The Friday Round Up

Busy, busy week or two ahead!  This is the time for PuSh Festival, and some great dance happening!

Louise LecavalierJanuary 20 and 21 DanceHouse and PuSh Festival present LOUISE LECAVALIER | FOU GLORIEUX in So Blue. Last seen on the DanceHouse program in 2011, Louise Lecavalier returns with a new piece and in a new role. Long celebrated as dancer and creative muse, Lecavalier adds choreographer to her formidable array of talents. With So Blue, she and her partner Frédéric Tavernini explore the states of the body, continuing her lifetime of research into the possibilities of movement, strength, lack of constraint, and physical intelligence. She leaps, spins and shakes onstage; as time goes on you may find yourself wondering how much further she can go. It’s a liberated expression of the body, and with her shape-shifting, androgynous stage persona she comes close to representing a wholeness that our gendered world divides. So Blue has a certain strangeness to it, like that of a ritual with its own secret rules, but Lecavalier never loses rapport with the audience. She’s an athlete, an artist and a spectacular entertainer, and her work is a triumph. For a taste of So Blue go here.  Jan 21 Post show talkback. Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Woodwards. 8pm Tix or call 604.801.6225 (Photo André Cornellier)

Also a part of the PuSh Festival Thursday-Saturday January 22-24 Lisbeth Gruwez/Voetvolk (Belgium) presents It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend. A speech can be a mighty weapon, rallying crowds and unleashing feverish action, and Lisbeth Gruwez’s brilliantly conceived solo exposes the transformation of both the speaker and the audience. Taking fragments from a recording by ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggert, she dances the growing frenzy of ecstatic speaking. Initially the speech is friendly and pacifying, but from the compulsive desire to convince comes growing despair, eventually betraying its deepest nature: violence. Gruwez exploits the dialogue between dance and sound, words and gesture, to reveal the nature of fanaticism, the dangerous charisma of orators, and their hypnotic hold over listeners, in a spellbinding performance which has toured the world to critical acclaim. At the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

There are are many more incredible shows to take in at PuSh – check them out here.

So taking a step back to this week…this Saturday and Sunday Jan 17 and 18 take in Sweet Moves’ presentation BATED BREATH: a dance theatre project showcasing a collective of established and emerging artists working in dance, theatre, music and the visual arts. Artistic Director, Ashley Sweett curates a three-part performance sharing of selected solo and group choreography considered to reflect the parallels between the coming of age as her creative self and the cycle of respiratory breath required to be alive. SWEETT MOVES has collaborated with more than twenty Vancouver artists and students of all ages that will share the stage to bring this passion project to life. BATED BREATH is for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 7:30pm

We wrote about this last week, but just a reminder to go see New Work’s Dance Allsorts this Sunday January 18 where Meredith Kalaman and Deanna Peters each present a new work. At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm. Pay what you can or to ensure tickets go here. (Photo Yvonne Chew)Cut_Away_DeannaPeters_print_photo_YvonneChew


~ by DanceHouse on January 16, 2015.

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