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Friday, April 12, 2024

DanceHouse unveils its 2024-2025 season

The Vancouver dance presenter's 17th season features an eclectic mix of contemporary dance, tango, circus, ice skating, live music, and more.

Vancouver dance presenter DanceHouse has unveiled a 2024-2025 season featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary dance, tango, circus, ice skating, live music, and more from six diverse companies and choreographers.

DanceHouse’s 17th season performances include two Canadian premieres, three BC premieres, one Canadian company debut, and the return of an all-time DanceHouse audience favourite. New this year is the addition of matinee performances and season ticket pricing for youth and families.

“After 16 years of challenging our audience’s conceptions and definitions of dance, the season ahead pushes our programming, and ourselves, further than we’ve ever gone before,” says Jim Smith, artistic and executive director of DanceHouse.

The season starts with the Social Tango Project (Oct 24-26) from Argentina’s Agustina Videla. It is an evening of rhythmic, immersive dance aiming to share the value of social dance and inspire individuals to join the dance floor.

In November comes Montreal’s Compagnie Catherine Gaudet with The Pretty Things (Les jolies chooses) (Nov 22 & 23), in which a fascination with physicality evolves into choreographic work that operates almost on a subconscious level.

The new year begins with Duck Pond (Jan 22-25), an irreverent take on the timeworn classic Swan Lake from Australia’s Circa.

February 2025 sees The City of Others (La Ciudad de los Otros) (Feb 21 & 22) from Colombia’s Sankofa Danzafro take to the Vancouver Playhouse stage. Created to celebrate Colombia’s 159th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, this Canadian premiere takes apart the country’s history and culture to examine its complex and often agonizing past.

The season continues with Le Patin Libre’s Murmuration (Mar 20-23), a piece inspired by bird aerial choreography that transposes the swoops, swirls, and configurations of mass flight to the ice.

Finally, the season concludes as Belgium-based Peeping Tom obliterates the border between theatre and dance with Diptych (The Missing Door and The Lost Room) (Apr 25 & 26).

“Minds will be expanded, bent, and blown with the diverse array of programming we’ve scoured the globe to assemble,” says Smith. “We cannot wait to share these eclectic experiences with our longtime audiences and to welcome adventurous new art lovers into the fold.”

Season subscriptions are now on sale, and single tickets will be available on May 28. Visit dancehouse.ca for more information.

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