The Friday Round Up

Rest up today, maybe call in sick? Cos you are going to need lots of energy to see all the dance that is being offered around town this weekend!

Soooo, do you want to see the work of someone who puts as much heart and soul into working with kids from the East End of London as he does with the dancers of the British Royal Ballet? Someone whose choreography is as eclectic as a piece for the Paris Opera Ballet and a hugely popular Radio Head music video with over 29,000,000 hits?  Someone who has been named both Commander of the Order of the British Empire – for Services to Dance, and one of the 1000 most Influential Londoners? Well look no further! Tonight or tomorrow get yourselves down to the Vancouver Playhouse to see FAR, choreographed by Wayne McGregor and danced by his company Random Dance. Wayne McGregor is one of the hottest choreographers of our times, and we are so very lucky to see his work here in Vancouver. Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (photo Tristram Kentan)Wayne-McGregor-Random-Dan-006

You still have two more days to see local choreographer Judith Garay’s work 20 20 20 with her company Dancers Dancing. Celebrating 20 years of working in Vancouver, Garay looks at 20 intersections in the city to set 20 dancers in motion inspired by interactions of architecture, pigeons, overpasses, green spaces, mountain views, skateboards and especially the people old and young. Contrast and contradiction drive the work to be physically exhilarating and thoughtful, pedestrian and emotionally charged. September 26 and 27, Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver. TIx

Oh what will you choose? Also tonight and tomorrow night, Ballet Preljocaj (France) performs Empty moves (parts I, II & III) . Created by the company’s celebrated French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, Empty moves (parts I, II & III) is set to the infamous 1977 recording of John Cage’s Empty words, when the minimalist composer calmly intoned radically abstracted text to an uncomprehending and increasingly raucous audience. Preljocaj’s choreographic response creates an ode to the abstract which exults in pure movement, as a quartet of superb dancers executes a flow of inexhaustible movement with absolute precision and technical skill. Spare, contemplative and sensual, this absorbing work unfolds as an elegant counterpoint to the turbulent score. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

Always wanted to dance? Well here is your chance: join a diverse and dynamic group of Vancouverites for this free, fun, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with an internationally renowned choreographer and star in a memorable, outdoor spectacle! In January 2015 the PuSh Festival will present the Vancouver premiere of Le Grand Continental® by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard in an outdoor downtown Vancouver location. The exciting performance brings together more than 66 participants of all ages, ethnicities, dance experience and backgrounds to perform a contemporary re-imagining of a traditional line dance. If this seems like the opportunity you have been waiting for, you must attend a recruitment/information session where you can learn more about this project. The next round of recruitment sessions run October 14–18 in Vancouver! And remember – NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! For more info and to register go here.

 

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~ by DanceHouse on September 26, 2014.

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