Festival LAUNCH!

•April 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment



Call for Professional Emerging Artists!

APPLY NOW for LAUNCH Festival! 2014

Application Deadline: May 22, 2014
Festival: June 19-21, 2014
Where: SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street.
*There are no age limits; no fee to apply; all applicants must be residents of the Lower Mainland.

The 149 Arts Society is proud to announce the 2nd Annual LAUNCH Festival!, an interdisciplinary performance and showcase for Vancouver’s professional emerging artists. LAUNCH Festival! 2013 featured a wide array of industry mentors, including Max Wyman, a Vancouver writer and arts policy consultant, and one of Canada’s leading cultural commentators; award-winning musician, songwriter and composer Veda Hille was our host. This year we welcome back mentors Jim Smith, producer of DanceHouse Vancouver; Emma Lancaster, PR powerhouse whose clients have included DanceHouse and The Arts Club; Gary Cristall, co-founder of the Vancouver Folk Festival; Vanessa Goodman, company member of Dancers Dancing under Judith Garay; and Murray Gibson, Talent Agent for RED Management.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a public showcase before a panel of artistic professionals, attend workshops taught by industry mentors, and receive advice from a mentor in their chosen artistic discipline.We want to go even higher for LAUNCH Festival! 2014 and are looking for innovative submissions that will push conventional boundaries. We are looking for original and exciting material and will be accepting in the following mediums: music, media arts, performance arts, dance, and new forms.

What’s a professional emerging artist? Professional emerging artists have made a personal commitment to a career in the arts, they have specialized training in the field (though not necessarily in academic institutions), they have a history of creation and/or presentation in a professional context, but are not yet recognized by professional associations, and they are in need of professional development and exposure.

Additional application details can be found on SFU’s webpage.

For further information regarding LAUNCH Festival! 2014 please contact Festival Coordinator Mallory Gallant.

The Friday Round Up

•April 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

You know, Vancouver really is a great place for dance. This week we have multiple opportunities to see some of the work of  our younger, upcoming choreographers and dancers. Enjoy!

Dances for a Small Stage has a great new project called Community Stages that teams up professional dancers and musicians to collaborate in public spaces. The artists will create and rehearse original works on site, allowingdancer-communitystages them to develop voices as artists by gaining new tools for creation and performance, and by being influenced by the environment and people in the community centre in which they are performing. Every week for the next two months, over the course of the day works will be performed at five community centres throughout the city. Go to the website for days and times. A final showing will happen May 24.

This Sunday Dance Allsorts presents Ziyian Kwan/dumb instrument Dance in a slow awkward and Natalie Gan Hong Kong Exile in NINEEIGHT. The April program for Dance Allsorts offers explorations of Asian-Canadian identities and Asian Diasporas in the Vancouver context. The two original works, co-commissioned by CanAsian Dance, in collaboration with New Works, have been inspired by the I Ching, and the Yin and Yang (in a slow Dumbawkward), alongside humour, Mo Lei Tau Cinema, and the understanding and deciphering of one’s own heritage and history at a distance (in NINEEIGHT). At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm. Tix online or at the door, pay what you can. And if you want to experience and experiment more with what you see, the following Saturday April 19 a workshop will be offered by the choreographers at the Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver at 11:25 am. (Photo courtesy of dumb instrument Dance)

Also on Sunday April 13 Restless Productions presents CPR 5.1 Choreographic Practice and Research Early Research Sharing. Choreographers Jacinte Armstrong, Caitlin Griffin and Jamee Valin are working with a group of local professional dancers in the creation of works that have gone through the first phase of research, the results of which will be shown in this informal showing. The second phase of development will happen in August/September of this year. At the Dance Centre, Kraul Studio, 7pm.


The Friday Round Up

•April 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Close your eyes and imagine the sun is shining – at least it’s Friday!

ROCCOIn the final show of the DanceHouse season (2014/15 Season to be revealed TONIGHT!) – Rocco by Emio Greco and Pieter C.Scholten of ICK AMSTERDAM happens today and tomorrow! Do you have your tickets yet? We have shown you videos of the piece, but take a little trip to the ICK AMSTERDAM website and you will be truly amazed at what else goes on at ICK. And if you need more convincing, read what the Georgia Straight has to say about the work. Of course, nothing is as good as the real thing and there are still tickets available online or by calling the DanceHouse box office at 604.801.6225. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm.

If you would like to know more about the collaboration between Emio Greco and Pieter C.Scholten in the development of Rocco, come to the Dialogue on Dramaturgy Sunday April 6. Greco and Scholten are on the cutting edge of dance in Europe, and this is a unique opportunity to learn more about their process in a discussion of the work with Pieter C.Scholten himself. At World Studio, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, 11am – 1pm.

April 2 – 5 Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts‘ show presents Perspective/RetrospectivePerspective/Retrospective is a dance program featuring the canonic work Native Green by Merce Cunningham with music by John King, Graze by Charlotte Boye-Christensen of NOW International Dance (NOW-ID) with music by Philip Glass, and 144 by Henry Daniel with music composed by John Cage and Owen Underhill, performed live by Vancouver’s Fringe Percussion Ensemble. Native Green is an original work by Merce Cunningham, and is being re-mounted by SFU dance faculty member Megan Walker-Straight, who danced in the originalmerce creation of the piece. The piece has been re-mounted using Cunningham’s original notes and videos, and the dancers will be using the actual costumes used when the Merce Cunningham Dance Company last performed the piece. This is a unique opportunity to see a work of one of the greats of modern dance. For more info on the re-mounting of the work, read the article here. At Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards. 8pm. Tix or at the door.(Photo courtesy of The Independent)

Tonight you have a last chance to see Shay Kuebler’s Karoshi . According to Kuebler, the basis for Karoshi arrives from the conflicts of modern and historical culture, and societal and personal need, leading to detracting, disruptive and destructive ends. The piece aims to physically and visually express some extreme cases of conflict caused by the juxtaposition of cultural and societal form – personal want and societal need. In this all male cast, along with Taiko drumming, video footage and choreography influenced by martial arts, you will find some outstanding dancing and choreography.  At the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm. Tix

And now for something completely different!  Tango Party – yaaaay! Saturday April 5 With Latin Dance Master Diego Sanchez and Tango social until midnight! Have some wine and dance the night away! 4858 Imperial St, BurnabyTics $8 in advance or $10 @ the door, includes FREE class @ 8:30pm.


Dialogue on Dramaturgy

•April 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Are you interested in HOW dance is made? In WHY choreographers stage things the way they do?
Attend Dialogue on Dramaturgy this weekend and find out from Pieter C. Scholten, one half of ICKamsterdam and long-time dramaturgical partner to choreographer Emio Greco. (He’s the dude in the glasses.)


This two-part event includes:

Saturday April 5– Performance of Rocco. Vancouver Playhouse – 8pm

Sunday April 6– Dialogue on Dramaturgy with Pieter C. Scholten, Co-Artistic Director of ICKamsterdam
World Studio, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s
149 W Hastings St. Vancouver, BC
11am – 1pm

$39.50 ($35 + facility fee + GST) (That’s a substantial savings on JUST the price of a ticket!)

Rocco is inspired by Luchino Visconti’s film Rocco I suoi Fratelli, a story of brotherhood and the struggle for a better life. The potential of physical and psychological extremes that Visconti explores in his film, layer by layer, resound in this dance performance of Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. The intense surrender which is evident in the boxing scenes of the film finds its parallel in the physical dedication of the dancers, who trained with an Italian boxing teacher during the work’s development.

Participants will see the show on Saturday, then, in Sunday’s presentation, theatre artist Scholten will discuss his collaboration with Co-Artistic Director and choreographer Emio Greco of ICK Amsterdam (The International Choreographic Arts Centre) and his vision of dramaturgy. Videos illustrating conversations between ICK Amsterdam guest artist choreographers and their dramaturgs will be followed by an open discussion between Pieter and workshop participants to discuss work that is presently being done here in Vancouver, dramaturgy for non-narrative formats, and possibilities for the future.

To register, call 604.801.6225 or email info@dancehouse.ca

Registration includes one ticket to Rocco at the Vancouver Playhouse, Saturday, April 5, 8pm; and admission to the workshop at SFU Woodward’s, Sunday, April 6, 11am.

Presented with The Dance Centre and SFU Woodward’s, with the support of MetroVancouver and the Performing Arts Fund of the Netherlands.

The Friday Round Up

•March 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Rocco 6Next week is a busy week for DanceHouse! First off on Tuesday April 1 we have Speaking of Dance: Dramaturgy of the Body. Learn more about contemporary dance research at the International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICK Amsterdam) under the direction of Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten. World Studio, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street. 7pm. FREE!

So now with your appetite wet at Speaking of Dance, you need to go on down to see the performance of Rocco by Emio Greco and Pieter C.Scholten (ICKAMSTERDAM) Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5. In Rocco dancers become boxers and boxers become dancers. In a boxing ring one challenges the other by striking punches, fast footwork, and virtuoso tactics. The dancers represent brotherhood in all its senses: the good and the bad, devil and angel, the androgynous and the incestuous. They are Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Laurel and Hardy. Rocco is a dance performance about physical and psychological extremes.Ringside seats are yours if you call  the DanceHouse box office at 604.801.6225, or online here. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm.

Now if you really want more and the relationship between dance and dramaturgy is of interest to you, Sunday April 6 deepen your understanding at the Dialogue on Dramaturgy. Pieter C.Scholten, theatre artist and Co-Artistic Director of ICKAMSTERDAM), will discuss his collaboration with Co-Artistic Director and choreographer Emio Greco of ICK Amsterdam, and his vision of dramaturgy. $39.50 for both Saturday night show and Sunday workshop. World Studio, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street. 11am – 1 pm. Call DanceHouse at 604.801.6225 for info and tix.

Phew, that’s almost enough in itself! But there is more to see. Tonight and tomorrow night, as part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, 10 Gates Dancing Inc. with Public Recordings, presents Room With Sticks. Drawing upon decades of experience as a performer, choreographer and educator, and influenced by his six years of study as a monk in the Hakukaze soto zen monastery in Ottawa, 10 Gates Dancing Inc.’s Tedd Robinson is well known for his idiosyncratic and unique creations. A site specific work that will transform the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. Room with Sticks is a collaborative movement and sound performance that includes sculptural elements, sound from natural sources, and movement into and out of balance. Roundhouse, 7pm. FREE with VIDF membership ($3).

Also tonight and tomorrow night, companies Créations Estelle Montreal_Danse_Gallery_2-724x343Clareton and Montréal Danse bring the work S’envoler. The piece examines identity, place and belonging, asking the question of how one develops roots, weaves together the intimate links of memory and attachments to a place, and ultimately, what if one’s place is best found in the migration between points? At the Roundhouse, 8pm. (Photo courtesy of VIDF)

And finally for this coming week, April 2 -4, Shay Kubler presents his work Karoshi. From the stifling confines of the world of the white collar office worker, 6 virtuosic performers reveal the internal chaos in a society where protocol and format out-weigh personal fulfillment and freedom. Anything can happen and it does so if you’ve ever wanted to throw your computer through a window, this is the show for you! Take a look at a video of the work, and buy your tickets here. At the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm.

The Friday Round Up

•March 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Really, a week has gone by? I don’t know about you but we have seen some great shows these couple of weeks!

ROCCO5_expandedThe countdown is on to DanceHouse’s presentation of ROCCO all the way from Amsterdam, the home of EMIO GRECO|PIETER C. SCHOLTEN (ICKAMSTERDAM). The Guardian, London says “The balletic bouts of speedy steps, jabbed limbs and torqued torsos are choreographed in strict rotational symmetry and tied to the arrhythmic jitters of a percussive score. Rocco is strong on mood and atmosphere…”  See what they are talking about in this video. Join us ringside and see the show up close – tickets for ringside seats can be obtained  by calling the DanceHouse box office at 604.801.6225. Or for regular tickets you can go online .

The Vancouver International Dance Festival continues this week. Tonight and tomorrow Yui Kawaguchi and Aki Takase perform in Cadenza (Die Stadt im Klavier). In the five years since the dancer asked the jazz pianist to appear on stage for the first time the duo have continued to weave their passionate dialogue leading to the creation of Cadenza, where the concert piano is the central tool of the evening’s performance. Check out the video and then head on over to the show at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 8pm. Tix.

Also tonight and tomorrow night as part of VIDF, Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley, both of the 605 Collective, will be performing two solos: Leftovers, created and performed by Josh, and Cella, created and performed by Lisa with a live accompaniment by Gabriel Saloman. See the video here. At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 7pm. FREE

For more shows at VIDF go to their website – another 10 days of dance!

Sidra BellAnd if you like to plan ahead, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 27 – 29 Sidra Bell Dance New York performs in Stella and a New Work as part of the Chutzpah Festival and the Dance Centre Global Dance Connections. New York choreographer Sidra Bell is rapidly gaining an international profile for her visceral work, which ignites the imagination and unravels the complexities of the human condition through a distinctly female lens: her creations have been described as brainy, exuberant, sensual, romantic and intensely physical. At the Dance Centre,8pm. Saturday 2pm matinee. (Photo by Jubal Battisti)

The Friday Round Up

•March 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A little quieter than the last couple of weeks, but still so much to see, so much to do!

ROCCO5_expandedSo you want to know more about Rocco, DanceHouse’s last presentation of the season April 4 and 5, presented by EMIO GRECO|PIETER C.SCHOLTEN (ICKAMSTERDAM)? The International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam) is a platform for contemporary dance under the artistic leadership of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Since 1995, the duo have accumulated an internationally acknowledged expertise in the development of a new dance form, with tradition serving not only as a source of inspiration, but also as a counterforce. Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten began their joint search for new dance forms in 1995. After their first work Bianco in 1996, that same year, they set up the Emio Greco | PC dance company with which they created internationally successful dance productions until 2001. Subsequently, they shifted their frontiers to opera, music and film. Rocco is one of their many collaborations. But enough said – ladies and gentlemen, Rocco. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix. (Photo by Laurent Ziegler)

And for those of you interested in the making of Rocco and the relationship between dramaturgy and dance, Dialogue on Dramaturgy Sunday April 6 may be for you! Participants will see the show on Saturday, then, in Sunday’s presentation, theatre artist Scholten will discuss his collaboration with Co-Artistic Director and choreographer Emio Greco of ICK Amsterdam (The International Choreographic Arts Centre) and his vision of dramaturgy. Videos illustrating conversations between ICK Amsterdam guest artist choreographers and their dramaturgs will be followed by an open discussion between Pieter and workshop participants to discuss work that is presently being done here in Vancouver, dramaturgy for non-narrative formats, and possibilities for the future. $39.50 for BOTH the show on Sat night and the Dialogue Sunday. Go here for more info.

Have you seen anything at the Vancouver International Dance Festival yet? There is Modus_Op_Gallery_2-724x343certainly enough to keep you busy for the next two weeks. This weekend Modus Operandi dances in Structure Tone, choreographed by Deanna Peters and it is FREE, at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Also this week as part of the VIDF, March 19 and 20, Michael Sakamoto and Rennie Harris dance in Flash, a conversation in movement between two remarkable artists. Flash brings together Michael Sakamoto, a transdisciplinary creator best known for his innovative and philosophical approach to butoh, and Rennie Harris, an award winning, critically acclaimed hip hop choreographer who has served as USA cultural ambassador to Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. In this dance duet, the artists create a dialogue and exploration between their aesthetics of butoh and hip hop, cultural background, and personalities. Also FREE, and also at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Lots more at the VIDF – see here.

If tango is more your thing, BC Tango presents Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes, and Guillermo Salvat & Silvia Grynt  in Tango Gala. At the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell St, Vancouver. Tix


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