The Friday Round Up

•June 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

There is some really interesting dance happening this week. Can you convince yourself to come on in from the sunshine to partake a little?

June 4 – 8 Les Productions Figlio presents The Dance Poetry ProjectThe Dance Poetry Project brings dance and storytelling to the intimate settings of private homes and small venues, this time featuring five shows presented in French and English. The Dance Poetry Project is an autobiographical tale by choreographer and playwright Serge Bennathan, with Bertrand Chénier playing bass and piano. Words, music, jubilation and might, an intimate experience deep in the dance world. The story follows a 6 year old boy as he discovers the wonderful and magical world of dance, as he dreams of Ninjinsky, of arabesques and ronds de jambes…The young boy grows up, meets with Nureyev, becomes a dancer, then a choreographer. The Poetry Dance Project is a true love song to those who live their art with courage, passion, joy and selflessness. Go here to see places and times.

a13c5adcab1cfe96f79c08ba1f0d7821Friday and Saturday June 6 and 7 Lamondance presents Cinco. Cinco marks the celebration of Lamondance’s five years of existance and presents five dance works choreographed by Lara Barclay, Monica Proença, Davi Rodrigues and Shauna Elton as a guest choreographer. In these five distinct pieces, Cinco will invoke your emotions taking you as far as you will let your imagination go. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm

Saturday June 7 as part of the In the House Festival see Worlds of Dance. Really wish you could go around the world in 80 days? Now you can go around the world in just over 80 minutes (105 minutes to be precise)! From flamenco to hip hop, contemporary to bellydance, tap to Balinese, it’s a tour around the world through dance. Some of the folks featured are: Her, X and the Wildman w/ Olivia Shaffer (contemporary), Meris Goodman (Balinese) and Meris Goodman (Balinese). 1940 Napier St, Vanouver. 2pm. Tix and Info

On Sunday June 8, after hanging out at the In the House Festival, you can then make your way down to DanceLab Studio Showing at the Dance Centre. Choreographer Anna Kraulis, environmental activist Hannah Carpendale and media artist Leslie Kennah are working together as part of The Dance Centre’s DanceLab program. Join them, along with dancers Jen Aoki, Jen Dunford, Angelina Krahn, Karley Kyle-Moffat, Daphné Paquette and Rianne Svelnis for an informal sharing of research. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm

June 11-13 Family Dinner is an initimate and immersive dining performance. Six guests join a very particular family dinner that explores the choreography of dining, etiquette and social behavioural codes. Each dinner is at once a shared meal, a performance, an embodied recording and a conversation. Created and performed by: Justine A. Chambers, Alison Denham, Billy Marchenski, James Proudfoot, Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, Josh Martin, Aryo Khakpour, Kate Franklin and Michelle Lui. Concept by: Justine A. Chambers.At Ten Fifteen Maple Field House – Hadden Park, Kitsilano. For tix and more info




The Friday Round Up

•May 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Whoops – a little late today, but worth the wait! Have a great week!

Continuing this Friday and Saturday is Noam Gagnon and Nova Bhattacharya’s collaborative work DVote: Lust, Madness, and Mayhem. DVote is their investigation into the dichotomies that separate devotion and submission, the profound and the profane, and sexuality and spirituality. At the Cultch, 8pm. Tix

amberAlso continuing tonight and tomorrow is Amber Funk Barton and the response. in The Art of Stealing, a brand new work based on the action of stealing – what can be taken from us both physically and emotionally without our consent. Barton casts her dancers as both victims and thieves as they seek to manipulate and endure each other, but the ultimate thief in life will outlast them all. At the Firehall Arts Club, 8pm. TIx

Thursday June 5, The Dance Centre presents 12 Minutes Max Studio Showing. 12MM aims to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. The participants receive fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to research and create their works, with input from the guest curators, and will share their work in an informal studio showing open to the public on June 5. The artists this time round are Michael Kong, Caitlin Griffin, Su Lin Tseng, and Jamee Valin. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 5pm.

And for something completely different, but oh so much fun! From May 29 to June 7, the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration presents the City of Bhangra Festival, an eleven-day all-out dance party and music-fest showcasing the music and dance of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. On indoor and outdoor stages, in parks, in clubs, and even right smack downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Festival features hundreds of local and international artists in a series of performances designed for audiences of all ages. Check out their website for details


The Friday Round Up

•May 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Are you ready for this? This is the weekend for end -of – year showings by some of Vancouver’s pre -professional student dance programs. Here goes…

Arts Umbrella started the weekend off last night with their Season Finale featuring works by internationally renowned choreographers such as Fernando   Hernando Magadan, Lesley Telford, Walter Matteini, James Kudelka and more. The dancers graduating from Arts Umbrella are top notch, moving on to dance with companies such as NDT II, Ballets Jazz de Montreal, and Ballet BC. At the Playhouse Theatre, May 23 and 24 7pm, 2pm matinee on Saturday May 24. Tix at the door.

Friday and Saturday, The SOULdiers  presents Gallery of Souls, a look at each individual as the owner of their artistry and what a struggle it can be to balance life in persuing their dreams through dance. The company trains for 9 months in the street styles: Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, Breaking and House and a large component of the training is focused on the individual freestyle aspect of this dance culture. Norman Rothstein Theatre, 8pm. Tix

Saturday May 24 Pro Arte Intermediate & Advanced Pre-Professional Programs with the CatchingART Contemporary Ballet Theatre and live musicians. Featuring excerpts from “Swan Lake, Act 2” staged by Stephana Arnold & Jenny Yoo and dynamic new choreography by Astrid Sherman, Melanie Dance, Tania Brossoit, Stephana Arnold and Kim Dixon. At the Kay Meek Art Centre, 7:30 pm


And now from the world of professional contemporary dance…

May 27 – 31 DVote: Lust, Madness, and Mayhem is presented by Vision Impure (Vancouver) & Nova Dance (Toronto). It may seem at first glance that Nova Bhattacharya and Noam Gagnon come from vastly different worlds, culturally and geographically. Nova is Bengali, an award-winning dancer and choreographer in Toronto, known for her transformation of classical bharatanatyam into stunning contemporary dance. Noam is French-Canadian, an award-winning choreographer and dancer in Vancouver, known for his physically punishing and emotionally baring creations. However, beyond differences in technique and heritage, their recent independent works reveal a shared impulse to mine the depths of their personal experience to create engaging and transcendent performances. DVOTE is a journey they have taken together, both travelling on uncharted ground, coming together in a unique hybrid world. At the Cultch, 8pm. Tix (Photo by David Cooper)

Also starting May 28-31, World premier of The Art of Stealing by Amber Funk amberBarton’s the response.  A brand new work based on the action of stealing – what can be taken from us both physically and emotionally without our consent. Barton casts her dancers as both victims and thieves as they seek to manipulate and endure each other, but the ultimate theif in life will outlast them all. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm.(Photo by Chris Barton)



The Friday Round Up

•May 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Happy Friday! Not so much this week – getting into the summer mode?

edamThe EDAM Choreographic Series continues this weekend tonight and tomorrow night with Intersect, new works by Peter Bingham, Josh Martin and Helen Walkley. Tix $15 or $20 at the door.EDAM Studio Theatre, 303 E. 8th Ave., Vancouver

Tonight Coastal City Ballet, a division of Pacific Dance Arts, presents a new commission of ballet’s great comedy, Coppelia.  Based upon two stories by E.T.A. Hoffman, and set to Leo Delibes’ irresistibly melodic score, this comedic full-length ballet is choreographed by Irene Schneider, former Artistic Director of Germany’s Magedeburg Ballet. At the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver. Tix




The Friday Round Up

•May 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As we head toward the summer and the bigger companies have finished their season, let us cast our eyes to local, Vancouver dancers – and it’s good stuff! Check some of it out this week!

Tonight, tomorrow and May 14, 16 and 17 Edam presents Intersect – new edamwork by Peter Bingham and guest artists Josh Martin and  Helen Walkley. Peter Bingham will present two new duets, The Secret Life of Trees a mesmerizing entanglement performed by Delia Brett and James Gnam; and Promenade, a walk in the park unlike any other walk in the park. Josh Martin of the 605 Collective continues his highly original exploration of movement innovation in a duet performed by Laura Avery and Jessica Wilkie. And choreographer Helen Walkley and composer James Maxwell collaborate together with the dancing prowess of Deanna Peters, Bevin Poole and Olivia Shaffer to create a poetic environment of swirling words, music and movement.Book your ticket early because these shows always seem to sell out the second week, once the word gets out! At the EDAM Studio Theatre, 303 East 8th Ave, 8pm. Tix $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

May 8 thru 10, Brief Encounters is back! Brief Encounters is about cutting-edge collaboration between artists who may otherwise never have worked together. For each Volume, 10 artists are chosen and matched in 5 unusual pairs. The artists meet for the first time 2 weeks before the show. They have never worked together before. From this point on, the only criteria is that each pair perform a new collaborative work. The end result is always a surprise, for everyone. This time Brief Encounters 21 takes us back to their beginnings, returning to Gastown at Guilt and Co, 1 Alexander St, Vancouver 7:30pm. Tix

May 13 Mascall Dance presents  BLOOM Dance Tasting  – Experience dance through the wine’s/beer’s eye and comic’s tongue. Emerging choreographers try out their works while a comedian hilariously  interprets them for the audience. $10 includes wine/beer tasting. At Mascall Dance Studio, 1130 Jervis St. Cash bar 4:30, show 5:15pm. Tix at door.



The Friday Round Up

•May 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It seems this is “showcase” week! Take a look below for oh so many ways to see what our creative dance community is up to. Happy watching!

May 2 & 3 SFU Dance Grads present ELLIPSIS - An evening of new choreographic works by SFU’s program of dance’s graduating class of 2014. This is always a great show so come on out to support some of these aspiring choreographers and dancers! Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, Studio D. Tix at the door. 8pm

May 3 Humanerisms: Speaking Bodies is an investigation of human habits and mannerisms, a choreographic lab featuring 9 new works created and explored by the dancers of Ballet BC. 1pm and 2:30 pm at the South Plaza. Central Vancouver Public Library. 350 West Georgia Street, FREE

diskordanse23052Also May 3 (It’s getting to be a busy weekend!) The diskordanse Company presents ARIA. Not a single voice. Not an opera. Simply the Italian word for air. A magnitude however to the scale of an opera – contemporary movement explored, experienced in an emotional journey through psychological and fantastical facets. Manipulating air. Playing with fire, electricity, technology. A not-so-silent scream. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

Tuesday May 6 LINK Showcase 2014. LINK is an annual performance and celebration of community dance in Vancouver. Resident dance groups from community centres and troupes from around the city come together to present an array of community dance practices. On this night five community dance ensembles share compelling new dances created by: Miriam Colvin & Julie Lebel with the Roundhouse Community Dancers/ Naomi Brand with the Roundhouse Ageless Dancers/ Julie Lebel with Foolish Operations Ensemble/ Miriam Esquitín & Kristina Lemieux with Polymer Dance/ Desiree Dunbar with Dezza Dance. 7:30pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Tix $5 at the door – you can’t do better than that to see an evening of dance! And check out their FB page!

And now for something a little different! For you dancers (and other performing artists for that matter!) The 149 Arts Society is proud to announce the 2nd Annual LAUNCH Festival! an interdisciplinary performance and mentorship showcase for Vancouver’s professional emerging artists.  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; 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. You can find the application form under events on the SFU Woodwards website: For further information regarding LAUNCH Festival! 2014 please contact Festival Coordinator Mallory Gallant at

The Friday Round Up

•April 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Oh sunny days! And Happy International Dance Week!

Ballet BC ends it season tonight and tomorrow with UN/A. This looks to be an amazing finale to the season with three world premieres! Montreal choreographer Gioconda Barbuto returns to create a new full company commission. Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, a rising star in the international dance world and past Artistic Director of the prominent Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater, has chosen Ballet BC to be the first Canadian company he has chosen for his newest choreographic adventure. And finally Spaniard Cayetano Soto , a vibrant new voice in contemporary ballet, has created the  moody and intense Twenty Eight Thousand Waves, set to haunting music by Bryce Dessner and David Lang. At the Queen Elizabeth, 8pm. Tix

aeirosaApril 29 is International Dance Day! The Dance Centre is celebrating with a full day of events including performances by Aeriosa and SOULdiers, and studio showings by Vanessa Goodman and Deanna Peters, among others. See here for a full listing of the days events. At the Dance Centre unless other wise stated.(Photo Tim Matheson)

The Shadbolt Centre is also celebrating International Dance Day with a series of informal  dance performances by resident companies Continuum and Youth in Motion, Meredith Kalaman, Arash Khakpour, Salome Nieto with special guest Toto Berriel, and Donna Redlick. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. Studio 103,10am-12pm . FREE


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