Happy Valentines Day! How about seeing some dance to celebrate?
In just two weeks, February 27 and 28, DanceHouse will have the pleasure of hosting Compagnie Marie Chouniard, with two works. Last week we took a look at Gymnopédies and this week we will check out the second piece, Henri Michaux: Mouvements. Take a look at a video here.
In 1980, Marie Chouinard discovered the book Mouvements by Henri Michaux (1899-1984). In 64 pages of India-ink drawings, a 15-page poem and an afterword, Mouvements presents multiform figures that Marie Chouinard took pleasure in reading literally, left to right and page by page, as a choreographic score. She then proceeded to decrypt the great artist’s drawings and set dance to these “movements of multiple inkjets, a celebration of blots, arms moving up and down the scales.” The book’s transition to dance has been done “word for word”, for even the poem in the middle of the book, as well as its afterword, are included in the choreography. The drawings are projected in the background, allowing spectators to do a simultaneous personal reading of the Michaux score. Echoing the visual presentation of a white page with black drawings, performers dressed in black dance on a white floor.
Sounds fascinating…so don’t miss it! And incase you did not know, there is always a pre-show chat with someone from the Company at 7:15pm on performance nights in the upstairs lobby. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (Photo by Andrea Mohin)
Coming February 18 to 21 Made in China is the Chinese-Canadian exploration of cultural identity 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`an audience that opens a window to another world. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm Tix
This should be really interesting to check out next Wednesday February 18. Migrant Bodies is a two-year research project created through a partnership between The Dance Centre (Vancouver), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia), and La Briqueterie – Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne (France). Migrant Bodies aims to use artistic and cultural tools to open up a civil reflection on migration in European and Canadian societies.
Each organization has selected a dance artist, a writer, and a filmmaker. The dance artists, under the guidance of renowned Canadian artist Ginelle Chagnon, will travel to each host city to undertake residencies, take part in workshops and develop their research in collaboration with writers, filmmakers and migrant communities. The project will finish in Italy in July 2015 with an international symposium at the Opera Estate Festival Veneto. The Vancouver dance artist is Su-Feh Lee, Co-Artistic Director of battery opera performance; the writers are Andreas Kahre and Alexa Mardon; and the filmmaker is interdisciplinary artist Sammy Chien.The other choreographers are Cécile Proust (France), Manuel Roque (Québec), Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy) and Jasna Vinovrški (Croatia). At the Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 5pm. FREE