Chutzpah! Festival

Photos courtesy of Chutzpah! Festival. Aszure Barton and William Briscoe, photo by Liz Laser; and 3 images of "Awáa", photos by Kim Williams, courtesy of the Banff Centre.
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Country and Region CanadaBritish Columbia
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Chutzpah! Festival

950 W. 41st Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7


Phone: (01) 604-257-5111, Ext. 235 or Ext. 293

Festival Description

The Chutzpah! Festival is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary performing arts festival nurturing both established and emerging professional artists from across Canada and around the world. The festival brings together a diverse, multi-generational audience in a shared and accessible celebration of the performing arts. Audiences are in store for a not-to-be-missed line-up of performances and workshops, creating an exciting multi-cultural celebration of music, theatre, dance and comedy of the highest caliber.

Festival Dates February 7 - March 3, 2013
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Festival Events:

Performance feature 2012:
  • Awáa, by Aszure Barton & Artists, presented by Chutzpah! PLUS
    October 24 - 25, at 8:00pm
    October 27 - 28, 2:00pm and 8:00pm
    Venue — Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue (2 blocks west of the Oakridge Skytrain)
    • Awáa, a new work directed and choreographed by Aszure Barton, will make its way to the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre this month. The work is performed by seven internationally acclaimed dancers and will feature an original score by Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Curtis Macdonald.
 Aszure Barton is a strong believer in allowing the dance to speak for itself and hopes each person present will have their own individual experience with no imposed limitations. “I do not want to bind your findings with words. The physicality of the dancers is passionate, inspired and emotionally powerful. The musical score will be percussive and alive. I hope you will be touched in some way, and that the work resonates with you,” says Aszure Barton.
 Aszure Barton and Artists is a collective of visual, sound, and performing artists. Barton’s works have toured to Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Asia, Africa, Canada, and the US and is an audience favourite of the Chutzpah! Festival.
  • Tickets
    • Adults $30; Seniors $26; Students $22 (excluding HST); available by phoning 604-257-5111 (no service charge by phone), and online at, or at;=5022
  • Press
    • “Quirky, deep, cheeky and poignant…astonishes the eye.” THE GLOBE AND MAIL
    • “Awáa speaks of awakening, awareness of self, growth, motherhood, love and harmony with others. All this results in a presentation that is sad, happy, funny, mesmerizing, picturesque, aesthetically beautiful to behold and curiously inspiring.” Susan Hickman, Dance Critic


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