Throughout the month of March, a curated selection of international and Canadian artists will converge in Vancouver for the 2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival.
Taking place at venues across Vancouver, the month-long program will include performances, workshops and interactive dance activities.
Here are five shows you don’t want to miss this year:
1. Pseudo human/Super human (Dairakudakan, Japan)
Showcasing the iron and glass stage installations of Japanese sculptor KUMA/Katsuyuki Shinohara, set to score of techno music by Keisuke Doi and Jeff Mills, Pseudo human/Super human features the 21 dancers from Japan’s Dairakudakan on a futuristic odyssey, advancing forward to a world where artificial intelligence threatens to consume our very existence.
2. Varhung – Heart to Heart (Tjimur Dance Theatre, Taiwan)
Taiwan’s Tjimur Dance presents the Canadian premiere of Varhung – Heart to Heart, an exploration of the complexities of the human heart. Choreographed by Baru Madiljin, this piece peels back layers to reveal a human essence that is universal.
3. bang bang (Manuel Roque, Montreal)
Soloist Manuel Roque gives the West Coast premiere of his acclaimed bang bang, a visceral ode to the physical demands of the body.
4. Trust (10 Gates Dancing, Ottawa)
Another West Coast premiere, Trust is a thought-provoking duet created and performed by choreographer Tedd Robinson and composer Charles Quevillon. This work examines the dynamic interchange of building, maintaining, and testing trust between partners.
5. SHINY (Kelly McInnes, Vancouver)
A multidisciplinary performance incorporating full nudity, SHINY explores and challenges the impossible beauty standards that women are measured against through mass media. Created and performed by Kelly McInnes, in collaboration with Maggie McGhee and Luciana D’Anunciacao, the work examines the masking of the individual in pursuit of the bizarre sameness of the beauty standard.
The 2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival runs March 4-30 at venues across Vancouver. Visit vidf.ca for tickets and information.