The Friday Round Up

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Happy Halloween – just a day late! Hope you still have it left in you to see some dance this weekend – there seems to be something for everyone.  Have a great week!

Next weekend November 8 and 9 DanceHouse is thrilled to present Wen Wei Dance in 7th Sense. Many of you came out to see Wen Wei and his dancers at work at our open rehearsal last week – amazing to see what goes into creating a piece. Now come see the full work! A recipient of an RBC Top 25 Immigrant Award for 2013,  Wen Wei Wang’s work is rich with complex and insightful explorations of the human condition from a global perspective. 7th Sense is a personal exploration into the realization of one’s true nature, despite the many external societal forces that constrain and inhibit. It is about pushing back against the artificial rules of society that prevent us from giving way to our true selves and from loving—others and ourselves—unconditionally. See the trailer here. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (Photo by Chris Randle)

There are a number of ways to learn more about this fascinating choreographer. Saturday November 2nd, if you are a speaker of Mandarin, Wen Wei Wang will be in conversation with Dr. Jan Walls. Wen Wei Wang and pipa player Qiu Xia He (Silk Road) will also perform a short improvised duet of dance and music following the talk. At the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 3pm. FREE.

Tuesday November 5, Wen Wei talks to Michael Boucher, director of cultural programs and partnerships at SFU Woodward’s about his career both here and in China and the experience of bridging cultures through dance. Speaking of Dance events are lively, illustrated with video clips, and provide fascinating insight into the world of contemporary dance. World Studio, 2nd floor, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, 7pm. FREE

Tonight and tomorrow night you can still catch Austria’s Liquid Loft  in Running Sushi.  The work is a provocative duet served up as a menu of dance dishes that are randomly selected by the audience. A cartoon Manga couple on the verge of a breakdown grapples with desire, shame, fashion, and chopsticks, their precisely executed movements echoing the two-dimensional Japanese ‘superflat’ style. Casting a satirical eye over the shallowness of consumer culture, Running Sushi delivers trenchant social commentary with dazzling skill and wit.  To learn more read the review here. . At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

Saturday November 2 Ballet Victoria presents Frankenstein. Assembled from old body parts and strange chemicals, animated by a mysterious spark, Victor Frankenstein’s creation is a monster. He enters life a grotesque character, but with the mind of a newborn. Abandoned by his creator and confused, he tries to integrate himself into society, only to be universally shunned.Ballet Victoria re-imagines this well-known gothic tale with a touching twist and imaginative choreography: mixing classical and contemporary movements and music. Centennial Theatre Centre, North Vancouver, 7:30pm. Tix

Sunday November 3, as part of the Heart of the City Festival performers from the Carnegie Dance Troupe perform CONNECT, a processional dance performance inspired by personal and traditional music, led by dancer and choreographer Karen Jamieson. This is the completed work of a two-year project featuring live music, poetry, First Nations drumming and cultural dances. Performers are residents of the Downtown Eastside: people of a wide range of cultures, ages, abilities and talents. At 3pm the procession begins at Carnegie and leads down Hastings Street to SFU Woodward’s for the main performance, arriving at the World Art Centre at 3:30pm. If you do not wish to join the procession please be at SFU Woodward’s World Art Centre (2nd floor) at 3:20pm. Free


~ by DanceHouse on November 1, 2013.

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