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january 2017 | volume 151


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  Chutzpah! Festival 2017 Poster

logo Chutzpah 2017 Festival

Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival
February 16 - March 13, 2017
www.chutzpahfestival.com or 604-257-5145

February 16, 17, 18, Scotiabank Dance Centre

February 18, 19, 21, Norman Rothstein Theatre

February 25, 26, 27, Norman Rothstein Theatre

March 4, 5, 6, Norman Rothstein Theatre

March 11, 12, 13, Norman Rothstein Theatre

Chutzpah!PLUS birds sing a pretty song.
May 13 & 14, Norman Rothstein Theatre

An eagerly anticipated highlight of Vancouver’s dance season is the Chutzpah! Festival’s Dance Series. Chutzpah!  2017 presents six extraordinary dance productions, including World Premieres, North American, Canadian and Western Canadian debuts from some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world. This year’s performances again offer high calibre, challenging and gorgeous dance delivering innovative and spell-binding work.

Festival Artistic & Managing Director Mary-Louise Albert says, “This year Chutzpah! features dance artists in performances that demand to be seen for the raw physicality of the performers and the thrilling, original choreography, often integrating interactive media and video.”


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  empty.swimming.pool. Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg & Silvia Gribaudi. Photo: Wendy D.


World Premiere

(Friedenberg) “insanely funny” and “imaginative genius” – The Georgia Straight

(Gribaudi) “She is a very funny lady, appearing at times like a more graceful Mr. Bean” Three Weeks in Edinburgh

A world premiere from the unique and captivating Vancouver’s Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Italy’s award-winning Silvia Gribaudi. In their collaborative new work empty.swimming.pool they collide and embrace while navigating the role of comedy as a catalyst to questions of gender, culture and language and understanding. Both these seriously funny women have crafted their own expert blends of physicality and characterization to create hilarious but poignant work, so when they join forces we are in for a treat! Accompanied on stage by composer/performer Marc Stewart, Tara and Silvia have created a fun, fascinating journey full of whimsy, wisecracks and wit while offering up an intriguing glimpse into life’s absurdities and human nature.

 “Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s talent is immense. What she possesses stretches beyond ability. A compelling mover and an equally convincing actor…” – The Dance Current

“Silvia Gribaudi is a unique artist who cultivates the ugly-ism and a bitter humour; her showy physique is definitely against the current.” – El Pais

Presented with The Dance Centre


Performance Details:

February 16 @ 8pm
February 17 @ 8pm
February 18 @ 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $25.50 Student $23.50 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack only)


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  Telemetry. Shay Kuebler and Tyler Layton-Olsen.


Telemetry (Full-Length Version)
World Premiere

“…hugely accessible without sacrificing artistic chops. The guy knows how to put on a show.” – The Georgia Straight

Vancouver favourite, Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art brings us the world premiere of their completed and full-length version of TELEMETRY that also showcases Canadian tap virtuoso Danny Nielsen. Last year Chutzpah! audiences had a sneak preview of this work with Volume 1 and left everyone wanting more! Now with this final full-length premiere of TELEMETRY we will share in a unique dance experience that mixes interactive sound and lighting with a physical language of swing, bebop jazz, and contemporary dance.

TELEMETRY houses the human body as an antenna and satellite for sound, energy, and memory. Join these amazing Vancouver-based dancers - Shay Kuebler, Danny Nielsen, Lexi Vajda, Tyler Layton- Olson, Nicholas Lydiate, Maxine Chadburn and Alex Tam – in a powerful, fun and multi-faceted dance experience!

“It's balls-to-the-wall movement, a physical spectacle [Kuebler] loves to build to insane crescendos as the music pulses faster…” - The Georgia Straight

Presented in association with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art


Performance Details:

February 18 @ 8pm
February 19 @ 1pm
February 19 @ 7pm
February 21 @ 8pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $25.50 Student $23.50 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack and 5-Show Dance Pack)


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  4Men, Alice, Bach, and the Deer. Photo by Gadi Dagon.


4Men, Alice, Bach, and the Deer
Canadian Premiere

“..…brilliant esthetic and humor, great dance and magical moments…impressive” -- Time Out

Hailing from TeI Aviv, choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf have a richly deserved international reputation for dance work that ranges from provocative to poignant. Their intensely physical and enticing approach excites audiences and critics alike.  Since its premiere in Germany, their recent production of 4Men, Alice, Bach and the Deer has taken the world by storm. A humorous dark fantasy tells the tale of four men trying to find the ultimate “man” and daring to doubt his existence. It’s a delightful and original work that has been acclaimed by critics worldwide as “striking, unforgettable, poetic and surprising”.

"Emotional, physical, funny and intellectual and tightly held together by visually compelling movement…"– Midnighteast


Performance Details:

February 25 @ 8pm
February 26 @ 2pm
February 27 @ 8pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $25.50 Student $23.50 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack and 5-Show Dance Pack)


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  Carmina Burana.


Carmina Burana
North American Premiere

“Astolfi ‘s exhilarating choreography is a model of invention” - Ballet Review USA

“An artful evening of extraordinary dancing” - Palm Beach Daily News USA

Spellbound Contemporary Ballet returns to Chutzpah! with their full-length production of Carmina Burana,choreographed by company Artistic Director Mauro Astolfi . The combination of Astolfi’s skillful choreography and Spellbound’s exquisite dancers accompanied by the powerful music of Carl Orff, Antonio Vivaldi and V. Caracciolo, makes for a memorable audience experience. In this telling, Carmina Burana touches on topics as familiar today as they were in the 13th century. From the turning of fortune’s wheel...  to the fleeting nature of life… to joy in spring’s coming…to the pleasure of the senses...  to the perils of greed.  Such themes expressed through the physicality of dance showcases the restless, rebellious spirit of another time that we recognize in our own world.  Spellbound’s Carmina Burana has been performed all over Italy and has toured to Thailand, Cypress, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, Panama and South America.

The impulses and the movements of the nine dancers on stage, with its explosive physicality, transport us to a world of the senses…” - Saltinaria.it

“Spellbound Ballet confirms its place as the Italian leader in the field of contemporary dance. Carmina Burana reminds us that the absence of verbal language does not represent a limit...” – La Platea

Presented in association with il Centro-the Italian Cultural Centre


Performance Details:

March 4 @ 8pm
March 5 @ 1pm
March 5 @ 7pm
March 6 @ 8pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $25.50 Student $23.50 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack and 5-Show Dance Pack)


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  The Gettin'. Photo: Jerry and Lois Photography.


Mixed Repertoire
Western Canadian Premiere

 “...an attractive company of dancers who perform with spontaneity and sincerity.” New York Times

“…ambitious in the very best sense of the word: Choreographer Kyle Abraham took on complex, hot-button topics and handled them ably and honestly…..he revealed himself to be hungry to keep innovating.” - The Washington Post

In their Western Canadian premiere, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion brings a mixed repertoire of some of choreographer Kyle Abraham’s most prolific works including The Gettin’, Quiet Dance and a world premiere excerpt. Multi award-winning Abraham entwines a sensual and provocative choreographic vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behaviour and all things visual, creating work that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique. By fusing together elements of hip-hop, jazz, African forms and modern dance, he shapes dynamic movement for his group of charismatic and versatile dancers.  


Performance Details:

March 11 @ 8pm
March 12 @ 7pm
March 13 @ 8 pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $25.50 Student $23.50 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack and 5-Show Dance Pack)


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  birds sing a pretty song.


birds sing a pretty song. (Canada/USA/Israel/Argentina)

Canadian Premiere

This exhilarating performance birds sing a pretty song., choreographed by Rebecca Margolick and co-directed with Maxx Berkowitz, seamlessly fuses dance, live music and interactive media. This final full-length work created during a year-long Fellowship in New York City at the 14th St. Y Theatre with LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, is brought to life on stage with dancers Margolick and Chuck Wilt, guitarist/media/composer Berkowitz, percussionist Bruno Esrubilsky and Israeli author and scholar Ruby Namdar.  

birds sing a pretty song. is a unique exploration of how intimacy and loneliness are transferred through physical and digital spaces and how these two states can affect one’s sense of reality and beauty. Addressing these questions through contemporary dance, film and live music, all tied together by audio manipulation and seamless integration.  birds sing a pretty song. will celebrate its full-length world premiere at the 14th Street Y Theatre in Manhattan and then head directly to Vancouver for its Canadian Premiere at Chutzpah!PLUS.

This work was supported by Chutzpah! creation residencies in Vancouver and Sointula BC and creation residencies in New York City with the 14th Street Y/LABA .

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, based out of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, annually brings a group of 10 culture-makers (music, dance, theatre, literary) together to explore classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting led by Ruby Namdar. Using the rich literary and intellectual tradition of Judaism, LABA fellowships offer an opportunity for existing stories to become the launch pad for new thought and contemporary performance.

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, based out of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan

Performance Details:

May 13 @ 8pm
May 14 @ 7:30 pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $25.50 Student $23.50 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack and 5-Show Dance Pack)



Single tickets for Chutzpah! are $23 to $50 (+ gst/sc) are on sale now and can be purchased online at chutzpahfestival.com, by phone at the Chutzpah! Box Office: 604-257-5145 or Tickets Tonight: 604-684-2787. ChutziPacks are also available: see 4 different shows of your choice for only $94 (excluding Ali Hassan and Judy Gold, Shalom Hanoch, David Broza and Mira Awad, The Klezmatics). New this year is a special 5-Show Dance Pack for shows at the Norman Rothstein Theatre for only $115.

Tickets will also be available in-person starting January 30th at the on-site Chutzpah! Box Office at the Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Avenue, just 2 blocks west of the Oakridge Skytrain Station (for hours please see our website: www.chutzpahfestival.com)

*Please note: during the Festival, the onsite Chutzpah! Box Office is open from 12 noon to one hour after last show on all show days.


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