Happy New Year!

We’re back! And now seems like as good a time as any to tell you about some upcoming things for DanceHouse.

First event of the new year is our second Speaking of Dance talk at SFU Woodward’s. These informative talks, are, as ever, free, and make for great food for thought when you see the show. Highly recommended. Plus, you get to check out SFU Woodward’s, which is really pretty great.

Tuesday January 25, 2011, 7pm – Doug Elkins, Fraulein Maria and the New York dance scene – Speaker: Rob Kitsos

Rob is an Associate Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU. He has appeared with dance companies across the United States, Asia and Europe. Rob has been a member of more than 15 performing companies which cover a broad range of styles from mime to hip hop to ballet, including the Doug Elkins Dance Company in 1994-95. Rob was a faculty member at the University of Washington in Seattle and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He joined the faculty of SFU in 2004.

This leads up to our presentation of Doug Elkins and Friends’  Fraulein Maria, February 3, 4, and 5 at the Vancouver Playhouse. This show is going to be a hoot–you will regret it if you miss it. It’s The Sound of Music meets contemporary dance: What’s not to love?

In 2006, former b-boy-turned-choreographer Doug Elkins created an homage to the movie classic The Sound of Music as a dance love-letter to his children. Choreographed to the familiar Rodgers and Hammerstein songs with a spirit equally affectionate and amused, Fraülein Maria takes its many fans from the snow-capped peaks of Hollywood, through the worlds of the New York downtown art scene, Martha Graham, Willi Ninja, Balanchine, hip-hop, and voguing; stepping, stomping, whirling and flying.

And, if you’re a planner, make plans to attend our Speaking of Dance talk Tuesday March 1, 2011, 7pm when the topic is Wen Wei Dance, the Beijing Modern Dance Company and modern dance training in China – Speaker: Anita Seiz.

Happy New Year, everyone!

~ by DanceHouse on January 4, 2011.

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