The Friday Round Up

Ok, I hope you are well rested because last week was the calm before the storm! What with Dance in Vancouver plus all the other shows that are going on, it’s lining up to be a busy week or two.

Tonight and tomorrow you still have a chance to catch Alberta Ballet‘s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy featuring the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. This Grammy, Juno and Gemini Award-winning artist, who has sold more than 40 million recordings worldwide and raised more than $7 million for charities, is the perfect continuation to the company’s exciting series of portraits of living music icons. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy “…shimmers in beauty…” says the Globe and Mail. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix

November 15 and 16 Catching Art Contemporary Ballet Theatre will showcase the talents of this dynamic young group with pieces from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Phantom of the Ballet (a new composition by Michael Conway Baker, OBC and North Shore resident) performed by the brilliant piano duo of Jane Hayes & Anna Levy; as well as new works by guest choreographers: West Vancouver’s Megan Walker Straight, National Ballet of Canada’s Stephana Arnold, and Vancouver’s Susanne Ouellette and Amber Funk Barton. At the Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver. Tix

Sunday November 17 come to the showing of the film Netherlands Dans Theatre performance of “An Evening with Crystal Pite”. Fascinated by themes such as love, conflict and loss, Crystal Pite has a keen interest in the way the body is able to render these themes. The choreographer, who is renowned for her organic, poetic style, describes Parade and Frontier as two completely different worlds, which are connected by a few similar motives and characters. In her own words: “Frontier looks outward to the frontier of the universe and wonders about dark matter and the invisible forces that shape and evolve us. Parade looks inward towards the frontiers of the human mind: imagination, dreams, creativity.” At Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver on Burrard St. Crystal Pite will hold a Special Q & A hosted by Max Wyman. Also at other theatres around the country, 12:55pm. As a big old THANK YOU to our blog readers, here’s a coupon for $3 off that you can print out and bring to the box office.


November 21, 22 and 23 AERIOSA presents REFUGIA, an impressionable new site work that establishes zones of creative refuge in public. Bungee-lines provide elastic tension as the dancers explore horizontal and vertical airspace finding unexpected ways to inhabit common ground. This second installment of REFUGIA takes place in the Woodwards Atrium, an indoor plaza that houses two large-scale works of public art: a massive photo mural of the 1971 Gastown Riots by Vancouver photographer Stan Douglas, and a symbolic umbilical staircase by architect Gregory Henriquez. SFU Woodwards Atrium, November 21, 22, 2013 at 5.30pm and 7pm; November 23, 2013 at 12.30pm and 2pm. FREE. (Photo Tim Matheston)

November 20 – 23 The 605 Collective remounts New Animal, a ferocious work created bynew-animal-4 Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction, The Holy Body Tattoo), choreographed with and specifically for 605 Collective and set to an eclectic soundtrack with boxing-ring style lighting. Suffused with raw, unbridled energy, groove, ludic interaction, and a hunger for movement,the feral performers reclaim their animal bodies as a means of becoming fully human. At the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm. Tix. (Photo Yannick Grandmont)

November 20 -23 the ScotiaBank Dance Centre celebrates Dance in Vancouver!  Once every two years, Dance In Vancouver celebrates the energy and originality of our contemporary dance scene, with four days of performances showcasing some of British Columbia’s most exciting companies. There are too many to list here, but included are battery opera performance, Tara Cheyenne Performance and Joe Ink, among others. There will also be free studio showings, events and discussions, again too numerous to mention but including Out Innerspace, Mascall Dance and Marta Marta Productions. For info on all programming go here.

~ by DanceHouse on November 15, 2013.

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