Vancouver's Ne. Sans Opera & Dance kicks off the 2021 Vancouver International Dance Festival with Hourglass. Photo by Theo Bell.
Vancouver's Ne. Sans Opera & Dance kicks off the 2021 Vancouver International Dance Festival with Hourglass. Photo by Theo Bell.

The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) celebrates its 21st season a little differently this year, with eighteen free by donation livestream contemporary dance performances spread over four months.

Broadcasting from the KW Production Studio in downtown Vancouver, this year’s VIDF provides the technical resources for artists to re-imagine their work for the camera using multiple cameras to offer a cinematic perspective to each choreography.

Kicking off this year’s festival is Hourglass from Vancouver’s Ne. Sans Opera & Dance. Streaming March 4-6, the piece is set to four piano études by minimalist composer Philip Glass featuring a duet with Racheal Prince and Brandon Lee Alley, joined on stage by pianist and conductor Leslie Dala.

In April, Vancouver’s Company 605 will present Brimming (April 29-30 & May 1). The new solo investigating the body as a container was created and performed by its co-artistic director Josh Martin.

Things really heat up in May as VIDF will present three streaming shows beginning with Vancouver-based Bharata Natyam dance artist Vidya Kotamraju performing in Longing… (May 6-8), a two-part performance based on the themes of romantic and spiritual yearning for love, companionship, and oneness.

Vancouver based Bharata Natyam dance artist Vidya Kotamraju performs in Longing... as part of this year's VIDF. Photo by Ron Sangha.
Vancouver-based Bharata Natyam dance artist Vidya Kotamraju performs in Longing… as part of this year’s VIDF. Photo by Ron Sangha.

Mid-may sees Toronto’s Yvonne Ng performing Search of Holy Chop Suey (May 20-22), a self-reflection, incorporating humour and pathos, on a life of creation as an immigrant to Canada. Ng will also perform Weave…part one, a solo show questioning the role and value of a woman in Asia and Canada.

May’s events conclude with Wanted (May 27-29), a new work from Vancouver-based CAMP it is described as a “fantastical exploration of the light and dark extremes of humanity told through the lens of the cowboy.”

CAMP's new dance work Wanted is a fantastical exploration of the light and dark extremes of humanity, told through the lens of the cowboy.
CAMP’s new dance work Wanted explores the light and dark extremes of humanity told through the lens of the cowboy.

VIDF comes to a conclusion in June with Before Dawn from Vancouver contemporary dance group Lamondance led by artistic director Davi Rodrigues.

All performances are free by donation. Visit vidf.ca for more information.