The Friday Round Up

Kind of a quiet week this coming week. Happy long weekend to you all!

urbana2-master675Continuing in the tradition of bringing fabulous, energetic and entertaining Brazilian contemporary  dance companies to town, DanceHouse presents Companhia Urbana de Dança April 1 and 2. Founded in Brazil in 2004/2005 by dancer Tiago Sousa and choreographer and Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie, Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance. Destri’s experience traveling through Europe for work in theater and film exposed her to hip-hop and b-boy techniques. Highly influenced by Brazilian street forms, she began to integrate these techniques into her already established contemporary movement sensibility. Pulling from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro where many of her company members grew up, Companhia Urbana de Dança aims to transcend cultural boundaries, while showcasing eclectic skill sets. This poetic and explosive company stuns with stamina-testing solos and jaw-dropping group movement that defies the limits of physicality while retaining choreographic rigor. Alternately mesmerizing and rippling with adrenaline and raw energy, these two works explore the cultural roots of Brazil and the gritty life stories of the dancers themselves. To find out more, check out the video from Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. At the Vancouver Playhouse, 8pm. Tix

Not a performance, but a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the discussion involving thought provoking issues in the world of dance, On Tuesday March 29 DanceHouse presents Speaking of Dance on the theme Women Dancemakers – where are they? Join us in a roundtable conversation about women choreographers with: Deborah Meyers (freelance dance writer, Vancouver Sun) – moderator, Justine A. Chambers (Vancouver-based independent choreographer), Judith Garay (Simon Fraser University), and Kim Sato (Vancouver-based independent choreographer). At SFU Woodwards, 7pm FREE

~ by DanceHouse on March 25, 2016.

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