We 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