The Friday Round Up

•March 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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.

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•February 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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.

The Friday Round Up

•February 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hold on for the ride – soooo much dance to see from now until…well, at least until the sun is shining once again!

betroffenheit_160215This coming Tuesday February 23 DanceHouse presents Speaking of Dance, with Crystal Pite, Artistic Director of Kidd Pivot, and Jonathon Young, Artistic Director of Electric Theatre Company, as they speak with Janet Smith of the Georgia Straight about their collaboration on Betroffenheit. At SFU Woodwards, 7pm. FREE.

Unfortunately you are unlikely to find a ticket for Betroffenheit, presented by DanceHouse next weekend, because it is SOLD OUT. But you can read a review from the Canadian tour here, and even see some video.

The Chutzpah! Festival opened yesterday, and as always there are some great dance Shayofferings. This Saturday February 20 thru Monday 22nd, as part of a double bill, Shay Kuebler Radical System Art once again takes us on a breathtakingly wild wide, with his extraordinary dancers and the World Premiere of Telemetry Volume 1. The piece springs upon a mixed language of swing, bebop jazz, house and contemporary dance to relay human communication and interaction around the science of radio systems. Joining Radical System Art, MADBOOTS DANCE, a young company of five male dancers founded and directed by choreographer/dancers Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, makes its Western Canadian debut with (SAD BOYS). The New York Times takes note of MADBOOTS’ “sharp, elegant movements, dark theatricality and unashamed intimacy.” Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, 8pm and Sunday matinee 2pm. Tix

February 23, the Dance Centre invites you to 12 Minutes Max, a program  supporting the development of new dance and movement-based works through studio research, critical feedback and community dialogue. Come out to see  works in progress by Gemma Crowe, Daelik and Chick Snipper, and Iris Lau. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 6pm. FREE

February 25 to 27 SFU School for the Contemporary Arts presents an evening of student choreography in MOVEABLE 15. SCAstudents showcase their creative talents by combining dance specific skills with their wider educational interests at SFU. Studio D, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, 8pm. Tix

 



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The Friday Round Up

•February 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

betroDanceHouse upcoming show Betroffenheit, created by Kidd Pivot and the Electric Company Theatre. It is sold out here in Vancouver, but you may still find tickets for March the DanceVictoria presentation in that fair city. This video is a wonderful mix of the dance, and an interview with Electric Company Theatre Artistic Director Jonathon Young. And remember, if you want to hear both Jonathon and Crystal Pite speak about their work together, join us in Speaking of Dance, Tuesday February 23 at SFU Woodwards, 7pm. FREE! Photo Michael Slobodian
smallstageDances for a Small Stage Valentine Edition! is happening tonight, Friday February 12 through Monday February 14, with works by Josh Beamish, Naomi Brand, Diskordanse, Karen Flamenco, Hannah Henney, Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis, Hardeep Singh Sahota and Lesley Telford. Remember, tickets often sell out! At the Anza Club, 8pm. 19+. Tix

Next Tuesday February 16 ( and the 2 Tuesdays after that), MascallDance presents BLOOM, a casual and playful, informal showing of dance wine and comedy. It works like this: A sommelier selects a wine for each work based on adjectives each of the 6 choreographers uses to describe their dance. Spectators are invited to sip a soupcon of the wine while viewing a 5-minute excerpt of the dance. Then the brilliant and audacious comic storyteller Jennifer Griffin tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. Jennifer is able to wittily articulate what is crossing the audience’s mind and has the nerve to say it aloud. Interpretation is laid bare in a sensorial way. Choreography by:Body Narratives Collective, Lily Cryan, Jennifer Mascall, Olivia Neill, Zahra Shahab and Claire Twiddy. Doors at 4:30pm | Show 5pm-6pm | Latecomers welcome. $10 | Entrance and 6 wine pairings. 1130 Jervis St

Next Thursday February 18, as part of the Dance Centre’s Discover Dance series, the energy and skill of a new generation takes the stage with a performance by the talented young dancers of Modus Operandi. Established in 2007, this rigorous training program run by Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre produces versatile and accomplished contemporary dancers who perform with technical power and theatrical intelligence, and progress to work professionally with companies across Canada. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 12pm. FREE!

 

 

 

The Friday Round Up

•February 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Did you catch Monumental last week – sure lived up to it’s name! And more to see this week!

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We hate to tease because it is all SOLD OUT, but here is more great
video of the Kidd Pivot and Electric Theatre Company’s  Betroffenheit, presented by DanceHouse February 25, 26and 27. However, on Tuesday February 23 do join both Crystall Pite (AD Kidd Pivot) and Jonathon Young (AD Electric Theatre Company), moderated by Janet Smith (Arts Editor, Georgia Straight), as they discuss their collaboration on Betroffenheit at Speaking of Dance, SFU Woodwards 7pm. FREE!

The PuSh Festival is winding down, but tonight and tomorrow night you can still catch Liz Santoro in Relative Collider. Check out the video here. Drawing on elements of neuroscience, mathematics and linguistics, award-winning choreographers Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard’s Relative Collider dissects the tensions and complicity between performer and audience, the observed and the observer. The dancers begin with deceptively simple motions to the ticking of a metronome, and slowly build up to increasingly athletic movements and complex rhythmic patterns. Comparing structure and chaos, numbers and words, gestures and expressions, the work manipulates the interplay of different waves of energy, sound and attention to engage us in the ‘collision of watching’. Spare, rigorous and precise, Relative Collider conveys its crystalline logic with intelligence and style. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

605-Collective-42-1050x600Wednesday Feb 10 Company 605 (previously the 605 Collective) has a studio showing of work developed during The Dance Centre’s DanceLab interdisciplinary research program. 5pm Scotiabank Dance Centre. FREE!

Thursday Feb 11 – Sunday Feb 14, Dances for a Small Stage is back – and it’s the Valentine Edition! With works by Josh Beamish, Naomi Brand, Karen Flamenco, Hardeep Singh Sahota and Lesley Telford,among others, this show is sure to be a great way to spend your Valentines Day (weekend?). For those of you not familiar with Small Stage, they engage and encourage innovative interdisciplinary and trans-cultural works that strive for artistic excellence, mixing musicians, theatre practitioners and technologists with dance and movement at its foundation. At the Anza Club, 8pm. Tix are sold at the door, but this show always sells out so better to get them online! 19+

Also Friday night February 12, New Works @ Night presents Troy McLaughlin: I Have a Dream. In celebration of Black History Month New Works is thrilled to welcome back to the stage this audience favourite,an original piece by Troy McLaughlin following a dancer’s journey to freedom incorporating dance, live music and storytelling to look back and honour the growth of tap, jazz and Broadway styles in North America. He will be joined on stage by musicians Carlos Jo Costa, John Howard, Wayne Stewart and Langston Raymond, singer Krystle Dos Santos and dancer Natalia McLaughlin. At the Annex, 823 Seymour St. Tix

 

The Friday Round Up

•January 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Happy Friday! Can you believe that January is over – have you noticed how the days are getting longer? Bring on springtime (not yet?!)

betroffenheit-738x492February 25-27 Dancehouse presents Kidd Pivot and the Electric Theatre Company in BETROFFENHEIT. This is going to be an incredible show, and probably that is why it is SOLD OUT for all three shows! However, you can still come and learn more about the show and it’s makers at the Speaking of Dance on Tuesday Feb 23 when Crystal Pite (Artistic Director of Kidd Pivot), Jonathon Young (Artistic Director, Electric Company Theatre), and Arts Editor for the Georgia Straight, Janet Smith, will be in conversation about the work. At SFU Woodwards, 7pm. And for those of you who do not have tickets for the show, here is some interesting  about the makings of the show.

Tonight Friday January 29 you can still catch Compagnie Nacera Belaza in Le Temps scellé, presented by the Dance Centre and the PuSh Festival. French-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza has been creating works for her critically acclaimed company since 1989, developing a singular form of meditative minimalism which creates a wealth of striking images. Le Temps scellé (The Sealed Time) immerses us in Belaza’s evocative world: the choreography has a mesmerising quality which commands our attention with its disciplined simplicity and focused intensity, at times erupting into frenzied bursts of energy, but holding an underlying sensuality that is truly captivating. Light and darkness, time and space, mysticism and spirituality, are all woven together with an acute sense of the now.At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Tix

PuSh2016_RelativeCollider_credit-Ian-Douglas1-e1446781316458-1041x590February 4- 6, LIZ SANTORO/PIERRE GODARD: LE PRINCIPE D’INCERTITUDE (FRANCE) present Relative Collider, another collaboration between the PuSh Festival and the Dance Centre. Drawing on elements of neuroscience, mathematics and linguistics, award-winning choreographers Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard’s Relative Collider dissects the tensions and complicity between performer and audience, the observed and the observer. The dancers begin with deceptively simple motions to the ticking of a metronome, and slowly build up to increasingly athletic movements and complex rhythmic patterns. Comparing structure and chaos, numbers and words, gestures and expressions, the work manipulates the interplay of different waves of energy, sound and attention to engage us in the ‘collision of watching’. Spare, rigorous and precise, Relative Collider conveys its crystalline logic with intelligence and style. Scotiabank Dance Centre,8pm. Talkback Feb 5. Tix

This isn’t a show, but a great event for all the young grads of training programs waiting to try out a career in dance. on the MOVE is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers. Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations, on the MOVE welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession. It is happening at the Scotiabank Dance Centre February 25. For more info 604.899.0755 | otmbc@dtrc.ca

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The Friday Round Up

•January 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Ok, so this is about the time of the year when we start warming our engines (tapping our feet?) in preparation for the coming months of dance, theatre and other good stuff! This week the PuSh Festival starts with lots of great dance, followed next month by Chutzpah! and in March the Vancouver International Dance Festival. And that is not even to mention all the independent dance shows that happen in between – including DanceHouse’s presentation of Betroffenheit, a collaboration between Kidd Pivot and the Electric Theatre Company February 26 and 27. But we will bring you more tales of that starting next week.

46.-Cie-Nacera-Belaza_Le-temps-scelle-∏-Bruno-Ruffini-600x352Next Wednesday January 27 to Friday January 29, The Dance Centre and the PuSh Festival present Compagnie Nacera Belaza  in Le Temps scellé. French-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza has been creating works for her critically acclaimed company since 1989, developing a singular form of meditative minimalism which creates a wealth of striking images. Le Temps scellé (The Sealed Time) immerses us in Belaza’s evocative world: the choreography has a mesmerising quality which commands our attention with its disciplined simplicity and focused intensity, at times erupting into frenzied bursts of energy, but holding an underlying sensuality that is truly captivating. Light and darkness, time and space, mysticism and spirituality, are all woven together with an acute sense of the now. At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8pm. Post show talkback Jan 28. Tix 
MONOn Thursday January 28, also as part of the PuSh Festival, RUN to see Monumental, a collaboration between Vancouver’s The Holy Body Tattoo dance company and post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This work was originally created by Holy Body Tattoo co-directors Dana Gingras and Noam Gagnon back in 2005 – just before the company as it was known folded. This re-mount has 9 new dancers and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who will performing live on stage! Read the Georgia Straight article for more – but seriously, if there are tickets still available, snatch em’ up for history in the making! Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8pm. Tix

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