Celebrating BC’s Contemporary Dance Scene
Vancouver’s contemporary dance scene takes centre stage in Dance In Vancouver, November 20-24, 2019. This curated biennial event provides a unique opportunity to experience the ideas and creativity of dance generated by a diverse community of local artists, as well as cross-fertilization between genres including ballet and street dance.
Dance in Vancouver
When: Wednesday, November 20 to Sunday November 24, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver)
Tickets: $34/$25 students & seniors available by calling Tickets Tonight at (604) 684-2787 or purchasing online
Produced every two years by The Dance Centre, Dance In Vancouver is unique for its concentrated focus on promoting the province’s contemporary dance talent, not only to local audiences, but also to dance promoters and curators who come from across Canada and around the world to sample West Coast dance.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Dance In Vancouver opens with a day of free talks and events including a roundtable discussion about dance in the city with visiting guests, and a keynote address. Different spaces at Scotiabank Dance Centre will be animated with Alexa Mardon and Erika Mitsuhashi’s site-specific Tour, a studio presentation of Kinesis Dance somatheatro’s multi-disciplinary Against, and Lee Su-Feh/battery opera innovative kinetic sculpture installation, the Dance Machine.
Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:00pm
Noam Gagnon’s latest work Pathways explores the intricate push and pull of relationships impacted by urban living. Ten extraordinary dancers draw on all their strength, speed and agility to power through the explosive choreography, striving to find moments of emotional connection amidst the visceral intensity.
Amber Funk Barton/the response.
Friday, November 22, 2019 8:00pm
Inspired by personal travels, Amber Funk Barton’s atmospheric solo VAST is an ode to the explorer that resides in all of us, the traveler and the dreamer who wonders what resides beyond the edge. The choreography fuses seamlessly with lighting, sound and set design to create an evocative meditation on our limitations as human beings, and how despite these limitations we still desire to propel ourselves forward into unknown territory.
Raven Spirit Dance
Saturday, November 23, 2019 2:00pm
Gathering Light follows the journey of seed to flower, beginning with the stirrings of consciousness to the full embrace of transformation. This luminous quartet choreographed by Artistic Director Michelle Olson delves into the impulses rooted in our bodies that travel through us to find the light, while revealing the ceremonies that support our full bloom. Performed in the round, the work creates a distinctive sense of ritual where transformation is an experience we share with the performers.
Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019
Saudade investigates loss, memory, and the deep longing for something unattainable. Six outstanding male dancers merge elegant balletic lines with street-style dynamism and drive, conjuring up fleeting intimacies in a series of ghostly solos, duets, and group passages, accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful cello score.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 2:00pm
Known for imaginative and original works based on hip hop, waacking, breaking, popping and contemporary dance, OURO Collective teams up with experiential design studio Tangible for HAKO, a multidisciplinary dance experience. Using interactive installations, striking visual effects and exhilarating movement for an ensemble of five virtuosic dancers, the work reframes our relationship to technology, and joyfully re-ignites our capacity for curiosity and play.
Thursday to Saturday November 21-23, 2019 from 6:30pm to 11:00pm
- Company 605 is creating a special installation version of their most recent work, Loop, Lull, in which five virtuosic dancers adapt to changes and attempting increasingly complex feats. Audiences can drop in and stay as long as they wish. (6:30 to 8:00pm and 9:00pm to 10:30pm nightly).
- Lee Su-Feh/battery opera’s Dance Machine is a kinetic sculpture – 64 pieces of bamboo suspended from a central copper disk – that can be transformed into multiple configurations by the movement of the bodies within it. (6:30pm to 11:00pm nightly.)
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I have a pair of tickets to give away to Amber Funk Barton/the response. presents VAST (Friday, November 22, 2019 8:00pm) at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019.
UPDATE: The winner is Rosemarie!