10 live events to check out in B.C. in March 2022

As COVID restrictions lessen, we can indulge in some much-anticipated arts and culture

Credit: Ballet BC dancer Rae Srivastava. Credit: Marcus Eriksson

As COVID restrictions lessen, we can indulge in some much-anticipated arts and culture

With pandemic restrictions gradually being lifted in B.C., we’re slowly but surely making the space to reintroduce live arts and culture into our daily lives. After two whole years of quarantines and mandatory distancing, the need to have fun as a community is just what the doctor ordered.  

The province is a hub of entertainment—from ballets and cabarets to space-themed dance events and tap-dancing renditions of Grease. Here are 10 upcoming events for you to enjoy. 

1. Reveal + Tell

Ballet BC’s Reveal + Tell (pictured above) will see celebrated choreographers from around the globe coming together to thrill viewers with their distinct mixes of performance and prose. Featuring the works of Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite, and Medhi Walerski, this spring program will take place in Vancouver.
When: March 3-5, 8 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tickets: From $21.75 
More info: https://balletbc.com

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2. The Sacred and the Profane

Channelling some of the giants of classical French music, such as Edith Piaf and Jacques Offenbach, this Okanagan Symphony Orchestra concert will take place over three nights in Kelowna (March 4), Penticton (March 5) and Vernon (March 6), starring prominent guest artists like pianist Lorraine Min. 

When: March 4-6, 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Kelowna Community Theatre, Cleland Community Theatre and Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: Adults, $32.50-$65; seniors, $27.75-$55.50; students, $16.25-$32.50
More infookanagansymphony.com

3. New Works Cabaret II 

This show will merge various disciplines and genres to offer fresh local perspectives through short new works as well as those in development. Tickets are by donation, with 50 percent of sales going to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.  

When: March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Metro Studio Theatre, Victoria
Tickets: By donation ($10 suggested) 
More info: intrepidtheatre.com 

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4. Decolonize the Chan

This miniseries is a unification of art and advocacy featuring Indigenous artists Leonard Sumner, Elisapie and Moe Clark, who combine multidisciplinary live performance and activism.

When: March 5, 11 and 26, 8 p.m. 
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver
Cost: Adults, from $25; self-identifying Indigenous Peoples, $15; students, $15 
More info: chancentre.com  

5. Schütz: The Succession 

A part of this year’s Pacific Baroque Festival highlighting the work of Heinrich Schütz, an influential figure in German classical music, Schütz: The Succession is the first of four performances celebrating his art. The performance will dive into the foundation he laid for generations to follow.  

When: March 16, 8 p.m. 
Where: Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria 
Cost: From $34.25 
More info: eventbrite.ca

6. Galaxy Gala 

A dance show that settles for nothing less than what lies beyond the stars, this Passion and Performance production is a space-themed dance event that aims to take audiences out of this world. Not literally, of course. 

When: March 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: Victoria Conference Centre
Tickets: From $40.06 
More info: eventbrite.ca

7. Grease

You’d think you’ve seen it all when it comes to Grease—until you see this rendition of the iconic musical. Live guitar performances, traditional flamenco and percussive tap-dancing will transform the classic 1950s high-school atmosphere into a uniquely passionate experience.  

When: March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Where: HUB International Theatre, Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Tickets: Adults, $35; seniors, $32; youths, $30  
More info: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca 

8. Allure

Kinshira’s Allure is a PG-13 circus and flow arts cabaret that’s bound to be a treat for your senses. This poetic mix of dance, movement, and visual effects is the perfect way to spend a night out with friends and family.

When: March 19, 7 p.m.
Where: Creekside Theatre, Lake Country
Tickets: $39 
More info: calendar.lakecountry.bc.ca 

9. Body Parts

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg embodies the complex reality of being an artist during the pandemic through this solo performance, which combines comedy, tragedy, performance art and contemporary dance. The thought-provoking show will become an interactive experience for its viewers, thanks to a much-needed post-performance discussion on relevant topics such body dysmorphia and eating disorders. 

When: March 26, 8 p.m. 
Where: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna 
Tickets: From $29 
More info: rotarycentreforthearts.com

10. Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes 

A biting exploration of truth, power and desire, this production of the Hannah Moscovitch play will keep the audience guessing about who is the hunter and the hunted. To say the least, the story finds a fresh and peculiar way of addressing sexual misconduct in academia.
When: March 29 to April 24 
Where: Belfry Theatre, Victoria
Tickets: From $5.25 
More info: belfry.bc.ca