In a recent media release, DanceHouse unveiled a 2019-2020 season with works by companies from around the globe.
In its October season opener DanceHouse presents Spirit, a collection of dance stories selected from Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30-year repertoire. One of that country’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander dance companies, Spirit traces traces the connection between Indigenous people, the land, and creation itself.
Following an early winter break, DanceHouse returns in January with Unikkaaqtuat, a collaboration between Montreal’s Les 7 Doigts (The 7 Fingers), Artcirq of Igloolik and Taqqut Productions of Iqaluit. With the oral tradition of the Inuit people as its inspiration, this multidisciplinary work combines the traditional practices of throat-singing, hunting, and competitive games with circus arts. Not the first time Les 7 Doigts has entertained Vancouver audiences, they were responsible for the inventive Cuisine & Confessions back in 2017 which combined cooking with circus performance.
In its third presentation with DanceHouse, Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo returns to the Vancouver Playhouse stage in February with Gira. From the company’s resident choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras comes an “investigation of the human need to connect with the divine through the corporeal” using the company’s signature style of movement inspired by Afro-Brazilian rituals.
In March, Montreal’s RUBBERBANDance Group makes its DanceHouse debut with Ever So Slightly. Combining the forces of two musicians and ten performers, choreographer Victor Quijada “takes apart the mechanisms of compliance and control with surgical precision”.
In an April co-presentation with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, and in partnership with Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, DanceHouse will present Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo). From Spain’s Compañía Rocío Molina the “enfant terrible of flamenco” sets out to reinvent classical flamenco.
Closing out the season in May is the return of New York City’s Dorrance Dance with ETM: Double Down. Described as “two-parts collectivist exercise, and three-parts mad-tap genius”, it combines eight dancers and three musicians who use the stage as their instrument.
“Dance is a vibrant art form that is constantly evolving. We are delighted to share a curated lineup of world-class dance companies at the vanguard of their respective fields in our 2019/20 season,” says Jim Smith, DanceHouse’s artistic and executive director in a media release. “We strive to present works with a unique and compelling perspective that simultaneously entertain and challenge our preconceptions. Vancouver audiences will be inspired by the artists’ athleticism, artistry, diversity of styles, and dedication to inclusiveness.”
Subscriptions for DanceHouse’s 2019-2020 season are currently on sale. Single tickets will go on sale September 9. Visit dancehouse.ca for more information.