Experience A Date Night in Paradise with Dairakudakan at VIDF

Comments 83 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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 CTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 12:21pm PST

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

  2. IsabelTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 12:30pm PST

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

  3. LindaTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 1:10pm PST

    Sounds like an incredible date night!

  4. LindaTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 1:38pm PST

    This performance looks amazing, like a real spectacle.

  5. GraceTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 2:32pm PST

    Would love to experience butoh!

  6. DavidTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 2:36pm PST

    Looks great!

  7. LMSTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 2:38pm PST

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

  8. Samantha RTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 2:48pm PST

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

  9. Lucie BooTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 3:05pm PST

    Would be fabulous- thank you for offering the contest!

  10. LindaTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 3:15pm PST

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

  11. JenTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 5:10pm PST

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

  12. LindaTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 5:25pm PST

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

  13. ClaireTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 6:30pm PST

    That’s a great prize and a great date!

  14. Don McQueenTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 6:36pm PST

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

  15. Melanie strattonTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 7:28pm PST

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

  16. NimoulTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 7:33pm PST

    This would be fun!

  17. HelenTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 7:36pm PST

    I would love this! Thanks for the chance.

  18. AndreaTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 7:48pm PST

    This looks amazing!

  19. LindaTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 7:49pm PST

    That looks like fun! Thanks for the chance.

  20. RandyWTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 8:32pm PST

    We could use a night out. This looks really interesting

  21. HaroldTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 9:22pm PST

    Sounds awesome for a date night.

  22. KamTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 9:49pm PST

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

  23. Iain MacphailTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 9:54pm PST

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

  24. Michael RidleyTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 9:56pm PST

    Sounds cool and tasty.

  25. Bonnie RTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 10:40pm PST

    This would be so much fun!

  26. lucTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 10:46pm PST

    Who doesn’t love dance?

  27. MandyTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 10:53pm PST

    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. GaryTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 10:58pm PST

    I need a date night!

  29. Shelley ButcherTuesday, February 28th, 2017 — 11:34pm PST

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

  30. MilynneWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 12:03am PST

    This would be a great date night for sure!

  31. DianeWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 7:06am PST

    great date night!

  32. Mousemouse604Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 7:26am PST

    Love Hapa Izakaya. Would love to see this show!

  33. ShannonWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 9:03am PST

    This looks amazing!

  34. Scott HildebrandtWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 9:04am PST

    I lOVVE Happa Izakaya.

  35. Ariel CWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 9:10am PST

    this looks interesting!

  36. Elizabeth BWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 9:29am PST

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

  37. adamWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 9:34am PST

    this might be fun for date night!

  38. Graham WoloskiWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 9:55am PST

    Sounds like a great night and delicious food!

  39. Jen WWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 10:34am PST

    Could always use a nice date night with my husband 🙂

  40. simonWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 12:13pm PST

    Come for the sushi. Stay for the kabuki!

  41. TracyWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 2:50pm PST

    Would love to check out the show!

  42. KaleighWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 4:24pm PST

    What a fun date night!

  43. AmandaWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 4:26pm PST

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

  44. Jason BWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 7:48pm PST

    Dinner and a show looks great.

  45. Ryan RossumWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 8:00pm PST

    Sounds great!

  46. Karm DialWednesday, March 1st, 2017 — 8:40pm PST

    Would love to win!

  47. JeniaThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 8:23am PST

    Nice!

  48. KristynThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 10:18am PST

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

  49. OliviaThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 10:32am PST

    I’d love to attend this show. 🙂

  50. MaryThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 10:40am PST

    Would love to win

  51. Andy C.Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 1:19pm PST

    Beer, meat, an izakaya, mmmm.

  52. AnnThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 2:09pm PST

    Awesome! Very cool-looking set!

  53. CeciliaThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 3:37pm PST

    This looks like a really interesting performance!

  54. LindsayThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 8:06pm PST

    This looks really cool!

  55. VirginiaThursday, March 2nd, 2017 — 8:53pm PST

    This is a wonderful date after having a new born.

  56. Christine McKayFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 12:07am PST

    The artist waits in anticipation…

  57. LisaFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 12:59am PST

    Would love to check this out 🙂

  58. Rebecca T.Friday, March 3rd, 2017 — 9:07am PST

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

  59. sandraFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 9:23am PST

    sounds creative

  60. sandraFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 9:25am PST

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

  61. AnaFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 9:57am PST

    a date night is so needed! 🙂

  62. KellyFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 12:28pm PST

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

  63. ShirleyFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 2:01pm PST

    Cool date night.

  64. RachelFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 3:08pm PST

    Pick me…I would love to go to this.

  65. Sunshine HFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 3:48pm PST

    this looks like such an interesting and amazing production!

  66. WallyFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 4:10pm PST

    Please pick me for the wonderful prize.

  67. JustineFriday, March 3rd, 2017 — 9:39pm PST

    This sounds so cool!

  68. PaulineSaturday, March 4th, 2017 — 1:28am PST

    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. MeredithSaturday, March 4th, 2017 — 12:18pm PST

    This looks like so much fun!

  70. Mimi HSaturday, March 4th, 2017 — 2:21pm PST

    This would be such a trippy experience!

  71. EileenSaturday, March 4th, 2017 — 6:21pm PST

    What a great night out!

  72. LaurenSaturday, March 4th, 2017 — 10:58pm PST

    Best Ebi mayo!!

  73. RonSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 12:57am PST

    Nice!

  74. Jenna MSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 8:06am PST

    yes please!

  75. RaihanSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 9:08am PST

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

  76. TaniaSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 9:35am PST

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

  77. RinoSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 9:36am PST

    Sounds like a great night and delicious food!

  78. Sonya MannSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 5:01pm PST

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

  79. Melanie strattonSunday, March 5th, 2017 — 9:26pm PST

    Would love to win !

  80. AmarMonday, March 6th, 2017 — 11:00am PST

    ME:)

  81. EllaMonday, March 6th, 2017 — 11:58am PST

    Sounds like fun! My daughter can be my date!

  82. VictorMonday, March 6th, 2017 — 12:31pm PST

    would definitely like to win! thanks for having these contests

  83. DaneMonday, March 6th, 2017 — 2:08pm PST

    Love it and live it!

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