18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival 2018

Roy Assaf Dance: The Hill

Get ready for awe-inspiring dance, extraordinary theatre, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music highlight this year’s Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. This is a festival with world-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists from February 15 to March 15, 2018.  An eagerly anticipated and annual highlight of Greater Vancouver’s dance season is the Chutzpah! Festival’s Dance Series. The 2018 Festival presents 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. Highlights include Israeli company Roy Assaf Dance in its Chutzpah! debut with a program of intricate and nuanced works, Six Years Later and The Hill. Assaf is praised as one of the most sought-after choreographic voices today (Israel); Canadian premiere of Open by Ezralow Dance, a creative home for internationally renowned Daniel Ezralow’s expansive and eclectic body of work known for its explosive physicality, originality and humour (USA); a Chutzpah! first and North American Premiere of choreographer Michele Merola’s MM Contemporary Dance performing inventive and provocative choreographies of two twentieth-century universally-known musical scores Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and Igor Stravinski’s The Rite of Spring (Italy) – presented with the Italian Cultural Centre; as well as an exciting Dance Double-Bill and Chutzpah! International Cultural Exchange featuring critically-acclaimed companies Machol Shalem Dance House from Israel in Black Label, a journey told through the eyes of Ethiopian-Israeli Iskias, an outstanding dancer, formerly with Batsheva and Bulgaria’s Derida Company in F 63.9, a duet exploring when love is not an infatuation, but a problem that requires a solution, choreographed by award-winning Jivko Jeliazkov.

Performances at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Rickshaw Theatre, Fox Cabaret.                                                   

Single tickets for Chutzpah! are $24 to $55 (+ gst/sc) and can be purchased online at chutzpahfestival.com, by phone at 604-257-5145 or in-person starting January 15th 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.

Chutzi Packs are also available for only $98: see 4 different shows of your choice (excluding Idan Raichel’s Piano-Songs Concert & Mary Walsh) and back this year is a special 5-Show Dance Pack for only $120.

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

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