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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 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
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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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