Dance Troupe Practice takes up its residency at the Pandora Park Fieldhouse with a performance of An Empty House (Full of Air). Photo by Luciana D’Anunciação.
Dance Troupe Practice takes up its residency at the Pandora Park Fieldhouse with a performance of An Empty House (Full of Air). Photo by Luciana D’Anunciação.

Proving that art can happen just about anywhere, dancers Carolina Bergonzoni and Luciana D’Anunciação, in collaboration with Dance Troupe Practice, perform in An Empty House (Full of Air) at East Vancouver’s Pandora Park.

But while the idea of a dance performance in a public park may not be so unique, what makes this particular performance intriguing is that it takes place inside the park’s Fieldhouse, once the home of the park’s caretaker.

Part of the City of Vancouver artist studio residencies, the Pandora Park Fieldhouse is one of thirteen facilities across the city that are being used free-of-charge by over fifty artists as work-only studios, in exchange for what the city refers to as “community arts-based engagement”.

Sharing the Pandora Park Fieldhouse with a Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence, Dance Troupe Practice is a movement based performance collective, creating work that combines dance, voice, video, and installation. Their goal is to connect “community needs and interests to their own practices, to explore the connections between dance and everyday life in unexpected places”.

As a public kick-off to its residency, Troupe member Luciana D’Anunciacao and guest artist Carolina Bergonzoni perform in An Empty House (Full of Air). Exploring partnership and space, D’Anunciacao and Bergonzoni use the kitchen floor as their main performance space, but also find themselves inside closets and cupboards as they explore their environment.

Perhaps a little esoteric for all but the biggest dance aficionado, An Empty House (Full of Air) is a sometimes whimsical, humourous and oddly sensual piece that uses much of the space inside the tiny Pandora Park Fieldhouse. And while its biggest strength may not come from being an easily digestible piece for the average dance fan, it helps to once again prove that art can, and does, happen anywhere.

An Empty House (Full of Air) continues at the Pandora Park Fieldhouse (2325 Franklin St, Vancouver) until April 19. As space is limited to just twelve audience members each performance you are encouraged to reserve your spot.

Find out more about Dance Troupe Practice and their residency at the Pandora Park Field House at http://dancetroupepractice-fieldhouse.tumblr.com.

(Disclaimer: Carolina Bergonzoni is a contributor to Vancouver Presents specialising in dance.)