The Friday Round Up

•November 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

If you haven’t done so, get downtown and go do Dance in Vancouver! You have until Sunday to see some of the many offerings, studio showings, outdoor showings (well, we are outside, the performers are behind the door of the Granville entrance to the Dance Centre!), and inside performances. This weekend some of the offerings are MascallDance‘s Three Cornered Hat, and Vanessa Goodman and MACHINENOISY in a double bill. Too much to name here, but go to the DIV page and all will be revealed.

ART_DancePornoDeathCult_2412Next Wednesday November 25 through Saturday 28 is the wonderful dance-theatre artist Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg‘s Porno Death Cult . An exploration of faith and faithlessness, life and death, Porno Death Cult is infused with her signature humour and pathos. In a pilgrimage through a strange landscape of longing, a woman, a preacher, a yogini and a god, come face to face with each other, and the unanswerable questions that contort our collective perceptions. Director Marcus Youssef (Neworld Theatre) lends his unique style and impeccable eye to this quirky, idiosyncratic fusion of text, dance, character, and prayer for something better. Studio Theatre, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby 8pm. Tix  Photo Clancy Dennehy

download (1)Also Wednesday  November 25 thru Saturday 28 (also Dec 2-5) Kokoro Dance and Standing Wave present Book of Love, featuring choreography and performance by Kokoro Dance founding directors, Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi. They will be joined by dancers Molly McDermott and Billy Marchenski with music composed by Jeffrey Ryan and performed live by the Standing Wave music ensemble. At the Roundhouse Community Centre,  Vancouver 8pm. Tix


The Friday Round Up

•November 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Last call! Finally, 6 years after their last Vancouver performance to sold out audiences, the Hofesh Shechter Dance Company returns to the Vancouver Playhouse tonight and tomorrow night November 13 and 14 with barbarians, a presentation of DanceHouse. Janet Smith, Georgia Straight Arts Editor and Dance Critic, recently had a conversation with Hofesh Shechter and you can read it here. And if you plan on seeing the show, come a little early for the pre-show chat, and deepen your experience of what you are about to see. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Pre-show chat both nights 7:15pm. Tix  Photo Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Prepare yourself for next week! Join us Wednesday-Sunday November 18-22 in celebration of the energy and originality ofplaything our contemporary dance scene at Dance In Vancouver, a biennial event showcasing some of BC’s most exciting companies! There is too much to see to name it all here, but some of the companies participating are MACHiNENOiSYZiyian KwanShay Kuebler Radical System Art, Starrwind Dance Projects/Raven Spirit Dance and a fantastic Choreographic Walk through the streets and places of downtown Vancouver!  This is just a taste of what is available during these five days of dance, and some of it is even FREE! Check out the full schedule here and the trailer for the event.

The Friday Round Up

•November 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

barbarians4-largeWe don’t want to keep harping about this, but one of the world’s most renowned dance companies is about to arrive in Vancouver, and if you don’t yet have your ticket you are missing the ball! Next Friday and Saturday November 13 and 14, the Hofesh Shechter Company will perform barbarians, a trilogy of captivating works including Two completely different angles of the same fucking thing, a quirky yet poignant duet from the company’s longest running dancers. At once charismatic and beautifully intricate, seductive and intelligent, performed to music from baroque to the industrial grime of Bredren and MC Swift’s Control. In case you have not had the opportunity to experience the work of Shechter, check out this video of barbarians. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Pre-show chat upstairs in the lobby of the Playhouse 7:15pm. Tix

Have you ever been to Speaking of Dance? Don’t know what that is? Speaking of Dance is an illustrated series of talks developed to enrich and deepen your experience of the upcoming DanceHouse presentation. It acts as a springboard for developing a deeper understanding of the world of dance and contextualizing the form in the world of art and culture. This Tuesday November 10, Vancouver dancer and choreographer Vanessa Goodman will be lead us a little further down the path into understanding and appreciating the work of Hofesh Shechter. At Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. 7pm FREE!

This weekend November 5-7, Ballet BC will present their season opener and 30th anniversary(!) with three works: a new work by Belgian-born Stijn Celis, Solo Echo, originally developed for Nederlands Dans Theater by Vancouver born and internationally renowned Crystal Pite, and Cayetano Soto’s Twenty Eight Thousand Waves, originally premiered by Ballet BC in 2014. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix

Vancouver Art Gallery’s upcoming show ‘Between Object and Action – Transforming Media in the 1960’s and 70s’ features the work of Evelyn Roth, a pioneer in dance, moving sculpture, wearable art and celebratory events. Tonight November 6th as part of FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Angela Brown will animate moving sculptures created by Evelyn Roth. In the 70′s, Roth performed with renowned Vancouver based dancers and choreographers Paula Ross and Anna Wyman. In the late 70′s, she formed her own “Moving Art Sculpture Company” which toured many theatres and galleries across Canada. Angela Brown has been working together with Evelyn Roth since 2000 on a variety of projects which include dance, storytelling, and visual art.  Angela has toured to Australia to perform various performance art works at the SALA Festival and she has exhibited her paintings, sculptures and her performance art at various in theatres and galleries all over BC. At the Vancouver Art Gallery, 8pm to 12am, $20 at door (Free for Gallery members)

Diwali – Festival of Light November 8. In honour of Diwali, Mandala Arts and Culture presents an Indian classical dance performance introduced by artistic director Jai Govinda, reDicipient of the 2014 Mayor of Vancouver Awards. Bharata natyam dancers Arno Kamolika, Kiruthika Rathanaswami and Malavika Santhosh will perform in praise of the divine feminine “SHRI”. 1:30-2:30pm, Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level, Central Library Vancouver. FREE!

November 10, The Dance Centre presents a studio showing of the first round (of three over the course of the season) 12 Minutes Max, an opportunity for artists to show eclectic and innovative new works that run under twelve minutes, with a strong focus on experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. The artists receive fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre with input and support from the curators, culminating in a studio showing open to the public. At the end of the program a selection of the works will be selected for presentation in ticketed performances at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Works by Cody Cox, Katie DeVries, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien. 6pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre. FREE!

November 10-14 the Cultch presents Sinha Dance | Constantinople (Montreal) in Sunya. Guided by the Indo-Armenian dancer and choreographer, Roger Sinha, and Iranian-born gatherer of musical pearls, Kiya Tabassian, four dancers, three musicians, a sound designer, and a video artist break boundaries to create a truly unique artistic experience. At the Cultch, 8pm. Tix

The Friday Round Up

•October 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer-make this first week of long nights oh so much better by coming out to see some dance!

hofesh1_gallery1Just two short weeks, November 13 and 14, until the arrival of the Hofesh Shechter Company and their work barbarians‘superb stuff: juicy, nervy ensembles and a wittily unsettling what The Guardian says about the barbarians in love. You have seen the videos of the work, so here is an interesting little interview with Hofesch Shechter the man himself so that you can learn a little more about him and the inspiration for his creation. Hurry and buy your tickets now – both shows sold out when the company was in Vancouver back in 2009. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Pre-show talk both nights 7:15pm. Tix. Photo Simona Boccedi

This weekend two shows continue their run. Daniel Léveillé Danse continues until Saturday at the Firehall Arts Centre with their work Solitudes Solo. In Léveillé’s latest touring piece, five dancers perform eight solos that question what it means to be alone. A fascinating work, part of a new creation cycle for Léveillé. Tickets $23-30, 8pm

At the Scotiabank Dance Centre the Global Dance Connections presents Jan Martens in The Dog Days Are Over. Übertalented Belgian choreographer Jan Martens is renowned for provocative and highly physical creations, and this is perhaps his most audacious work to date, prompting debate on the role of contemporary dance, the thin line between art and entertainment, and the complicity of the audience, as we watch the dancers striving before us like gladiators in an arena. Tix

Next Thursday November 5 through to November 7, Ballet BC opens it’s season with three new works to celebrate their 30thtwenty-thousand-waves Anniversary! The program includes works by Belgian-born Stijn Celis, a work originally developed for Nederlands Dans Theater, Solo Echo,by Vancouver born and internationally renowned Crystal Pite, and Cayetano Soto’s Twenty Eight Thousand Waves, originally premiered by Ballet BC in 2014. Check out the trailer. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm.  Tix  Photo Michael Slobodian

The Friday Round Up

•October 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

hofesh2_gallery_2Just 3 weeks until the DanceHouse season opener! Friday and Saturday November 13 and 14 the Vancouver Playhouse will be host to the Hofesh Shechter Company with the trilogy barbarians. 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.  barbarians is an extraordinarily elegant and intimate offering from one of the world’s most sought after choreographers. The piece is on tour before it hits Vancouver, and is receiving some great reviews!  At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (but hurry – the shows sold out last time he was in town!) And we leave you with this video of the piece in the making.

This coming Sunday October 25, as part of New Works Dance Allsorts program, get ready for an afternoon of dance featuring works performed by and created in collaboration with members of the Modus Operandi training program. The program includes a series of rapid-fire duets and features thirty (!) Modus Operandi dancers. These dancers are a small and determined group of rebellious thinkers and movers inspired by radically relevant philosophies and hailing from diverse backgrounds and points of view. You will not be disappointed! At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm. Advance tix or at the door by donation. And if you want to try out some of what they do, a workshop follows the show 3:30 to 4:30.

October 28 – 31 the Firehall Arts Centre presents Daniel Léveillé Danse in Solitudes Solo. Winner of the Conseil des arts et desSolitudes Solo Justin Gionet credit Denis Farley lettres du Québec (CALQ) Award 2013, Solitudes Solo takes us by the hand and gently leads us to the difficult emotional states of our human condition – a new starting point, but also as a breaking point: on the horizon of purity where this pared-down choreography unfolds, an impossible expectation questions “the beyond.” Each dancer in his or her performance exposes a particular figure of ourselves, a temporal moment in a life tending toward unity and beauty, while knowing it can only reach such heights at the risk of breaking and falling. Check out a Westender preview of the piece, and an interview with the man himself. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm (talkback Thursday October 28). Tix   Photo Denis Farley

It is going to be a busy weekend! October 29-31 The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series with Jan Martens in The Dog Days Are Over. Eight dancers surrender to one act: the jump. For 70 extreme, exhausting minutes they bounce, hop and leap through complicated choreographic patterns of geometrical precision, in a repetitive bruising battle that demands extraordinary stamina, coordination and concentration. Übertalented Belgian choreographer Jan Martens is renowned for provocative and highly physical creations, and this is perhaps his most audacious work to date, prompting debate on the role of contemporary dance, the thin line between art and entertainment, and the complicity of the audience, as we watch the dancers striving before us like gladiators in an arena. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

The Friday Round Up

•October 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

If you can get your mind off of the elections, there is lots of good stuff to see this week!

the-barbarians-in-love-by-Hofesh-Shechter.-barbarians-performed-by-Hofesh-Shechter-Company.-Photographer-Gabriele-Zucca.-2015-3We are revving the engines in preparation for the opener of the DanceHouse 2015/16season with the Hofesh Shechter Company! The company performed to sold out houses in Vancouver back in 2009, and they are back in Vancouver November 13 and 14 with a trilogy of captivating new works in Barbarians. To warm us up in preparation for the show, check out this interview with the man himself. Tix for the show are available here. Photo Gabriele Zucca

If you would like an opportunity to see emerging and established artists atartspix_interplay_2495jpg play in a process where they challenge and discover new ideas around collaboration and performance, come to The Interplay Project tonight and tomorrow night! As a joint presentation of the Moberly Cultural Centre and the Contingency Plan, it’s an interdisciplinary performance lab where the art of live performance will surprise, provoke and engage the audience. At the Moberly Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St, Vancouver. Tickets: $20 purchased at the door, box office opens at 7:00 pm, show at 8pm. For more info call (604) 718-6521

October 20 – 23 it is time once again for another Dances for a Small Stage – number 32! An eclectic and spirited mix of original dance creations, up-close and personal in the performance space of the Anza Club. You can do dinner and the show for $45,dessert and the show for $30 or eat at home, and come to the show for $20! Dinner starts at 6:30, show at 8pm. And remember – these shows tend to sell out! At the Anza Club, 3 W8th Ave, Vancouver. Tix

Thursday October 22, as part of their noon hour Discover Dance! series, the Dance Centre presents Danny Nielsen + Friends. 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 and adventurous approach. He teams up with special guests including dancers and jazz musicians to present a dynamic and entertaining program which highlights the infectious rhythms, expressiveness and ebullience of tap dance. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, noon. Tix

The Friday Round Up

•October 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Ok, so we let you start into the season nice and slow, but things are getting busy and so much to see! Which is probably a good thing looking out the window today …. goodbye summer, hello dance season!

We talked about this last week, but a reminder that you have an opportunity to see some great contemporary dance ANDART_DancersDancing_2319
tap dance on the same night when Dancers Dancing and Danny Nielsen perform tonight Friday October 9, Dancers Dancing will present The FINE LINE ~ twisted angels, a one hour multi-media dance performance choreographed by Judith Garay, Artistic Director of the company. “The FINE LINE ~twisted angels is a spooky and mind bending addition to an oeuvre of more than 40 dances.” Deborah Meyers, Vancouver Sun. The second half of the evening will bring renowned tap dancer Danny Nielsen to the stage, with On Foot. Enjoy! The Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, 8pm. Tix  Photo David Cooper

Although not technically dance, Australian company Gravity & Other Myths brings to us A Simple SpaceOctober 13 – 24. Simultaneously raw, frantic, and delicate, seven skilled acrobats thumb their noses at the rules of gravity. In this dizzying collection of works in new circus, you become intimate with the stripped back stage where physical limits are pushed to the brink and the usual guards are broken down, exposing the reality of failure and weakness. Check their video out here.  At the York Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver 8pm. Tix.

CoERASGA-Pichet-Klunchun-3-photo-750x12-pixels-620x400Thursday-Saturday October 15-17, as part of the Dance Centre‘s the Global Dance Connections series, Co. Erasga (Vancouver) | Pichet Klunchun Dance Company (Thailand) present Unwrapping Culture. Unwrapping Culture brings together Filipino-Canadian Alvin Erasga Tolentino, whose sophisticated works reflect on personal and cultural identity, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon with the paraphernalia of today’s rampant materialism to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny piece which immerses us in the conflict between traditional and modern. At Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

Next Friday and Saturday, October 16 & 17 The Interplay Project is a contemporary performance lab that celebrates innovation and experimentation in the performing arts. Curated by The Contingency Plan, the production provides an opportunity for artists to play, challenge and discover new ideas around collaboration and performance. The art of live performance will continue to surprise, provoke and engage the audience. Join in an evening of six diverse, multi-disciplinary artistic partnerships from emerging and established artists working in the realms of performance art, dance, music, spoken word, theatre and sound innovation. At the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre Studio Theatre, 7646 Prince Albert St, Vancouver. Tix $20 at the door, box office opens at 7, show at 8pm.


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