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.

February will be a busy month for The Dance Centre with a series of studio showings, dance performances and other dance-related events presented online.

Kicking off the month, Dance Centre artist-in-residence Shay Kuebler of Radical System Art teams up with tap dancer Danny Nielsen for the conclusion of a new collaboration highlighting the classic performing arts format of the duet. Figure Eights (Jan 25-Feb 1) continues a six-year history of collaboration between Kuebler and Nielsen, who explore the connection and integration of percussive and non-percussive dance forms. The artists will share work in progress and talk about their research.

As part of its digital dance series, Erika Mitsuhashi presents two works from February 2-6. In the experimental livestream Making It Up: The MeetingMitsuhashi asks where are the dances right now and how do these dances want to behave/exist/interface in a digital plane? Playfully using a livestream video feed and DIY-sonography, Mitsuhashi reveals an imaginative microcosm: a world built-in isolation, where a sacred meeting ensues between a cosmic vibrant-being and their assigned flesh-being on Earth. This is complemented by Being(s) in plain site, a collection of visual and text-based reflections, part-photo essay, part-blog.

As part of her disorientation project (Feb 7), The Dance Centre’s associate artist and scholar P. Megan Andrews leads an experimental conversation series with guest conversationalists Jeanette Kotowich, Kevin Fraser and Pam Tzeng.

Company 605 participates in a special DanceLab (Feb 16) sharing and discussion. In this collaboration between filmmaker Brian Johnson and multiple dance artists, they experiment with building movement and choreography filtered through a film creation processes but intended to be performed and experienced within a live context.

Company 605 collaborates with filmmaker Brian Johnson and multiple dance artists in a special DanceLab event. Photo by Brian Johnson.
Company 605 collaborates with filmmaker Brian Johnson and multiple dance artists in a special DanceLab event. Photo by Brian Johnson.

In a second of its digital dance series in February, contemporary dance artist Francesca Frewer dances continuously for one hour in And does it edge closer? (Feb 18) as three separate screens show three different performances of the piece, each shot in a single take. The celebration of movement gives audiences the option to cycle through the three videos, to watch them simultaneously, or to experiment with different combinations of playback.

In this month’s 12 Minutes Max (Feb 24), dance artists Maria Avila, Liat Har Lev, Caroline MacCaull, and Jhoely Triana will share and discuss their work in an informal studio showing.

Closing out the month is the Global Dance Connections series presentation of Proximity (Feb 25-Mar 11), a collection of short works from Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY. The performance features two of Beamish’s own creations and two solos choreographed especially created for him.

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