Canada's 2010 Cultural Olympiad ushers in the Winter Olympics. The arts attractions run throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games concluding on March 21. The extensive program will include more than 600 ticketed and free performances and exhibitions in 50 venues in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia's Sea to Sky corridor. A highlight will be Canada's first theatre of ice and snow, which has the task of attracting spectators and keeping them warm on the shores of Whistler's Lost Lake for the production is NiX. It follows an arsonist through the fireworks at the end of the world, and features an explosive love story.
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from Feb 12-28. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from Mar 12-21. In April, the organizers announced the first 20 attractions in the cultural feast. They include the opera, Nixon in China, dance performances by the Alberta Ballet and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, a theatrical performance by Robert Lepage, Montreal's Cirque Éloize, three evenings of francophone comedians entitled Juste pour Rire 2010, and a full-length production of Joni Mitchell's ballet, The Fiddle and the Drum. Canada's English, French, Chinese and indigenous cultures will be represented in the performances, along with international performs and several world premieres. Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper says that one of the most highly anticipated concerts is likely to be the world premiere of a new work by acclaimed avant-garde New York-based performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, co-commissioned by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. More events will be revealed in June and the final series of attractions unveiled in September.
Date written/update: 2010-03-22