The Friday Round Up

•October 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Happy Halloween – we haven’t put anything on your calendar for tonight so you can still do the Halloween thing! But lots to see the rest of the week.

downloadIn just two weeks, November 14 and 15, DanceHouse presents L-E-V in House. I don’t know if you read our last blog, but check it out here to see a video of House and read some great background info about the company and their work. The New York Times says “far from a cozy haven, this house throbs with a rave’s raw, bright energy.” Hmmm, this may be the closest you get to a rave at the Vancouver Playhouse, so come on out! 8pm. Tix (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

On November 4, one night only, see Tara Cheyenne Performance in Highgate, performed by Tara herself and some of Vancouver’s most recognized performers including Justine Chambers and Susan Eliot. Highgate is a morbid romp through Victorian funerary culture, jumping straight from the darkest part of Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s imagination.  Reflecting personal and collective grief a band of figures captivate in this fascinating gothic feast of death, physical oddity, humour and horror. Funny and unbelievably creative, don’t miss this! At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tixtara

Next Thursday November 6 – 8, Ballet BC opens it’s season with three works, including the World Premiere of White Act choreographed by Spanish-born choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan.  Magadan, a new voice in contemporary dance, reveres beauty, passion and nature, as well as the supernatural, and explores “…our constant attraction to everything that confronts and challenges the laws of physics against our mortal nature.” In this new work, he uses his clear artistic voice to create a complex, emotionally abundant world. Magadan has created work for Netherlands Dance Theater, Luna Negra Dance Theater and Ballet Mainz, among others. Ballet BC is the first ballet company in Canada to commission his work. Also works by Jacopo Godani and Vancouver born Lesley Telford. At the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, 8pm. Tix

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival continues until November 11. Growing from a single intimate evening performance in 1990, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival has grown to become Western Canada’s premiere flamenco event, presenting the best in international, Canadian and regional flamenco. The week-long celebration of flamenco draws enthusiastic participants and audiences to several venues in Vancouver. Check out the selection of shows, classes and workshops around town here.

And for you dancers out there, the deadline for Dance Centre’s 12 Minute Max Spring session is November 3. 12MM aims to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. The participants receive subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to research and create their works, with input from the guest curators, and share their work in an informal studio showing open to the public. Some works will be selected for full performance at the end of the season in June 2015. Get those applications in!

And finally: YOUR CHANCE TO BE A PART THE PUSH FESTIVAL! DANCE IN LE GRAND CONTINENTAL®! Here is your chance to perform in the 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival! Join a diverse and dynamic group of Vancouverites for this free, fun, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with an internationally renowned choreographer and star in a memorable, outdoor spectacle!In January 2015 the PuSh Festival will present the Vancouver premiere of Le Grand Continental® by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard in an outdoor downtown Vancouver location. The exciting performance brings together more than 66 participants of all ages, ethnicities, dance experience and backgrounds to perform a contemporary re-imagining of a traditional line dance.

If you’re a dancer at heart—or just want to beWE WANT YOU! To take part in this amazing opportunity, you must attend a recruitment/information session where you can learn more about this project. The next round of recruitment sessions run November 3rd and 4th in Vancouver at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 154 10th Avenue. See you there, dancers! Register @ www.pushfestival.ca

 

 

 

L-E-V 101

•October 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Coming next to DanceHouse, we present Israel’s L-E-V November 14 & 15 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Since 2006, collaborators Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar have been a significant voice in the artistic community, creating a continuous stream of critically acclaimed original works for Batsheva and other eminent dance companies around the world. L-E-V is the culmination of years of momentum, choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, accompanied by the endlessly original music of Ori Lichtik, delivered by fiercely talented dancers that move with expressive precision. House, their latest work, shows off the synthesis of these high level collaborators with a unique sensibility.

L-E-V (which means heart in Hebrew) feeds off of emerging technologies and integrates them effortlessly and unobtrusively into cross-disciplinary stagings that could be equally at home at a techno-club or opera house. L-E-V is the confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion, art and technology—each uniquely expressive while emotionally entwined.
L-E-V embodies a pledge to move and engage a diverse spectrum of new audiences and collaborators. All culminating in the breaking ground of L-E-V in 2013.

The company describes itself as provocative, expressive, collaborative, rhythmic, liquid, and precise.
That sensibility is obvious throughout its many collaborations with global dance companies, including Norway’s Carte Blanche, who performed Corps de Walk as part of DanceHouse’s 2012/13 season.

For the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, 2012’s Lost Cause also shows the company sensibility:

Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, photo by Eyal Nevo

Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, photo by Eyal Nevo

 

Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva between 2003-2004, and House Choreographer of the company between 2005-2012. In 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies in the world: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany. In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. This October, they premiered Untitled Black in collaboration with the Goteborgs Operans Danskompani in Gothenburg, Sweden. Eyal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators and the 2009 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

Gai was a notorious mover and a shaker of Tel Aviv’s live music, art and nightlife scenes from 1999 till 2005. Gai joined Sharon in co-creating Bertolini in 2006 and has collaborated along with Ori Lichtik on the creation of Sharon Eyal’s choreographic works ever since.

 

The Friday Round Up

•October 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So pull on the rubber boots, get out the brolly and venture out to all the amazing dance that is happening this week!

lev-house5-c-christopherduggan__largeIn DanceHouse’s second show of the season, L-E-V and Sharon Eyal bring us HOUSE, November 14 and 15. For many years Sharon Eyal was muse, dancer, and choreographer at Batsheva Dance. With her own company L-E-V (heart in Hebrew), she and collaborator Gai Behar make work that could be equally at home at a techno club or an opera house. Since its inception in 2013, L-E-V has fed off of emerging technologies and integrated them effortlessly and unobtrusively into cross-disciplinary stagings. L-E-V is the confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion, art, and technology—each uniquely expressive while emotionally entwined. With a sensibility seen here in 2013’s Corps de Walk, House’s fiercely talented dancers move with expressive precision as they explore what a house truly is: a home, a club, an asylum, a way station. Take a peek here. Once again, an opportunity to see one of the hottest companies on the international dance scene! At the Vancouver Playhouse 8pm. Tix (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

Don’t miss Bboyizm, at the Cultch until October 26, in their new work Music Creates Opportunity! The piece features traditional street dances including rocking, b-boying, house dancing and pantsula- a street dance from Soweto, South Africa. It showcases music as a universal language that offers a multitude of possibilities for expression. Whether the music is an external force or created by the dancers themselves, music is the critical link between dancers. Take a look at Bboyizm hereTickets and info.

Denise-Clarke-in-WAG-credit-Trudie-Lee-PhotographyDenise Clarke’s Wag continues at the Firehall Arts Centre until October 25. A comedy of tragic proportions Denise Clarke dances her way through this solo performance of tender stories and beautiful music. Loss and cheerful discoveries permeate this blend of monologue and movement, which presents a mosaic of highly personal moments told in Clarke’s signature style. wag is a balm for your heart, a kick in the pants, and essential viewing from this seminal artist. Info and tix.

October 24 and 25 The Contingency Plan and Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre present THE INTERPLAY PROJECT, a contemporary performance lab that celebrates innovation and experimentation in the performing arts. Curated by The Contingency Plan, the production provides an opportunity for artists to play, challenge and discover new ideas around collaboration and performance. The art of live performance will continue to surprise, provoke and engage the audience.  Seven diverse, interdisciplinary artistic partnerships from emerging and established artists working in the visual arts, performance art, dance, music, spoken word, theatre, new media and lighting design, including Naomi Brand & Ben Brown, plastic orchid factory and Amal Rana, Priti Gami Shah & Noor Attar. At the Moberly Arts Centre, 8pm. For more info

October 29 venture out to see the studio showing of 12 Minutes Max. 12MM aims to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. The participants receive subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to research and create their works, with input from the guest curators, and share their work in an informal studio showing open to the public. This years artists are Naomi Brand, Kara Nolte, Jane Osborne and Daisy Thompson. Read the blog here. 6pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. FREE

 

The Friday Round Up

•October 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Busy, busy week ahead. A little bit of something for everyone – or why not try it all?

Tonight you can still catch Brief Encounters RevueBrief Encounters Revue looks back at some of the best pieces Brief Encounters has ever produced. They also return to their favourite live performance venue, Guilt & Co.  1 Alexander St, Vancouver, 8pm. Tix

This Sat. 7-10 pm is Co.ERASGA’s annual fundraising event, if you have not plan anything on the weekend, come out and support dance dance dance..
@ Centre A, 229 E Georgia st.

Tonight and tomorrow night, art and science collide in QUANTUM, the result of Gilles Jobin’s artistic residency at the largest particle physics laboratory in the world – CERN in Geneva, where he worked with scientists to investigate principles of matter, gravity, time and space in relation to the body. Six dancers power through densely textured, sculptural choreography, to evoke the subtle balance of forces that shape our world. Illuminated by Julius von Bismarck’s light-activated kinetic installation built from industrial lamps, and accompanied by an electronic score by Carla Scaletti which incorporates data from the Large Hadron Collider, QUANTUM epitomizes the adventurous, searching spirit of artistic and scientific inquiry. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Post-show talkback Friday October 17. Tix

20140305_bboyizm_mco_14Choreographer Crazy Smooth and company Bboyizm return to the Cultch October 21 to 26 with a new hybrid of rocking and b-boying in the new work Music Creates Opportunity. Brilliantly transitioning hip-hop and breakdancing from the street to the stage, this new creation explores themes of personal expression through authentic street dance while pushing the boundaries of this increasingly popular art form. Music Creates Opportunity features traditional street dances including rocking, b-boying, house dancing and pantsula- a street dance from Soweto, South Africa. While creating past works the company took partnering workshops with Sylvain Lafortune in order to explore different ways to use the street dance vocabulary, and in turn enhance their b-boy foundation. Working on partnering and contact improvisation awakened a curiosity in Crazy Smooth about how street dancers express themselves in relationship to the music, whereas in “contact improvisation” dancers express themselves through a relationship with other moving bodies. The contrast between these two styles is the essence of the new creation and introduces “Rhythmic Contact” into the vocabulary of street dance. At the Cultch, 8pm, October 26 2pm. Tix

Beginning next Thursday October 23 thru to Oct 25, MovEnt with Music on Main present Dances for a Small Stage 31. Taking place as part of the Modulus Festival, the 31st installment features a stellar line-up, including renowned composer John Oswald, choreographer Holly Small, and the Cecilia String Quartet, coupled with Toronto-based dance artists and local favourites Vanessa Goodman, Stewart Iguidez, and Makaila Wallace. The eclectic ensemble will collaborate on a diverse evening of dance, with original Oswald compositions, live performances of Tchaikovsky scores, and more. At the Ukrainian Hall (154 East 10th Avenue), 8pm. Tix $20 at the door (come early!) or tix

 

The Friday Round Up

•October 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Thanksgiving weekend so we have given you time off for the weekend! But still lots of great stuff to see next week.

Wednesday October 15 The Western Front presents The Muted Note. Unaccompanied trombone and voice boldly interpret the poems of the late P.K. Page through song and dance. Scott Thomson’s suite of songs first developed in 2010 as arrangements for his quintet, The Rent, have since been adapted for an intimate duet specially designed for vocalist/dancer Susanna Hood. Together they fuse word and song with dances choreographed and performed by Susanna Hood, “what emerges is a kind of dance between voice and trombone, between word and sound, a subtle counterpoint between conjoined melodies and ideas of voice, always in close connection to the gestural power of Page’s phrases,” -Stuart Broomer, Music Works, 2013. Following their performance, Governor General Award winner and author of Journey with No Maps, A Life of P.K. Page Sandra Djwa leads a conversation with artists Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood. At the Western Front, 303 E8th Avenue, 8pm. For more info and tix go here.

October 16 – 18, as part of the Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections, comes Compagnie Gilles Jobin (Switzerland), in QUANTUM. Art and scienceCN_CieGillesJobin collide in QUANTUM, the result of Gilles Jobin’s artistic residency at the largest particle physics laboratory in the world – CERN in Geneva, where he worked with scientists to investigate principles of matter, gravity, time and space in relation to the body. Six dancers power through densely textured, sculptural choreography, to evoke the subtle balance of forces that shape our world. Illuminated by Julius von Bismarck’s light-activated kinetic installation built from industrial lamps, and accompanied by an electronic score by Carla Scaletti which incorporates data from the Large Hadron Collider, QUANTUM epitomizes the adventurous, searching spirit of artistic and scientific inquiry. Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix.

An evening of 3 contemporary dance world premieres, produced by Karissa Barry and MovEnt. New works by Karissa Barry, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Anne Plamondon, with dancers Karissa Barry, Lexi Vajda and Jessica Wilkie. October 17 and 18, at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm.

 

The Friday Round Up

•October 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello dear fellow dance lovers! Busy weekend last week? We would love to hear your thoughts about any thing you may have seen!

Ballet BCThis Saturday October 4, Ballet BC will perform a site specific piece Products of Our Time that explores how we communicate, how we see ourselves, and how technology has affected what it means to be a social being.  And what is really cool is that it is going to be performed at the Vancouver Airport, and it is FREE! Be there at either Noon or 1pm

Also On Saturday October 4, but this time in the evening, come to watch the street dance competition Last One Stands  at the Michael J.Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby, Burnaby. Info here.

Sunday October 5, New Works presents Flamenco Rosario in their first Dance Allsorts of the season. The company will perform both traditional and contemporary Flamenco. At the Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Granville Island, Vancouver. Tix at the door, or if you want to guarantee a seat buy a ticket beforehand.

The Friday Round Up

•September 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Rest up today, maybe call in sick? Cos you are going to need lots of energy to see all the dance that is being offered around town this weekend!

Soooo, do you want to see the work of someone who puts as much heart and soul into working with kids from the East End of London as he does with the dancers of the British Royal Ballet? Someone whose choreography is as eclectic as a piece for the Paris Opera Ballet and a hugely popular Radio Head music video with over 29,000,000 hits?  Someone who has been named both Commander of the Order of the British Empire – for Services to Dance, and one of the 1000 most Influential Londoners? Well look no further! Tonight or tomorrow get yourselves down to the Vancouver Playhouse to see FAR, choreographed by Wayne McGregor and danced by his company Random Dance. Wayne McGregor is one of the hottest choreographers of our times, and we are so very lucky to see his work here in Vancouver. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (photo Tristram Kentan)Wayne-McGregor-Random-Dan-006

You still have two more days to see local choreographer Judith Garay’s work 20 20 20 with her company Dancers Dancing. Celebrating 20 years of working in Vancouver, Garay looks at 20 intersections in the city to set 20 dancers in motion inspired by interactions of architecture, pigeons, overpasses, green spaces, mountain views, skateboards and especially the people old and young. Contrast and contradiction drive the work to be physically exhilarating and thoughtful, pedestrian and emotionally charged. September 26 and 27, Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver. TIx

Oh what will you choose? Also tonight and tomorrow night, Ballet Preljocaj (France) performs Empty moves (parts I, II & III) . Created by the company’s celebrated French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, Empty moves (parts I, II & III) is set to the infamous 1977 recording of John Cage’s Empty words, when the minimalist composer calmly intoned radically abstracted text to an uncomprehending and increasingly raucous audience. Preljocaj’s choreographic response creates an ode to the abstract which exults in pure movement, as a quartet of superb dancers executes a flow of inexhaustible movement with absolute precision and technical skill. Spare, contemplative and sensual, this absorbing work unfolds as an elegant counterpoint to the turbulent score. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

Always wanted to dance? Well here is your chance: join a diverse and dynamic group of Vancouverites for this free, fun, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with an internationally renowned choreographer and star in a memorable, outdoor spectacle! In January 2015 the PuSh Festival will present the Vancouver premiere of Le Grand Continental® by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard in an outdoor downtown Vancouver location. The exciting performance brings together more than 66 participants of all ages, ethnicities, dance experience and backgrounds to perform a contemporary re-imagining of a traditional line dance. If this seems like the opportunity you have been waiting for, you must attend a recruitment/information session where you can learn more about this project. The next round of recruitment sessions run October 14–18 in Vancouver! And remember - NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! For more info and to register go here.

 

 
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