Dance In Vancouver Talks and Events

Dance In Vancouver 2017

Talks and Events

Why shrink the world?
Wednesday November 22, 4-5.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St, Vancouver

Why are global dialogue, exchange, collaboration and awareness important to the creative process? Come and hear from Dance In Vancouver guest curator Adam Hayward and three guest New Zealand dance artists, Jack Gray, Julia Milsom and Claire O’Neil, on why opportunities for encounters such as this are important to their practice and share your own thoughts on the relevance and importance, or not, of the idea of worldwide connections to your creative process.

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Keynote: Tanya Lukin-Linklater
Thursday November 23, 3-4pm
Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Tanya Lukin-Linklater's performance collaborations, videos, and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces and Indigenous languages, and institutions. Her work has been exhibited and performed at EFA Project Space + Performa, NYC, Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago, Chilé, SBC Gallery, Montreal, Western Front, Vancouver, Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and elsewhere.  

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Circle Conversation: Meaningful Engagement – Bone Deep Change
Thursday November 23, 4-5.30pm
Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

A leaders and listeners circle discussion where we gather to share ideas around Indigenous-led artistic practice. We will discuss the values our bodies carry into our art, the processes we employ and practice to create, and the existing frameworks in which we present our work.

Boombox: Blue Crush
Thursday November 23, 7-7.30pm
Friday November 24, 7-7.30pm
Saturday November 25, 6-6.30pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Great Northern Way Campus
520 East 1st Avenue

Boombox is a 53 foot long semi-truck trailer converted in to a work and performance space in winter 2016 by three young artists (Ileanna Cheladyn, Katie Lowen and Diego Romero), which has housed the work of 15+ artists to date. Blue Crush began as an investigation of skin, organic and plastic, and its ability to engulf, conceal, and reveal. It explores the subversion of desire and the body in flux. The plastic moves with unpredictable nuance allowing for new structural forms to emerge while abstracting the relational motives between the characters. Created and performed by Katie Lowen and Zahra Shahab.

Studio Showings: TomoeArts + Company 605
Friday November 24, 2.10-3.10pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver

TomoeArts' Weaver Woman is a dance-theatre performance based on a contemporary Korean short story, with movement using nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance); music composed for Chinese instruments, voice and percussion, and spoken text from the original story in English and Korean. Weaver Woman is based on a contemporary retelling of a popular Chinese myth of the weaver girl and the cowherd. This story depicts a woman in a modern apartment looking out her window waiting for her husband, and the reader travels through her eyes, memory and imagination. 
Choreographed and performed
by TomoeArts’ Artistic Director Colleen Lanki, working 
in collaboration with dancer-
actor Matthew Romantini.

Company 605 shares excerpts from the mixed program In Circulation. Each of these works circles around the interests of 605’s artists: individuals united, a shared experience held between separate bodies, moving as one. Albatross (2016) is a duet created through an international collaboration with Brussels-based artist German Jauregui. Vital Few (2016) utilizes mechanisms of constant codependence and interrelation between six dancers. The yet-to-be-titled new work distills the company’s current research around movement looping and repetition, exploring its inevitable transformation and deterioration over time. Note: presenters may also sign up to see the full program in performance at the Shadbolt Centre, Wed-Sat at 8pm.

Discussion: Why do you curate?
Friday November 24, 3.15-4pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St, Vancouver

On the surface a simple question but what happens when we truly and honestly think on this? We compel you to come and share your thoughts; as a presenter, artist, producer, festival director, venue manager, member of the public, in response to this seemingly simple statement.

Why do you curate?

Fiscally, egotistically, economically, qualitatively, sheepishly, literally, conservatively, provocatively, irresponsibly, blindly, thoughtfully, collectively, individualistically, riskily, the list could and does go on.

Come along to this moderated session and be willing to answer the question.

Hosted by DIV curator Adam Hayward

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Film Screening: Confluence
+ Circle Conversation: How you do anything is how you do everything - embedded values
Friday November 24, 4-6pm
Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Confluence is the gathering of Indigenous women in the rehearsal room, and through the creative process we find meaningful connections to build scaffolding in which to hang our thoughts, desires and impulses as Indigenous dance artists. Margaret Grenier, Starr Muranko, Jeanette Kotowich, Michelle Olson and Yvette Nolan came together to research in this shared space. Ulla Laidlaw was invited into this process as film director and camera operator as one of our goals was to document our process and create a short film about Indigenous process.

Featuring Collaborating Artists: Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Starr Muranko, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson
Picture, Direction & Edit by: Ulla Laidlaw
Produced by Raven Spirit Dance.

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Sharing: Works in Development with Michelle Olson, Jeanette Kotowich, and Olivia C. Davies
Saturday November 25, 3-4pm
KW Studios
111 West Hastings St, Vancouver

A sharing of, experiencing and witnessing of works that are rooted in teaching and values that resonate with Indigenous worldview. Looking at performance from an Indigenous lens, we can provoke the audiences to question why they see the work, how they see the work and how they see their contribution to the experience of the performance. 

These showings will be hosted with food and beverage and a comfortable space for stories and sharing.

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Circle Conversation: Creative Process
Saturday November 25, 4-5.30pm
KW Studios
111 West Hastings St, Vancouver

A leaders and listeners circle discussion where we gather to share ideas around Indigenous-led artistic practice. We will discuss the values our bodies carry into our art, the processes we employ and practice to create, and the existing frameworks in which we present our work.

Our Present Dance Histories, or, Dance Histories Project, or, Vancouver Dance: an incomplete history of the present - Part 1
Wednesday-Saturday November 22-25, 7-8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre main lobby
677 Davie St, Vancouver

"Almost three years ago, we set out to make a project about the past, present and future of our dance community. As we know, history is never fixed - it is subjective, fragmented, and continuously moving. As dance artists, our histories are often written for us, rarely written by us. What would it mean to be the authors of our own contexts?

"Our Present Dance Histories, or, Dance Histories Project, or, Vancouver Dance: an incomplete history of the present - Part 1, is, as of November 2017, a fragmented and decentralized work, housed in The Dance Centre, and in the bodies of the community that moves through, with, around, and against this space. It is a choreography of words and thoughts, a sprawling, living installation, a research project with no governing hypothesis and no anticipated conclusion. Drawing from interviews with a range of Vancouver dance artists, the project consciously investigates the slippage between fact and fiction, the ways in which much of this history is shared, but also remembered differently--in ways that are distinctly emplaced and individually embodied. Recognizing this, we invite you to meet the work, and its various distributed component parts, on your own terms and in your own time, moving through the project and having it move through you."

- Justine A. Chambers, Peter Dickinson and Alexa Mardon