The Friday Round Up

hofesh2_gallery_2Just 3 weeks until the DanceHouse season opener! Friday and Saturday November 13 and 14 the Vancouver Playhouse will be host to the Hofesh Shechter Company with the trilogy barbarians. Shechter’s choreography is at once charismatic and beautifully intricate, seductive and intelligent. With barbarians, Shechter offers three distinct pieces imbued with his signature style. The complex beauty of baroque music inspires a sparse world in which dancers move with mathematical precision. A percussive score drives a fluid, almost urban movement vocabulary, inspired by groove and darkness.  barbarians is an extraordinarily elegant and intimate offering from one of the world’s most sought after choreographers. The piece is on tour before it hits Vancouver, and is receiving some great reviews!  At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix (but hurry – the shows sold out last time he was in town!) And we leave you with this video of the piece in the making.

This coming Sunday October 25, as part of New Works Dance Allsorts program, get ready for an afternoon of dance featuring works performed by and created in collaboration with members of the Modus Operandi training program. The program includes a series of rapid-fire duets and features thirty (!) Modus Operandi dancers. These dancers are a small and determined group of rebellious thinkers and movers inspired by radically relevant philosophies and hailing from diverse backgrounds and points of view. You will not be disappointed! At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 2pm. Advance tix or at the door by donation. And if you want to try out some of what they do, a workshop follows the show 3:30 to 4:30.

October 28 – 31 the Firehall Arts Centre presents Daniel Léveillé Danse in Solitudes Solo. Winner of the Conseil des arts et desSolitudes Solo Justin Gionet credit Denis Farley lettres du Québec (CALQ) Award 2013, Solitudes Solo takes us by the hand and gently leads us to the difficult emotional states of our human condition – a new starting point, but also as a breaking point: on the horizon of purity where this pared-down choreography unfolds, an impossible expectation questions “the beyond.” Each dancer in his or her performance exposes a particular figure of ourselves, a temporal moment in a life tending toward unity and beauty, while knowing it can only reach such heights at the risk of breaking and falling. Check out a Westender preview of the piece, and an interview with the man himself. At the Firehall Arts Centre, 8pm (talkback Thursday October 28). Tix   Photo Denis Farley

It is going to be a busy weekend! October 29-31 The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series with Jan Martens in The Dog Days Are Over. Eight dancers surrender to one act: the jump. For 70 extreme, exhausting minutes they bounce, hop and leap through complicated choreographic patterns of geometrical precision, in a repetitive bruising battle that demands extraordinary stamina, coordination and concentration. Übertalented Belgian choreographer Jan Martens is renowned for provocative and highly physical creations, and this is perhaps his most audacious work to date, prompting debate on the role of contemporary dance, the thin line between art and entertainment, and the complicity of the audience, as we watch the dancers striving before us like gladiators in an arena. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

~ by DanceHouse on October 23, 2015.

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