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In this guest post, Naomi Brand writes about the work she is developing during our DanceLab interdisciplinary research program: This week I begin the exciting task of transforming a project from a hypothetical endeavour that has existed only in my imagination (and grant proposals) to a real-life activity. The project is called Translations and it is an ambitious collaboration between me, All... Read more

Once every two years The Dance Centre presents Dance In Vancouver (DIV) which celebrates the energy and innovation of BC’s contemporary dance scene. In addition to shows and public events, DIV draws dance presenters from across Canada and around the world to experience the West Coast dance scene, opening the doors to potential future exchanges, collaborations and tours. The curator of this... Read more

YFCP Artist Impressions – Bassano del Grappa, Italy This August participants of the Yulanda M. Faris Choreographers Program (YFCP) jetted off on the second leg of their experience to the beautiful city of Bassano del Grappa, Italy. Awaiting them was Operaestate’s B-Motion Festival, an annual multidisciplinary festival that fills the city of  Bassano del Grappa with dance, music... Read more
Posted on October 13, 2017 in General

Deanna Peters is the recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and she premieres her new work META October 27-28 at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Accompanying writer Alexa Mardon is creating a series of responses to the work: this is the first of three parts, leading up to the shows. Catch the rest of her writing and buy tickets for the show here: META=WRITING We are practicing... Read more

Our Executive Director, Mirna Zagar, introduces the work of the sensational Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman, coming to Vancouver October 12-14 as part of our Global Dance Connections series: When did you first meet Sharon Fridman? I first met Sharon in early 2000 in Tel Aviv, he had already been dancing for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and the Ido Tadmor Dance Company but was... Read more
Posted on September 7, 2017 in General

British Columbian choreographer Joshua Beamish has achieved international success since launching MOVETHECOMPANY in 2005. His latest work Saudade opens our Global Dance Connections September 20-23. The Dance Centre's Katrina Nguyen caught up with the globetrotting dance artist for this Q&A: Katrina Nguyen (KN): What does Saudade mean? Joshua Beamish (JB): Saudade is a Portuguese... Read more

The Yulanda M. Faris Choreographers Program officially took flight in July as the three participating artists headed to Ottawa for the first leg of their experience. Accompanied by dramaturge and mentor Jo Leslie and our Executive Director Mirna Zagar, participants Vanessa Goodman, Justine A. Chambers, and Daina Ashbee, took part in Canada Scene and the Canada Dance Festival. Here they... Read more
Posted on July 6, 2017 in General
Posting: Lead Technician, Scotiabank Dance Centre Closing Date: August 10, 2017 – 5:00PM PST The Dance Centre is currently seeking applications of interest for the position of Lead Technician of the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility. This 32,000 sq ft building incorporates 7 dance studios, a 154-seat multifunctional production studio/theatre, rental office spaces... Read more
Posted on June 22, 2017 in General

Welcome to The Dance Centre's 2017/2018 season! We have a diverse and stimulating series of dance experiences coming up, featuring exceptional work by both local and international dance makers: Our Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series includes work by Canadian artists as well as choreographers from as far afield as France, Norway and Australia. The always-popular Discover... Read more
Posted on June 16, 2017 in General

We are proud to announce the recipients of two awards that acknowledge both the achievements and the potential of British Columbia’s choreographers. Serge Bennathan receives the Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance in recognition of his contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over 25 years; and Julianne Chapple is the recipient of the biennial Iris Garland Emerging... Read more

Leading up to Ancestralizing the Present on June 10, the event’s curator (and Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence) Dr. Mique’l Dangeli breaks down four fundamental aspects necessary in generating a more complex understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations Dance. The Northwest Coast is one of the most diverse regions of Indigenous people in North America. The cultural and linguistic... Read more
Posted on May 17, 2017 in Curator's Notes

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Wen Wei Wang’s new work Dialogue, which premieres at Scotiabank Dance Centre May 25-27: I first met Wen Wei Wang when he first arrived in Vancouver from China over 25 years ago, to pursue a career in dance. As a dancer, he stood out due to his exquisite technique and subtle expressiveness, with lines that carved the space beautifully -... Read more

In this guest post, Barbara Adler writes about Spooky Action at a Distance, her upcoming collaboration with Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Lesley Telford: Quantum entanglement describes a state where particles are so deeply entwined they share the same existence. The science isn't exactly intuitive. In fact, it is so counter-intuitive to our familiar ways of thinking that Albert Einstein... Read more

Dance artists Greer Whillans, Jenn Edwards and Carolina Bergonzoni write about the work they have been developing during the spring edition of 12 Minutes Max, which can be seen at a free studio showing on April 11 at 6pm. Greer Whillans I naively began this 12 Minute Max process investigating the relationship between vulnerability and authenticity. Yes, I know, a very ambitious... Read more
Posted on March 22, 2017 in Curator's Notes

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, who perform as part of the Global Dance Connections series April 6-8: I first encountered Montreal choreographer Zab Maboungou not through a performance, but at a lecture which she gave, which had a strong impact on me. What she said, how she spoke and the passion that underlined each statement was absolutely... Read more

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Kinesis Dance somatheatro’s In Penumbra, which premieres March 1-4: Maintaining a small independent dance company for thirty years is a considerable achievement, and In Penumbra – the latest work from Kinesis Dance somatheatro – celebrates just that: three decades of fertile creativity, driven by the vision and determination of... Read more

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, introduces empty.swimming.pool – a new collaboration with Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi which premieres February 16-18, presented by The Dance Centre and the Chutzpah! Festival. Silvia Gribaudi and I met for the first time in 2012 in Edinburgh. Almost 5 years later we have worked together in 4 cities on two continents. We... Read more

Dance artists Monica Shah, Liliane Moussa and Gail Lotenberg write about the work they have been developing during the winter edition of 12 Minutes Max, which can be seen at a free studio showing on February 7 at 6pm. Monica Shah: In this 12 Minutes Max process, I am working towards discovering my own voice within Indian contemporary dance. This has led the work from its proposed structure... Read more

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Alessandro Sciarroni and FOLK-S, Will you still love me tomorrow? presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre February 2-4: If you follow The Dance Centre’s programming across the seasons you will already have come across multitalented Italian artist Alessandro Sciarroni: a performer,... Read more
Posted on December 19, 2016 in General

We have been lucky to have Andrea Valentine-Lewis as our student intern this fall, and in this blog post she shares her experience of working at The Dance Centre: Growing up in Victoria, I was a competitive dancer in a studio setting. I took classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, stage, and musical theatre; however, ballet was (and is) my greatest passion. I attended intensives at Laban Conservatory... Read more
Posted on December 14, 2016 in Curator's Notes

The Dance Centre's Executive Director Mirna Zagar reflects on Flemish choreographer Jan Martens and Sweat Baby Sweat, presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival January 18-20: One of the highlights of our Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series last season was undoubtedly The Dog Days Are Over, Jan Martens’ clever and audacious examination of the act... Read more

Dance artists Molly McDermott, Linda Hayes and Marissa Wong write about the work they have been developing during 12 Minutes Max this fall, which can be seen at a free studio showing on November 29 at 6pm. Molly McDermott: I have been navigating the big scary world of a creative process on my own and have come to realise how important it is to have other eyes involved.  The challenge... Read more

Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director of V’ni Dansi and one of The Dance Centre’s Artists-in-Residence this season, introduces the 11th Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration which takes place on November 12: In the summer of 2003 I met prominent senior Métis artist and elder, Maria Campbell at Batoche, Saskatchewan. We immediately made a strong connection and I asked her to be my... Read more
Posted on October 12, 2016 in General

Alexa Mardon writes about SLIP(PAGE), a project unfolding in the Scotiabank Dance Centre lobby this month, which explores ideas around language, writing, choreography and space: What is the potential of language to disrupt the encoded space it inhabits? Can writing hold the choreographies of a place: its social codes, structures, ghosts, and encounters, as they continuously become revealed... Read more

The Dance Centre's Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Noam Gagnon’s This Crazy Show, which opens our Global Dance Connections series October 20-22: It’s like a ray of sunshine each time Noam Gagnon enters our office: always with a smile, bursting with optimism even after a full day of rehearsing, about to run over to his Pilates studio to teach. Bursting with energy and... Read more

Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director of V’ni Dansi and one of The Dance Centre’s Artists-in-Residence this season, traces the inspirations and creative process behind her upcoming work Eagle Spirit: Dreams and visions are the impetus behind my new work Eagle Spirit. Before my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I had a dream about her body being extremely disfigured. After she passed,... Read more

How did you get involved with dance? Some things are destined, I think I was born to dance. My involvement with dance started when I was very young and to make the long story short, it was via my cousin Glen D’Mello who is now the CEO of our company that I heard of Shiamak Davar, and he saw the potential in me two decades ago. With learning the art and then doing shows and teaching class,... Read more
Posted on August 23, 2016 in General

Dance artists Ziyian Kwan and Vanessa Goodman share some of the ideas and inspiration behind Simile, an evening of contemporary dance coming up as part of the Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House on September 10. Why Simile? Ziyian Kwan: Vanessa and I have chosen to call the show Simile because it refers to something that is like another. From my perspective, it’s an intentionally... Read more

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the Lola Award is renowned flamenco dancer, choreographer and director Rosario Ancer. The $10,000 award was founded in memory of the much-loved choreographer Lola MacLaughlin, and is presented to a senior-level choreographer every two years. Ancer has been referred to as ‘The Mother of Flamenco in Vancouver,’ founding her school... Read more

Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Julianne Chapple writes about the development of her work the edges of things are ill defined, coming up as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival July 10-11: I set out to make a formal study. I like to set up strict perimeters for myself. No faces. No eyes. No emotion. No story. Can I create something that is engaging while stripping away the extraneous? I... Read more

The Dance Histories Project is an initiative of Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers, writer/dance artist Alexa Mardon and SFU professor Peter Dickinson, which investigates the recent history of contemporary dance in Vancouver.  This shared email dialogue illuminates the origins of the project and some of its rich ideas and themes: Justine A. Chambers May 2 to Peter,... Read more
Posted on May 6, 2016 in General

We are proud to announce the recipient of this year’s Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance. Vancouver choreographer Karen Jamieson receives the award in recognition of her contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over forty years which encompasses community-engaged and cross-cultural work, as well as creation and performance. Mirna Zagar, Executive Director... Read more

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces the work of acclaimed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits, whose company makes its Vancouver debut May 5-7 with ReVoLt: I first met Thierry Smits some 27 years ago. As a young dance artist yearning to make his mark, he made his way across Europe to meet dance presenters and discuss with them the potential to collaborate. Needless to say, I was quite... Read more

12 Minutes Max seeks to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. Choreographers Akeisha de Baat & Nathan Todd, Bevin Poole, Ahalya Satkunaratnam and Clare Twiddy provide insight into their choreographic approaches, and the challenges and rewards of choreographing to a time limit: Akeisha de Baat & Nathan Todd: Title:      ... Read more
Posted on April 6, 2016 in Artists-in-Residence

In this guest post, Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Julianne Chapple considers some of the processes and ideas in her research - and robots: “Unlike his avant-garde colleagues, Schlemmer did not succumb to euphoria about progress, but rather looked for the new human being in the new era: less as an utopian promise than as a search for meaning in the fragmented, disjointed world that... Read more

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. In the last in this blog series, choreographer Paras Terezakis and writer Nancy Lee (The Age, Dead Girls) discuss collaboration, fresh perspectives and taking chances. Nancy Lee: What do you hope audiences... Read more

Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers explains the origin and purpose of The Talking Thinking Dancing Body, and the importance of trust and speaking out: The Didactic Text battery opera performance's Talking Thinking Dancing Body (TTDB) is a facilitated conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic process. Initiated in 2012 by Lee Su-Feh, it encourages... Read more

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. Carmen Aguirre (writer, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter and "Open Fire", upon which this piece is based) and Olivia C. Davies (choreographer) discuss their... Read more

12 Minutes Max seeks to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. Choreographers Gemma Crowe, Iris Lau and Daelik provide insight into their choreographic process, and the challenges and rewards of choreographing to a time limit, as their studio showing approaches on February 23: Gemma Crowe: Around the ten-minute mark,... Read more
Posted on February 17, 2016 in Artists-in-Residence

In recent weeks Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers has been working on We’re Making a Band, a research project devised with musician Ben Brown, and here she shares some of the ideas, images and artists involved: We’re Making a Band is a research project developed by Ben Brown and me. Our original proposition was about the idiomatic movements of drummers,... Read more

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. Here are choreographer Anusha Fernando and author Aislinn Hunter discussing the unique discoveries and rewards of their collaboration: How did you approach the process of integrating ideas,... Read more
Posted on January 27, 2016 in General

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. Chan Centre Programming and Rentals Manager Wendy Atkinson talks about how the project, part of the Chan Centre's Beyond Words series, came to life. Can you tell us a bit about the origin and purpose of the Beyond... Read more

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces French-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza, whose work comes to Vancouver for the first time January 27-29 in a co-presentation with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: I have been following Nacera Belaza's choreographic journey since 2000, and with each new work she produces (over a dozen to date) I appreciate more and more her... Read more

Our Executive Director Mirna Zagar shares her thoughts about the acclaimed British dancer Aakash Odedra, presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in a double bill at the Vancouver Playhouse January 19-20: Aakash Odedra is a beautiful performer. While trained in the classical Indian dance forms of bharata natyam and kathak, he currently increasingly works in the contemporary... Read more

We have been lucky to have two great interns from Simon Fraser University this year. Anna Dueck and Gerta Heba share what working at The Dance Centre has been like for them: Anna Dueck: I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, growing up as a competitive dancer in a variety of styles as well as completing a fine arts dance program in my high school. I knew come grade 12 I wanted... Read more

In this guest post, choreographer/performer Shay Kuebler writes about the diverse and exciting ideas behind his upcoming new work Telemetry, which he is researching during our DanceLab interdisciplinary program this month: Telemetry: researching human communication, memory and the body through the science of radio systems and elements of bebop jazz, swing, tap, house, and contemporary dance. This... Read more
Posted on November 25, 2015 in 12 Minutes Max

  This season we are inviting different contributors to offer their perspectives on the work developed during 12 Minutes Max, bringing a breadth of interpretations of the rich, provocative and inspiring works of these courageous artists in motion. George Sipos shares his impressions of the first studio showing which took place on November 10: I love work that starts with something... Read more
Posted on November 5, 2015 in 12 Minutes Max

12 Minutes Max seeks to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue. Choreographers Cody Cox, Katie DeVries & Kimberly Stevenson, and Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien provide insight into their choreographic process, and the challenges and rewards of choreographing to a time limit: Katie DeVries & Kimberly Stevenson Natural... Read more

In this guest post, Finland’s Pirjetta Mulari - curator for the upcoming 10th biennial Dance In Vancouver - talks about working internationally in dance: Coming from a rather small country on one edge of the world, becoming international needs motivation and effort. Victoria, Vancouver Island and British Columbia provided me with the first steps of learning about different cultures, when... Read more
Posted on October 28, 2015 in General

In this guest post Michelle Olson, Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance, talks about the process that drives her creation of contemporary Aboriginal works: As an Artistic Director, I am always so excited when our work hits the stage.  The process of getting to this place is a crazy patchwork quilt of funding, partnerships and fundraising all stitched up together.  Some of the stitches... Read more

The Dance Centre’s Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Flemish choreographer Jan Martens and his work The Dog Days Are Over, presented in Vancouver October 29-31, 2015: Still only in his early thirties, the Flemish choreographer Jan Martens is already well on his way to being something of a superstar in dance. Several of his works are on tour in parallel across the world.... Read more

How did you get involved with tap dance? What was it about tap that appealed to you? My older sister danced as a kid and I was constantly at the studio. So one day, I decided to sign up for class. I actually started with jazz (which I was horrible at) and the following year, tap. Tap felt a little more natural to me and it made more sense. At 12 or 13, I started watching... Read more
Posted on September 30, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Artistic Director of Co.ERASGA, shares his experience co-creating Unwrapping Culture with Thai Khon master Pichet Klunchun: I began to study with Pichet Klunchun in the fall of 2013 in order to understand his work method and the classical Thai dance, Khon. Originating in the 16th century, Khon is a form of Thai stage dance performance, which was... Read more

How did you get involved with dance? My best friend when I was 5 years old started dancing. I wanted to do everything she did. She ended up quitting and my mom realized I really liked it so she kept me in it.   What is your proudest moment to date? Oh that's such a hard question. I wouldn't say it would be one moment. When I take the time to reflect and look back at what I... Read more

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance and one of The Dance Centre’s artists-in-residence this season, introduces the new work she is creating in collaboration with Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi: Back in 2012, when my son was not yet 1, we were fortunate to be invited to perform my solo bANGER at Dance Base in Edinburgh during the mammoth Fringe... Read more
Posted on August 18, 2015 in General

In this guest post, choreographer Starr Muranko introduces Spine of the Mother, a collaboration between dance artists in Canada and Peru: Spine of the Mother is a multi-year collaborative exchange project between dance artists in Canada and Peru which spans two continents and strives to discover new ways in which to research, connect and create choreographic work that is grounded in an Indigenous... Read more

Alexa Mardon, the writer for the Vancouver residencies during the recently concluded Migrant Bodies international choreographic research project, has created a beautiful book of poems, illustrations, photographs and collected materials which came out of the project. We have a very limited number of free copies available, which may be picked up in the main lobby of Scotiabank Dance Centre. Here’s... Read more
Posted on July 15, 2015 in General

The Dance Centre is proud to announce the recipients of awards that acknowledge both the achievements and the potential of British Columbia’s choreographers. Jennifer Mascall receives the Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance in recognition of her contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over thirty years; and Deanna Peters is the recipient of the biennial Iris Garland... Read more

With the presentation of 12 Minutes Max coming up on June 12, we asked the choreographers to tell us 1) what impact the 12 minute time constraint has made on their work; and 2) what their experience over the course of 12MM has been like, and how the work has evolved during the process over the last season. This is what they said: Con8 Collective Vanilla To The Touch Choreographed... Read more
Posted on May 20, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence

Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Co.ERASGA, is one of The Dance Centre’s Artists-in-Residence this season. In this guest post he introduces Unwrapping Culture, the work he is creating during his residency with Thailand’s Pichet Klunchun, which premieres this fall: Co.ERASGA’s artistic vision for dance spans borders and continents. Inherent to the... Read more
Posted on April 23, 2015 in General

SPLAY is a collaborative project by Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley of 605 Collective, and dance artist Justine A. Chambers, utilizing the Granville St frontage of Scotiabank Dance Centre. This guest post by Justine and students from the Modus Operandi training program shares some of their ideas and research, in the run up to a free showing on International Dance Day on April 29: The following blog... Read more
Posted on April 7, 2015 in General

April 29 is International Dance Day! The Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO founded International Dance Day in 1982 “to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language - Dance.” April 29 was chosen as it was the birthday of ballet pioneer... Read more

The Dance Centre’s Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Serge Bennathan’s new work Monsieur Auburtin, which premieres March 26-28 in a co-presentation with Chutzpah!PLUS: Since his return to Vancouver in 2007 – after almost two decades directing Toronto’s Dancemakers – Serge Bennathan has been active on several fronts, exposing his remarkably multitalented,... Read more

When and how did you meet? We met while we were studying at UBC, taking extracurricular dance classes at the UBC Dance Club.  This was over 15 years ago. Wow, that’s a long time ago! We were both bitten by the dance bug, ended up on the executive board of the club and then the rest is history. How did you get involved with ballroom dance?   We both started dancing... Read more

Renowned dramaturge Gabi Beier, Artistic and Executive Director of ada Studio in Berlin, has been working with emerging dance artists on the planning, creation and production of new works in a two-week immersive experience, first in Victoria and now in Vancouver. The resulting dance works can be seen at a free studio showing at Scotiabank Dance Centre on February 27: "Recently... Read more

The Migrant Bodies Project returned to Vancouver last week, kicking off the second round of residencies. Alexa Mardon, one of the project’s writers, provides this guest post: In November 2014, when the project last landed in Vancouver, the group's time was largely spent outside of the studio absorbing some of the stories surrounding this place and its relationship to migration. This... Read more
Posted on February 13, 2015 in Migrant Bodies

The Migrant Bodies Project returned to Vancouver this week, and this guest post from Montreal dance artist Ginelle Chagnon invites you to participate in her research through an installation in our lobby: Since the Migrant Bodies Project began in Bassano, Italy in the summer of 2014, many basic questions have been haunting me. Thinking of migration in different ways has awakened old and new reflections... Read more
Posted on February 3, 2015 in General

Two participants in our Writing Dance workshop, led by Dance International editor Kaija Pepper, review Faustin Linyekula’s Le Cargo, presented January 29-31, 2015 by The Dance Centre and the Push International Performing Arts Festival. A journey from war and crisis to meaning By Zoe Quinn It’s a universal question - “what is the point?” - to be on the constant prowl... Read more
Posted on January 29, 2015 in General

SPLAY is a collaborative project by Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley of 605 Collective, and dance artist Justine A. Chambers. In this guest blog post, Justine introduces the project and describes its purpose and scope: SPLAY is being developed to create an ongoing series of dance happenings that take place behind the doors of the mostly unused Granville Street side of Scotiabank Dance Centre. The... Read more
Posted on January 27, 2015 in General

Two of the participants in our Writing Dance workshop, led by Dance International editor Kaija Pepper, share their responses to Lisbeth Gruwez’s It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend, presented by The Dance Centre and the Push International Performing Arts Festival January 22-24. Speech Is Not Always Power By Jillian Groening There is a curious apprehension... Read more
Posted on January 20, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence

Delia Brett, Co-Artistic Director of MACHiNENOiSY and Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence this season, shares some of the thoughts, images and ideas behind Time Machine, a new work featuring an ensemble of professional dancers and children: why ask for a shape, something to discern, why not forgive yourself of  facts and rest like a child with its toes soft in its hand I enjoy a challenge. Children... Read more

The Dance Centre’s Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces two international artists whose work can be seen this month as part of our Global Dance Connections series, presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Entering our second decade of collaboration with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (we partnered with them for the very first festival back in... Read more

How did you get involved with dance? Delia: I started dancing when I was 4 years old. I studied ballet until I was 15 and then modern dance for another couple of years after that. But I was more interested in acting. When I was 18 I saw two pieces, on two separate occasions, by contemporary dance companies, Jump Start Dance and Dance Makers. Both of the pieces were very theatrical. I was so... Read more

Su-Feh Lee is a Vancouver dance artist who is taking part in Migrant Bodies, a major two-year international research project undertaken by The Dance Centre with partner organizations in Montreal, France, Italy and Croatia, which examines migration in European and Canadian societies. Following her inspiring presentation (‘magical’ was the most frequent comment) at the first Vancouver... Read more
Posted on November 28, 2014 in General

Come and explore the Dance Machine at an informal Open House on Friday December 5, 2014, 6-9pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre! ma·chine məˈSHēn/ noun 1. an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work 2. a mechanical apparatus or contrivance; mechanism 3. a device that transmits or modifies force or motion. For... Read more

Migrant Bodies is a major two-year international choreographic research project undertaken with partners in Vancouver, Montreal, France, Italy and Croatia. The artistic team is working in Vancouver November 17-27 and Alexa Mardon, one of the project’s writers, provides this insight into their research process: On Monday last week, the Migrant Bodies Project artists arrived in Vancouver,... Read more

The Dance Centre’s Executive Director Mirna Zagar introduces Migrant Bodies, a major two-year international research project undertaken with partners in Montreal, France, Italy and Croatia, which comes to Vancouver November 17-26. One year ago, I was thrilled to see the launch of Migrant Bodies - a project created in partnership with Comune di Bassano del Grappa [Italy], La Briqueterie... Read more
Posted on November 6, 2014 in General

Each fall The Dance Centre issues a call for submissions for the following season’s programs, which include residencies, research labs, Dance In Vancouver, and more! The deadline for 2014-15 is coming up on November 10: here are the answers to some frequently asked questions, for artists who are still thinking about applying. Q: Who can apply for Dance Centre programs? A: To be eligible... Read more

The Fall 2014 edition of 12 Minutes Max is under way: we asked emerging artists Naomi Brand, Kara Nolte, Jane Osborne and Daisy Thompson to tell us what they are working on in the studio and what they have found most challenging, surprising or rewarding in their creative process. Join us for a free studio showing of their works in progress on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 6pm at Scotiabank... Read more

The Dance Centre’s Executive Director Mirna Zagar discusses the relationship between dance and science in the run-up to Compagnie Gilles Jobin’s Vancouver performances of QUANTUM, October 16-18. We have always been fascinated with things that are mysterious or not easily reachable.  The arts. Nature. Science. Artists work to utilize the most recent knowledge and technology to... Read more

How did you get involved with dance? I wanted to be an actor and thought it was a good idea to take dance classes. Later, back at acting classes I realized how comfortable I was with movement and uncomfortable with words. I must admit that I was a teenager at the time and the large majority of girls in the dance classes was also a great motivation... How would you describe your... Read more
Posted on October 2, 2014 in General

This week we held one of our regular Business of Dance information sessions for dance artists, and this one was an introduction to pitching work to presenters. Here are a few of the key points which emerged. Our thanks to Mary-Louise Albert of the Chutzpah! Festival who joined our Executive Director Mirna Zagar to provide insights into how presenters work and what artists need to know when seeking... Read more
Posted on September 18, 2014 in Curator's Notes

The Dance Centre’s Executive Director, Mirna Zagar, considers the abstract in art, the genius of John Cage, and the work of Angelin Preljocaj in the run-up to Ballet Preljocaj’s performances of Empty moves (parts I, II & III): Warning: abstract art might make us uneasy How many times have we heard that understanding abstract art is easy – all it requires is an open mind... Read more

How did you get involved with dance? How old were you? This is a typical Western question because from a purely cultural perspective, you would be involved with dance since you are a child so for me this is a strange question.  I never went to a school to learn how to dance, it would be like going somewhere to learn how to walk.  We dance because it is a part of life and that’s... Read more
Posted on September 5, 2014 in General

Welcome to our new blog! We're quite proud of the fact that we do a lot of things here at The Dance Centre..... Performances and public events of course, which showcase genres and styles from different cultures, and range from cutting-edge contemporary dance to free community celebrations. However a lot of work also happens behind the scenes through our residencies, research labs... Read more