The Friday Round Up
So have you recovered from the last week of oh so much dance! I heard mumbles of “dance overdose” after this last weekend. What is the cure for that? More dance!
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Saturday and Sunday see the last dance event of the Chutzpah! Festival with Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, this time with a new work If at All. The piece is a moving theatrical work of distinct, contrasting pieces that deal with powerful philosophical and political struggles such as humanity’s indifference to issues of social justice and the barriers that inhibit individual freedoms.
Also on the program is the return of Israeli American choreographer Barak Marshall in a Festival Creative Residency where he will share his international experience with the local dance community. Opening the evening is a remount of his gorgeous duet Zion, originally choreographed for Batsheva Ensemble, and performed by Vancouver’s own James Gnam and Rebecca Margolick. 8pm, Sunday 2pm matinee at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Tix
In the Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! Noon Hour Series, Feb 28 the vibrant rhythms and sounds of Afro-Cuban dance and music take the stage in an exciting program with Israel ‘Toto’ Berriel & Friends, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Africa and the Caribbean. This special presentation features an ensemble of dancers and musicians led by Israel ‘Toto’ Berriel, a renowned traditional Afro-Cuban percussionist and vocalist who has toured internationally. Scotiabank Dance Centre, noon. Tix.
Starting Feb 28 – March 2 check out what some of the SFU dance undergrads are doing in Motion, Picture. The program’s variety mirrors the performers’ interests and influences, and each work highlights the dynamism of the performers as dancers as well as the nature of the performers as human beings. Motion, Pictures is a reflection of the spectrum of relationships and interactions experienced on a universal level. At SFU Woodwards, 8pm. Tix
If classical ballet is your thing then Ballet BC presents The National Ballet of China in Swan Lake, Feb. 27-28 & Mar. 1-2, On its first Canadian tour, this production of Swan Lake, choreographed by the great Russian ballerian Natalia Makarova, showcases the National Ballet of China’s solid foundation in Russian-style classical ballet. Founded in 1959, the strong, assured ensemble is grandly suited to the extreme demands of the classical style. The ardours and sense of mystery inherent in Swan Lake are beautifully framed by Peter Farmer’s darkly brooding designs. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix