The Friday Round Up

So how was your week – did you manage to see any of the wonderful dance happening around town?  We always love to hear your thoughts…

What’s that – March already?  Tis the time for the final show in the DanceHouse season – Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance.  Did you know that Gallim Dance takes it’s name from the Hebrew word for dance? Apparently Andrea Miller was walking along the beach one day and felt inspired by the waves  – and thus was born Gallim Dance.  This company has danced around the world to rave reviews, and we lucky folk in Vancouver will be treated to Blush – an invigorating work dense with emotion and physical exertion that takes the moment of blushing and expands it into a sixty-minute journey. Check out Eye Candy Monday to see some video of the piece. As always, at the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm.  March 23 and 24. Ticketmaster. Photo courtesy of Gallim Dance website.

The Vancouver International Dance Festival goes March 2 thru 11.  We told you last week about Alonso Kings LINES Ballet, at the Centre today and tomorrow.  Also, the VIDF will feature five butoh companies that represent over fifty years of butoh performances. Returning to the VIDF is the legendary Yoshito Ohno dancing with Montreal’s Lucie Grégoire. Ohno danced in the very first butoh performance with butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata in 1959.  A newer generation of Japanese butoh dancers is represented by Taketeru Kudo whose performances at the 2008 VIDF astonished everyone and terrified more than a few!  Check out the VIDF website for more info and tickets.

March 8 thru 10 Ballet BC presents Walking Mad and other works. Johan Inger, formerly Artistic Director of Cullberg Ballet and a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT), has created a breathtaking work for nine dancers that is set to Ravel’s Bolero and reflects Socrates belief that “our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness.”  That’s Walking Mad.  The other works are 2 new pieces, one by Aszure Barton and the second by Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar.  At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Ticketmaster.

~ by DanceHouse on March 2, 2012.

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