The Friday Round Up

Hello Sunshine! But it is coooold out there, so come on in with us to see some dance this week!

maxresdefault (1)First up, tonight and tomorrow night, DanceHouse presents L-E-V from Israel with House. The dancers and crew have arrived, and are around town giving workshops and preparing for tomorrow night’s show. Just incase you need more convincing, watch this solo from House.  And if you can, come to the pre-show chat before the show. Local choreographer and dancer Vanessa Goodman (Contingency Plan) will be chatting with composer for House, Ori Lichtik. Since their first collaboration on Bertolina, Lichtik has created alongside co-creators Gai Behar and Sharon Eyal throughout the choreographic process, reflecting off of the dancers’ movements, and as often inspiring and prompting them with the tone and pace of his percussive sounds and rhythms. The compositions result in precise sets that structure the works. Each live show is then improvised with fresh layers of digitally manipulated effects, creating a unique sound experience for every event. And interestingly Lichtik is one of the founding fathers of the techno scene in Israel; he has created, produced and spinned musical productions, techno raves and various other music and performance events since 1996. Want to hear more – then be there at 7:15 in the Upper Lobby of the theatre.  At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm showtime, 7:15pm pre-show chat. Tix (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

This Sunday November 16 New Works presents as part of it’s Dance Allsorts series Grupo America. From the Pre-Columbian era to modern day, Latin American dance traditions are a diverse cross-section of culture, history, music, and art in dance form. Dances from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, El Salvador, USA, Dominican Republic, Argentina and more will be featured in this exhilarating performance.Vancouver-based Grupo America has dazzled international audiences with spectacular performances, featuring top dancers and choreographers from leading folkloric ballet companies across Latin America. Pushing stylistic boundaries in a diverse spectrum of dance from every corner of the Americas, they combine “sizzling” modern routines with beautiful traditional numbers. Their numerous and striking costumes sets them apart, in a visual explosion of colour and glamour. Grupo America is one of Canada’s most extraordinary dance ensembles, with their irrepressible passion, energy, and “sabor”. And if you really like what you see, the performance will be followed by a workshop! Performance: 2pm, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Advance tickets for guaranteed seating available online. Pay what you can at the door:$15 Suggested donation, $5 for children under 12. Workshop: 3:15pm, open to all ages and ability levels, limited to 30 people. To secure your spot register in advance, email:

November 19-22 The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents pataSola DanceCamino al Tepeyac. Exploring the scope andSalome Nieto - Camino al Tepeyac(1) depth of her Mexican culture and bringing her curiosity over its marvelous reality and surrealism as the starting point for this work, Vancouver’s Salome Nieto uses religious iconography, beliefs and traditions as inspiration for this work. An investigation into the themes of devotion, ritual and myth, Camino al Tepeyac is a metaphor for the convergence of two cultural and religious beliefs in one female deity that is the origin and end of all things. The Aztecs called her Tonantzin (Our Mother Coatlicue) and after the conquest her name became Virgin of Guadalupe and the Mother of the Mexican people in the Catholic faith. At the Shabolt Centre for the Arts, 8pm. Tix or 604-205-3000.
Also November 19-22 see some of Vancouver’s next generation of contemporary dancers in EPIC. The evening involves over 60 dancers from training programs Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella Grad Program and the SFU Repertory Dancers in 3 works choreographed by Crystal Pite + Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Wang and Katie DeVries. A bold ensemble combining raw physicality and passion – not to be missed! 8pm plus 2 pm matinee on the 22nd. Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards. Tix $15 / $5.

~ by DanceHouse on November 14, 2014.

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