Sunday, August 14, 2022

Halifax spring arts guide

Here are some of the shows we're looking forward to over the next few months in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film.

With winter in our rearview mirrors and Nova Scotia pandemic restrictions all but a thing of the past, spring is a great time to get back to the theatre and performing arts venues across the city.

Here are some of the shows we’re looking forward to over the next few months in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film.

Theatre

Eastern Front Theatre presents Macro Digitals: Connections (Mar 25-27) with a series of theatrical installations that can be experienced both in-person at Alderney Landing or online.

The Fountain School of Performing Arts tackles Arthur Miller’s modern classic about a 17th-century witch trial in Salem with The Crucible (Mar 29-Apr 2).

KAZAN CO-OP returns to the stage with the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Liz Richardson’s Unconfined (Mar 30-Apr 10), a contemporary drama about the connection of three people with a man on death row.

Neptune Theatre presents Koqm (Apr 5-17), a journey through time and land to experience the voices of fictional L’nu (Mi’kmaw) women.

Outfest (Apr 26-May 1) is billed as the largest queer theatre festival in Atlantic Canada, providing a platform for multi-disciplinary artists to create stories that reflect our community, both past and present.

The students of Neptune Theatre’s School bring to life Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they tackle the musical version of Little Women (Apr 28-May 8), based on author Louisa May Alcott’s life.

After much “anticipation,” the lives of wholesome sweethearts Brad and Janet are changed forever when their car breaks down in front of the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as Neptune Theatre presents the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show (May 3-Jun 25).

Music

In Rumour Has It: The Songbook of Adele (Mar 24-27) at Neptune Theatre, actor and singer Kelly Holiff brings her own interpretation of Adele’s music.

Halifax Musical Concerts presents legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up Into The Woods: In Concert (Apr 1 & 2).

Symphony Nova Scotia pays tribute to “the High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone together with Nova Scotia’s own “reggae royalty,” Jah’Mila (Apr 1).

Cellist Cameron Crozman joins forces with award-winning pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin as Cecilia Concerts presents the duo in a recital of Frédéric Chopin’s music (Apr 2).

Cecilia Concerts presents Grammy Award-winning Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter (May 11) performs in an eclectic concert of Mozart, Swedish composers and Franz Schubert.

Bruce Guthro returns to Casino Nova Scotia for his lastest Songwriter’s Circle (May 27 & 28) featuring Lennie Gallant, Breagh Isabel and Old Man Luedecke.

South African soprano Golda Schultz (Jun 12) makes her Canadian debut in a Cecilia Concerts presentation with a program of all-female composers.

Comedy

For those starved for some stand-up over the last few months, Yuk Yuk’s Halifax welcomes a bevy of comedians back to its stage with performances from the likes of Brittany Campbell (Mar 11 & 12) and Adam Delorey (Apr 15 & 16).

The Halifax Comedy Fest (Apr 28-30) returns for the funny showcasing over 30 comedians with multiple shows across the city.

Dance

Halifax’s Mocean Dance celebrates 20 years with Fluid Forms (Apr 8 & 9), a confluence of perspectives from dance artists with deep ties to Atlantic Canada, featuring new works from four of this region’s emergent voices.

Film

For film lovers, NSCAD University presents a new film festival (Apr 4 & 5) featuring award-winning films from alumni, including Heather Young, Christian Sparkes, and more.

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