The Friday Round Up

DanceHouse’s presentation of Betroffenheit is hitting Vancouver (actually, everywhere!) by storm! Check out a review by the CBC, another from the Georgia Straight. For those who have tickets – enjoy! For those who don’t – next time around!

Saturday February 27 to Monday February 29, Italian company Spellbound Contemporary Ballet brings a wonderful evening of mixed repertoire to the Chutzpah! Festival. The company has defined itself in the European dance community for its dynamic choreography by Artistic Director Mauro Astolfi, and the virtuosic technique of the company’s dancers. At the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Sat and Mon 8pm, Sun 2pm. Tix.
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Photos – Heather Laura Gray: Laura Zeke. OURO Collective: Jeff Hamada

Sunday February 28 New Works is thrilled to present the OURO Collective and Heather Laura Gray, on the same stage! In their second season, OURO Collective continues the development of their unique movement aesthetic, a hybrid between breaking, waacking, hip hop, popping and contemporary dance, while exploring new ideas around the choreographic process for street dance based works. OURO will be showing a 30-minute work-in-progress excerpt from their first full length work PACE, and will include collaborations with photographer, Jourdan Tymkow and Montreal’s Tentacle Tribe. PACE explores the repercussions of living in a dense urban environment and examines notions of unattainable standards, isolation and competition as our current society is shaped by a human disconnect and loss of community.

Heather Laura Gray is a Vancouver-based choreographer with a background in theatre and film. Her work combines dense physicality within contemporary and street dance styles, along with introspective concepts to engage the audience’s inner and outer stimuli. Her upcoming work The Tunnel explores a mysterious world, stories and characters tangled in dark illusions of their own making as they move towards self understanding. The piece plays with raw physicality embedded in intricate subtleties. Performance Works, Granville Island, 2pm, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Free workshop 3:15pm, open to all ages and abilities. Tix or pay what you can at the door. Suggested $15 adults, $5 children under 12. 

Also Sunday February 28 (and Sunday March 6), MascallDance has a FREE showing of theMascallDance_Nijinsky-1_Billy-Marchenski-+-Justine-Chambers-by-Yvonne-Chew-750x501 Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club. Never seen Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club (NGJC)? It works something like this. Take a group of brilliant improvisers at the top of their game:  Billy Marchenski, Amber Funk-Barton, Chris Wright, Dario Dinuzzi, Lara Barclay and musician/composer Stefan Smulovitz as DJ. Add 1 canny choreographer concocting devious, outside-the-box scores. Result? Witty, current, spontaneous dance just when you least expect it! At the Woodwards Atrium, 2pm and 4pm. FREE!

Wednesday March 2 to Saturday March 5To Colour Thought is a mixed program of new contemporary dance works by Action at a Distance, the company of choreographer Vanessa Goodman. With an incredible cast of performers backed by an innovative artistic team, these works promise to be an exciting tapestry of movement and sound. Goodman’s thoughtful work strives to be a spectacle and has been praised by The Georgia Straight for its “thrilling visual magic.” Shadbolt Centre for the Arts , 8pm. Tix.

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~ by DanceHouse on February 26, 2016.

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