Chutzpah Festival, Vancouver 2014

Chutzpah Festival, Vancouver 2014

(Thanks to, the Chutzpah Festival, and Firehall Arts Centre, I will be seeing several Chutzpah Festival productions. I’m looking forward to reviewing them!)

The Chutzpah Festival, going strong after 14 years, brings a thrilling program of dance, comedy, music, and theatre to Vancouver from February 22 to March 9. I am particularly excited by the musical offerings, which you can see here. A really diverse array of countries and styles are represented. Although groups like Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis and Yemen Blues call on their Iraqi and Yemeni roots, respectively, their styles are strikingly contemporary and unbound by tradition.

I am particularly looking forward to Tiny Music, which I saw in a staged reading format last year. The musical side has been intensively developed since then, based on the description, and I am looking forward to this “sound design musical”.

Hirsch has been a Fringe Festival hit across the ocean, and I have high expectations for this biopic of the Hungarian-Canadian Holocaust survivor who became one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists.

The dance and comedy offerings look superlative too, but I will leave those for another day.

Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis:

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