The Friday Round Up

It looks like a busy few weeks coming up – something for everyone.  Enjoy the sunshine!

Grupo corpo 3Only two weeks left to buy your tickets for Grupo Corpo, the third in DanceHouse’s series of contemporary dance. These guys were a huge hit the last time we brought them – you’ve gotta see them to believe how they move! As The Guardian says“, …every move feels like a celebration of the body…” But if you want to see them for yourself take a look here (and then of course come to the show!). The co-mingling of Afro-Brazilian forms such as samba, bossa-nova and capoeira and with classical ballet and contemporary, is really something you will see no where else. Two pieces, Sem Mim and Ímã will be performed by this fabulous Brazilian company on February 7 and 8 at the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix. (Photo by José Luiz Pederneiras).

And to increase your viewing pleasure, DanceHouse offers Speaking of Dance – an opportunity to learn more about the company coming to town, the context in which they create, and many other interesting tidbits about what you will see. Tuesday February 4, Sergio Pires, Brazilian musician, composer and conductor, will speak to us about what informs Brazilian dance, how its traditions vary from European traditions, and Grupo Corpo’s place in the Brazilian and world dance scenes. He will examine Grupo Corpo’s development of its own style, and show which are the common elements among their pieces and the not-so-common elements. Finally, he brings a unique musical perspective to the interrelationship between music and choreography. Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, 7pm. FREE

January 28,29 and 30, in a co-production with the PuSH Festival and SFU Woodwards, DanceHouse presents Usually Beauty Fails, a declaration of ambiguous love for popular culture and the high culture of dance. Hailing from Montreal,  Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup’s (Frédérick Gravel) new creation contains physical intensity, rock music, and a coexistence of artistic genres. “If you’re feeling out of sorts and need to boost your spirits, then watch and listen to Gravel Works.” (Dfdanse, Montréal). Take a peek here. Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, 8pm. Tix.

Also with the PuSH Festival, January 30 to February 2 (newly added show Sunday inheritor2)The 605 Collective returns with the trademark explosive, urban-infused style. Alas, the show is sold out, but you never know? Maybe try the door for any last-minute no shows.  At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm, Sunday 4pm. Tix. (Photo by Josh Hite)

If ballet is more your thing, January 30 to Feb 1 the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Shakespeare’s beloved star-crossed romance Romeo and Juliet, a timeless and exquisite masterpiece. Set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, against a sumptuous setting in 16th century Verona, the magnificence and grandeur of Rudi van Dantzig’s full-length production captivates with its riveting sword fights, compelling drama, and breathtaking classical choreography.  Despite its tragic end, audiences will be swept away as they witness the unfolding of an unforgettable romance and an immortal tale between Juliet and her Romeo. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm, 2pm matinee Feb 1. Tix.

~ by DanceHouse on January 24, 2014.

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