The Friday Round Up
So much to see this week – actually for the rest of this month! Hold onto your hats…
One more week to go until DanceHouse’s presentation of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal hits town – February 15 and 16. An internationally renowned repertory company, BJM continues in the spirit of exploration that has been its hallmark since 1972. One of three works to be presented, Barak Marshall’s Harry was inspired by the inner battles we all wage. “Life is a constant struggle,” he says, “in which we are continually faced with conflicts with regard to culture, gender, species.” Teeming with energy, the work underscores a recurrent theme in human interactions: conflicts and our ability to overcome them. Two other works, Cayetano Soto’s ensemble piece Fuel, and the magnificent duo Closer by French choreographer Benjamin Millepied and danced to the music of Philip Glass, will complete the evening. Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. Tix (Photo Gregory Batardon)
Tonight, Feb 8, see Signal to Noise, an interactive video dance piece that explores the inter-relationships between art, technology and humanity in the modern world. In collaboration with technical designer Craig Alfredson, choreographed and performed by Kelly McInnes and Arash Khakpour in a studio showing at the Dorothy Somerset studio, UBC 3:30pm and 7pm. Free
The Chutzpah! Festival presents two Canadian Premieres: Lesley Telford Brittle Failure & Israel’s Itzik Galili When You See God…Tell Him and opening the evening is BC’s The 605 Collective Feb. 7 @ 8 pm, Feb. 9 @ 9 pm, Feb. 10 @ 7 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre. Tix.
Mascall Dance’s BLOOM series continues with dance, wine and comedy, where 5 emerging choreographers show pieces of their work, paired with wine and comic storyteller Deborah Williams as she tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. Feb 12, 19 and 26, $10 at the door (glass of wine included).
You are going to have to fight over who gets to choose for Valentines Day! Or go to both and celebrate twice! Feb 14, 15 and 16 battery opera performance + Par B.L.eux (Vancouver/Montreal) present the premiere of Body-Scan: Sweet Gyre. Choreographed and performed by Montreal’s Benoît Lachambre and battery opera’s Su-Feh Lee and following on from their 2008 ensemble piece Body-Scan, this new duet explores the human body as a porous conduit through which our personal and collective history, memory and desires pass, and features images by New York photographer Robert Flynt and live music by Juno Award-winning musician and composer Jesse Zubot. Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix (Photo courtesy of Battery Opera)
Also Feb 14 to 16 Dances for a Small Stage, Vancouver’s dynamic performance series, returns for its 28th installment, featuring three evenings of intimate and compelling works in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the year’s most romantic holiday, the dancers examine the feelings, relationships, and stories associated with the universal emotion of love. Performers include Billy Marchenski, Alison Denham, Donald Sales, Arash Khakpour, Clare Twiddy, Meagan O’Shea, Dayna Szyndrowski, Karissa Barry, and sisters Yeva and Thoenn Glover. 8pm Tix