The Friday Round Up

foutrement-compagnie-virginie-brunelle-photo-nicholas-minnsWow – we don’t know about you, but the power of Betroffenheit continues to echo…

This is the month of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, and there is so much to see. There really is something for everyone here, and there are some great shows FREE at the Roundhouse and at SFU Woodwards! Tonight and tomorrow March 4 & 5, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle (Quebec) presents Foutrement. Foutrement explores infidelity: men and women at the mercy of temptation and primal instincts. Three dancers—a man and two women, in love, ripped apart, wounded, betrayed—move with racked bodies, sagging under the weight of Love’s disillusionment. A string of scenes expertly interwoven by light and music, Foutrement draws its inspiration from classical dance, yet is unashamedly contemporary. At times lyrical, at times agitated and choppy, Virginie Brunelle’s work is always physically powerful and remarkably emotive. At the Roundhouse Community Centre, 8pm. Tix. Photo credit Virginie Brunelle

Continuing until March 6, the 2016 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival provides an opportunity for First Nations artists to share and support one another in a celebration of lived traditions, bringing recognition to their unique cultures. It is only when stories, songs and dances are performed in full regalia that one gains a complete understanding of the purpose and meaning of northwest coast art. By witnessing these traditions our audiences will see that First Nations culture and arts are alive and vibrant.For the full program go here and for tickets for both daytime and evening performances here. All shows at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Continuing until March 5, To 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.” At the Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby 8pm. Tix.

maria_kong_-_open_photo_by_ascafMarch 5, 6 and 7, the Chutzpah! Festival continues with Maria Kong in OPEN SOURCE. Some of you may remember Maria Kong at last year’s Chutzpah! when they presented their incredible multi-media show at a Vancouver night club. OPEN SOURCE is a dance experience full of passion, drama and humour, created and performed with wireless digital gloves controlling sound and light, enabling seamless synchronization of sound and movement. Maria Kong is truly interdisciplinary, attracting dancers, video professionals, musicians, and other creators from all over the world. At the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, 8pm Saturday and Monday, 7:30pm Sunday. Tix.  Photo by Ascaf.

Next Thursday March 10The Dance Centre  presents as part of their  Discover Dance! series, Lorita Leung Dance Company. The Lorita Leung Dance Company is regarded as one of Canada’s leading Chinese performance groups, producing spectacular shows which illustrate the diversity and beauty of Chinese dance. From the grace and poise of the classical style to the joyful vitality of ethnic folk dances, the company will take you on a journey through Chinese culture. Scotiabank Dance Centre, noon. Tix.



~ by DanceHouse on March 4, 2016.

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