The Friday Round Up
The countdown is on – two more weeks until Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal comes to town. On February 15 and 16 DanceHouse presents an evening of three works : the magnificent duo Closer by French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, danced to the music of Philip Glass, the ensemble piece Fuel by Cayetano Soto of Brazil, and Harry, a newly commissioned work by American-born, Israel-based Barak Marshall for the full company. For a taste of what you will experience, take a look at this video of the making of Fuel. At the Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. Tix. (Photo by Benjamin Van Wong)
For the next four Tuesdays February 5, 12, 19 and 26, MascallDance presents BLOOM: Experience dance through the wine’s eye and the comic’s tongue!. Five emerging choreographers, part of MascallDance’s choreographic workshop, present short segments of their works in progress. A sommelier selects a wine for each work based on adjectives each of the choreographers use to describe their dance. Spectators are invited to sip a soupcon of the wine while viewing a 5 minute excerpt of the dance. Then a kind but audacious stand-up comic tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. The comic storyteller is able to wittily articulate what is crossing the audience’s mind and has the nerve to say it aloud. Interpretation is laid bare in a sensorial way. At the MascallDance studio, 1130 Jervis St, Vancouver. Cash bar 4:30, show at 5:15 sharp. Tix $10 (includes glass of wine) at the door.
Tonight and tomorrow night grab the last chance to see Pieter Ampe + Guilherme Garrido/CAMPO (Ghent) in Still Standing You. Part of the PuSh Festival and the Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections Series, Still Standing You tests the limits of friendship, rivalry and their own bodies in a rough-and-tumble montage of dance, gymnastics and wrestling. Daring, discomfiting and darkly hilarious, this is an astounding take on masculinity, aggression and tenderness. At the Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix.
Opening for the Chutzpah Festival next Thursday February 7 are two Canadian premieres: Lesley Telford ‘s Brittle Failure & Israel’s Itzik Galili’s When You See God…Tell Him. Opening the evening is BC’s The 605 Collective. Brittle Failure explores the concept of the house as a symbol of permanence and its fundamental importance to our self-identity. This new work defines the conditions when solid materials fracture under pressure and periodically transform by examining the fault-lines of these formed constructions and their inherent fragility even as they give us the illusion of stability. When You See God…Tell Him captures Galili’s ability to balance abstraction and narrative in a work of great finesse that moves audiences deeply. At the Norman Rothstein Theatre, 8pm. Tix. (Photo courtesy of Chutzpah Festival)