Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson perform in UNTITLEdISTANCEs as part of this year's Global Dance Connections Series.
Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson perform in UNTITLEdISTANCEs as part of this year's Global Dance Connections Series.

In a media release, The Dance Centre has announced a 2020-2021 season of digital and small-scale live events adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring a diverse range of dance genres, fall shows including the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House and Discover Dance! series will be online, with live events for small audiences resuming in November complemented by digital streams. Residencies and research programs will run throughout the season with digital streams of showings and discussions, along with other specially curated digital content.

“The pandemic has been especially challenging for dance, an art form which requires bodies and spaces to work in,” says Mirna Zagar, The Dance Centre’s executive director. “And like all arts organizations, we have seen a major impact on our revenues. However, we are committed to supporting artists and connecting audiences to dance to the best of our ability in these difficult times.”

Zagar goes onto say the Centre will re-open gradually, following public health guidelines. “By proceeding cautiously, staying flexible, and fundraising vigorously, we hope to have a full – if somewhat different – season, which will nurture the art of dance,” she says.

The season will begin with the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House on September 12. Streamed on YouTube, the 19th annual Open House will offer visitors a chance to experience a host of different dance styles, in a program of free classes and studio showings.

The popular Discover Dance! Series kicks-off on September 14 with Shot of Scotch Vancouver dancers demonstrating the athleticism and artistry of Highland dancing and delving into its history, traditions, and ongoing evolution. Others in the series to be presented online include Sujit Vaidya and TomoeArts. Performances by Mozaico Flamenco and Goh Ballet in 2021 will be presented as small-scale in-person performances.

The Global Dance Connections series will be presented live in limited seating performances. The series gets underway in November as Mary-Louise Albert presents a trio of live solo works by Canadian choreographers performed by Livona Ellis, Vanessa Goodman and Rebecca Margolick. Albert, who recently stepped down as artistic director of the Chutzpah! Festival will return to the stage at the age of 65 for the premiere of a new solo commissioned from Serge Bennathan.

Others in the Global Dance Connections series include Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson, new works from Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, Hillel Kogan’s We Love Arabs and new works from Alexa Mardon, Erika Mitsuhashi and Francesca Frewer.

Additional in-person dance events scheduled for 2021 include International Dance Day, Open Stage #2, TWObigsteps Collective and 12 Minutes Max #44. The artist-in-residence series will feature V’ni Dansi in June of next year.

Tickets for The Dance Centre live shows will go on sale approximately two months before each performance. Visit thedancecentre.ca for more information on the complete 2020-2021 line-up.