The Friday Round Up

•June 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It is that time folks – time to sign off for the summer months and head for the beach (although maybe not today, given  the rain…)! But before we leave we want to let you know about some exciting happenings through the summer and into the fall.

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Photo: Jessica Lang Dance, The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II), by Takao Komaru.

First off, check out the DanceHouse 2016/17 season, with an eclectic array of contemporary dance. The season begins with New York based Jessica Lang Dance in their Canadian debut, with a program of mixed repertoire that includes their latest work—The Thousand Yard Stare. Show number two of the season is Canadian favourite BJM (Les Ballets  Jazz de Montréal) with a triple bill, including Rouge, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazilian company Grupo Corpo who provoked standing ovations in the DanceHouse 2014 season. And the finally, the season ends with Compagnie Hervé Koubi (France). Twelve Algerian and Burkina Faso dancers, mostly coming from street dance and hip-hop, perform in a contemporary dance work that combines capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance, with evocative Islamic imagery. Season subscriptions are now on sale. Don’t take your chances and miss a sold-out show, and there are great savings to be found if you subscribe!

Spine-of-the-MotherTasha-Faye-Evans-cred-Chris-Randle-750x1014If you have never gone to the Dancing on the Edge Festival (DOTE), you don’t know what you are missing! July 7 – 16, experience 10 days of contemporary dance in theatres, in churches, in the park, and in the Woodwards Atrium! In a series of mixed programs, this year’s DOTE includes artists such as Vision Impure/Noam Gagnon Frédérick Gravel and Étienne Lepage, The Biting School | Arash & Aryo Khakpour, and Tara Cheyenne Performance | Tara Cheyenne, among many, many others. Get your passes and tickets here.

And finally, when the time comes to celebrate the coming of fall, check out the Dance Centre’s Open House September 10, a chance to experience a host of different dance styles in a day of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events at Scotiabank Dance Centre: full schedule to be announced.

Have a great summer!!

The Friday Round Up

•June 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Only a couple of weeks until we sign off for the summer. But before we do that, there is still lots to see!

I know we mentioned this last week, but this is something totally unique! June 17-19 check out the fantastic F-O-R-M: Fesitval of Recorded Movement Vancouver’s first ever youth-led, youth-focused movement on screen festival! Check out some video footage here. F-O-R-M is a by-youth for-youth (ages 15-25) movement on screen film festival. The festival encourages community-building among peers and engagement of young audiences with short films that inspire artists and audiences to see movement from new perspectives. Content will include dance, skateboarding, surfing, parkour, or any subject where physicality is central. The aim is to celebrate and support a rising generation of creators and enthusiasts through providing a formal context to both screen and talk about their work. Check out the fantastic programming here and prepare to spend your weekend being inspired by these creative and innovative young artists!  And of particular note is FORMations where emerging filmmakers, movers and directors(or anyone interested) can meet at the heart of Vancouver at The Woodwards Atrium. This will be an open and public environment for artists of all ages to come together with their cameras and movement expertise/concepts, connect with fellow participants, collaborate and create on the spot. Artists across disciplines can meet and get to know one another while working on any ideas they want to bring to the table. And it is FREE! Saturday June 18 from 12 – 3pm at the Woodwards Atrium.

Also mentioned last week, but so worth mentioning again! Modus Operandi, one of Vancouver’s most innovative contemporary dance training programs. has it’s year end show June 17 and 18, featuring new creations by Emmalena Fredriksson, Vanessa Goodman, Rob Kitsos & Out Innerspace, performed by the Modus Operandi 2015/16 artists. Dance on screen works created + performed by the Modus Operandi artists. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm and Sat matinee 3pm. Tix  How about a 3pm Modus show, and then off to F-O-R-M for the evening?

Small StageJune 23-25 Small Stage with Ballet BC present LIVE AT THE ‘BOLT. The company dancers of Ballet BC and Small Stage Artistic associates team up for an amazing evening of dance. Join them as they walk around Deer Lake Park and see some amazing short works by some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers and choreographers, including Vanessa Goodman piece Inside Sound. This piece plays with the structure of sound waves and creates an exciting window into past technologies using scale to challenge the norm. Join Ballet BC dance artist Gilbert Small and Christoph Von Riedemann in this beautifully crafted and intricate duet . At the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby 8pm Tix.

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•June 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

This is one of those something for everyone weeks – check it out!

Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12, Lamondance presents Spark,  an assembly of choreography by International and Canadian choreographers including Lara Barclay, David Norsworthy, Shannon Moreno, Dario Dinuzzi and Davi Rodrigues. Reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The show is composed of 7 non-related creations linked only by the burst of spark; a diverse vocabulary of movement in the occupation and exploration of space. The company explores the concepts of discovery, limitation, memories, physical state, communication, reincarnation and above all, the power of energy. The name of the show refers to the possibilities of new beginnings. Lamondance was established in 2009 as a contemporary training and performance company for emerging professional dancers. Consisting of Canadian and Brazilian dancers, the company offers a unique platform for both artistic and cultural exchange. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Saturday 2pm and 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Tix

Ready for an all-out dance party showcasing the beats of bhangra? Don’t miss the 12th annual City of Bhangra Festival June 11–18, 2016. On indoor and outdoor stages in parks, clubs, and classrooms, the Festival features hundreds of local and international artists performing new and traditional dance forms from around the world. The Festival finishes with Downtown Bhangraa two-day open-stage party with non-stop music and dance in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Bring the whole family to the VAG plaza on June 17 & 18 to experience big beats and electrifying performances you’ll never forget! For more info and tix.

brittniSunday June 12, New Works presents another Dance Allsorts with the Mandala Arts & Culture SocietyBharata Natyam is one of the most cherished and well-known Indian dance styles. Under the artistic direction of Jai Govinda, Mandala Arts and Culture is one of the leading Indian classical dance companies in Canada specialized in this tradition. Originally performed as an offering to the gods in the temples of South India, Bharata Natyam has survived abolition and near extinction to be revived and brought to the stage some 100 years ago. The rebirth of Bharata Natyam inspired generations of illustrious masters, dancers and musicians who ensured the survival of the dance form to the present day.Today’s Bharata Natyam artists bring new life and dimensions to the traditional repertoire through creative choreography and fresh interpretations. In this unique presentation, Mandala will bring forth all the elements that make this dance form so rich and relevant. At the Roundhouse Community Centre, Performance 2:00pm, followed by a Q&A with the artists Free workshop 3:15pm, open to all ages and abilities. Tix

June 17-19 check out the fantastic F-O-R-M: Fesitval of Recorded Movement Vancouver’s first ever youth-led, youth-focused movement on screen festival! F-O-R-M is a by-youth for-youth (ages 15-25) movement on screen film festival; created through a collaboration between Company 605, Kristina Lemieux and 23-year-old independent dance artist Sophia Wolfe. The festival encourages community-building among peers and engagement of young audiences with short films that inspire artists and audiences to see movement from new perspectives. Content will include dance, skateboarding, surfing, parkour, or any subject where physicality is central. The aim is to celebrate and support a rising generation of creators and enthusiasts through providing a formal context to both screen and talk about their work. Check out the fantastic programming here and prepare to spend your weekend being inspired by these creative and innovative young artists!

ModusModus Operandi, one of Vancouver’s most innovative contemporary dance training programs. has it’s year end show June 17 and 18, featuring new creations by Emmalena Fredriksson, Vanessa Goodman, Rob Kitsos & Out Innerspace, performed by the Modus Operandi 2015/16 artists. Dance on screen works created + performed by the Modus Operandi artists. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm and Sat matinee 3pm. Tix

The Friday Round Up

•June 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

 

Happy Friday! So much to choose from this weekend – you will just have to see some dance everyday!

New_Works_Project_Soul_Into_the_Tao_02-1024x678.jpgTonight, Friday June 3rd New Works @ Night presents Project Soul in Into the Tao. The piece is  a new work by Kim Sato featuring the street dance collective Project Soul in an exploration of the intriguing mind of a freestyle street dancer in the heart clenching moments of a battle. You will journey into a street dancer’s emotions during various stages of battle; anticipation, conflicting internal dialogues, and the release, surrender and acceptance once all is over. Into the Tao highlights the talents of Vancouver’s most renowned and highly skilled street dancers, who are accustomed to pushing their bodies to extreme physical limits, and features soundscapes by Reuben Avery. At the Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver. Tix and more info.

Tonight June 3 the Dance Centre presents it’s last showing of this year’s 12 Minutes Max
Edition #40, featuring works by: Akeisha de Baat + Nathan Todd, Katie Devries + Kimberly Stevenson, Iris Lau, Bevin Poole and Ahalya Satkunaratnam. 12MM is a program of the Dance Centre, and seeks to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm.

162A2623 (1)Also tonight, and June 4, 8, 10 and 11, the EDAM Spring Choreographic Series presents
INDUCTION 
with new dance works by Amber Funk Barton, Anne Cooper, and Tom Stroud in collaboration with Peter Bingham. At the EDAM Studio Theatre, 303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver. Tix and info Photo Chris Barton from Amber Funk Barton’s Scenes for Your Consideration

June 3 and 4, the GOH Ballet presents Peter and the Wolf and Enchanted Forest (Sat matinee only) as their year end performance. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 7:30 pm and Saturday 2:30 pm matinee. For more info and tix

Artslandia has recently announced their 2016/17 Arts Ambassador and it is no other than BC Ballet Artistic Director Emily Molnar! Artslandia is an annual publication that “exists to create community among Vancouver’s performing arts sector”. The role of Artslandia Arts Ambassador is that of an advocate—a point-person who connects Vancouverites to the performing arts in our city. To find out more about both the magazine and the role Emily will play as Ambassador, go here.

For all youth (defined in this case as between 16 and 24), check out the Dancing on the Edge Youth Program. This is a FANTASTIC program that hopes to introduce youth to experience contemporary dance through  participation in workshops and as audience members by some of the companies performing at this years Dancing on the Edge Festival. And through the classes/workshops you will create (with others) a short piece to be performed on the opening weekend of the Festival! So please, if you know of anyone interested in this great project send them here. And for more info on the Dancing on the Edge Festival go here.

The Friday Round Up

•May 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

We cannot believe that May is almost over – bring on the summer!

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May 25-29, 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. Photo Lisa Wu

May 26-28 Arts Umbrella Dance Company presents it’s Season Finale with works by Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Marie Chouinard and Mauro Astolfi, among others. This is always a fantastic show, and your chance to see some of the young dancers from the Professional Training Program of Arts Umbrella strut their stuff before they move on to careers with some of the  most recognized dance companies both nationally and internationally. At the Vancouver Playhouse 7:30 pm and 2pm May 28. Tix

Did you know that National Tap Day is May 28, and to celebrate The West Coast Tap Dance Collective is proud to announce Tappin’ to our Roots., celebrating professional and amateur tappers from around the province. The honourees this year are three of Vancouver’s iconic tap teachers – teachers to whom many local tappers can trace their ‘tap roots’: Jean Jepson, Ted Cawker and Evelyn Ward.  Through them we will celebrate the passionate teachers and studios who help share the art of tap dancing. 2 different shows! 2pm, honouring Evelyn Ward and Ted Cawker and 7:30pm, honouring Jean Jepson. At the Norman Rothsteing Theatre. For more info and tix. 

June opens with new dance works by Amber Funk Barton, Anne Cooper, and Tom Stroud in
collaboration with Peter Bingham, in the EDAM Dance Spring Choreographic Series, INDUCTION. Shows happen June 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11. At the EDAM StudioTheatre, 303 E. 8th Ave Vancouver. Prices vary depending on the night, so check it out here.

Friday June 3rd New Works @ Night presents Project Soul in Into the Tao. The piece is  a new work by Kim Sato featuring the street dance collective Project Soul in an exploration of the intriguing mind of a freestyle street dancer in the heart clenching moments of a battle. You will journey into a street dancer’s emotions during various stages of battle; anticipation, conflicting internal dialogues, and the release, surrender and acceptance once all is over. Into the Tao highlights the talents of Vancouver’s most renowned and highly skilled street dancers, who are accustomed to pushing their bodies to extreme physical limits, and features soundscapes by Reuben Avery. At the Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver. Tix and more info.

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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!