February 10th 2010

Culture and arts at Vancouver 2010

The countdown is on as we await for the best of the best to embark on their 2010 Olympic journey. But its not just the athletes who are making their way West to shine. The world’s best artists have come together for the Cultural Olympiad, which opened January 22nd and runs until March 21st.Along with sports and entertainment, culture rounds out the highlights of the Olympic games. With its festival format and this year’s budget of $20 million, more than 500 artists from 22 countries have come together for the event.

Organizations such as the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the aboriginal Talking Stick Festival and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival have joined with the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) for the best in contemporary culture.

There are 193 performances in total, with 22 of them newly commissions. In addition, there is a prominent aboriginal presence at the games  with native arts and culture highlighted in many of the works.

Among them:

THEATRE

  • Robert Lepage’s The Blue Dragon, a sequel to The Dragon’s Trilogy, starring Lepage,  co-writer Marie Michaud and Tai Wei Foo.
  • Beyond Eden, a rock musical written by Bruce Ruddell, features John Mann from rock band Spirit of the West
  • The Edward Curtis Project stars Tamara Podemski as a foreign journalist angered by what she sees in an Inuit community.
  • Red Sky’s Tono combines the music, movement and throat singing of the indigenous peoples of Mongolia, North America and China.

DANCE

  • Jean Grand-Maitre’s Joni Mitchell ballet, The Fiddle and the Drum, opened the Olympiad
  • Bluemouth inc.’s Dance Marathon
  • Maria Plages’ Flamenco Republic
  • Streb Extreme Action Company from New York

MUSIC

  • Laurie Anderson’s  world premiere of Delusion, a multi-dimensional theatrical piece
  • Four Vancouver choral groups perform a gala concert and the Vancouver Symphony performs Mahler
  • Julian Kuerti conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra in a concert of Canadian music and dance
  • A Bhangra night features singer and Bollywood star Harbhajan Mann.

For tickets and more information, go to vancouver2010.com.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.