The Friday Round Up

•February 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

betroDanceHouse upcoming show Betroffenheit, created by Kidd Pivot and the Electric Company Theatre. It is sold out here in Vancouver, but you may still find tickets for March the DanceVictoria presentation in that fair city. This video is a wonderful mix of the dance, and an interview with Electric Company Theatre Artistic Director Jonathon Young. And remember, if you want to hear both Jonathon and Crystal Pite speak about their work together, join us in Speaking of Dance, Tuesday February 23 at SFU Woodwards, 7pm. FREE! Photo Michael Slobodian
smallstageDances for a Small Stage Valentine Edition! is happening tonight, Friday February 12 through Monday February 14, with works by Josh Beamish, Naomi Brand, Diskordanse, Karen Flamenco, Hannah Henney, Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis, Hardeep Singh Sahota and Lesley Telford. Remember, tickets often sell out! At the Anza Club, 8pm. 19+. Tix

Next Tuesday February 16 ( and the 2 Tuesdays after that), MascallDance presents BLOOM, a casual and playful, informal showing of dance wine and comedy. It works like this: A sommelier selects a wine for each work based on adjectives each of the 6 choreographers uses to describe their dance. Spectators are invited to sip a soupcon of the wine while viewing a 5-minute excerpt of the dance. Then the brilliant and audacious comic storyteller Jennifer Griffin tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. Jennifer is able to wittily articulate what is crossing the audience’s mind and has the nerve to say it aloud. Interpretation is laid bare in a sensorial way. Choreography by:Body Narratives Collective, Lily Cryan, Jennifer Mascall, Olivia Neill, Zahra Shahab and Claire Twiddy. Doors at 4:30pm | Show 5pm-6pm | Latecomers welcome. $10 | Entrance and 6 wine pairings. 1130 Jervis St

Next Thursday February 18, as part of the Dance Centre’s Discover Dance series, the energy and skill of a new generation takes the stage with a performance by the talented young dancers of Modus Operandi. Established in 2007, this rigorous training program run by Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre produces versatile and accomplished contemporary dancers who perform with technical power and theatrical intelligence, and progress to work professionally with companies across Canada. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 12pm. FREE!

 

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•February 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Did you catch Monumental last week – sure lived up to it’s name! And more to see this week!

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We hate to tease because it is all SOLD OUT, but here is more great
video of the Kidd Pivot and Electric Theatre Company’s  Betroffenheit, presented by DanceHouse February 25, 26and 27. However, on Tuesday February 23 do join both Crystall Pite (AD Kidd Pivot) and Jonathon Young (AD Electric Theatre Company), moderated by Janet Smith (Arts Editor, Georgia Straight), as they discuss their collaboration on Betroffenheit at Speaking of Dance, SFU Woodwards 7pm. FREE!

The PuSh Festival is winding down, but tonight and tomorrow night you can still catch Liz Santoro in Relative Collider. Check out the video here. Drawing on elements of neuroscience, mathematics and linguistics, award-winning choreographers Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard’s Relative Collider dissects the tensions and complicity between performer and audience, the observed and the observer. The dancers begin with deceptively simple motions to the ticking of a metronome, and slowly build up to increasingly athletic movements and complex rhythmic patterns. Comparing structure and chaos, numbers and words, gestures and expressions, the work manipulates the interplay of different waves of energy, sound and attention to engage us in the ‘collision of watching’. Spare, rigorous and precise, Relative Collider conveys its crystalline logic with intelligence and style. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

605-Collective-42-1050x600Wednesday Feb 10 Company 605 (previously the 605 Collective) has a studio showing of work developed during The Dance Centre’s DanceLab interdisciplinary research program. 5pm Scotiabank Dance Centre. FREE!

Thursday Feb 11 – Sunday Feb 14, Dances for a Small Stage is back – and it’s the Valentine Edition! With works by Josh Beamish, Naomi Brand, Karen Flamenco, Hardeep Singh Sahota and Lesley Telford,among others, this show is sure to be a great way to spend your Valentines Day (weekend?). For those of you not familiar with Small Stage, they engage and encourage innovative interdisciplinary and trans-cultural works that strive for artistic excellence, mixing musicians, theatre practitioners and technologists with dance and movement at its foundation. At the Anza Club, 8pm. Tix are sold at the door, but this show always sells out so better to get them online! 19+

Also Friday night February 12, New Works @ Night presents Troy McLaughlin: I Have a Dream. In celebration of Black History Month New Works is thrilled to welcome back to the stage this audience favourite,an original piece by Troy McLaughlin following a dancer’s journey to freedom incorporating dance, live music and storytelling to look back and honour the growth of tap, jazz and Broadway styles in North America. He will be joined on stage by musicians Carlos Jo Costa, John Howard, Wayne Stewart and Langston Raymond, singer Krystle Dos Santos and dancer Natalia McLaughlin. At the Annex, 823 Seymour St. Tix

 

The Friday Round Up

•January 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Happy Friday! Can you believe that January is over – have you noticed how the days are getting longer? Bring on springtime (not yet?!)

betroffenheit-738x492February 25-27 Dancehouse presents Kidd Pivot and the Electric Theatre Company in BETROFFENHEIT. This is going to be an incredible show, and probably that is why it is SOLD OUT for all three shows! However, you can still come and learn more about the show and it’s makers at the Speaking of Dance on Tuesday Feb 23 when Crystal Pite (Artistic Director of Kidd Pivot), Jonathon Young (Artistic Director, Electric Company Theatre), and Arts Editor for the Georgia Straight, Janet Smith, will be in conversation about the work. At SFU Woodwards, 7pm. And for those of you who do not have tickets for the show, here is some interesting  about the makings of the show.

Tonight Friday January 29 you can still catch Compagnie Nacera Belaza in Le Temps scellé, presented by the Dance Centre and the PuSh Festival. French-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza has been creating works for her critically acclaimed company since 1989, developing a singular form of meditative minimalism which creates a wealth of striking images. Le Temps scellé (The Sealed Time) immerses us in Belaza’s evocative world: the choreography has a mesmerising quality which commands our attention with its disciplined simplicity and focused intensity, at times erupting into frenzied bursts of energy, but holding an underlying sensuality that is truly captivating. Light and darkness, time and space, mysticism and spirituality, are all woven together with an acute sense of the now.At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

PuSh2016_RelativeCollider_credit-Ian-Douglas1-e1446781316458-1041x590February 4- 6, LIZ SANTORO/PIERRE GODARD: LE PRINCIPE D’INCERTITUDE (FRANCE) present Relative Collider, another collaboration between the PuSh Festival and the Dance Centre. Drawing on elements of neuroscience, mathematics and linguistics, award-winning choreographers Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard’s Relative Collider dissects the tensions and complicity between performer and audience, the observed and the observer. The dancers begin with deceptively simple motions to the ticking of a metronome, and slowly build up to increasingly athletic movements and complex rhythmic patterns. Comparing structure and chaos, numbers and words, gestures and expressions, the work manipulates the interplay of different waves of energy, sound and attention to engage us in the ‘collision of watching’. Spare, rigorous and precise, Relative Collider conveys its crystalline logic with intelligence and style. Scotiabank Dance Centre,8pm. Talkback Feb 5. Tix

This isn’t a show, but a great event for all the young grads of training programs waiting to try out a career in dance. on the MOVE is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers. Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations, on the MOVE welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession. It is happening at the Scotiabank Dance Centre February 25. For more info 604.899.0755 | otmbc@dtrc.ca

Don’t forget to send us your dance info so we can put it on The Friday Round Up! Send it to debgordon03@gmail.com

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•January 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Ok, so this is about the time of the year when we start warming our engines (tapping our feet?) in preparation for the coming months of dance, theatre and other good stuff! This week the PuSh Festival starts with lots of great dance, followed next month by Chutzpah! and in March the Vancouver International Dance Festival. And that is not even to mention all the independent dance shows that happen in between – including DanceHouse’s presentation of Betroffenheit, a collaboration between Kidd Pivot and the Electric Theatre Company February 26 and 27. But we will bring you more tales of that starting next week.

46.-Cie-Nacera-Belaza_Le-temps-scelle-∏-Bruno-Ruffini-600x352Next Wednesday January 27 to Friday January 29, The Dance Centre and the PuSh Festival present Compagnie Nacera Belaza  in Le Temps scellé. French-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza has been creating works for her critically acclaimed company since 1989, developing a singular form of meditative minimalism which creates a wealth of striking images. Le Temps scellé (The Sealed Time) immerses us in Belaza’s evocative world: the choreography has a mesmerising quality which commands our attention with its disciplined simplicity and focused intensity, at times erupting into frenzied bursts of energy, but holding an underlying sensuality that is truly captivating. Light and darkness, time and space, mysticism and spirituality, are all woven together with an acute sense of the now. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Post show talkback Jan 28. Tix 
MONOn Thursday January 28, also as part of the PuSh Festival, RUN to see Monumental, a collaboration between Vancouver’s The Holy Body Tattoo dance company and post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This work was originally created by Holy Body Tattoo co-directors Dana Gingras and Noam Gagnon back in 2005 – just before the company as it was known folded. This re-mount has 9 new dancers and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who will performing live on stage! Read the Georgia Straight article for more – but seriously, if there are tickets still available, snatch em’ up for history in the making! Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix

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The Friday Round Up

•January 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Have you noticed that the days are actually getting longer? Makes it a little easier to get out and do stuff doesn’t it?

How many of you know about New Work’s great dance series, Dance Allsorts? Performances take place Sunday afternoons and are followed by an intimate Q&A with the artists where audience members are given the opportunity to ask questions about the work they just saw. Afterwards, the stage is cleared for 30 audience members to participate in a free, 60-minute workshop with the dancers, where they can explore the movements, history, and sounds of that dance genre. It is a great way to allow people to experience the many forms of dance that are a part of the world today.

So on that note, this Sunday January 17, New Works presents Warehaus Dance Collective with their debut work VITA, and the premiere of their second work DoeEnergy and power, intricate sounds and carefully crafted images are brought to the forefront by this collective of contemporary dancers. Founded by Akeisha de Baat, Megan Hunter and Sofija Polovina, a group of graduates from Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts, the collective explores interdisciplinary styles of dancing and collaborating.  A joint presentation between New Works and the Roundhouse Community Centre. At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm. A free workshop will follow at 3:15pm – capacity is limited to 30 people, so register in advance to secure your spot. By donation

Aakash2January 19-20, The Dance Centre and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
present Aakash Odedra Company (UK) in  two works, Inked and Murmur. Trained in the classical Indian styles of Kathak and Bharata Natyam, Aakash Odedra has quickly become one of the new stars of British dance, and these two solos demonstrate his distinctive contemporary movement language, astounding technical abilities and magnetic stage presence. Murmur, a collaboration with Australian choreographer Lewis Major and Austria’s renowned Ars Electronica Futurelab, delves into the warped realities experienced by dyslexics, in a breathtakingly beautiful fusion of dance, light, sound and cutting edge technology. Inked, created by French/Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet, is inspired by Odedra’s grandmother’s tattoos and investigates notions of identity and belonging, as the body becomes marked and metamorphosed by its journey through a ritualized space. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix 

And please remember that if you have something dance related that you would like to include in The Friday Round Up please send it to debgordon03@gmail.com and we will do our best to include it.

The Friday Round Up

•January 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Happy New Year! We are excited to join with you in 2016 in the celebration of all the dance happening here in Vancouver and it’s surrounds! However, the year appears to be starting off slowly with regards to dance, perhaps to give us some time to recover after the holidays!

Mirror_Grad_Dance_photography_2015_-100editedTomorrow night, Friday January 8, witness a moving contemporary dance piece inspired by Sandy Glum’s cancer blog, “Damned Near Killed him” (find the book here). This Thin Place was first produced as a four-person performance in March of 2015, and tomorrow Sarah Robinson and Kezia Rosen are sharing this story in a 25-minute duet. At the Beaumont Studios, 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver. $10 suggested donation, cash only. 8pm. Photo Trendi Creative

That is it for this week, but lot’s more coming up in the upcoming weeks and months – PuSh Festival, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Allsorts, and much more! And remember, if you have something dance related that you would like us to announce in The Friday Round Up, please send it along to debgordon03@gmail.com. Thanks!

The Friday Round Up

•December 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

dance_MixedNuts_015_600_600December 21, The Roundhouse Dancers, facilitated by Julie Lebel with the support of dramaturge and theatre artist Sarah Dixon and musicians Alex Mah and Ben Brown present a short form performance involving shadow work at the Solstice Festival. Now in its 13th year, The Roundhouse Dancers project  brings together non-professional movers of all ages, working with professional dancers in a wide range of disciplines from classical ballet to hip hop, to clowning and aerial dance. The performance will be presented 6 times during the evening in the dance studio of the Roundhouse, beginning at 7:30pm. Free. All welcome. At the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Last week we told you about the various Nutcracker options in town. Both the Goh Ballet’s traditional version of the work, and the Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s contemporary re-telling (Mixed Nuts), start this week. See last weeks blog for all the details.

And finally, a reminder to go see Saudade, tonight and tomorrow, Saudade 2choreographed by Rob KitsosSaudade is a full evening interdisciplinary performance inspired by the post-war Berlin in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) and the futuristic dystopia of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982).  Both films investigate – through textures, sprawling landscapes, duration of light – a timeless longing.  The replicants in Blade Runner long for more life as they approach finite expiration; the angels in Wings of Desire long for the finite and vulnerable experience of living.  Using these films as primary sources,  material was developed over three stages of research involving movement, text, sound, images, and movable screens.  The result is an interdisciplinary collage of longing for human experience – Saudade. 8pm, 2pm matinee Saturday Dec 19. Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. Tix

 
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