Canadian contemporary dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman presents Dollhouse as part of The Dance Centre's 2019-2020 season. Photo by Daniel Paquet.
Canadian contemporary dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman presents Dollhouse as part of The Dance Centre's 2019-2020 season. Photo by Daniel Paquet.

In a media release, The Dance Centre announced its 2019-2020 season which will take dance lovers on a tour of the world from right here in Vancouver.

From Brazil to Australia, and of course right here at home in Canada, The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections is at the centre of its upcoming season.

Opening the season in October, Rio de Janeiro-based Focus Cia De Dança will present Still Reich (Oct 2-4). From Brazilian choreographer Alex Neoral, the piece comprises four works choreographed to the music of American composer Steve Reich.

Also in October, Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin will present Split (Oct 16-17). Featuring two female dancers, one clothed and one naked, this award-winning piece reflects the dilemmas of negotiating with oneself and others in a world of increased pressure and reduced resources.

In December, Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre will present Bygones (Dec 11-14). This new work from co-directors David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen explore how we are shaped by what we have overcome, and how something challenging can lead to something beautiful.

In the New Year, contemporary dance company Wen Wei Dance and chamber ensemble Turning Point Ensemble join forces in a New Work (Jan 31-Feb 1). Exploring the intersection between their respective art forms, Wen Wei Wang’s choreography uses both his Chinese heritage and his Canadian identity, drawing on aspects of Tai Chi, martial arts and Peking Opera. The score, by Turning Point Ensemble artistic director Owen Underhill and Vancouver composer Dorothy Chang, will be played on Chinese traditional instruments and Western instruments. The performance will feature guest musicians from Taiwan joining local musicians and dancers on stage.

As part of next year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Montreal-based dance artist Dana Michel will present Cutlass Spring (Feb 6-8) in which she delves into the mystery of the sexual self, exploring how cultural repression and her life as a performer, a mother, and a lover have shaped her sexual identity.

In Dollhouse (Mar 12-14), Canadian contemporary dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman portrays a figure whose whole world is literally falling in around him. Presented with Vancouver New Music, Coleman shares the stage with sound artist Gordon Monahan, in a multi-disciplinary work that includes tap dancing, performance art, and sound installation.

Closing out the Global Dance Connections series in April, The Dance Centre pairs up with Vancouver’s French language theatre company Theatre La Seizième to present Israeli choreographer Hillel Kogan’s We Love Arabs (Apr 23-25). The award-winning work dives headlong into the toughest of questions: how can we co-exist within conflict?

The Dance Centre's season opener features the Rio de Janeiro-based dance company Focus Cia De Dança. Photo by Fernanda Vallois.
The Dance Centre’s season opener features the Rio de Janeiro-based dance company Focus Cia De Dança. Photo by Fernanda Vallois.

The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance series also continues with a varied program of dance styles from some of Vancouver’s leading dance artists and companies. From Bollywood to Scotland, from hip-hop to ballet, this popular noon-hour series runs September through May, travelling the world in six hour-long performances.

In September, The Dance Centre throws open its doors for the 18th annual Open House (Sep 14), and this year sees the return of the biennial Dance In Vancouver (Nov 20-24) with five days of performances, studio showings and events, in a showcase featuring British Columbia’s contemporary dance scene.

The season will also include a number of other events throughout the season including the annual International Dance Day celebrations (Apr 29) and 12 Minutes Max, featuring innovative new works in development, lasting just twelve minutes or less.

For more information and tickets for The Dance Centre’s 2019-2020 season, visit thedancecentre.ca.