DanceHouse presents a trio of digital performances in its fall season.

DanceHouse, the Vancouver presenter of local, national and international dance performances, has announced a digital fall season that kicks off today with Dancing at Dusk.

DanceHouse's digital fall season kicks off with Dancing at Dusk. Photo: Polyphem Filmproduktion.
DanceHouse’s digital fall season kicks off with Dancing at Dusk. Photo: Polyphem Filmproduktion.

In spring 2020, Pina Bausch’s 1975 seminal work The Rite of Spring was readying for a world tour featuring a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries. The international co-production was to have opened in March 2020. Just days before the premiere, performances were cancelled as governments worldwide banned public gatherings and began shutting their borders due to the pandemic.

Before disbanding and going into lockdown, the company seized the opportunity by performing its last rehearsal on a beach near their base in Senegal. The result is Dancing at Dusk, which will stream online on October 21-27 as the first offering in a trio of upcoming presentations by DanceHouse.

To be streamed live from The Hague, Nederlands Dans Theater presents Dare to Say.
To be streamed live from The Hague in November, Nederlands Dans Theater presents Dare to Say.

In November, DanceHouse will present Dare to Say, performed live from The Hague on November 6-8, at 11:00 am (PST). In Dare to Say, dancemakers Alexander Ekman and Dimo Milev challenge their performers with distinct new approaches to movement and choreography, necessitated by the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. The result is radically exciting new choreographic works that push the dancers to explore and work in entirely new directions.

In Battle / Street Dance eight Canadian dancers throw down accompanied by three renowned DJs. Photo by Do Phan Hoi.
Live from Montreal: in Battle / Street Dance, eight Canadian dancers throw down accompanied by three renowned DJs. Photo: Do Phan Hoi.

Finishing up its digital fall season on November 14 at 4:00 pm (PST), DanceHouse presents its second live-streamed show. In Battle / Street Dance, eight Canadian dancers, accompanied by three renowned DJs, throw down in an atmosphere of expression, exchange, and confrontation.

“Dance is a powerful art form that builds community; studies even show that an audiences’ heartbeats will synchronize during live performance. And while we may not be able to gather in-person to experience this phenomenon, we truly believe – now more than ever – that dance plays a vital role in bringing us together,” says Jim Smith, artistic and executive director of DanceHouse.

For more information on DanceHouse’s 2020 fall season, visit dancehouse.ca.