Axé Capoeira (pronounced AH-shay cap-oh-AIR-ah) was founded in Brazil, first arriving in Canada to perform at the Vancouver International Children's Festival in 1990.
Since then, they have become one of the premier capoeira organizations in North America, with over ten performance DVDs, seven internationally acclaimed music CDs, more than 5,000 school shows and stage performances, and two years running as choreography consultant to So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Axé Capoeira's show for schools and families is unparalleled in its spectacular combination of dance, acrobatics, music and theatrics.
Sink or Swim
With over 100 films and TV credits to her name, writer and performer Beverley Elliott captures her own childhood in her latest gem, Sink or Swim.
We follow along as our heroine trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room schoolhouse. With comedic grace and cinematic clarity, Elliott brings to life the big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies of childhood, answering life’s big questions, like “Why did I eat the fish food?”
Elliott’s compelling stage presence is backed by evocative video images and Bill Costin’s impeccable piano accompaniment.
Brain & Other Stories
A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness, mental health, and friendship from award-winning novelist and former Canadian poetry SLAM champ Brendan McLeod.
Brain maps Brendan’s experiences both as a young man struggling to understand his obsessions and as an adult battling psychosis. A nuanced journey through the nature of thought, and an optimistic exploration of the importance of friendship, Brain is an upbeat, intense comedy about the miracle of the mind. (50 minutes)
Other Stories — The perfect pairing with Brain for presenters wanting a second act following intermission or for secondary schools looking for an alternative to Brain. Brendan performs a wide variety of original stories, songs and poems with an emphasis on hilarity.
Workshops are available in performance poetry, song writing, creative writing.
Interactive Fairy Tales
In these refreshing adaptations of classic fairy tales, DuffleBag Theatre invites audience members into the show to play the main parts! The resulting excitement and spontaneity creates hilarity for all and forms a perfect introduction to the classics.
Since 1992, “the nearly world-famous” DuffleBag Theatre has wowed audiences of all ages across the country.
What better way to teach the spirit of giving and joys of the season than to laugh along with DuffleBag Theatre’s unique adaptations of the classic holiday stories A Christmas Carol or ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas?
As always, the main parts will be played by audience members resulting in a spontaneous one-of-a-kind performance for schools and family audiences.
Since 1992, “the nearly world-famous” DuffleBag Theatre has wowed audiences of all ages across the country.
Be the Circus!
From balancing a stack of chairs on his chin to a spectacular and nearly disastrous high-wire walk, Flyin’ Bob takes audiences on a 50-minute search for balance.
Through juggling, clowning, unicycling, acrobatics, wire walking, audience participation, comedy, and character, Be The Circus! stresses the importance of physical activity, concentration, peer support, taking chances, community, and the value of failure as well as success.
Circus Skills Workshop
This one-day circus workshop includes an introduction to juggling (balls and scarves), hand balancing (plate spinning, feather balancing), and foot balancing (wire walking, rola bola).
Each class participates in one hands-on workshop session of about 60 minutes. An average day of 4 to 5 sessions introduces circus skills to as many as 150 students.
Flyin’ Bob starts or ends the day with a 30-minute comedy circus performance.
Innovative Juggler is a combination of high-energy juggling, clean comedy and unique performance pieces. Trained as an engineer, Greg Kennedy uses the principles of geometry and physics to create groundbreaking work with original apparatus.
Greg honed his skills performing for five years with Cirque du Soleil in 25 cities for more than 3 million people. He won the Gold Medal at the International Jugglers' Association Championships, appeared on the Tonight Show and has received over two million views on YouTube. His brilliant blend of impressive feats, rapid-paced wit and the pure beauty of motion amazes audiences everywhere.
Exultation is an intoxicating music and storytelling collaboration.
Classical pianist Sarah Hagen, the 2015 BC Touring Council Artist of the Year, performs all 13 preludes of Rachmaninoff’s Opus 32.
Spoken-word artist and former Canadian SLAM champion Brendan McLeod intersperses stories and poems.
The result is a narrative journey through Rachmaninoff’s life, from his exile from Russia to his battle with depression, tireless work ethic and dedication to beauty. Exultation explores the estrangements, losses and redemptions at the heart of contemporary political and social life.
Rainbow Dance Theatre
Dancing light! In this interactive performance, students get to see three dances featuring electronic costumes, props and puppets. The light wire technology not only enchants students with professional dance, it gets them excited about the “technology” component of STEM learning.
The dance artists reveal how they use the STEM engineering design process to create innovative new technologies in dance art, such as wearable electronic costumes and electronic puppets.
Students participate in demonstrations of how engineering design and coding are used to create dances, and selected students are invited up to create their own “ilumidance” with a five-foot-tall light wire puppet.
Beatboxing String Trio
Infinitus is a critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style. Their repertoire features classical standards and original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions. Formed in 2008 by violist Anthony Cheung, cellist Alex Cheung and violinist John “Adidam” Littlejohn, Infinitus is quickly becoming one of North America’s premiere chamber groups.
Collectively, the members hold degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory and have won local, national and international awards. They have performed extensively throughout North America presenting community performances, soloing with orchestras and conducting masterclasses, workshops and seminars. Dedicated to quality outreach, Infinitus has given over 1,000 performances in schools, nursing homes, juvenile detention centres and hospitals.
Infinitus has been featured on CBC, National Public Radio, OMNI Television and in numerous publications. They have released two albums, “Infinitus” and “Christmas Fantasia,” and have performed at some of the world’s best venues, including a six-performance Lincoln Center Residency in New York City.
Currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Infinitus performs regularly as part of the Vancouver Chamber Players Concert Series and is on the faculty of the Thrive City String Boot Camp, the Saint James Music Academy and the Vancouver Academy of Music.
From Handel to Hip-hop
With over 1,000 educational outreach performances to their credit, Infinitus has captivated student audiences in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the US with their polished, upbeat introduction to instrumental music.
This dynamic trio engages every audience member with music ranging from familiar classics to classic rock, and from TV theme songs to hip-hop beatboxing. Drawing on their vast repertoire, the group engages students with their easygoing stage presence, tailoring each performance to the age range of their audience.
The performance is always tailored to suit audience grade levels from Kindergarten through senior secondary.
Jacky’s Village features music and dance from the African countries of Cameroon and Guinea.
Led by dancer Jacky Essombe, accompanied by her friend Yoro Noukoussi, this participatory performance features music played on a variety of traditional African instruments including djembe, talking drum and shekere.
Audience participation is encouraged throughout the performance in the form of call-and-response, singing, clapping and dancing.
Available in English, French and bilingual.
African Dance Workshop
Travel to the depths of Africa with professional dancer Jacky Essombe in this day-long workshop. Accompanied by a live drummer, Jacky celebrates the richness and community spirit of African culture using easy-to-follow African dance steps, traditional songs and storytelling.
This shared social, stimulating and bonding experience allows students to interact in a playful and focused way, building important developmental skills and a love for creativity. Available in English, French and bilingual.
Community Square Dance
Since 2002, Paul Silveria has been calling traditional square dances at festivals, community centres, schools and other West Coast venues.
Paul gets beginners up dancing in minutes by teaching dances right on the floor. His calls are energetic and clear, ranging from simple to elaborate — a perfect match for any age from six to sixty.
For an additional fee, live musicians can provide accompaniment for a one-hour old-fashioned barn dance right in your venue, community hall or school gymnasium.
The Invisible World of Science
There’s a magical world of science all around us, exerting forces that shape our reality. Professor Wow! uses his mind-boggling circus skills to reveal these invisible forces that are right under our noses. The professor uses floating objects to demonstrate how air pressure works. He breaks the sound barrier with the crack of a bullwhip to give students a visceral understanding of sound waves. He brings the concept of lift to life, helping them understand how airplanes fly. With his expert juggling and balancing skills, Professor Wow! demonstrates Newton’s three laws of motion and more.
Aytahn Ross has been performing professionally for 20 years having wowed and educated one million people around the world as both a solo artist as well as with his signature character The Great Balanzo. Amongst his achievements, he’s been invited to present work at the Banff Arts Centre, performed a solo for Canada’s Governor General, and produced a theatre series at the National Arts Centre.
Rainbow Dance Theatre
Get ready to embark on a high-energy adventure in cultural history, tracing the popular African-American dance style, hip-hop, back to its roots.
The program begins with the latest hip-hop and break-dance steps.
Then the journey of African-Americans from Africa through slavery to the present is enacted using traditional West African dances, authentic African instruments and costumes, plus audience participation and vignettes such as “hamboning” and “voguing.”
Rock and Roll: Canada vs. the World
Some of the most innovative music in the world has come from Canadian musicians.
Join Speed Control as they cruise through the last 50 years of famous Canadian artists, showing how Canadian musicians have influenced their own generation and those to come.
This smart, humorous and exciting show inspires young audiences with Canada's role as a major force in popular music, from Paul Anka to the Barenaked Ladies!
What makes music rock? Speed Control’s Rockology lifts the curtain to reveal the mechanics of rock music so even grade threes can listen like budding musicians.
Along with original music by Speed Control, students will rock out to Canadian and other classics. They’ll learn to recognize chords in the standard blues progression, how fuzz pedals make everything sound good, what parts make up most rock songs and what makes a power chord so irresistible.
Students will be having too much fun to notice they’re effortlessly absorbing the fundamentals of popular music.
Your School's Rock Anthem
Every school deserves its own rock anthem! This workshop starts with a full performance of Speed Control's 45-minute touring show for the whole school.
For the rest of the day, Speed Control works with students to gather ideas, write and rehearse an original school anthem.
The anthem is then taught to everyone at the end of the day. Imagine being able to sing your own theme song together at every assembly!
The Great Balanzo is a one-man circus show that is also a story about the imaginative ways to overcome everyday challenges we all face. Balanzo has traveled the world and arrives in Canada in search of a place to call home. As he unpacks his suitcases a magical world literally unfolds, and with the help of audience members he learns what it means to be a good neighbour in this strange and exciting world. Don’t miss Balanzo’s fantastic adventure that includes physical comedy, balancing, juggling, improvisation, and simple themes everyone can relate to.
This new show developed by KBAM introduces the music of the Beatles to school audiences, inciting Beatlemania in a whole new generation.
Through high-energy sing-alongs and clap-alongs, students will experience the irresistible appeal of the iconic lyrics and music written by four lads from Liverpool.
With a few choice stories and facts brought to life for historical context, this show immerses students in some of the most unforgettable music of all time.
There’s no more exciting way to introduce kids to a variety of musical instruments than through the upbeat, can’t-sit-still jazz of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Hailing from a musical family, Tim Sars, veteran leader of Vancouver’s inimitable Carnival Band, has over a decade of experience entertaining and engaging kids and their families with fun, spirited and participatory music.
When Tim teams up with brother Nathan and two more are added rounding out a quartet, they become the group called Tiny Islands.
In their new show, Tiny Islands engages kids of all ages with irresistible tunes by jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.
What is inclusion and why does it matter? What better way for students to find out than through improv, where all voices and ideas are included?
Vancouver TheatreSports’ new show explores the main themes of the BC Curriculum’s inclusion policy through games and scenes based on audience suggestions.
Elementary and middle-school students won’t just be learning about inclusivity, they’ll be putting it into hilarious action in this dynamic and collaborative performance.
Students get to spark the action with their suggestions in this hilarious performance.
Then, right before their eyes, their ideas and stories are instantly transformed into reality through improvised scenes.
Whether it's someone's first kiss, a bad day on the job or a recent mishap, each Instant Improv performance is as unique as its audience.
Create Your Own Improv Show
A performance your entire school can enjoy starring your own students working alongside professionals!
Two of Vancouver TheatreSports’ finest facilitators will work with up to 30 students from grades 6 and up for a full day, at the end of which they will present a 45-minute improv performance.
Students will learn the basics of improvisation and how to think on their feet in front of an audience of their peers.
Canadian Folk Rumours
West My Friend introduces students to Canada’s rich folk-music history by weaving together rousing renditions of classic songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” with fascinating stories of some of our greatest singer-songwriters.
Conjuring a vivid sense of the life and times of great musicians like Stan Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Saint-Marie, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young, West My Friend takes students on a rollicking ride through Canada’s proud folk music history.
Break It Down, Build It Up
West My Friend introduces students to music they’ve probably never heard but in many ways already know.
Through guided listening and lots of participation, students will gain insight into how West My Friend’s original songs are put together.
They'll also discover that they already have the skills to write songs themselves!
Peter and the Wolf
The Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev created the story and the music “Peter and the wolf” in the year 1936 to familiarize young people with the instruments of the symphony orchestra.
Figura Theater of Iceland is the creation of Bernd Ogrodnik, who long served as Master Puppeteer for the country’s National Theater, and is founder and Artistic Director of the Icelandic Center for Puppetry Arts.