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Experience A Date Night in Paradise with Dairakudakan at VIDF

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 11:56am PDT
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Following their Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (“VIDF”) in 2015, Japan-based ensemble, Dairakudakan, returns with their newest work – Paradise – at the Vancouver Playhouse. Proudly presented as part of VIDF 2017, the visual tour-de-force drives audiences on an absurd, haunting hunt for the elusive concept of paradise.

Dairakudakan’s Paradise at VIDF

Dairakudakan’s Paradise by Hiroyuki Kawashima

VIDF 2017 Presents Dairakudakan: Paradise
Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
When: March 10 & 11, 2017 at 8:00pm
Tickets: Adults: $60, Seniors/Students: $50 call (604) 662-4966 or book online

Paradise begins on a white, geometric, and deceptively bare set. From this empty space, the 21 members of the company depart on a surreal and haunting journey – filled with provocative, dreamlike imagery. Amidst visions of jungle locales, ghoulishly cheerful roller-skating gangs, and chained-and- bound masses, the work ultimately asks whether paradise is something that can only exist in the mind – and must therefore be found by tunneling within.

Dairakudakan’s Paradise by Hiroyuki Kawashima

Founded in 1972, Dairakudakan is Japan’s longest-standing butoh ensemble, globally recognized for spectacular and theatrically explosive performances. The company’s appearance at VIDF 2017 is held in celebration of award-winning Choreographer, Director Akaji Maro’s 45th anniversary with the butoh- theatre company.

Characterized by the dancers’ whitened bodies, shaved heads, and fragmented movements, butoh was first performed in post-World War II Japan in 1959. Born as a reaction to western dance styles of ballet and modern, butoh emerged in Japan in the 1960’s before swiftly migrating to other countries around the globe where it continues to thrive, influence, and evolve.

Win a Date Night

I have the opportunity to give away an amazing date night that includes:

A $100 gift card for dinner for two at Hapa Izakaya, a modern Japanese restaurant located in Coal Harbour (909 W Cordova) along with two tickets to see Japan-based ensemble Dairakudakan’s Paradise on Friday, March 10 at 8:00pm at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 4:00pm on Monday, March 6, 2017. Prize/tickets must be used for the performance on March 10th. Follow VIDF on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the festival.

Vancouver International Dance Festival (“VIDF”) kicks off its 17th year of connecting Vancouver audiences with the power and breadth of contemporary dance in a four-week line-up that showcases world-renowned artists from the United States, Japan, and Denmark alongside seasoned and emerging Canadian artists from Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto.

From March 1-25, 2017, at various Vancouver venues, VIDF will present 14 captivating companies, including anticipated performances by San Francisco’s internationally-lauded troupe Alonzo King LINES Ballet; a Canadian premiere from Japan’s Dairakudakan and Denmark’s Kitt Johnson; west coast premieres from Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance and Montreal’s Compagnie Virginie Brunelle; world premieres from Vancouver’s-own Kinesis Dance, Karen Jamieson & Margaret Grenier, Rob Kitsos/JaneOsborne/Kim Stevenson, among many others.

Update: The winner is Olivia!

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  1. Tanya C says:

    HI! I would love to check this out! Looks very unique!

  2. Isabel says:

    Yaaay! First! Please pick me as I like their food!

  3. Linda says:

    Sounds like an incredible date night!

  4. Linda says:

    This performance looks amazing, like a real spectacle.

  5. Grace says:

    Would love to experience butoh!

  6. David says:

    Looks great!

  7. LMS says:

    This would be awesome to see – such a contrast to western style.

  8. Samantha R says:

    Wow, this looks like a really unique evening. I’ll keep my fingers crossed to win.

  9. Lucie Boo says:

    Would be fabulous- thank you for offering the contest!

  10. Linda says:

    Oooh, this would be so much fun. I love checking out events that represent my Japanese heritage.

  11. Jen says:

    That sounds amazing! Hapa is one of my all time favorites and butoh is fascinating

  12. Linda says:

    What a great date night. Would love to be a part of it.

  13. Claire says:

    That’s a great prize and a great date!

  14. Don McQueen says:

    Sounds like a great event. I would love to go.

  15. Melanie stratton says:

    Would love to win this ! Sounds like a great night out

  16. Nimoul says:

    This would be fun!

  17. Helen says:

    I would love this! Thanks for the chance.

  18. Andrea says:

    This looks amazing!

  19. Linda says:

    That looks like fun! Thanks for the chance.

  20. RandyW says:

    We could use a night out. This looks really interesting

  21. Harold says:

    Sounds awesome for a date night.

  22. Kam says:

    Would love to check this out with my wife! I think she would love this!

  23. Iain Macphail says:

    I am familiar with Bunraku, Noh, and Kabuki — but Butoh is new to me.

  24. Michael Ridley says:

    Sounds cool and tasty.

  25. Bonnie R says:

    This would be so much fun!

  26. luc says:

    Who doesn’t love dance?

  27. Mandy says:

    I’ve never heard of this performance but it sure sounds interesting. Hubby and I would love to enjoy a Date Night out to see it!

  28. Gary says:

    I need a date night!

  29. Shelley Butcher says:

    This show sounds amazing! Japanese cuisine is also amazing!🍣🍤

  30. Milynne says:

    This would be a great date night for sure!

  31. Diane says:

    great date night!

  32. Mousemouse604 says:

    Love Hapa Izakaya. Would love to see this show!

  33. Shannon says:

    This looks amazing!

  34. Scott Hildebrandt says:

    I lOVVE Happa Izakaya.

  35. Ariel C says:

    this looks interesting!

  36. Elizabeth B says:

    What a great prize…I would love to see this performance and the dinner would be wonderful 🙂

  37. adam says:

    this might be fun for date night!

  38. Graham Woloski says:

    Sounds like a great night and delicious food!

  39. Jen W says:

    Could always use a nice date night with my husband 🙂

  40. simon says:

    Come for the sushi. Stay for the kabuki!

  41. Tracy says:

    Would love to check out the show!

  42. Kaleigh says:

    What a fun date night!

  43. Amanda says:

    This looks like a fabulous show! Would love to take my husband to the show and enjoy delicious Japanese food!

  44. Jason B says:

    Dinner and a show looks great.

  45. Ryan Rossum says:

    Sounds great!

  46. Karm Dial says:

    Would love to win!

  47. Jenia says:


  48. Kristyn says:

    Looks fantastic, I have never seen Japanese dancing and am totally intrigued!

  49. Olivia says:

    I’d love to attend this show. 🙂

  50. Mary says:

    Would love to win

  51. Andy C. says:

    Beer, meat, an izakaya, mmmm.

  52. Ann says:

    Awesome! Very cool-looking set!

  53. Cecilia says:

    This looks like a really interesting performance!

  54. Lindsay says:

    This looks really cool!

  55. Virginia says:

    This is a wonderful date after having a new born.

  56. Christine McKay says:

    The artist waits in anticipation…

  57. Lisa says:

    Would love to check this out 🙂

  58. Rebecca T. says:

    Would be an amazing date night. Thanks for the chance to win

  59. sandra says:

    sounds creative

  60. sandra says:

    looking for things to do locally — it would be a wonderful way to start spring break

  61. Ana says:

    a date night is so needed! 🙂

  62. Kelly says:

    I would love to check this out – I am a hapa myself 🙂

  63. Shirley says:

    Cool date night.

  64. Rachel says:

    Pick me…I would love to go to this.

  65. Sunshine H says:

    this looks like such an interesting and amazing production!

  66. Wally says:

    Please pick me for the wonderful prize.

  67. Justine says:

    This sounds so cool!

  68. Pauline says:

    Happa Izakaya has caught my eye for some time now. As I did not have a chance to experience much Japanese entertainment when I lived there, this date night sounds fabulous.

  69. Meredith says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  70. Mimi H says:

    This would be such a trippy experience!

  71. Eileen says:

    What a great night out!

  72. Lauren says:

    Best Ebi mayo!!

  73. Jenna M says:

    yes please!

  74. Raihan says:

    I would love to take my wife to see the show and try some delicious Japanese food! What a great date night! 😀

  75. Tania says:

    What a great date night. Would love to be a part of it.

  76. Rino says:

    Sounds like a great night and delicious food!

  77. Sonya Mann says:

    Sounds like a great date night that me and my husband definitely need due to our wierd work schedule.

  78. Melanie stratton says:

    Would love to win !

  79. Ella says:

    Sounds like fun! My daughter can be my date!

  80. Victor says:

    would definitely like to win! thanks for having these contests

  81. Dane says:

    Love it and live it!

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