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Our picks for this year's annual international performing arts festival
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Our picks for this year's annual international performing arts festival

What began in 2003 as a modest collaboration between two local theatre companies has expanded into a juggernaut bent on forging relationships between Canadian multidisciplinary artists and their counterparts from around the globe. Argentinean writers, cult Japanese directors, Lebanese playwrights—they’re all here thanks to a performance/think tank of ever-increasing reach.

[ Musical ]
Do You Want What I Have Got? | Writer-broadcaster Bill Richardson and indie composer Veda Hille find melody in the flotsam of goods offered for sale on Craigslist. Includes the songs “Children’s Guillotine” and “Free Man’s Toupee.”

[ Film ]
The Solo + Ensemble | London director Andrew Cross screens Canadian premieres of films documenting prog-rock supergroups of the ’70s: The Solo (featuring drummer Carl Palmer of ELP) and Ensemble (The Enid, dubbed Europe’s biggest cult band).

[ Theatre ]
Fyodor Dostoyev­sky’s The Idiot | In 2005, Neworld Theatre and Vancouver Moving Theatre presented a musical adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Now they’re back with the story of a man too good for his own good.

[ Performance ]
Guided Tour | Be led through the after-hours passages of the art gallery in this exploration of memory and place, anchored in artifacts, videos, and text presented by London creator/performer Peter Reder in collaboration with Boca del Lupo theatre.

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