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
Sunday 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.
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