February at The Dance Centre in Vancouver will culminate with a collection of short works from BC dance artist Joshua Beamish. Photo above by Cindi Wicklund.
February at The Dance Centre in Vancouver will culminate with a collection of short works from BC dance artist Joshua Beamish. Photo above by Cindi Wicklund.

BC dance artist Joshua Beamish will present a short work program, showcasing both his skills as a choreographer and dancer in Proximity.

To be streamed online from February 25 through March 11, the performance features two of Beamish’s own creations, including the world premiere of Lost Touch, a new solo danced by contemporary dancer Renée Sigouin and the title piece Proximity, a duet performed by Beamish and Sigouin together.

With the project, Beamish returns to the stage in Ablaze Amongst the Fragments of Your Sky by local emerging choreographer Ballet BC’s Kirsten Wicklund and Redemption by Belgian-Colombian dancemaker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

The program also includes Falling Upward, a short film created by Beamish with dancer/filmmaker Scott Fowler and composer Stefan Nazarevich.

“This program is a series of encounters between myself and a single dance artist,” says Beamish in a media release. “Our current restricted state has imposed a focus on intimacy. It has been refreshing to offer my full investment to one creative relationship at a time.”

With the duet Proximity, originally commissioned by Fall For Dance North in Toronto, Beamish performs the first work created for himself in five years.

“All five works touch on journeys through solitude, restriction and contemplation, harnessing a reflection of our collective present, in service of investigation and growth,” continues Beamish.

The founder of Vancouver’s MOVETHECOMPANY in 2005, Beamish has toured around the globe, dancing and choreographing for some of the world’s biggest dance companies, including The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. He is a current resident artist at The Dance Centre.

Presented as part of The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections series, Proximity will stream online from February 25 through March 11. Visit thedancecentre.ca for tickets and information.