Welcome! from the Artistic Managing Director, Mary-Louise Albert

I am delighted to bring you the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival, spanning 16 exciting days of performances to pull you out of the winter doldrums and reinvigorate your senses for Spring. Kick up your heels, move to the music and prepare to be astonished. After many years as a dancer and now 10 years as Chutzpah's Artistic & Managing Director, I still have an unwavering belief that the performing arts are an important vehicle of communication that holds us together as a culture and inspires us with new ideas and unexpected ways of looking at the world.

This year is no exception with a great diversity of artists who transcend the conflicts of everyday life by taking us on creative adventures. Whether it's remarkable dance from Italy's ImPerfect Dance Company, Israel's Idan Sharabi & Dancers, BODYTRAFFIC from L.A., and Vancouver's own Donald Sales' new company; or electrifying world music with some of our favourite artists such as the wildly unpredictable Yemen Blues and the subtle brilliance of The Idan Raichel Project, or Israel's Uri Gurvich and his ensemble, Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis and Russian-American Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin and his band the Kontraband; or theatre showcasing the revolutionary sound design musical Tiny Music and the Stratford Festival hit Hirsch; or laughing along and empathising with comedian Brad Zimmerman in My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy and with two-time Emmy award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold in her off-Broadway hit 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother...it's all part of Chutzpah!
The Festival comes to you in a burst of energy and vitality ready to amuse, enliven and invigorate with prices as low as possible so you can enjoy many different performances with your friends and family.

The success of the Festival over these 14 years is a testament to the remarkable support we receive from our funders, sponsors, donors, volunteers, partners and the Jewish Community Centre and, of course, our audiences.

All of us who work on making this Festival a reality hope you enjoy the power of extraordinary dance, the fresh sounds of world music and the magic of live theatre and comedy.

Look forward to seeing you soon!



The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre (NRT) is a fully equipped 318 seat performing arts venue with a proscenium deep stage and ample wing space, for the presentation of dance, music, theatre, film, literary events and conferences. A WONDERFUL RENTAL VENUE, the NRT is open for rent all year round, seven days a week. Features include a complete sound and lighting system, such as a new state of the art lighting console - the ETC Ion, full colour cyclorama, full-size movie motorized front projection screen and commercial projectors, dance floor, Steinway grand piano ,acoustic shell, wireless mics, web broadcast ability and much more. AND professional staff is available to help with your event planning needs!

Centrally located in the heart of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, the facility is wheelchair accessible, air-conditioned, has onsite parking, free street parking and is only two blocks from the Oakridge Skytrain Station (at Cambie & West 41st Ave).

For rental inquiries and/or artistic programming, please contact:

Mary-Louise Albert,
Artistic & Managing Director
or call 604-257-5117

Remebering Lisa Nemetz
March 31, 1955 - May 17, 1997

Lisa Nemetz was a dancer, a lawyer, a lover of the arts and a tireless advocate for the treatment of women with breast cancer. She was also active in promoting the arts as a member of the Community Arts Council. Lisa was a devoted wife to her husband David Levi, mother to children Yoni and Miri and shared her love with her sister Laurie, extended family and many close friends. Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts is named in her memory to celebrate her love of and dedication to the performing arts.

For 2014 we are honoured to dedicate all of our dance programming to Lisa.

A Message from the Premier

As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, it gives me great pleasure to send my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival.

British Columbians embrace the great cultural diversity of our province and welcome opportunities to be exposed to new and exciting art forms. The Chutzpah! Festival is a wonderful contribution to art and culture, and allows for the community to come together and experience dynamic and innovative performances. With dance, comedy and theatre productions planned, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

I would like to commend all the event organizers, sponsors, donors and volunteers for their contributions toward making this Festival come to fruition. Their efforts provide the performing arts community the opportunity to collaborate and push beyond boundaries, creating new, stimulating works to inspire the community.

To the performers and all those attending the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival, please accept my best wishes for a wonderful and memorable experience.


Christy Clark

A Message from the Mayor

On behalf of Vancouver City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, I want to send my sincere best wishes to the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival.

Festival has fast become one of Vancouver's sought after cultural festivals. It has a flavour that appeals to everyone including dance, music and humour performed by artists both local and international. Vancouver is recognized the world over as one of the most diverse cities, and we thank the Jewish community for its part in helping to create our renowned multicultural mosaic.

I want to thank all the volunteers, staff and performing artists involved in the Chutzpah! The City of Vancouver is a hub for cultural flavour and this Festival is a definite contributing factor to this designation. We wish you all the best for another fantastic event.

Yours truly,

Gregor Robertson

Esther Chetner - Board President

Welcome to the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival. We are so proud to present such an elite and exciting line-up of daring local, national and international performing artists. Our artists inspire with their artistry, skill and dedication!

As President of the Vancouver West Side Theatre Society and Executive Board Member of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver please join me in congratulating Mary-Louise, her talented staff, our generous funders, sponsors and donors and our dedicated volunteers.


Mary-Louise Albert - Artistic Managing Director & Fundraising
Mimi Abraham - Technical Director
Jodi Smith (JLS Entertainment) - Publicity/Communications
Richard Forzley - Marketing Director
John Endo Greenaway (Big Wave Design) - Graphic Design/Brochure/Posters & Media
James Gaffney - Website Design & Construction
Kougar Basi, Stephen Bullet, Sean Malmas, Ray Morgan - Festival Technical Crew
Anthony Walmsley - Box Office Manager
Robert Johnson and Terry Loo - Front of House
Ophir Moshkovitz - Theatre/Festival Assistant
Chris Randle - promo video
Corporate Graphics - printed newspaper ad design


Vancouver West Side Theatre Society (Chutzpah! Festival/NRT)
Esther Chetner - President
Lloyd Baron
Sol Casseres
Alex Cristall
Hillary Cooper
Arnon Dachner
Barry Glotman
Michelle Pollock
Melanie Samuels
Brett Sandler
Zev Shafran
Nancy Stern
Alvin Wasserman

Eldad Goldfarb - Executive Director of the JCCGV

A special thank you to Harriett Wolfe and Brett Sandler for their help with Fundraising!
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers with ushering, concession, gift baskets, advocacy, artist hospitality and much much more!

Mary-Louise Albert - BIO

Mary-Louise Albert is now in her 10th year as the Artistic & Managing Director of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, and the international performing arts festival Chutzpah!. A former professional dancer, she has worked nationally and internationally as a solo dance artist and as a company member with the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre, Karen Jamieson Dance Company as well as apprenticing with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. She has performed work by choreographers Mark Morris, Crystal Pite, Lar Lubabvitch, Robert North, Serge Bennathan, Allen Kaeja, Judith Marcuse, Grant Strate, Peter Bingham, Tedd Robbinson, Judith Garay and Christopher House, to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council production and professional development grants and her teaching background includes ten years at Arts Umbrella, Sessional Positions at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts, Harbour Dance Centre and Goh Ballet as well as adjudicating for dance festivals throughout Western Canada.


Transitioning from professional dance, she won the nationally awarded Eric Bruhn Memorial Award from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre to attend the British Columbia Institute of Technology's (BCIT) School of Business, graduating with a Post Diploma of Technology in Business Administration and receiving the BCIT School of Business Dean's Award. She is also a graduate of Capilano University's Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Program.

She has attended numerous international dance and music festivals in Poland, England, Vienna, Holland and Israel and is the recipient of the 2011 Canada Council for the Arts' John Hobday Award for Excellence in Arts Management – one of two awarded yearly nationally. She was a Board of Director of Temple Sholom for seven years. She was recently appointed by the Mayor of Vancouver and City Council to the City of Vancouver's new Arts and Culture Policy Council and is an Executive Board of Director of ArtsBC and sits on a Program Advisory Committee for the BCIT School of Business.