The Vancouver West Side Theatre Society established and incorporated in 1994, operates the Norman Rothstein Theatre (NRT), a professionally equipped 318 seat performing arts proscenium stage theatre for the presentation of professional dance, music and theatre, as well as film, literary and community arts events. The Theatre was created to enhance the cultural life of both the Jewish and General communities and is one of the Lower Mainland’s few mid-size proscenium theatres.
The annual Chutzpah! Festival (and related activities such as Chutzpah!PLUS & Chutzpah! Residencies and Workshops) – an international performing arts dance, music, theatre and comedy festival – is the Society’s main professional programming activity.
Established in 2001, the festival's principal programming centers on:
- Presenting World and Canadian premieres
- Supporting the creation of new work by way of multi-week dance creation residencies in the NRT and confirmed presentation of the residency work
- Supporting the development of dance, music and theatre artists with repeat presentations in line with their creative development
- Presenting local, national and international high-caliber dance, music, theatre and comedy programming and co-presenting with local arts organizations multi-run local and national theatrical productions.
What People Are Saying
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— Hind Sbihi? via Twitter (@sbihi_hind)
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"Such an amazing show [by Shalom Hanoch] thank you for making it part of the chutzpah festival "
— Miri Tal via Facebook
"It's always interesting to see different choreographies to the same music. Nice job the young Italians did today with Carmina Burana! "
— Aliz Nagy via Facebook
"Big thanks to @ChutzpahFest #mariakong for today's amazing workshop with @GleneagleSD43 drama 11 students @sd43bc"
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