The Friday Round Up

Was it always this busy? But isn’t it great that there is always something to see! Enjoy!

09CHOUINARD-Andrea MohinOnly three more weeks till the coming of Canada’s Queen of contemporary dance, Marie Chouinard! Compagnie Marie Chouinard will bring us two works, but let’s take a look at one this week and another next week. Gymnopédies, Eric Satie’s works for piano become a meditation on human intimacy and desire, with a movement score performed live on stage by the dancers. This sensuous piece brings Satie to life in a series of duets that will amuse, titillate, and surprise. Prepare to be titillated while watching the video here. February 27 and 28 at the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (Photo Andrea Mohin)

This Saturday February 7, as part of the ScotiaBank DanceLab studio showing, dancer/choreographer Colleen Lanki (TomoeArts) and designer/director/composer Ines Ortner investigate costume design and the restrictions it places on the body as the catalyst for specific movements.  Inspired by Heiner Müller’s poem Herzstück (Heartpiece), they have been exploring what gestures become meaningful through costume/wearable objects, and how Japanese classical dance movements are effected or influenced by a new set of restrictions placed on the body.  They have also been working with the fundamentals of character and gender, and how they are portrayed through gesture and stance. ScotiaBank Dance Centre, 4:30pm FREE

For four Tuesdays, starting this Tuesday February 10, MascallDance brings us another BLOOM. Participating in a 7-week-long residency with dance mentor Jennifer Mascall to develop their creative chops, the audience is then brought in for the fun of each short dance piece, paired with an alcoholic beverage, followed by commentary from local stand-up comedian, Jenn Griffin. BLOOM 1 2015 is a synesthetic experience of contemporary dance, wine, and comedy, celebrating five choreographers; Robert Azevedo, Gemma Crowe, Heather Lamoureux, Myola Pautler, and Chris Pinker. Jennifer Mascall, presenting research for her upcoming season, will also showcase work from The Outliner and The Three Cornered Hat. 1151 Jervis, Vancouver. 5:30 pm $10 CASH ONLY.

February 11-14, experience the riveting mastery of an incomparable artist. Internationally renowned South Afvincentmantsoe_noa-skwatta-c-valadams__largerican choreographer Vincent Mantsoe combines traditional and contemporary dance to create an exhilarating and passionate new language. NTU & Skwatta are two politically and socially charged solos reflecting the poverty stricken life in South Africa’s squatter camps. In these works Mantsoe finds hope and salvation in the human spirit – often fragile and tortured, but capable of great dignity and pride. Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, 8pm Tix (Photo Val Adams)



~ by DanceHouse on February 6, 2015.

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