Our Season

DanceHouse’s sixth season includes amazing dance artists from both home and abroad:


Stephen Petronio Company



Vancouver Playhouse

September 27 & 28, 2013, 8pm


“Stephen Petronio and his elegant troupe create indelibly beautiful imagery by matching steps with just the right music and visuals… a feast for the senses.”—New York Magazine


Originally created for the Sydney Dance Company, Underland is a sexy, enigmatic fusion of dance, music, and visual imagery inspired by the dark and bittersweet songs of Australian balladeer Nick Cave. Dancers hurl through space with razor sharp precision, fiercely energized one moment, sensually lyrical the next. The triptych of video screens provides a cinematic backdrop to the work, the mood of which shifts in rhythm with Cave’s music throughout this frenetically energised dance piece.




Wen Wei Dance


7th Sense

Vancouver Playhouse

November 8 & 9, 2013, 8pm


“Wen Wei Wang is a master of imagery. His use of symbolism in dance is superb.”— The Globe and Mail


Inspired by the dichotomy that informs improvisation—uninhibited abandon and controlled precision—choreographer Wen Wei Wang examines ideas of control and power through his new dance. The full-length work is an exploration of how we wield control and succumb to it, an invisible force that shapes our lives and our relationships. Wang’s work is rich with complex and insightful explorations of the human condition from a global perspective. 7th Sense reflects a multiplicity of dance and social experiences, influenced by the evolution of personal identity.




Grupo Corpo


Sem Mim and Ímã

Vancouver Playhouse

February 7 & 8, 2014, 8pm


“As they coil, kick, and spin across the stage, every move feels like a celebration of the body energetic and the body beautiful.”—The Guardian


An audience favourite, the Brazilian dance sensation of Grupo Corpo return to DanceHouse with two new works. In Sem Mim, meaning without me, “tattooed” dancers merge the rhythm of the sea with the music of medieval Portuguese-Galician chants. The second work, Ímã, which means magnet, takes inspiration from the law of magnetism. Dancers passionately entwine and separate with poetic polarities. Grupo Corpo combines classical ballet technique with a contemporary re-reading of Brazilian and world dance forms. The end results are performances that are virtuosic, athletic, and breathtaking.




Emio Greco | PC



Vancouver Playhouse

April 4 & 5, 2014, 8pm


“The best art about sport is always about more than just sport.”—The London Evening Standard


In Rocco dancers become boxers and boxers become dancers. In a boxing ring one challenges the other by striking punches, fast footwork, and virtuoso tactics. The dancers represent brotherhood in all its senses: the good and the bad, devil and angel, the androgynous and the incestuous. They are Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Laurel and Hardy. Rocco is a dance performance about physical and psychological extremes.




Frédérick Gravel


Usually Beauty Fails

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre,

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s

January 29, 30, & 31, 2014, 8pm


“The choreographer demonstrates how to construct a good contemporary dance piece, and then moves on to something else. […] in the end, the spectator gets caught up in this crazy choreography.”—Danse (Paris)


Usually Beauty Fails is a declaration of ambiguous love for popular culture and the high culture of dance. The piece is performed by nine dancers/musicians who break loose to the music of Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup and the trenchant words of Gravel. Following in the path of Gravel Works (2008) and Tout se pète la gueule chérie (2009), acclaimed both in Canada and Europe, this new creation contains physical intensity, rock music, and a coexistence of artistic genres.


Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and SFU Woodward’s




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