Dances for a Small Stage has been showcasing new and established dance professionals on a ridiculously small stage, in unconventional venues, since 2002. In this edition the Small Stages dancers take on the theme of love in a special Valentine’s edition. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. From Bhangra to flamenco and hip hop to contemporary, the artists will draw on the universal language of love as a springboard for their works.
2. Don’t expect gushy expressions of romance though, as the works will explore the many underrated faces of love: from the bond between family and friends, to the twisted underbelly of jealousy and obsession.
3. An unexpected and unconventional evening, audiences will see works from an impressive line-up of returning “Small Stagers”, including choreographer and 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award recipient Lesley Telford, and founder/artistic director of MOVE: the company, Joshua Beamish.
4. In addition to returning favourites, the showcase will will also feature new works by Naomi Brand, founder of All Bodies Dance Project, an integrated ensemble for dancers with and without disabilities, and flamenco artist Karen Pitkethly.
5. The evening will be emceed by two “Queens of Hearts” – Vancouver drag entertainer Symone Says, and internationally renowned burlesque star, Burgundy Brixx,
Dances for a Small Stage – The Valentine’s Edition plays the ANZA Club (3 West 8 Ave, Vancouver) February 11-14. Visit http://smallstages.ca for tickets and information.