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

The Friday Round Up

•March 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Come in from the rain – this weekend so much dance to keep you busy, and by the time you are done the sun will be shining again!

“Käfig Brasil begins slowly on a classical music and performs gradually with some poetry and sensuality and finally revealing the energy and the manliness of those men who seem to perform with a full freedom of expression, practising their art with bursts of joy and a huge generosity”. Le Dauphiné Libéré, March 25, 2013.

DanceHouse is so excited to bring CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig to Vancouver this coming April 10 and 11! Käfig  incorporates the work of four innovative French choreographers—Anthony Egea, Céline Lefèvre, Octávio Nassur, and Denis Plassard—in collaboration with 11 Brazilian dancers originally from the infamous favelas of Brazil. The dancers are trained in contemporary dance, hip hop, capoiera and the circus arts, and the work being performed in Vancouver, Käfig Brasil, features music ranging from Vivaldi to Dinho Nascimento to DeadMaus! Wow, boggles the mind! But it is true, and the energy they exude must be experienced!  At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (Photo Michael Cavalca)

ois-48Out Innerspace and the 605 Collective will each perform new works at the VIDF tonight and tomorrow night. Out Innerspace promises movement innovation, otherworldly aesthetics, and rich human story telling as they develop distinct characters for each of their dancers through collaging and reinterpreting a variety of existing theatre and dance forms, cultures, and archetypes filtered through their unique brand of imaginative dance. The work will feature a “mob” of unforgettable characters who through genre defying dance tell devastating, hilarious and everyday stories of personal and public truths. In the 605 Collective’s piece Vital Few each performer’s own distinct expression, movement, and choice-making weaves together to collectively build the moving sculpture of the group body–the whole greater than the sum of its parts, mirroring everyday sociological structure and agency. The work will push the company into new physical territory to further explore the essence of unison and togetherness, the negotiation of group dynamics, and the preservation of self inside the collective consciousness. And as an added bonus (as if seeing these two were not enough), come at 7pm and with your $3 VIDF membership, see Hungarian Ferenc Fehér for FREE!! (in the Exhibition Hall) At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 8pm Tix

March 20 and 21 Dairakudakan presents Mushi No Hoshi – Space Insect, as part of the VIDF. With 22 surreal, shape-shifting dancers, other-worldly costumes and body-paint, and a spectacular set, Dairakudakan exemplifies the transformative power of butoh through its imaginative blend of theatre and dance. Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect was choreographed by artistic director, Akaji Maro, an accomplished film actor who has appeared in 77 films including Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill:Vol I. Maro worked with butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata prior to forming Dairakudan in 1972. Roundhouse Community Centre, 8pm. Tix

Also tonight and tomorrowKaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto) presents TransMigration. A visually raw and engaging story inspired by the life and paintings of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, TransMigration is a dialogue, a response to Morrisseau’s vision, struggles, and brilliance as an artist. Celebrating Morrisseau’s visual language through dance, music, and design,TransMigration is a reflection of humanity and the power of spirit to transform and transcend. At the Vancouver Cultch, 8pm. Tix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•March 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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It is never too early to tell you about DanceHouse’s last show of the season, CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne /Compagnie Käfig, coming April 10 and 11! We won’t say any more for now, but will leave you with this!
The Vancouver International Dance Festival is in full swing with oh so much to see! This weekend, both tonight and tomorrow,  you can see Benjamin Kamino in Nudity.Desire, a piece  in which Kamino takes the concept of nudity by philosopher Giorgio Agamben whose claim “was that the first nudity in Genesis was the point where humanity acquired its capability for knowledge”. Through the embodiment of cultural, critical, and philosophical theory, Kamino’s work is a continuous research into performance as a site, where ethical positions can be put into question.  This show is free with the purchase of a VIDF membership! 7pm in the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. Follow up the Kamino show with Par. B.L.EUX . Benoît Lachambre, founder of Par B.L.eux, was programmed at last years Festival but did not come due to an injury. This year he brings to the VIDFwww.christinedivito.comstage a multimedia and poly- sensorial performance of a fake solo titled Snakeskins. Accompanied on stage by dancer Daniele Albanese and musician Hahn Rowe (hence the ‘fake’ solo), Lachambre’s body undulates, surrenders, and is ultimately transformed by minute alterations of symmetry and balance, exploring organic variations and amplitudes of movement in a reptilian metaphor that is, inevitably, about molting—a provoking meditation on new growth through the shedding of old skin. Through more than thirty years as a choreographer, performer, and teacher, Benoît Lachambre has developed a distinct sensibility and role within the Canadian and International dance landscape, utilizing a kinaesthetic approach to movement and improvisation that explores and awakens the senses. For more info on VIDF and tickets, go here.

Saturday 14 March in Amadeus – Dances with Wolfgang, Ballet Victoria creates a poignant ode to Mozart and his unbridled talent in a passionate, choreographic journey driven by the music of both the maestro and Queen’s Freddy Mercury.  Artistic Director Paul Destrooper’s new work stimulates audiences in unexpected ways by infusing dramatics, varying styles, humour and visual fluidity. Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver. Tix

Tonight, Friday, if street dance is your thing don’t miss out on the chance to see Vancouver’s finest street dance talent performing . Feature performances by the Source Dance Company, Praise Team, Danny Nielson, Reuben Avery, Jim Hibbard, Julio Fuentes, SOULdiers, Vancity Lockers, 247Company, Studio604, RS Hustlers, The Lost Boyz, JFK, Heavy Hitterz, the Moonrunners and hosted by the very funny Mariano Abarca from Toronto. Michael J. Fox Theatre  (7373 Macpherson Avenue) Tix

The Friday Round Up

•March 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A little quieter this week – in preparation for the Vancouver International Dance Festival coming up soon!

Wow, did you manage to see Marie Chouinard? What did you think – let us know! Here is what Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight thought about the show.

Until March 8 Dancers of Damelahamid and the Museum of Anthropology join forces to present the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival. These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon as well as national and international guest artists. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions. Signature Evening Performance. Here for more info.

manuel roqueIt is that time of the year, time for the Vancouver International Dance Festival. And what a line up, from local artists Out Innerspace and the 605 Collective, to Tokyo based Butoh company Dairakudakan and Montreal’s Manuel Roque. The Festival goes from March 8 to 28 around Vancouver. See here for full info.

Now is this cool or what? Dance Collection Danse is about to launch a Google map of sites and buildings linked to Vancouver’s dance history. You just click on a pin and a paragraph pops up to tell you how the site is connected to Vancouver’s dance history. There is a slide show of historic images, and even links to further reading if you want to know more! Niiice! Check it out here

The Friday Round Up

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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So much to see this week – of every type of dance! Enjoy!

At last! Tonight and tomorrow night, Marie Chouinard,the Queen of Contemporary Dance as they call her,  is here in Vancouver, compliments of DanceHouse! Check out what Janet Smith, Dance Critic at the Georgia Straight has to say about her and the works Chouinard is bringing here to Vancouver. And have a taste of her work here. It is not too late to get tickets! And for inspiration, here is a taste! At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm.

If going to Chouinard this weekend is not enough dance for you, today at 4pm check out a studio showing of work developed during the Choreographic Workshop with Gabi Beier (Berlin). Featuring works by emerging dance artists Julianne Chapple and Michael Kong (Vancouver), Dyana Sonik-Henderson and Stacey Horton with Treena Stubel and Brandy Baybutt (Victoria), developed during a two-week workshop with  renowned dance dramaturge Gabi Beier of Berlin’s ada studio. At the Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 4pm. FREE!

The Chutzpah Festival continues this week with Idan Sharabi & Dancers (Israel/Holland) with Vanessa Goodman tonight and tomorrow night, and BODYTRAFFIC coming up next week. Details here.body

On Sunday March 1st Ballet Kelowna hits town with excerpts from Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme . At Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island. Tix

March 3-8  the 2015 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology. These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon as well as national and international guest artists. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions. For more details and tickets

 

 

 

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Just a week away! February 27 and 28 DanceHouse brings Compagnie Marie Chouinard to town with 2 pieces, Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. For the last two weeks we looked at each of the works in some detail. Here is the lady herself talking a little about her work for those of you who want to learn more. Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. TIX

And speaking about learning more: how about coming to Speaking of Dance. Tuesday February 24, dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil will share personal anecdotes of their experiences working with the company Marie Chouinard in their roles as Rehearsal Director (Carter) and Dancer (Keevil). Speaking of Dance is always a great way to dig a little deeper into what you will be seeing at the theatre (and even if you are not going to the show, SOD is well worth going to!). Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. 7pm

And don’t forget to come to the theatre early (7:15 pm) for the pre-show chat, again with dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil.

Tonight and tomorrow February 20 and 21, Ballet BC brings us Miami City Ballet with a beautiful Balanchine program. 3 works will be performed: Serenade, a “classic” Balanchine, set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings in C; Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work that is bold and breathtaking, a tour-de-force that is striking for its simplicity and power, to the music of Stravinsky, and finally Ballo della Regina,  set to Verdi’s Don Carlos. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. TIX

On until February 21, Wen Wei Dance brings Made In China. This Chinese-Canadian exploration of cultural identity is co-created and performed by Wen Wei Dance Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang; Beijing Modern Dance Company Artistic Director Gao Yanjinzi; award-winning classical Chinese musician of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music Qiu Xia He; and video and sound artist Sammy Chien. Made In China plunges into their respective artistic expressions to explore the commonalities of their Chinese heritage. Like a collective biography, the show explores memories of the creators’ childhoods in China, their artistic training during the Cultural Revolution, and the daring paths their CAREERS have taken abroad. Shared through dance, music, and storytelling, these memories are woven together to create an intimate dialogue between performers and audience that opens a window to another world. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm TIX
As always, the Chutzpah Festival brings dance, music and theatre to a variety of venues around town. Some great dance, including Shay Kuebler in a new work, Maria Kong  in Backstage, and Idan Sharabi and Dancers with Vanessa Goodman. Check out the website for dates, places and times.
And finally check out some of our younger dancers at the Lamondance & Friends”Gala, Saturday, Feb 21st. This exciting show and live auction will present excerpts of Lamondance Newest Show and will showcase local talented dance and performing artists from the community. The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles of dance, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by Lara Barclay, Monica Proenca, Davi Rodrigues and guest choreographers. at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts which is located in the Birch Building on the Capilano University campus in North Vancouver. Call 604)-980-3040 for tickets.

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

chouinard_gymnopdedies_nicolas_ruel_1716_hrJust a week away! February 27 and 28 DanceHouse brings Compagnie Marie Chouinard to town with 2 pieces, Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. For the last two weeks we looked at each of the works in some detail. Here is the lady herself talking a little about her work for those of you who want to learn more. Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. TIX (Photo NICOLAS RUEL)

And speaking about learning more: how about coming to Speaking of Dance. Tuesday February 24, dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil will SHARE personal anecdotes of their experiences working with the company Marie Chouinard in their roles as Rehearsal Director (Carter) and Dancer (Keevil). Speaking of Dance is always a great way to dig a little deeper into what you will be seeing at the theatre (and even if you are not going to the show, SOD is well worth going to!). Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. 7pm

And don’t forget to come to the theatre early (7:15 pm) for the pre-show CHAT, AGAIN with dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil.

Tonight and tomorrow February 20 and 21, Ballet BC brings us Miami City Ballet with a beautiful Balanchine PROGRAM. 3 works will be performed: Serenade, a “classic” Balanchine, set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings in C; Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work that is bold and breathtaking, a tour-de-force that is striking for its simplicity and power, to the music of Stravinsky, and finally Ballo della Regina,  set to Verdi’s Don Carlos. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. TIX

On until February 21, Wen Wei Dance brings Made In China. This Chinese-Canadian exploration of cultural identity is co-created and performed by Wen Wei Dance Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang; Beijing Modern Dance Company Artistic Director Gao Yanjinzi; award-winning classical Chinese musician of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music Qiu Xia He; and video and sound artist Sammy Chien. Made In China plunges into their respective artistic expressions to explore the commonalities of their Chinese heritage. Like a collective biography, the show explores memories of the creators’ childhoods in China, their artistic training during the Cultural Revolution, and the daring paths their CAREERS have taken abroad. SHARED through dance, music, and storytelling, these memories are woven together to create an intimate dialogue between performers and audience that OPENS a window to another world. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm TIX
As always, the Chutzpah Festival brings dance, music and theatre to a variety of venues around town. Some great dance, including Shay Kuebler in a new work, Maria Kong  in Backstage, and Idan Sharabi and Dancers with Vanessa Goodman. Check out the website for dates, places and times.
And finally check out some of our younger dancers at the Lamondance & Friends Gala, Saturday, Feb 21st. This exciting show and live auction will present excerpts of Lamondance newest show and will showcase local talented dance and performing artists from the community. The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles of dance, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by Lara Barclay, Monica Proenca, Davi Rodrigues and guest choreographers. at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts which is located in the Birch Building on the Capilano University campus in North Vancouver. Call 604)-980-3040 for tickets.
 
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