Arts Umbrella’s Season Finale BE MOVED

Comments 19 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Cherry blossom petals pirouetted in the entranceway of Arts Umbrella’s East 7th location when I rang the bell to meet up with Artemis Gordon, Artistic Director of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company (“AUDC”). Inside, graduate students were rehearsing for the season finale show, BE MOVED.

Arts Umbrella Be Moved

There are two studios at this location, with three more on Granville Island. The new permanent Arts Umbrella space will be the refurbished Emily Carr University building on Granville Island once renovations are complete. “I would say that I foresaw this growth my first day,” Gordon told me as rehearsals continued. “I came here from Toronto and it was with a bit of a mission to develop and understand and research and create a community for contemporary dance.”

Season Finale is Just the Beginning

“This was always a goal, to have more studios, to be able to offer more programming, and to have the flexibility to be able to do multiple things that further the art form, and further the education in the program.”

Arts Umbrella’s growth is attributed to its world-class programming, and the reputation of its staff, choreographers, and dancers. In fact, more than half of Ballet BC dancers are Arts Umbrella graduates and many grads are dancing all over the world. “There’s a real ripple of what’s happening in the dance world right now because of what we’ve been doing at Arts Umbrella.”

For BE MOVED, the production will include pieces by Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, Johan Inger, Lesley Telford, James Kudelka, Mats Ek, and Amos Ben-Tal.

“If you are a human being that has listened to music and walked, you know dance. Whether or not you are able to do what they do on stage, that’s another thing, but you know it. We all know what dance is.” – Artemis Gordon

Gordon tells the dancers: “The reason we have these amazing choreographers is on the reputation of what people have already done. It’s your responsibility to do the work, then I get these choreographers for the future. It’s uncanny to have the roster that we have, of professional choreographers and dance artists.”

From the ground up, Gordon says it’s the Arts Umbrella work ethic that also makes a difference.

“We do a lot of new creations which means there’s an entire skillset that is identified, and worked on, and articulated, and developed. We have a great work ethic and respect for the work in the studio and that we have these amazing choreographers really makes my job easy. I think it’s really a testament to the work that’s being done in the program.”

Arts Umbrella’s Season Finale BE MOVED

Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton, Vancouver)
When: May 23-25, 2019
Tickets: Available online now

Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Season Finale: BE MOVED will be the culmination of months of exploration and rehearsal of bold and innovative works created for AUDC dancers by leading International and Canadian choreographers.

As someone whose only on-stage dance experience has been watching The Nutcracker at Christmas, I asked Gordon what someone like me could expect from BE MOVED.

“A divergence, a great diversity of music, a diversity of ideas, you’ll see everyone’s vision of what they think dance is. You’re going to see some extraordinary commitment of young people on stage, a real virtuosity of the ability to create new movement – not movement that is programmed or has been done before – but a new way of approaching movement vocabulary. You’ll see what is the human potential.”

We popped in on the class one more time as she whispered and pointed at all of the international students who sought out Arts Umbrella. “I just wish that it didn’t have an elitist connotation,” Gordon added as we walked back into the hallway. “Doing it is elite, it’s hard! It is a 12 year rigorous study to be able to do what these kids do and then you can only do it until your body says no more, but watching it is a lifelong thing.”

“I hear other people say I don’t get it. But why would you expect to get it? Nobody asks you to explain music, and somehow we feel it’s ok to just feel music. But why is it with dance, we feel we need to know it or get it?” That’s what Gordon really wants to break down. “We’re all the same. Everyone feels that urge to express themselves physically, through what we wear, how we do our hair, the choices of what we say or where we go. It’s all the dance of our lives.”

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the opening night performance on May 23rd, thanks to Arts Umbrella. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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UPDATE The winner is Jessica!

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19 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. LucMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 10:00am PDT

    I’d like to get an umbrella!

  2. Jason BMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 3:40pm PDT


  3. AriaMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 4:14pm PDT

    Would love to watch this with my daughter who loves dance!

  4. RoseMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 4:15pm PDT


  5. AlexandraMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 4:15pm PDT

    Love dance shows!!

  6. A.HMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 4:16pm PDT

    Thx Arts Umbrella for this opportunity

  7. Sunshine HMonday, May 13th, 2019 — 8:29pm PDT

    I went to high school with Crystal Pite, and love seeing all of the work that I can of hers. She is such an accomplished choreographer and amazing dancer.

  8. Jessica Roberts-FarinaTuesday, May 14th, 2019 — 12:40am PDT

    Dance will always be the most perfect form of artistic expression and athleticism to me.

  9. Shelley ButcherTuesday, May 14th, 2019 — 1:00am PDT

    I would love to Be Moved by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company season finale!

  10. TianaTuesday, May 14th, 2019 — 11:37am PDT

    Would love to take my mum

  11. Debbie SilvaTuesday, May 14th, 2019 — 7:03pm PDT

    Art, dance, and music can never really be explained. It’s about individual interpretation

  12. Candace HWednesday, May 15th, 2019 — 7:49pm PDT

    This is gonna be fun!

  13. HershThursday, May 16th, 2019 — 8:18pm PDT

    sounds nice.

  14. Bruce McC.Thursday, May 16th, 2019 — 8:53pm PDT

    “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Martha Graham

  15. TammyThursday, May 16th, 2019 — 9:30pm PDT

    How fantastic to see!

  16. CheukThursday, May 16th, 2019 — 9:39pm PDT

    dance all night

  17. WillFriday, May 17th, 2019 — 8:23am PDT

    Always a treat… brill dance eve..

  18. IvanaFriday, May 17th, 2019 — 4:13pm PDT

    My daughter and I would love to see this, it will be amazing for sure!!!

  19. AngelaFriday, May 17th, 2019 — 9:52pm PDT

    This would be inspirational and beautiful to witness.

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