The Friday Round Up
Did you see anything you liked last week? Tell us about it – we love to hear from you!
Roslyn Sulcas of The New York Times says of Underland: “There’s a visceral thrill to Stephen Petronio’s choreography that is unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers… a superb craftsman who knows how to build and layer a dance, pace the whiplash speed and ….create intriguing configurations through spatial patterns…the movement, with its improbable juxtapositions, seems to pour across the stage…”
You still have time to see Dances for a Small Stage tonight and tomorrow night. Now in its 12th year, the highly popular event sees dance artists and choreographers perform with three key restrictions: the stage is just 10 by 13 feet, the pieces are only five to seven minutes long, and they must be complete works with beginnings, middles and ends. Among the premieres is a work by veteran MachineNoisy choreographer Daelik that explores outer space using silver emergency blankets, a capoeira-fuelled creation by Farley Johansson, and a piece by Dayna Szyndrowski that combines tap with looped live harp. Sounds like fun – at it’s new venue the Ukranian Centre, 154 E 10th at Main St, Vancouver. 8pm (door at 7pm – get there early, this event always sells out!) Tix or $20 at the door, 19+. And they sell perogies to boot! (Photo by Chris Randle)
Tomorrow Saturday you can spend the day at the ScotiaBank Dance Centre Open House, with classes and studio showings galore. See here for a full listing of events. The day culminates in a performance of Danny Nielsen in LOVE.BE.BEST.FREE. Danny Nielsen is one of Canada’s brightest young tap talents and a rising star on the international scene, known for his astonishing technical prowess, musical flair and innovative approach. LOVE.BE.BEST.FREE is his first full-evening tap creation: it follows a man’s quest for love, and his journey of personal discovery. How far will we lose ourselves to find love with someone else? An electrifying all-male cast comprising Ryan Foley, Shay Kuebler, Johnathan Morin and Nielsen himself tells a story for our times through tap, with live music by singer/songwriter Andrea Superstein and pianist Sharon Minemoto. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix
Tuesday September 17 The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies: Scientific and Academic Knowledge Conference presents ”An Exploration of Fairness, Interdisciplinary Inquiries in Law, Science and the Humanities”. This event features a performance by Margie Gillis, music composed by Peter Wall Composer in Residence Dr. Alfredo Santa Ana, and book launch with 15 author poster discussion. At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 5:30 – 7:30. Free.