The Friday Round Up

•May 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Do we have a mix for you this week! From Argentinian Malambo to Swan Lake to First Nations dance to a multi-media space opera, you can see it all!

Tonight Friday May 20, for one night only, in a presentation by Caravan World Rhythms, fantastic Argentinian dance and percussion company Che Malambo hits Vancouver! Made up of 14 men, Che Malambo brings to us the unique tradition of the South American gaucho, with foot-stomping dance, drumming and swinging boleadoras (strings with balls on the end) in a show that entertains young and old alike! Read the article in yesterday’s Georgia Straight here, and check out a video of this spectacular show here. This is a show not to be missed!  The Vogue Theatre, 8pm. Tix

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You know, this is what is so wonderful about dance!  You can watch the testosterone driven Che Malambo on Friday, and on Saturday May 21 you can see something quite different in the Coastal City Ballet’s celebration of its 5th anniversary season with the Canadian premiere of Swan Lake. This illustrious and beloved ballet features choreography by Irene Schneider, the beautiful score of Pytor Tchaikovsky and the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet. Glorious costumes and imaginative sets brings this heart wrenching love story to life. Choreographer Irene Schneider delivers a modern twist to this must see timeless classic that the whole family will love. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix

Hong KongTuesday May 24, Hong King Exile performs it’s Visitors from Far Away to the State Machine, a multi-media space opera. Two aliens travel thousands of light years to Earth for their honeymoon. On their journey, they tease one another with sexy and profane stories from the past, present, and future. (Warning: This program contains violence, sexual content, and sexual violence.) At the Fox Caberet, 8pm. Tix

 

May 25-29, The Dancers of Damelahamid present Flicker. Flicker is an innovative dance piece that combines west coast graphic design with a unique sceno-graphic hybrid of projected environments and live-action shadow dance. Vividly rich imagery represents the ‘spirit world’, the mystical realm portrayed through coastal masked dance. Just as light shimmers, Flicker represents the moments through which one can cross space and time, as the masked dancers journey in and out of the ‘spirit world’ of their ancestors. Check out more about the piece here. At the Cultch Historic Theatre, 8pm and 2pm on May 29. Tix.

 

The Friday Round Up

•May 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The season is coming to a close pretty soon, but it looks like it is going out with a bang!  Just take a look at this coming week…

May 12 – 14, Ballet BC closes its season with three works, including the Canadian premier of Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal’s Bill.  Former Resident Choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company and now Artistic Director of her own company, L-E-V, Eyal’s signature style and daring, sensual language requires of dancers an intricate and precise expression of the body. Working with frequent collaborators Gai Behar and Ori Lichtik, Bill combines dance, music, and design into an instantly recognizable whole of raw, unexpected beauty created with equal parts ebb and flow. Premiered by Batsheva Dance Company, Bill showcases Eyal’s trademark shifts from large group to smaller ensemble; which in turn morph into breathtaking solos. 16+ a room, choreographed by BBC Artistic Director Emily Molnar, and I and I am You, choreography by Finnish born Jorma Elo, complete the evening. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix

May 13 & 14, the Continuum Dance Company, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts resident dance company,  perform in Here and Now, with choreography by Donna Redlick, Kathleen McDonagh and Dancers in the Company. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 8pm. Tix or box-office 604-205-3000.

Sunday May 15, New Works presents Dance Allsorts: with Dezza Dance in a mixed program of contemporary dance featuring two new works by Desirée Dunbar. Dezza Dance is a company dedicated to all things dance that encourage its community members to live an inspired life!  Activities include creative dance classes for preschoolers, challenging dance workouts for adults, workshops for seniors, the Catalyst mentorship program, volunteer energy healing sessions for cancer patients and performances that think outside the box. The afternoon performance includes Illuminating Shadow, a solo created and performed by Desirée Dunbar, is an exploration in bringing light to that which is hidden. Submerge, is an ensemble piece featuring the Dezza Dance company dancers in the examination of the physical manifestation of power and vulnerability, with new music performed by Elliot VaughanStudio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, 2pm Performance, followed by a Q&A with the Artists; 3:15pm Free workshop, open to all ages and abilities.

artspix_diskordance_2524So after the Dezza Dance afternoon performance on Sunday, you can take a walk around Granville Island and then make your way over to The Annex to see Diskordanse in Coalesce. In a steampunk meets supervillain world, five stunning dancers tread lightly between fantasy and a possible reality, as they journey through glimpses of one’s psyche. Coalesce is an original dance arts creation by artistic director Nela H., guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats! Nela H’s past work for DISKORDANSE was deemed “Worthy of a Nine Inch Nails video” by the Vancouver Sun.The Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, 7:30pm. Tix.

CHE black photoOn Friday May 20, look out Vancouver, Che Malambo is coming to town direct from Argentina! This powerhouse all male company of 14 dancers thrills audiences through stunning footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and the mesmerizing percussive whirling of boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Che Malambo celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho in a magnificently choreographed entertainment and cultural experience, accessible to all ages! This fiery and athletic Argentine dance company is directed by award winning French choreographer Gilles Brinas, former dancer with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the Twentieth Century. At the Vogue Theatre, 8pm. Tix Special PROMO OFFER: for $38 and $48 tickets, use code “Argentina” to get 15% off

 

The Friday Round Up

•May 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It is going to be a busy weekend – so much to see! Thor

 

Continuing tonight and tomorrow night Compagnie Thor | Thierry Smits (Belgium) presents ReVoLt. Thierry Smits has been in the forefront of European dance for 25 years, choreographing innovative and frequently controversial works ranging from pure dance to outrageous performance art. ReVoLt echoes the ongoing citizen protest movements, especially those led by women, and considers the oppression of the body, the urge to resist, and the necessity of revolt. This stripped-down, obsessive solo was created for the explosive young Australian dancer Nicola Leahey, who delivers a performance of great physical and emotional commitment as she engages in a tightly wound conflict with herself, in an essay on power, struggle and liberation. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

Tonight Friday, you can still catch Chutzpah!PLUS and Ballet Kelowna  in RENAISSANCE, accompanied by Continuum Contemporary MusicInspired by early music, Renaissance is a spectacular collaboration between Ballet Kelowna and Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music that showcases some of Canada’s finest choreographers, dancers and composers. Featuring four works, including Byrd Music choreographed by James Kudelka, highlighting the choreographer’s mastery of innovation and the extreme athleticism and depth of emotion of the company of artists; and  acclaimed Canadian choreographer John Alleyne’s neo-classical quartet Split House Geometric,  a vigorous, precision-perfect work. At the Norman Rothstein Theatre, 8pm. Tix

The BC Buds Festival is underway and continues through Saturday. In it’s 12th year, this annual festival of inventive, original site-specific works and new play readings by BC artists takes place in and around the Firehall Arts Centre heritage building. Showcasing the exciting and innovative, BC Buds provides a platform for genre bending and multi disciplinary emerging and established artists. There is so much to see so for the full schedule go here. At the Firehall Arts Centre.

OURO-Collective-Photographer-Jeff-Hamada-PRINT-6-e1461292693557Through Sunday May 8 the Ouro Collective presents PACE + KALEIDO,  including choreography by Montreal’s TentacleTribe and OURO. At Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver, 8pm & May 8 2pm. Tix  Photo Jeff Hamada

 

 

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•April 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Happy International Dance Day! This video is from last year’s International Dance Day, but it is always fun to watch! And here is a little info about what is happening across Canada and Internationally to celebrate the love of dance! So make sure you get out to see something today – and get up and DANCE!

There are so many things to watch today, Friday, performances and open rehearsals and school shows – too many to mention here! But check out the Dance Centre website for details on all events.

Tonight and tomorrow night, April 29 and 30, the 2016 SFU Dance Grads present Promethean  An hour-long movement based mosaic celebrating the students’ time at SFU. Early adulthood is often seen as a seminal time in one’s evolution. There are moments of self-doubt, trials, triumphs, and everything in between on the road to self-actualization. This journey is explored through movement, sound, text, and lighting. At SFU Woodwards, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 8pm. Tix.

Continuing through Saturday, Les Productions Figlo presents Just Words. Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words is a choreographic journal sketching a portrait of both the profound and happy characteristics of an artistic life.Told through movement and poetry by Serge Bennathan, with powerful dance artists Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell, Just Words invites you into the life journey of an artist – a tale that weaves a colorful quilt of vitality, tears and laughter. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm. Tix

Web Joel-Hanna-Kasandra-La-China2Sunday May 1, for one night only, Kasandra Flamenco and Caravan World Rhythms  present Encuentros – Passionate Percussive Dance Encounters, starring some of the world’s great dancers in Flamenco, Irish, Tap, and Egyptian Belly Dance! In a stunning display of romance, seduction, love and jealousy, Artistic Director Kasandra “La China” and International guest artists, Ricardo Lopez (Flamenco dancer, Madrid), Joel Hanna (Irish Tap Dancer, Vancouver/New York), and Egyptian Belly Dancer Ashley Kirkham, throw down the gauntlet and meet on the dance floor!  With powerhouse Flamenco singer, Vicente Griego, and live musicians playing Flamenco guitar and Cajon, Oud and Darbuka, the dance is showcased with profound musicality.  The beauty of lyrical dance and the power of percussion result in a dazzling presentation, full of drama, intensity and bravado.  Encuentros is at once a feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul! At the Vancouver Playhouse, 7:30pm. Tix.
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May 5 – 7 The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series with Compagnie Thor | Thierry Smits (Belgium) in ReVoLt. Thierry Smits has been in the forefront of European dance for 25 years, choreographing innovative and frequently controversial works ranging from pure dance to outrageous performance art. ReVoLt echoes the ongoing citizen protest movements, especially those led by women, and considers the oppression of the body, the urge to resist, and the necessity of revolt. This stripped-down, obsessive solo was created for the explosive young Australian dancer Nicola Leahey, who delivers a performance of great physical and emotional commitment as she engages in a tightly wound conflict with herself, in an essay on power, struggle and liberation. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

May 5-7, the street-dance based Ouro Collective presents PACE + KALEIDO – check out a video of their work here. At Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver, 8pm and Sat May 7 at 2pm. Tix

 

The Friday Round Up

•April 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Happy Friday!

This coming Sunday April 24, the April edition of Dance Allsorts will present táctil (“tactile”), a new piece by Raices y Alas Flamenco. táctil explores the possibilities of percussive dance and the manipulation of sound using different surface mediums in a collaborative environment. The performance brings together four dancers: Andrea Williams, Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Dayna Szyndrowski, placing them on unexpected dance surfaces in order to explore a range of sonic texture in their footwork’s music. Created in collaboration between the four artists, and live musicians, the piece weaves together individual styles in a rhythmic synthesis, examining contemporary expressions of flamenco dance. 2PM Performance, followed by a Q&A with the artists. 3:15PM Free workshop, open to all ages and abilities. Workshop capacity is limited to 30 people. Register in advance to secure your spot. At the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam. This show was presented last weekend in Vancouver, and sold out, so get your  tickets in advance!

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Serge Bennathan, Hilary Maxwell and Karissa Barry. Photo Michael Slobodian

Wednesday April 27 to 30The Firehall Arts Centre presents Serge Bennathan and Les Productions Figlio in Just Words, the life journey of an artist, a tale that weaves a colourful quilt of vitality, tears and laughter. Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words is a choreographic journal sketching a portrait of both the profound and joyful characteristics of an artistic life. In this intimate piece, writer and choreographer Serge Bennathan confronts the duality of reality and dreams. Between these two worlds we find a sea of feelings, experiences, friendships and lessons learned, told through movement and poetry by Serge Bennathan, and powerful dance artists Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell. Read the interview with Karissa and Hilaryby Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight here. At the Firehall Arts Theatre, 8pm. Tix

We will tell you more about this next week, but mark your calendars because April 29 is International Dance Day, and there is lots happening!

The Friday Round Up

•April 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Lots to see this week – it’s like a burst of spring!

This coming Sunday April 17, as part of New Works’ Dance AllsortsRaices y Alas FlamencoMaria_Avila_0108
 Company, conceived by Andrea Williams as a platform for the exploration of the traditions of the art of flamenco and its contemporary expansion in Canada, presents táctil . táctil is a new piece  that explores the possibilities of percussive dance and the manipulation of sound using different surface mediums in a collaborative environment. The performance brings together four dancers: Andrea Williams, Michelle Harding, Maria Avila, and Dayna Szyndrowski, placing them on unexpected dance surfaces in order to explore a range of sonic texture in their footwork’s music. Created in collaboration between the four artists, and live musicians, the piece weaves together individual styles in a rhythmic synthesis, examining contemporary expressions of flamenco dance.Performances 2:00pm followed by a Q&A with the artists. Free workshops 3:15pm open to all ages and abilities
Workshop capacity is limited – register in advance to secure your spotPay-what-you-can at the door. Suggested $15 adults, $5 children under 12.Advance tickets for guaranteed seating available online at eventbrite.ca. At the Roundhouse Community Centre.

The Dance Centre has this great program called 12 Minutes Max, which seeks to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. On Tuesday April 19, this round’s artists Akeisha de Baat & Nathan Todd, Bevin Poole, Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Clare Twiddy will do studio showings of their work this far. It is a fantastic opportunity to see new creation from the Vancouver dance community! At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 6pm. FREE!

April 20-23, Body Narratives Collective presents Ties That Bind,  a mixed evening programbody narratives of new dance, weaving personal anecdotes and family histories into a universal fabric. The work features a duet choreographed by Sarah Chase, and trio co-choreographed by Meghan Goodman and Julia Carr. Chase is known for expertly selecting stories and intricately braiding them with gestural movement patterns to create touching ‘dancestory’. Trio With You For The Long Haul examines subtle and obtuse dramatic tensions of sibling dynamics. Life inevitably includes love, loss, and change. Ties That Bind feeds our hunger to hear each other’s experiences and to be comforted by knowing that we are not alone. There are many ticket options and deals. At the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm.

Thursday April 21, in  the Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! presents Karen Flamenco. An innovative young company whose distinctive productions combine the technical brilliance of flamenco with dramatic flair, Karen Flamenco has captured the imagination of dance lovers of all ages. This performance intertwines spirited dancing, masterful storytelling, heart-stirring music, and ravishing costumes, to epitomize the thrilling passion of flamenco. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, noon. Tix

The Friday Round Up

•April 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Oh sunny days – and it is still light when you go into the theatre for an 8pm show!

Dancehouse’s presentation of Companhia Urbana de Danca had us up dancing in the aisles last weekend! Check out the review here.

Tonight and tomorrow night, April 8 and 9,  you can still catch the  Royal Winnipeg Ballet‘s  production Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. Sponsored by the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada the work speaks of the tragic history of our First Nations and residential schools.  Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Not only do they travel the streets of this place but also the roads of their ancestors, learning to accept the other’s burdens as the two walk through the past and toward the future. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth, there is no reconciliation. Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight writes about the piece here. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix  Photo Samata Katz

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Also tonight and tomorrow night April 8 and 9, SFU Repertory Dancers  present 4 Views featuring new choreography by Sarah Chase, MAYCE Collective, Judith Garay and Heather Meyers, performed by advanced SFU dance students. It is an evening full of newly created works! Internationally known performer and choreographer Sarah Chase, Iris Garland guest choreographer, has created a premiere for the full group of 18 dancers. Heather Myers, alumna of Netherlands Dance Theatre, will premiere  9 studies of unheard things, a detailed and sumptuous work full of changes in dynamics and undulating, unimaginable isolations. It is a delight of invention and sophistication set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor. The Exquisite Corpse by MAYCE Collective (Robert Azevedo, Marisa Gold, Antonio Somera, graduates of SFU’s Contemporary Arts dance program), utilizes surprising costuming, extensive partnering and draws on dream landscapes to create a physically charged and dynamic work. SFU MFA composer Matt Horrigan has created new music to accompany the dance. Finally, faculty member Judith Garay offers a work that both reflects on the past and looks into the future exploiting contrasting speeds, multiple energies and overlapping perspectives. It strives to seek the place between remembering and forgetting. $15 general/$5  students and seniors, at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, 8pm. Tix

 
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