The Chan Centre, in partnership with the Dance Centre, presents Words in Motion. This innovative new series explores the power of words in performance, both as an agent of change and as a means of igniting important dialogue. Here are five reasons we think you should not miss it:
1. Words in Motion is the latest edition to the Chan Centre’s Beyond Words Series, which pairs artists with authors to re-envision their writing into compelling performances.
2. Audiences will experience brand new dance works from three local choreographers: Anusha Fernando, Artistic Director of Shakti Dance; Olivia C. Davies, a Bharata Natyam master and pioneer of Aboriginal contemporary dance; and Paraskevas Terezakis, founder of Kinesis dance somatheatro.
3. The authors chosen to have their works transformed into choreography are Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize-winner Aislinn Hunter (The World Before Us); winner of CBC Canada Reads 2012, Carmen Aguirre (Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter); and critically-acclaimed writer Nancy Lee, (Dead Girls).
4. The choreographers were chosen from a list of applicants before any author was approached to collaborate. Only after carefully evaluating each dancer’s style, the Chan Centre began to match Fernando, Davies and Terezakis with their writer partners.
5. This is a chance to celebrate and support not only the talent of Vancouver’s dance community, but also the accomplishments of some of our city’s literary heavyweights.
Words in Motion plays the Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia) on March 18 & 19. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.