The Friday Round Up

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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So much to see this week – of every type of dance! Enjoy!

At last! Tonight and tomorrow night, Marie Chouinard,the Queen of Contemporary Dance as they call her,  is here in Vancouver, compliments of DanceHouse! Check out what Janet Smith, Dance Critic at the Georgia Straight has to say about her and the works Chouinard is bringing here to Vancouver. And have a taste of her work here. It is not too late to get tickets! And for inspiration, here is a taste! At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm.

If going to Chouinard this weekend is not enough dance for you, today at 4pm check out a studio showing of work developed during the Choreographic Workshop with Gabi Beier (Berlin). Featuring works by emerging dance artists Julianne Chapple and Michael Kong (Vancouver), Dyana Sonik-Henderson and Stacey Horton with Treena Stubel and Brandy Baybutt (Victoria), developed during a two-week workshop with  renowned dance dramaturge Gabi Beier of Berlin’s ada studio. At the Scotia Bank Dance Centre, 4pm. FREE!

The Chutzpah Festival continues this week with Idan Sharabi & Dancers (Israel/Holland) with Vanessa Goodman tonight and tomorrow night, and BODYTRAFFIC coming up next week. Details here.body

On Sunday March 1st Ballet Kelowna hits town with excerpts from Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme . At Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island. Tix

March 3-8  the 2015 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology. These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon as well as national and international guest artists. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions. For more details and tickets

 

 

 

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Just a week away! February 27 and 28 DanceHouse brings Compagnie Marie Chouinard to town with 2 pieces, Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. For the last two weeks we looked at each of the works in some detail. Here is the lady herself talking a little about her work for those of you who want to learn more. Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. TIX

And speaking about learning more: how about coming to Speaking of Dance. Tuesday February 24, dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil will share personal anecdotes of their experiences working with the company Marie Chouinard in their roles as Rehearsal Director (Carter) and Dancer (Keevil). Speaking of Dance is always a great way to dig a little deeper into what you will be seeing at the theatre (and even if you are not going to the show, SOD is well worth going to!). Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. 7pm

And don’t forget to come to the theatre early (7:15 pm) for the pre-show chat, again with dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil.

Tonight and tomorrow February 20 and 21, Ballet BC brings us Miami City Ballet with a beautiful Balanchine program. 3 works will be performed: Serenade, a “classic” Balanchine, set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings in C; Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work that is bold and breathtaking, a tour-de-force that is striking for its simplicity and power, to the music of Stravinsky, and finally Ballo della Regina,  set to Verdi’s Don Carlos. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. TIX

On until February 21, Wen Wei Dance brings Made In China. This Chinese-Canadian exploration of cultural identity is 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 dance, music, and storytelling, these memories are woven together to create an intimate dialogue between performers and audience that opens a window to another world. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm TIX
As always, the Chutzpah Festival brings dance, music and theatre to a variety of venues around town. Some great dance, including Shay Kuebler in a new work, Maria Kong  in Backstage, and Idan Sharabi and Dancers with Vanessa Goodman. Check out the website for dates, places and times.
And finally check out some of our younger dancers at the Lamondance & Friends”Gala, Saturday, Feb 21st. This exciting show and live auction will present excerpts of Lamondance Newest Show and will showcase local talented dance and performing artists from the community. The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles of dance, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by Lara Barclay, Monica Proenca, Davi Rodrigues and guest choreographers. at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts which is located in the Birch Building on the Capilano University campus in North Vancouver. Call 604)-980-3040 for tickets.

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

chouinard_gymnopdedies_nicolas_ruel_1716_hrJust a week away! February 27 and 28 DanceHouse brings Compagnie Marie Chouinard to town with 2 pieces, Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. For the last two weeks we looked at each of the works in some detail. Here is the lady herself talking a little about her work for those of you who want to learn more. Playhouse Theatre, 8pm. TIX (Photo NICOLAS RUEL)

And speaking about learning more: how about coming to Speaking of Dance. Tuesday February 24, dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil will SHARE personal anecdotes of their experiences working with the company Marie Chouinard in their roles as Rehearsal Director (Carter) and Dancer (Keevil). Speaking of Dance is always a great way to dig a little deeper into what you will be seeing at the theatre (and even if you are not going to the show, SOD is well worth going to!). Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. 7pm

And don’t forget to come to the theatre early (7:15 pm) for the pre-show CHAT, AGAIN with dance artists Martha Carter and Andrea Keevil.

Tonight and tomorrow February 20 and 21, Ballet BC brings us Miami City Ballet with a beautiful Balanchine PROGRAM. 3 works will be performed: Serenade, a “classic” Balanchine, set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings in C; Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work that is bold and breathtaking, a tour-de-force that is striking for its simplicity and power, to the music of Stravinsky, and finally Ballo della Regina,  set to Verdi’s Don Carlos. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. TIX

On until February 21, Wen Wei Dance brings Made In China. This Chinese-Canadian exploration of cultural identity is 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 dance, music, and storytelling, these memories are woven together to create an intimate dialogue between performers and audience that OPENS a window to another world. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm TIX
As always, the Chutzpah Festival brings dance, music and theatre to a variety of venues around town. Some great dance, including Shay Kuebler in a new work, Maria Kong  in Backstage, and Idan Sharabi and Dancers with Vanessa Goodman. Check out the website for dates, places and times.
And finally check out some of our younger dancers at the Lamondance & Friends Gala, Saturday, Feb 21st. This exciting show and live auction will present excerpts of Lamondance newest show and will showcase local talented dance and performing artists from the community. The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles of dance, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by Lara Barclay, Monica Proenca, Davi Rodrigues and guest choreographers. at The BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts which is located in the Birch Building on the Capilano University campus in North Vancouver. Call 604)-980-3040 for tickets.

The Friday Round Up

•February 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Happy Valentines Day! How about seeing some dance to celebrate?

09CHOUINARD-Andrea MohinIn 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 pieceHenri 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)
cn_madeinchinaComing 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

 

 

Compagnie Maire Chouinard returns to DanceHouse – February 27 + 28, 2015

•February 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

We are thrilled to welcome the return of Compagnie Marie Chouinard to Vancouver with a two-part art inspired dance production February 27 and 28, 2015 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Veteran Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard, Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance, returns with an ambitious two-part interpretation of the work of two famous French artists: Erik Satie and Henri Michaux. Take a peek at the video trailer here.

In Gymnopédies, famed French composer Erik Satie’s haunting works for piano from the late 1800’s become a contemporary kinetic meditation on human intimacy and desire. This sensuous piece brings Satie to life in a series of duets that will amuse, titillate, and surprise.

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard, “Henri Michaux : Mouvements” Photo: Marie Chouinard. Dancer: Lucy May.

With Henri Michaux: Mouvements, Chouinard translates the visual into the physical in a percussive and vital dance that interprets a 1951 book of illustrations by poet and artist Henri Michaux. The translation is direct.  Chouinard’s dancers splash and contort all over the stage, capturing the energy of the movement-filled, calligraphic and almost figurative India ink drawings for which Michaux was best known. Both Satie and Michaux rejected the more ornate expectations of the artistic movements they emerged from, focusing instead on the pared-down essence of their respective forms. With this latest offering, Compagnie Marie Chouinard has done the same thing, creating work that, “stripped to its bare essence,” is moving and contemporary — full of humour, passion, and eros.

Gymnopédies & Henri Michaux: Mouvements runs February 27 and 28 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Tickets start at $35 and are available at 604.801.6225 or www.dancehouse.ca.

 

The Friday Round Up

•February 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Was it always this busy? But isn’t it great that there is always something to see! Enjoy!

09CHOUINARD-Andrea MohinOnly three more weeks till the coming of Canada’s Queen of contemporary dance, Marie Chouinard! Compagnie Marie Chouinard will bring us two works, but let’s take a look at one this week and another next week. Gymnopédies, Eric Satie’s works for piano become a meditation on human intimacy and desire, with a movement score performed live on stage by the dancers. This sensuous piece brings Satie to life in a series of duets that will amuse, titillate, and surprise. Prepare to be titillated while watching the video here. February 27 and 28 at the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (Photo Andrea Mohin)

This Saturday February 7, as part of the ScotiaBank DanceLab studio showing, dancer/choreographer Colleen Lanki (TomoeArts) and designer/director/composer Ines Ortner investigate costume design and the restrictions it places on the body as the catalyst for specific movements.  Inspired by Heiner Müller’s poem Herzstück (Heartpiece), they have been exploring what gestures become meaningful through costume/wearable objects, and how Japanese classical dance movements are effected or influenced by a new set of restrictions placed on the body.  They have also been working with the fundamentals of character and gender, and how they are portrayed through gesture and stance. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 4:30pm FREE

For four Tuesdays, starting this Tuesday February 10, MascallDance brings us another BLOOM. Participating in a 7-week-long residency with dance mentor Jennifer Mascall to develop their creative chops, the audience is then brought in for the fun of each short dance piece, paired with an alcoholic beverage, followed by commentary from local stand-up comedian, Jenn Griffin. BLOOM 1 2015 is a synesthetic experience of contemporary dance, wine, and comedy, celebrating five choreographers; Robert Azevedo, Gemma Crowe, Heather Lamoureux, Myola Pautler, and Chris Pinker. Jennifer Mascall, presenting research for her upcoming season, will also showcase work from The Outliner and The Three Cornered Hat. 1151 Jervis, Vancouver. 5:30 pm $10 CASH ONLY.

February 11-14, experience the riveting mastery of an incomparable artist. Internationally renowned South Afvincentmantsoe_noa-skwatta-c-valadams__largerican choreographer Vincent Mantsoe combines traditional and contemporary dance to create an exhilarating and passionate new language. NTU & Skwatta are two politically and socially charged solos reflecting the poverty stricken life in South Africa’s squatter camps. In these works Mantsoe finds hope and salvation in the human spirit – often fragile and tortured, but capable of great dignity and pride. Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, 8pm Tix (Photo Val Adams)

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Oh sunshine, sweet sunshine! Aren’t we glad we live here in Vancouver? No snow storms keeping us away from all the great dance to see!

It’s never too early to tell you about DanceHouse’s presentation of Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance Compagnie MArieC-1Marie Chouinard February 27 and 28. Two works will be offered up this month.With Gymnopédies, Eric Satie’s works for piano become a meditation on human intimacy and desire, with a movement score performed live on stage by the dancers. This sensuous piece brings Satie to life in a series of duets that will amuse, titillate, and surprise. In Henri Michaux: Mouvements, Chouinard translates the visual into the physical using a 1951 book of abstract illustrations by the French artist Michaux. The book’s transition to dance has been done “word for word”— even the poem in the middle of the book is included in the choreography. We will tell you more in the coming weeks! At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Pre show chat both nights 7:15pm. Tix. (Photo

The PuSh Festival continues next week. Tonight and tomorrow catch the last shows of Le CargoFaustin Linyekula is a great dancer and a genuine storyteller. Here, in his first solo performance of his long career, he uses these skills to bring us closer to a distant reality: his homeland of the Congo. It’s a nation that has had many names and been through many tragedies. What survives—if tenuously—is the people’s culture, and it’s this that comes through in the performance, expressed with soft speech and wild movement. Twisting, coiling and thrusting his body, Linyekula dances in a way that seems at once culturally specific and universal. The movement is fluid, sinuous, utterly transfixing. Alternating with this are reflections on memory, heritage and history—words replying to dance and vice versa. Linyekula creates a dialoguMariw e with himself, and it’s our privilege to share it. His work is a marriage of spirit and body—moving, thought-provoking and spellbinding. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

February 4 – 7 Time Machine features eight children, ranging in age from 5 to 13, alongside seven professional dancers. In Machinntheir contrast of styles the groups show the difference between the visceral, innocent creativity of childhood and the experience of adult pros. MACHiNENOiSY is a group dedicated to pushing boundaries, and here as ever their work upends our comfortable ideas about age, difference and the division between dance and theatre. As a spectacle, this is rich and rewarding; as a challenge to our notions of children and their abilities, it’s truly radical. With visuals from sculptor and costume designer Natalie Purschwitz and sound from composer Chris Kelly, the work takes us on a physical adventure, where meaning is formed from chaos and ideas are born from the movement of bodies. It promises to be a powerful, liberating performance. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm.Tix (Photo Chris Randle)

January 31 experience an open rehearsal of work in progress with choreographer/dancer Noam Gagnon and actress/singer Laara Sadiq. We Are Making Fiction (working title) will be a new full-length, multi-disciplinary work blending dance, movement and theatre as they consider themes of aging, love and fiction. Supported through The Dance Centre’s DanceLab interdisciplinary research program. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 6:30 pm. FREE

 

 
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