The Dance Centre’s 2016-2017 season is filled with performances and events from dance artists working across a multitude of contemporary and cultural genres.
“We aim to present to our audiences a very wide range of dance, from cutting edge contemporary work to dance from different cultural traditions, and from local, national and international artists,” says Mirna Zagar, The Dance Centre’s executive director.
Global Dance Connections
The Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series is at the heart of The Dance Centre’s offerings, featuring boundary-busting contemporary dance from British Columbia, and around the world.
“We do place a special emphasis on nurturing our own dance community and I’m particularly pleased that next season includes several new works by local choreographers who are being supported through our residency programs, such Lesley Telford, Wen Wei Wang, and Noam Gagnon”, says Zagar.
The Global Dance Connections series opens in October with Noam Gagnon’s provocative new work, This Crazy Show. Presented through the Centre’s artist-in-residence program, the piece reflects on the quest for love and acceptance, and how our identities shift and change.
In January, The Dance Centre teams up with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, with a piece from Flemish choreographer, Jan Martens. Sweat Baby Sweat takes the most clichéd theme in dance – the relationship between a man and a woman – and distils it into an intensely physical, intimate duet depicting all-consuming love.
Continuing its relationship with the PuSh Festival in February, Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni pushes the boundaries between dance, theatre, performance art and anthropology with FOLK-S, Will you still love me tomorrow?
“Amongst the visiting artists, Jan Martens made a huge impact when we presented him last fall so I’m very happy to feature his work again; and Alessandro Sciarroni also has a Vancouver connection, through an international choreographic project we participated in two years ago,” continues Zagar.
Also in February, Vancouver choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi join forces with empty.swimming.pool, which navigates the role of comedy as a catalyst to understanding and communication, addressing questions of gender, culture and language along the way.
Kinesis Dance marks its 30th anniversary in March with In Penumbra from that company’s artistic director, Paras Terezakis. The work is inspired by the search for utopia, how the insatiable desire to reach this paradise brings out both the best and the worst in us, and the penumbra – the grey area between light and darkness – that clouds our quest for enlightenment.
The Centre welcomes Montreal-based choreographer Zab Maboungou and Lesley Telford in April. In Mozongi, Maboungou explores time and memory, motion and stillness, the individual and the group. Telford’s Spooky Action at a Distance is inspired by Einstein’s famous phrase referring to particles that are so closely linked, they share the same existence.
The Global Dance Connections season closes with Wen Wei Wang’s anticipated new work, Dialogue. Drawing from his personal experience as a non-English speaking immigrant to Canada, Dialogue expresses the basic desire to be understood, and the loneliness when those connections with others are not achieved.
The noon-hour Discover Dance! series, which presents a range of dance from diverse cultural backgrounds, kicks off in September with Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz in September with a colourful, high-energy performance bursting with infectious rhythms, vitality and fun.
In October, the series features Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble in Solo Flamenco, a showcase of flamenco in its purest traditional form. In November it is the response. who takes to the stage blending contemporary dance techniques with the physicality and attitude of urban culture.
The New Year kicks off with Grupo America’s Latin dance extravaganza! Las Americas in February, followed by another aerial dance show from Aeriosa in March. The Discover Dance! series concludes with the Goh Ballet Youth Company and students from the Goh Ballet Academy in April.
The Dance Centre also features a number of additional events during the season, including its popular open house in September, offering a full day of free open classes, workshops, studio showings and special events, featuring a host of different dance styles.
In November, The Dance celebrates Louis Riel Day with V’ni Dansi, with its unique combination of traditional Métis dance and contemporary works.
Marking International Day Dance each year on April 29, The Dance Centre will once again present a program of events celebrating the vitality and diversity of dance in Vancouver.
In June 2017, Canadian dance artist Erin Manning presents Ancestralizing the Present: Protocols and Practices in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance, bringing together dance artists from many nations for performances and public discussions of the protocols integral to their practices.
The 2016/2017 season concludes with another edition of 12 Minutes Max, a presentation of new works lasting twelve minutes or less.
For more information on The Dance Centre and its 2016/2017 season visit http://thedancecentre.ca.