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Chutzpah! 2018 highlights awe-inspiring dance, extraordinary theatre, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music

World-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists from February 15 to March 15, 2018.

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Her tribute to the music of her friend and mentor, reveals the timelessness of Cohen's art through Perla Batalla’s signature cross-cultural style.
Uri Gurvich Quartet featuring this internationally-acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer (Israel/USA); local multi-talented Barbara Adler (Canada) makes her festival debut concert with her new band Ten Thousand Wolves in a double-bill with musician/poet Jake Klar (USA) .
Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion for more than 20 years.Their music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape and their stellar musicianship, meticulous dynamics, adventurous compositions, and inventive arrangements of traditional material make them one of the country’s most innovative acoustic ensembles (Canada).
Chutzpah!’s theatre and comedy lineup is always at its best.
A theatre highlight includes Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley’s We Keep Coming Back, a work deconstructing Polish, Jewish narratives that premiered in Krakow, Poland in 2016. Incorporating video and archival materials this is an extraordinary theatrical experience revealing the truth of a Polish - Jewish reality that keeps changing and is near impossible to contain. This powerful productionis charged with interactions, unexpected humour, the shadows of war and the promise of writing a new narrative.
Chutzpah! 2018 presents two of Canada’s most revered comedic artists and New Zealand’s only Jewish comic; The former celebrated host and creator of CBC’s Wiretap, humourist Jonathan Goldstein returns with an evening of new adventures and stories. He also has a new podcast for Gimlet Media, Heavyweight, which has been listed as one of ‘the best’ by Itunes, The Atlantic Monthly, The Guardian and other publications. A frequent contributor to NPR's This American Life and The New York Times Magazine, with essays published by the New York Times, National Post and GQ Magazine, Jonathan Goldstein's signature brand of wry, self-deprecating humour is Canadian to the core.
Another Chutzpah! first is the presentation of numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Award-winning Mary Walsh who brings her new show to the festival stage. Her performance will feature some of her best comedic bits and most popular characters from Dancing With Rage, CODCO and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, along with up-to- the-minute political satire.
Rounding out our comedic theatrical programming is New Zealander Deb Filler’s internationally lauded one-woman show I Did It My Way In Yiddish (In English)! entertaining us with a brilliant evening of stories and songs that audiences won’t forget. Travel along with Deb Filler as she journeys around the world on this jam-packed music-filled show, with just a guitar and a raft of loveable characters she creates.
Celebrating our 18th year, Chutzpah!’s Artistic & Managing Director, Mary-Louise Albert says “Over the years, the Festival has established a reputation for introducing a balance of both new and exciting critically acclaimed artists to Vancouver audiences as well as the return of some Festival favourites. This year will be no exception with a program that offers a unique opportunity to see and hear exceptional dance, music, comedy and theatre from Canada and around the world.
An important part of Chutzpah! are creation residencies, workshops and other outreach activities that use the talent of our artists to strengthen our connection within the community and foster cultural understanding. There’s so much to experience at Chutzpah! 2018, and we invite everyone to immerse themselves in the depth and breadth of the amazing performances in store.”
Go to Chutzpah! 2018 to purchase tickets or for event schedule.

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