The Friday Round Upnn

•October 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s kind of a quiet week on the dance scene. Maybe it was planned that way so that we can go out and enjoy the last days of sunshine? Enjoy!

Until Saturday October 3, Vancouver choreographer Joe Laughlin, and his company JOE INK, present the 4ourworld premiere of 4OUR. The work’s roots run deep and shine a light on the arc of life – from early childhood through the inevitable aging process, until we lose the people we love. The resulting creation explores the power of memory and the formation of memories as we navigate through the years. Injected with melancholy, humour and celebration, 4OUR is a joyous and poignant reflection on the evolution of our lives and on those who influence, support, protect, and ultimately leave us – yet the memories ineffably linger on.Laughlin will perform alongside dance-greats Gioconda Barbuto, Heather Dotto, and Kevin Tookey. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. TixPhoto Michael Slobodian

Dancers dancingJumping ahead a bit, next Thursday October 9 you can check out some contemporary dance and tap dance on the same night!  Starting off the evening, The FINE LINE ~ twisted angels is a one hour multi-media dance performance choreographed by Judith Garay, Artistic Director of Dancers Dancing. This piece explores in movement, sound, and image how we perceive our internal and external world. Ephemeral, sometimes transformative, the moments between perceiving, sensing and cognition create a rich tapestry of somatic images. Take a look at the trailer. The piece incorporates video images by Flick Harrison, music by Patrick Pennefather, and is performed by Vanessa Goodman, Bevin Poole and Antonio Somera. On the same night, Danny Nielsen, one of Canada’s brightest rising young tap talents, will also perform in one of his own works. Check out a video of his work here. At the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam 8pm. Tix

The Friday Round Up

•September 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

We’re baaack!  You thought we were gone forever – not a chance! It is going to be a wonderful dance season, so stay tuned.

It is a little too early to talk in detail about the first DanceHouse show of the season, Hofesh Shechter November 13 and 14, but since we have been gone so long, here’s a taste to wet your appetite.

September 25 and 26 Donna Redlick Dance, in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre, present Body as Site. Perceive and reimagine the body in relation to built space as dance and architecture weave together to create a dynamic installation event. Measuring tools, in relation to the body, unfold in space and time becoming artifacts of the lived experience. The audience can move and change levels as installations begin to frame and surround the dancers’ bodies.  Arrive or depart at anytime during the two hour event. Experience dance in a gallery-like space at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. Tickets $18/ $13 for students and seniors. or at the door half hour prior to event (cash only).

Continuing until September 27 is the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. If you know little about flamenco this is the time to find out more, and if you love flamenco already, you are sure to find something new at the festival. Try a class, or watch a show – for a full listing of events go here.

4Session21052015_157-photoMichael-Slobodian_resized_web-600x400October 1-3 Joe Laughlin and JOE INK present the world premiere of 4OUR – an emotionally resonant, deeply moving exploration of family dynamics, cross-generational relationships, and the singular moments that shape our life’s journey. What a great cast: Joe Laughlin himself, Gioconda Barbuto, Heather Dotto, and Kevin Tookey. Have a taste of the promo video of 4OUR. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm Tix

Photo: Michael Slobodian

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The Friday Round Up

•April 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Happy National Dance Week and International Dance Day! Check out what the Canadian Dance Assembly has to say about it all.
1135 sThis weekend 24 and 25 April Artistic Director/Choreographer Paras Terezakis’ premieres U>Waltz.  The piece takes the audience on a bizarre and beautiful journey into a world of surprise – both delightful and dark. Known for pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance, Kinesis Dance somatheatro works in collaboration with innovative new approaches to music, sound, video and lighting design to explore the elusive notion of utopia and its contrasting peril of dystopia. Inspired by Ulysses’ as a metaphor for a voyage of discovery, the work offers explosive energy, contemplative imagery and provocative physical theatre. A shuttle bus will take you there if you have no car: leaves the Dance Centre 7pm and Pacific Station (nr Main St Skytrain) 7:15 pm, $5 roundtrip. At the Shadbolt Theatre, 8pm. Tix (Photo Chris Randle.  Dancer Renee Sigouin)
Friday thru Sunday, Dances for a Small Stage presents Small Stage Pocket Festival. Both a classical and a contemporary program will be offered, with works by some of Vancouver’s emerging choreographers including Karissa Barry, Lina Fitzner
Caitlin Griffin and Caroline Liffman. There are a variety of shows over the course of the weekend, so see the schedule and to buy tix go here. At the PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St, Vancouver.
International Dance Day is April 29!! The Shadbolt Centre starts it’s celebration early, Saturday April 25 with performances by Continuum Dance Company & Youth In Motion Dance Company, Anya Saugstad, Naomi Brand & Adam Grant Warren, Warehaus Dance Collective, Siobhan Sloane-Seale & Walter Kubanek. More info here
On Wednesday April 29, the ScotiaDance Centre will be celebrating all day and into the evening at various locations around the city! Go to the Dance Centre website for more details.

DanceHouse announces 2015/16 season!

•April 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a big year, and now, hot on the heels of Cie. Käfig’s electrifying performances this past weekend, we are pleased to announce our 2015-16 Season!

Companhia Urbana de Dança will make its Canadian debut, and we’re thrilled to welcome back Hofesh Shechter with a new work. We’re also very excited about next February’s presentation of Vancouver’s own Crystal Pite and her company, Kidd Pivot, in their groundbreaking collaboration with another Vancouver innovator, Electric Company Theatre.

The 2015/2016 season includes:

Hofesh Shechter Company
November 13 & 14, 2015, 8pm

Hofesh Shechter Co. - 'the barbarians in love', photo by Jake Walters.In 2009 Hofesh Shechter wowed Vancouver audiences with Uprising and In your rooms. He returns once again in November 2015 with a trilogy of captivating new works. Shechter’s choreography is at once charismatic and beautifully intricate, seductive and intelligent. With barbarians, Shechter offers three distinct pieces imbued with his signature style. The complex beauty of baroque music inspires a sparse world in which dancers move with mathematical precision. A percussive score drives a fluid, almost urban movement vocabulary, inspired by groove and darkness. A new duet is flavoured with the quirky and unique performance styles of each dancer. barbarians is an extraordinarily elegant and intimate offering from one of the world’s most sought after choreographers.

Hofesh Shechter Company, the barbarians in love. Photo by Jake Walters.


Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre
February 26 & 27, 2016, 8pm

Two of Canada’s most ground-breaking performing arts companies have come together to create Betroffenheit, an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance. Betroffenheit is a unique creative collaboration by Kidd Pivot artistic director and choreographer Crystal Pite, and Electric Company Theatre co-artistic director, writer and performer Jonathon Young.

Kidd Pivot. Tiffany Tregarthen and Jonathon Young in Betroffenheit. Photo by Wendy D Photography.Taking its title from the German word Betroffenheit, it describes a state of shock and bewilderment that encompasses you in the wake of a disaster. Betroffenheit takes you to a timeless, liminal space where you return again and again even as you struggle to gain and maintain distance, and where you keep responding to the disaster long after it has subsided. Here, a crisis-management team is keeping your emergency situation alive and present, a trusted voice is urging you to come to terms with the past, and a steady supply of “The Show” is available for all the distraction, escape and pleasure you crave. In one sense you’re the survivor and this is your refuge. In another, you’re the disaster waiting to happen.

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre. Tiffany Tregarthen and Jonathon Young in Betroffenheit. Photo by Wendy D Photography.


Companhia Urbana de Dança
April 1 & 2, 2016, 8pm

Companhia Urbana de Dança. Photo by Christopher Duggan.Companhia Urbana de Dança tears up the stage with a high-energy fusion of hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary dance in boldly imaginative choreography by Brazilian choreographer Sonia Destri Lie. Composed of seven immensely talented young men and one woman from Rio de Janeiro on their first Canadian tour, this poetic and explosive company stuns with stamina-testing solos and jaw-dropping group movement that defies the limits of physicality while retaining choreographic rigor. Alternately mesmerizing and rippling with adrenaline and raw energy, these two works explore the cultural roots of Brazil and the gritty life stories of the dancers themselves.

Companhia Urbana de Dança. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Visit the DanceHouse website for more details!

The Friday Round Up

•April 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Well that was a short week wasn’t it! Time to plan your weekend – it’s going to be raining so fill up your time with some great dance!

Kafig 4This morning I watched the masterclass given by one of the Compagnie Käfig dancers, in town for the DanceHouse presentation of their work tonight and tomorrow, and if the show is even half as brilliant as the class then you are in for a treat! These young dancers from Brazil are talented, energetic, and beautiful to watch – and are performing some of the most exciting hip hop choreography around! They have taken this style of street dance, added a little capoeira, a little martial art, and have brought it into the theatre for a show not to be missed! One last look before you set off for the theatre. Oh, and come a little early – there will be a pre-show chat both nights at 7:15pm with Natalie LeFebvre Gnam (plastic orchid factory) and Astrid Toledo (Cie. Käfig). At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix

And on the theme of DanceHouse, have you heard about next season 2015/16? Hofesh Shechter  will open the season in November! Remember when they were here in 2009 – what an unforgettable show!   In February Crystal Pite teams up with the Electric Theatre Company for a new collaborative work. And to end the season, April brings us  Companhia Urbana de Dança, another fantastic young Brazilian company that has received rave reviews worldwide! Check out the article in this week’s Georgia Straight for more details. And you know, you might want to subscribe for the season because these may well be sell-outs!

3cornerBack to the upcoming week, tonight and tomorrow MascallDance presents the Three Cornered Hat.  With its deeply collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, the piece is a gutsy and energetic investigation of the spaces in-between. Quirky, eccentric and humorous, abstracted notions of human experience are played out in cramped quarters on stage to manipulate the space to mimic modern living. Interconnected vignettes are stitched together by the performers as they construct worlds out of piles of red artists’ notebooks building sculptural structures imbued with multi-layered meanings. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix (Photo Chris Randle)

Friday and Saturday April 10 and 11, Dezza Dance presents Launch: The Dance Lab Project featuring Warehaus Dance Collective. Adding to the delightful performance are Urban Contemporary crew OURO collective and acclaimed dancer Ms. Desirée Dunbar accompanied by the sweet, soulful sounds of vocalist Janelle Reid.  8pm, Saturday matinee 2pm Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, Vancouver, 7646 Prince Albert Street, (2 blocks east of Fraser Street. at East 60th), Vancouver. Tix


The Friday Round Up

•April 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

DV-Performances-2014-KAFIG-Michel_Cavalca-006-2000pxCan you believe it is April already? And you know what that means? Only one more week until  CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig hits the stage at DanceHouse’s last show of the season. And it is going to be a good one – this is what the Boston Globe had to say about them: “This elixir de la danse”, though billed as a hip-hop company, defies easy categorization. […] The Käfigers articulate the standards of hip-hop’s vocabulary, but they do so within a larger context of dances that have
content and flow,theatricality and beauty. So if hip-hop is your thing, you’ve got to come. If contemporary dance is your thing, or capoeira, or martial arts or even circus arts… have just got to come out to this show because you will see something of it all! April 10 and 11, 8pm Vancouver Playhouse. Tix (Photo Michel Cavaica)

As always, there are many opportunities to learn more about the companies coming to DanceHouse. Tuesday April 7 Speaking of Dance hosts James Gnam, Artistic Director of the plastic orchid factory, who will speak about the work of French/Algerian choreographer Mourad Merzouki and Compagnie Käfig. 7pm at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s. And before the performance both Friday and Saturday evening April 10 and 11, Natalie LeFebvre Gnam from plastic orchid factory and Astrid Toledo from Compagnie Käfig will offer us a pre-show chat in the upstairs lobby of the Playhouse at 7:15pm.

It is starting – the many end-of -year shows of some of Vancouver’s upcoming dance talent of the future! Tonight and tomorrow night, The Dance Department at SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts  brings us SHIFT, with works by Amber Funk Barton, Emmalena Fredriksson, Vanessa Goodman and Gioconda Barbuto, performed by the SFU dancers. At 8pm, Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards. Tix

Also this weekend, To Be Announced Choreographic Project (TBA) presents a mixed dance program created by 8 of Vancouver’s Established-Emerging Artists. T.B.A will bridge the gap between its audience and valued dance artists. Please be aware, the room’s configuration and seating will be as experimental and creative as the dancing. Works by Jessica Ames / Jennifer Aoki, Julie Chapple, Gemma Crowe, Kara Nolte , Carolyn Schmidt, Jamee Valin ,Deanna Limbert / Erin Walton and the MAYCE Collective. T.B.A will be the first show presented at The Beaumont Studios NEW performance space, 326 W. 5th Ave! 8pm show, 2pm matinee Saturday. $15 CASH ONLY!

April 9-11, MascallDance presents The Three Cornered Hat. A profoundly powerful study of movement, space and human ART_MascallDance_2429interaction, MascallDance’s The Three Cornered Hat with choreography by Jennifer Mascall will feature the diverse talents of contemporary dancers—Lara Barclay, Amber Funk Barton, Dario Dinuzzi, Billy Marchenski, Darcy McMurray, and Chris Wright (that is quite the cast!). With its deeply collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, The Three Cornered Hat is a gutsy and energetic investigation of the spaces in-between. Quirky, eccentric and humorous, abstracted notions of human experience are played out in cramped quarters on stage to manipulate the space to mimic modern living. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix (Photo Chris Randle)

The Friday Round Up

•March 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Kafig 4Are you ready to see something totally different? How about a mixture of capoiera, martial arts, contemporary dance and hip hop? Because that is what you will be experiencing in just two weeks from now with DanceHouse’s presentation of  CCN CRÉTEIL ET DU VAL-DE-MARNE / COMPAGNIE KÄFIG. They just passed through Victoria and check out what the reviewers had to say here. So April 10 or 11 come down to the Vancouver Playhouse at 8pm  to see this fantastic company from France/Brazil. Tix

Wow, busy weekend ahead! Tonight and tomorrow the VIDF finishes it’s Festival with two shows. At 7pm in the Exhibition Hall the response performs Orbits: a movement study, part of a series of work-in-progress performance experiments geared towards the movement research and creation of the company’s next full length work. This installment, a duet, finds two atomic beings moving through space in relentless unison with moments of irregularity and reaction, the bodies of the dancers striving to portray the sense of chemical reactions we find internally and externally in our universe. Then stick around because at 8pm Montreal’s Cie Manuel Roque presents Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde (Don’t you die right now, we are being watched). Choreographer Manuel Roque defines the human condition in this work through the way the characters express themselves, their relationships to their environment, to each other, and to the poetic/metaphysical value of their movements/pulses. The choreography puts the movement upfront, giving the dancers a large range of freedom connected to primal impulses. This freedom is balanced by sharp dramatic text. The performers are playfully urged into virtuosity, energetic contrast, surprising connections, and a deep level of sensitive awareness. Sometimes the characters act like zombies; other times they are empty, hysterical, or fully present. Roundhouse Community Centre, 8pm

Also tonight and tomorrow nightBallet BC presents two new works  for the company: workwithinwork, a Canadian premiere choreographed by William Forsythe; and a world premiere (un-named) by Walter Matteini. Accompanying the two new works is Medhi Walerski’s Petite Cérémonie, premiered in 2011. Check out a video of the dancers in rehearsal. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix

Finally for this weekend, Serge Bennathan’s new autobiographical work Monsieur Auburtin is a perceptive and moving look at a life lived through dance. From his very first dance class at the age of 7 in France, to his successful tenure at Toronto’s Dancemakers and reinvention as an independent artist, Bennathan revisits the places and people that have shaped his career, in a richly textured journey layered with personal memories and anecdotes. Witty, charming and fiercely intelligent, this magnetic performer meshes movement, text and visual media with live music composed by Bertrand Chenier, to create a love song to all those whose art demands courage, self-denial, passion and joy. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre. Tix


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