UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN - Western Canada Theatre


UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN is a curated list of on-line entertainment that we're most excited to check out. Compiled by the staff at Western Canada Theatre, each week we'll send along a few items we've found on the channels of other cultural institutions we admire from across Canada and the globe.

Here's a short list of what not to miss for the week of 13 April 2020:


The website Marquee.tv is offering free trials, opening up a whole world of dance, opera, and theatre productions. One of them is the internationally acclaimed production of Betroffenheit, a harrowing and moving dance/theatre hybrid created by Vernon’s Jonathon Young (who appeared in WCT’s No Exit), based on his own experience with personal tragedy, alongside internationally acclaimed Vancouver choreographer Crystal Pite. For another local connection, one of the founders and core artists of the Electric Company Theatre, one of the co-producers of this piece, is Governor General award winning writer and Kamloops-bred Kevin Kerr.

From the Electric Company Theatre website: “Olivier Award-winning Crystal Pite and pioneering playwright/performer Jonathon Young join creative forces in this unforgettable hybrid of theatre and dance. Epic, engrossing and visually arresting, Betroffenheit touches on themes of loss, addiction and recovery. With unflinching honesty, Pite and Young explore what happens to a person in the wake of trauma. Five extraordinary performers provide a glossy cabaret to Young’s tragic central character using contemporary dance, comedy, drama and text.”

Georgia Straight article: Crystal Pite reflects on the trip through trauma that created Betroffenheit


Two livestreams on the National Arts Centre's (NAC) Canada Performs Livestream series are of particular local interest this week: On April 17 at 7:00 pm (PDT) Rebecca Northan presents a virtual version of her long-form improvisational production of Blind Date, which was a hit when she performed it at WCT in 2016. The idea is unique and unpredictable, and the performers are funny and charming.

On Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 pm, Charles Ross presents his One Man Pride and Prejudice. WCT hosted Charles’ production of One Man Star Wars several years back.

Information about the complete #CanadaPerforms lineup can be found here.

From Elsewhere

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Hamlet (to April 19); Romeo and Juliet (beginning April 20)

National Theatre: Treasure Island (beginning April 16)

Metropolitan Opera: This week, the Met is showing Nightly Opera Streams