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Vancouver Chutzpah Performing Arts Festival in 2018

Chutzpah Festival

The Chutzpah Festival is a performing arts festival hosted by the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver that takes place in early spring each year.

Chutzpah! Festival 2018

Pronounced with a silent “C” and featuring theatre, music and dance, the Chutzpah Festival takes place from February 15th until March 15th in 2018.

Festival Location

Chutzpah Festival performances take place primarily at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver’s 318-seat Norman Rothstein Theatre, but also at other venues including the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, Fox Cabaret and Rickshaw Theatre.

The Norman Rothstein Theatre is located at 950 West 41st Avenue in Vancouver.




About Chutzpah 2018

The Chutzpah Festival draws talented musicians, comedians, dancers and actors from around the world including from Israel, New Zealand, Italy and the United States. Performances, show times and prices for the 2018 season are listed below.

Note: Show times and details are subject to change.

Comedy Performances in 2018

The list of Chutzpah Festival comedy shows for 2018 are the following:

  • Jonathan Goldstein – the Canadian comedian and former host of the CBC’s Wiretap entertains at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on February 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • An Evening with Mary Walsh – the Canadian comedian famous for her skits in the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes performs on March 6, 2018, at 8:00 pm, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Tickets are $36 for adults and $30 for students.
  • Deb Filler – the New Zealand comic performs her I Did It My Way In Yiddish (in English) skit at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on March 4, 2018, at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.




Dance Performances in 2018

Dance performances at the Chutzpah Festival in 2018 include the following:

  • Ezralow Dance – the Canadian premiere of the award-winning American dancer and choreographer take place February 15-17, 2018, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Show times are at 8:00 pm nightly with an extra 2:00 pm performance on the Saturday. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • MM Contemporary Dance Company – the North American premiere of the Italian group happens March 1-3, 2018, at 8:00 pm at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • Dance Double-Bill – features the performance Black Label with the Machol Shalem Dance House from Israel as well as F 63.9 with the Derida Dance Company from Bulgaria. Shows take place March 10 & 11, 2018, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • Roy Assaf Dance – the Israeli dance company performs both Six Years Later and The Hill at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on February 22-24, 2018, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.

Musical Performances in 2018

Concerts and musical performances at the Chutzpah Festival in 2018 include the following:

  • Idan Raichel – the Israeli keyboardist, composer and singer performs Piano-Songs at 7:30 pm on February 25th at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Tickets are $55.
  • Uri Gurvich Quartet – the award-winning American-Israeli jazz musician entertains with his saxophone and fellow band members at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on March 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • Perla Battalla in The House of Cohen – the American performer sings a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on March 11, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • Troker – a Mexican band that plays a mix of jazz, rock, metal, mariachi, hip-hop and funk. They perform to an ages 19+ crowd at the Rickshaw Theatre at 254 East Hastings Street at 8:00 pm on February 17, 2018. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students.
  • Barbara Adler and Jake Klar – a double bill show featuring Ten Thousand Wolves by Canadian artist Barbara Adler and American singer, songwriter and visual artist Jake Klar at the Fox Cabaret at 2321 Main Street. Tickets for the February 24th 8:00 pm show for adults ages 19+ are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • Beyond the Pale – the Canadian group from Toronto entertains with a mix of Balkan and Klezmer styles, jazz, bluegrass, reggae and more. Playing violin, accordion, bass, mandolin and clarinet, the quartet performs on March 15 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre at 8:00 pm. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.

Theatre & Multi-Disciplinary in 2018

Theatre and multi-disciplinary performances at the Chutzpah Festival in 2018 include the following:

  • We Keep Coming Back – a play about a Canadian mother and son who travel to Poland to explore their family’s Polish roots. Performed at 8:00 pm on March 13 and 14 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.
  • Salomé: Woman of Valor – a Canadian and American collaborative production by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Frank London and performer-poet Adeena Karasick. Taking place at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street on March 8-10, 2018, the show is a mix of poetry, music and dance. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for students.

Chutzpah Definition

In case you were curious about what Chutzpah means, synonyms include the words audacity, effrontery, cheek, gall and supreme self-confidence.

The Chutzpah Festival is one of Vancouver’s top performing arts festivals and in 2018 it celebrates its 18th year.

For more information see the Chutzpah Festival website.

For information about other similar events at other times of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.

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