What a week – and there is more to come! Can you keep up?
Looking into the near future, prepare yourself for the coming of DanceHouse’s last show of the season Rocco from EMIO GRECO | PIETER C. SCHOLTEN (ICKamsterdam). ICKamsterdam is the International Choreographic Arts Centre, a platform for contemporary dance under the artistic direction of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. To find out more about the work they do, see the video here. In ROCCO, based on the film by Luchino Visconti: Rocco e i suoi fratelli, dancers become boxers and boxers become dancers. The intense abandon in the film’s boxing scenes finds a parallel in the physical dedication of the dancers. It really is quite spectacular as you can see in the trailer of the show. And if you want to be right in the midst of it all, call the DanceHouse box office at 604.801.6225 and they can offer you ringside seats! Or get your tickets online. April 4 and 5, Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. (Photo Gerco de Vroeg)
March 4-9 celebrate the 2014 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. Produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology. The festival will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions. There are a number of events – for more info go here.
Tonight and tomorrow, don’t miss one of the hottest dance companies in North America when Northwest Dance Project makes its highly anticipated Canadian debut in The Best of Now. In this limited engagement performance, the company performs stunning works commissioned from prolific Vancouver artist Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Slipper, and renowned European dance makers. At the Cultch, 8pm. TIx
The Vancouver International Dance Festival opens tonight featuring three delicious weeks of dance from China, Spain, The United States, Germany, and Canada, informed by techniques and styles as diverse as Butoh, flamenco, and ballet, and cutting edge contemporary dance. Some examples include Créations Estelle Clareton & Montréal Danse (Montreal), Yui Kawaguchi & Aki Takase (Germany), and local company Dancers Dancing. There are also numerous FREE shows, both at the Roundhouse, Woodwards Atrium and Longsdale Quay. There is too much to mention here, so go to the VIDF website for more details. (Photo Ben Philippi)