The Friday Round Up

Isn’t it funny how fast we get into the swing of things – summer feels like just a memory! So go see some dance – it works rain or shine!

If you want to see and learn about some fantastic, world renowned contemporary dance, this is the week to do it as DanceHouse presents Stephen Petronio at the Vancouver Playhouse September 27 and 28.

Petronio3Tuesday September 24 come to Speaking of Dance where the very wonderful Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight will give us the lowdown on the Stephen Petronio Company, his body of work, and the role the company plays in the world of contemporary dance. Janet always has great tidbits to share, and some of it will come from a personal interview with Stephen Petronio just yesterday. There will be video to illustrate her chat. Jim Smith, DanceHouse Producer, will also be there to share info and video clips about the upcoming DanceHouse Season.  7pm SFU Woodwards in the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre. FREE!

Once you know all about Petronio’s work from Speaking of Dance, on Friday and Saturday September 27 and 28 enjoy Underland, set to the music of Nick Cave. Sid Smith of the Chicago Tribune wrote of Underland : “Petronio’s one-hour piece is fascinating, but it’s his consummate mastery of the craft that blows you away. It’s as if he whispered into the ears of this terrific ensemble, “Just keep moving, and do so spectacularly,” and then sent them on stage to prove the power, beauty and excitement of the art.” Watch the video of Underland and you will see what he is getting at. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix.

Did you know that each show is preceded by a pre-show chat (also with Janet Smith) at 7:15 in the upstairs lobby? And immediately following the show, join Founding Producer Barb Clausen and interested members of the audience in Critical Response, a 20 min informal discussion to share observations and reflections of what you have just seen.

Pedro PauwelsSaturday September 21 The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series with Compagnie Pedro Pauwels in Sors. Born in Belgium and now based in France, Pedro Pauwels has built a reputation as an inventive choreographer and arresting performer. Sors (Get Out) is a new solo inspired by German expressionist pioneer Mary Wigman’s legendary 1914 solo Witch Dance. Pauwels commissioned four very different choreographers – Japan’s Carlotta Ikeda, South Africa’s Robyn Orlin and France’s Josef Nadj and Jerome Thomas – to create with him a striking contemporary vision of a present-day sorcerer, which conveys the passionate intensity of the original with vivid theatricality and unexpected humour. Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix. (Photo Yannick Diaz)

On Thursday September 26, the ScotiaBank Dance Centre presents the first in this seasons Discover Dance! series in Shiamak’s Bollywood JazzShiamak Davar is known as the guru of modern dance in India and is responsible for revolutionizing India’s dance scene, especially in the film and theatre industry. The Shiamak Dance Team, Vancouver showcases his dynamic fusion of Bollywood and jazz in a high-energy performance which bursts with vitality and fun. Noon, Dance Centre. Tix.


~ by DanceHouse on September 20, 2013.

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