The Friday Round Up

•November 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello Sunshine! But it is coooold out there, so come on in with us to see some dance this week!

maxresdefault (1)First up, tonight and tomorrow night, DanceHouse presents L-E-V from Israel with House. The dancers and crew have arrived, and are around town giving workshops and preparing for tomorrow night’s show. Just incase you need more convincing, watch this solo from House.  And if you can, come to the pre-show chat before the show. Local choreographer and dancer Vanessa Goodman (Contingency Plan) will be chatting with composer for House, Ori Lichtik. Since their first collaboration on Bertolina, Lichtik has created alongside co-creators Gai Behar and Sharon Eyal throughout the choreographic process, reflecting off of the dancers’ movements, and as often inspiring and prompting them with the tone and pace of his percussive sounds and rhythms. The compositions result in precise sets that structure the works. Each live show is then improvised with fresh layers of digitally manipulated effects, creating a unique sound experience for every event. And interestingly Lichtik is one of the founding fathers of the techno scene in Israel; he has created, produced and spinned musical productions, techno raves and various other music and performance events since 1996. Want to hear more – then be there at 7:15 in the Upper Lobby of the theatre.  At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm showtime, 7:15pm pre-show chat. Tix (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

This Sunday November 16 New Works presents as part of it’s Dance Allsorts series Grupo America. From the Pre-Columbian era to modern day, Latin American dance traditions are a diverse cross-section of culture, history, music, and art in dance form. Dances from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, El Salvador, USA, Dominican Republic, Argentina and more will be featured in this exhilarating performance.Vancouver-based Grupo America has dazzled international audiences with spectacular performances, featuring top dancers and choreographers from leading folkloric ballet companies across Latin America. Pushing stylistic boundaries in a diverse spectrum of dance from every corner of the Americas, they combine “sizzling” modern routines with beautiful traditional numbers. Their numerous and striking costumes sets them apart, in a visual explosion of colour and glamour. Grupo America is one of Canada’s most extraordinary dance ensembles, with their irrepressible passion, energy, and “sabor”. And if you really like what you see, the performance will be followed by a workshop! Performance: 2pm, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Advance tickets for guaranteed seating available online. Pay what you can at the door:$15 Suggested donation, $5 for children under 12. Workshop: 3:15pm, open to all ages and ability levels, limited to 30 people. To secure your spot register in advance, email:

November 19-22 The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents pataSola DanceCamino al Tepeyac. Exploring the scope andSalome Nieto - Camino al Tepeyac(1) depth of her Mexican culture and bringing her curiosity over its marvelous reality and surrealism as the starting point for this work, Vancouver’s Salome Nieto uses religious iconography, beliefs and traditions as inspiration for this work. An investigation into the themes of devotion, ritual and myth, Camino al Tepeyac is a metaphor for the convergence of two cultural and religious beliefs in one female deity that is the origin and end of all things. The Aztecs called her Tonantzin (Our Mother Coatlicue) and after the conquest her name became Virgin of Guadalupe and the Mother of the Mexican people in the Catholic faith. At the Shabolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm. Tix or 604-205-3000.
Also November 19-22 see some of Vancouver’s next generation of contemporary dancers in EPIC. The evening involves over 60 dancers from training programs Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella Grad Program and the SFU Repertory Dancers in 3 works choreographed by Crystal Pite + Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Wang and Katie DeVries. A bold ensemble combining raw physicality and passion – not to be missed! 8pm plus 2 pm matinee on the 22nd. Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards. Tix $15 / $5.

The Friday Round Up

•November 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Another wonderful week of dance. Enjoy!

Only a week away until L-E-V hits town with their incredible work House. L-E-V means “heart” in Hebrew, and if you watch this video you will see there is a lot of heart, and passion, in this piece! Did you know that Gal Behar, one of the co-founders of L-E-V, used to produce raves? Perhaps that is why many critics who have seen this piece say it feels “rave like”. So do you have your tickets yet? If not, you can buy them here – either Friday Nov 14 or Saturday Nov 15. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm.

Have you ever been to a Speaking of Dance, DanceHouse’s series of talks developed to deepen your understanding of dance and augment your “dance speak”?  Well this Tuesday November 11 might be a good time to try it. Apart from it being a holiday so you don’t have to rush over after work, we have local dancer and choreographer Vanessa Goodman from the Contingency Plan speaking about L-E-V, and the role the Israeli companies have played in the development of contemporary dance. And it is FREE! 7pm, World Studio, SFU Woodwards.

This weekend, Friday to Sunday, Co. Erasga presents Undivided Colours/A Symposium. Friday and Saturday include panel discussion with various artists, and Saturday and Sunday performances by Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Peter Chin and William Lau, anongst others. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre and the Roundhouse Community Centre. See here for more info.

A.U.R.A._001Ballet BC is back in it’s season opener with three works, including A.U.R.A.(Anarchist Unit Related to Art), choreographed by Jacopo Godani and premiered in 2012. Check out the video of this intense and fascinating work set to an electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord. Friday and Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix (photo Michael Slobodian)


November 8, Saturday, in Encounters @ Merge, dancers Darcy McMurray, Chris Wright and Elissa Hanson, will be paired with a musician they’ve never performed with, to collaborate in a duo performance. Then the entire ensemble will perform together to close the evening.The accompanying musicians are
Jeff Younger - guitar/electronics, Viviane Houle- voice, and James Meger - upright bass. Doors 9:30, show at 10pm at Merge, corner of Powell and Clark. Info

Learn More about L-E-V at Speaking of Dance!

•November 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Vanessa GWe are really keeping you busy aren’t we! One more great thing to add to your dance schedule for next week: Speaking of Dance! Local dancer and choreographer Vanessa Goodman of the Contingency Plan will give an illustrated presentation on the work of Sharon Eyal and her company L-E-V: “From foundation to evolution, a look at how movement vocabulary is imbued with a history and linage of the past. Examining traces of what was, that inform the aesthetics of today.” For more info go here

Speaking of Dance is a great way to not only learn more about the company coming to town (in this case, L-E-V), but the conversations that ensue are always lively and engaging, and allow us to deepen our understanding of dance and how it fits into our world. And don’t think you have to be a “dance expert” to come – not true! Everyone welcome – whether you are a dancer, someone wanting to learn more about the upcoming show, or are just curious about what is being discussed here!

Tuesday November 11, 7pm  Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards,149 W. Hastings St. FREE

Presented by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and DanceHouse.

See you there!




GAGA Masterclass with Rebecca Hytting from L-E-V!

•November 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

For all you dancers out there – a one time opportunity! A GAGA masterclass with Rebecca Hytting, certified GAGA instructor and dancer with visiting dance company L-E-V! Seriously, this is a class you do not want to miss because GAGA classes can only be offered by certified instructors, of which we have none here in Vancouver!  Thursday November 13, 10-11:30 am at the Dance Centre. $10.

While pre-registration is not required it is STRONGLY recommended!

And if you are looking at the screen with a blank look on your face because you really do not know what GAGA is – never fear! Here is some info on GAGA:

Gaga is a movement language invented by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasures in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin See a video of Ohad Naharin speaking about GAGA.

(Photo by Gadi Dagon)

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 @




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



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