There are sharp, shiny things coming to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 25 through May 3, when the Vancouver Opera debuts its first-ever production of Stephen Sondheim’s complex musical drama Sweeney Todd.
As Ballet BC closes in on the end of another successful season, they’ve kept a first for last. The upcoming presentation of UN/A marks a Canadian introduction to Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.
Vancouver Opera’s infamous Carmen performance at Expo 86 was a controversial reinterpretation of Bizet’s classic. Lively and funny, it seemed designed to wake people up and shake them out of their expectations of seeing yet another standard Carmen, almost a cultural cliché.
Complex technical issues, limited budgets, competing functional needs, difficult sequencing, multiple user groups searching for consensus, the public expectation for design that makes a real statement—these form a cascade of demands that could confound the most skilled juggler among architects.