesque performers and craft beer breweries for one special night of old-time fun. It will be the perfect introduction to an integral and consistently changing aspect of the city, and a night definitely not to be missed.
In this age of digital media, information is shared at a lightning pace. Individuals and companies alike are more aware than ever about the environment, human rights, diversity and other issues concerning citizens around the world.
More than simply aligning their own practices with their beliefs, people are turning to their investments to return more than just a dollar value. Simply put, we are looking to put our money where our values are.
During the months of September and October, you can see Pierre Leichner‘s artworks on display in the Window, an exhibition space at the Roundhouse where Vancouver artists are asked to explore the link between community and creativity.
How long have you been a practicing artist?
I was a psychiatrist and I stopped working in 2010. I went to Emily Carr to get my bachelor’s degree then I went to Concordia University in Montreal to get my master’s degree in Fine Arts. Since 2011 essentially, I’ve switched to full-time art practice.
What is your artistic medium?
I am an interdisciplinary artist. I use a variety of media depending on the topic of research. For the exhibition in the window, the medium is altered books.
What does a Hip Hop community look like? According to the Universal Zulu Nation, a hip hop community is based on the sharing of ideas and resources, while providing service to the broader community through outreach programs. The aim of the organization is to promote peace, equality and humanitarianism through the four elements of hip hop: aerosol art (graffiti), MCing, turntablism, and bboying. At a public forum at the Roundhouse on June 14th, Vancouver Hip Hop artists came together to discuss the formation of a local chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation.