Other Events 2012-2013
Dancers of Damelahamid present
Luu hlotitxw: Spirit Transforming
Saturday June 15, 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre
Presented in partnership with The Dance Centre's Artist-in-Residence program.
Dancers of Damelahamid are a Gitxsan dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia founded upon more than four decades of extensive work of song restoration, upholding the ancient cultural wealth of their lineage. Luu Hlotitxw, roughly translated as Spirit Transforming, describes the ‘in-between places’, and forms the premise and cultural foundation of the artistic processes of this dance piece. Spirit Transforming is an exploration, and celebration of the magnificence of the essence of who Aboriginal peoples are and what that transcends. Deeply rooted in the timeless dance traditions of the Gitxsan, this work shares a very personal journey of re-birth, and brings forth the rich expression of coastal dance, transformed.
Tickets $28.75/$23.75 students and seniors (incl service charges). Buy tickets
dumb instrument Dance, The Contingency Plan and Anne Cooper present
we all know Jane
Friday-Saturday June 21-22, 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre
New works by Ziyian Kwan, Vanessa Goodman and Anne Cooper in collaboration with Peggy Lee, Dylan Vanderschyff, James Proudfoot and Amelia Epp.
Presented in partnership with The Dance Centre through the Artist-in-Residence program
"Jane is the rapport that we share as women. She is a yearning to connect with others. She is an expression of autonomy. Jane is our engagement with real and imagined worlds. A stranger to each of us, familiar to all of us, we all know Jane."
Tickets $26/$23 students, seniors, CADA and Dance Centre members from Tickets Tonight: call 604.684.2787 (charges apply) or buy online.
Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 15, 2012, 10.30am-7pm
A day of free open classes, workshops, studio showings and events, celebrating Canada's flagship dance facility and the diversity of our community!
Schedule of Events
** Please note the schedule is subject to change: check back for updates and new additions.**
All classes are open level – beginners welcome. Pre-registration is not required.
10.30-11.30am Workshop: Foolish Operations - Dancing the Parenting. Dance artist Julie Lebel and members of the ensemble invite parents and their young children from 0-5 years old to join them in their practice of open improvisation. Children and parents get inspired on fun ways to cultivate focus on the joy of movement. Presented in partnership with Made In BC.
10.30-11.30am Class: Butoh with Jay Hirabayashi of Kokoro Dance
10.30-11.30am Workshop: The Myths and Facts of Stretching for Dance. Healthy Dancer Canada presents an interactive workshop offering an overview of the current research on athletic stretching, different types of flexibility and various stretching techniques.
11.30am-12.30pm Class: Bellydance with Lava (Lana O’Keefe)
11.30am-12.30pm Open Rehearsal: Restless Productions Choreographer Claire French develops a scene with dancers and a musician for The Moment of Forgetting, premiering in October
11.30am-12.30pm Class: Bharata natyam (Classical East Indian dance) with Mandala Arts and Culture
12.30-2pm Class: Ballet with Linda Arkelian
12.30-1.30pm Class: Hatha Yoga with Kelsey Jorssen (participants should bring their own mats - no latecomers admitted)
1-2pm Class: Swing with Kat Single-Dain of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret
1-2pm Artist Salon: Kaija Pepper and Allana Lindgren’s recent book Renegade Bodies examined how dance entered Canadian universities in the 1970s. In this special event, Kaija is joined by Jennifer Mascall, who was among the first wave of dance graduates, and recent grad Meghan Goodman, to talk dance 70s-style, and show video clips of works from that time.
2-3pm Performance: a mixed program of contemporary aboriginal dance featuring the Dancers of Damelahamid in Luu hlotitxw: Spirit Transforming, choreographed by Margaret Grenier; Raven Spirit Dance in Frost Exploding Trees Moon, choreographed by Michelle Olson and Floyd Favel; and Starrwind Dance Projects in before7after, choreographed by Starr Muranko.
2-3pm Class: Capoeira with Aché Brasil
2-3pm Class: Salsa with Patrick Moriarty and Scarlet Sanchez of Dance Vancouver
2-3.30pm Workshop: Falling Body with Animals of Distinction Artistic Director Dana Gingras. This workshop presents a series of kinetic explorations combining skills and practices of rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight. Participants will investigate the fluid pathways and transitions inherent in falling and recovery with emphasis on the initiation of movement and the use of momentum and gravity as a means to full-bodied, dynamic and risky dancing.
3 - 3:50pm Discussion: Law of Proximity. Artists and youth engaged in the MACHiNENOiSY/Queer Arts Festival project The Law of Proximity, in which youth created a contemporary dance show with the help of dance artists Delia Brett and Daelik, are joined by QAF Artistic Director Shaira Holman. One month after their last performance, they reflect on their experiences and the impact of community engaged dance. Presented in partnership with Made In BC.
3-4pm Class: Flamenco with Flamenco Rosario
3.30-5pm Class: Jazz with DebbieLee Dance Co
4-5pm Class: Nia - a fusion movement practice blending dance, martial arts and healing - with Raman Holot NOTE NEW TIME
4-5pm Class: Tai Chi with Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi
4-5pm Performance: Barbara Bourget Solo Choreography Project. Dance artists Tracy Dietrich, Gail Lotenberg, Josh Martin and Deanna Peters perform new solos developed during a choreography project Bourget mentored during her Dance Centre residency last season. Read an interview with Barbara and writing by the artists about this project here.
5-6pm Class: Tap with Danny Nielsen NOTE NEW TIME
5-6pm Class: Hip hop with Natasha Gorrie of Project Soul
6-7 pm Studio Showing: the response. An informal showing of Artistic Director Amber Funk Barton’s latest work in progress.
Presented with the support of
DanceLab interdisciplinary research program discussion Tuesday November 13
Rosario Ancer, flamenco dancer/choreographer and Artistic Director of Flamenco Rosario, is collaborating with dramaturge and Touchstone Theatre director Katrina Dunn to explore narrative in flamenco dance as she researches material for her forthcoming work La Monarca: The Monarch and the Butterfly Effect. Please join both artists for an informal discussion about their research process.
Tuesday November 13, 11.30am-12.30pm, at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Free admission: all welcome.
A Dance Centre and Canadian Music Centre project, CO:LAB is a ‘collaborative laboratory’ where six choreographers and six composers come together in the studio to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary interdisciplinary creative process. The concept of CO:LAB is to provide an opportunity for artists to share, challenge and surprise each other creatively, provoking new ideas and opening dialogue without the pressure of a final production. CO:LAB will be led by creator/directors Martha Carter, John Korsrud and Lee Su-Feh who will facilitate the activities.
Free CO:LAB events open to the public at Scotiabank Dance Centre:
The Art of Collaboration
Presentation and discussion with Merran Smith, Tides Canada Energy Initiative
Friday December 7, 5:30-7pm
Observe collaboration in action!
Saturday December 8, 6-8pm and Sunday December 9, 4-6pm
Christopher Reiche, Adam Hill, Viviane Houle, Michael Park, Dorothy Chang, Edward Henderson
Barbara Bourget, Paras Terezaki, Daelik, Deanna Peters, Troy McLaughlin, Julianne Chapple
National Dance Week/International Dance Day Events April 24-29
JUST ANNOUNCED Monday April 22-Saturday April 27
Dance Democracy: Professional and pre-professional dancers are invited to join LINK Dance in a dynamic urban performance to raise awareness about the upcoming election, and entice people to use their democratic right to vote! Dancers must attend at least one rehearsal and be available to perform on May 10 at 3:30pm. Rehearsal dates and times: April 22 11:30am-12:30pm; April 24 5:30-6:30pm; April 25 5-6pm; April 27 6pm-7pm. Info:
Wednesday April 24-Friday April 26
Vision Impure presents a Dynamic Imagery workshop with Noam Gagnon: examining and breaking down the body’s daily activity, the Dynamic Imagery workshop will challenge dancers to take a universal approach to movement. The workshop draws from the Franklin Method, which contends that movement is only as good as the body’s alignment permits, and alignment is only as good as the economy of movement. A deeper understanding of the body’s necessary functions – the essential role of each muscle and joint – will open the body to new patterning possibilities and movement practices. The Dynamic Imagery workshop will teach about alignment and how to move the body with maximum efficiency. The whole body is part of a system of coordinated movement, and in every moment, the ideal combination of limbs, joints, gravity, moving parts, connective tissue, and muscle must be found and directed by the brain and nervous system. Dance movement and choreographic language is then built upon this anatomical understanding. Open level: to register email email@example.com by April 19. Participants must bring a T band (available for purchase at the workshop for $15). THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
12-4pm Wed-Thurs, 12.30-4.30pm Fri, at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Free. www.visionimpure.org
Thursday April 25
The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! series: Historical Performance Ensemble. The company will perform a program of authentic social and theatrical Baroque dances recreated from 18th century written notations. The event features beautifully and accurately constructed garments, and music played live on reconstructions of period instruments. This enjoyable and informative presentation will illuminate the intricate dance arts that preceded ballet, and the period which was to become the formative era of the modern world. There will be a question-and-answer session after the show.
12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre: tickets $12/$10 from Tickets Tonight. www.historicalperformance.net
Thursday April 25-Saturday April 27
Global Dance Connections series: The Dance Centre presents Chartier Danse in Stria.The beautiful and unpredictable terrain of the Badlands merges with vivid personal memories in Stria, a stunning solo work by the award-winning Toronto-based choreographer and performer Marie-Josée Chartier. Deploying a virtuosic blend of movement, music, text and voice, Chartier travels through a mosaic of evocative images and layers of experience, and touches on themes of nature, love and loss. By turns dark, playful and humorous, Stria features a luminous central performance by one of Canada’s most respected dance artists, with a rich theatrical landscape created through exquisite design and sound.
8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: tickets $30/$22 from Tickets Tonight. www.chartierdanse.com
Saturday April 27
Contemporary dance class with Linda Arkelian: Linda's class begins with a floor barre focusing on alignment, core strength, release work, flexibility as well as the integration of breath to guide movement. Creative centre combinations move the dancers across the floor with grounded expressive fluidity. Open level, all welcome including beginners. 3-4.30pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.
Studio showing: contemporary dance artists Deanna Peters, Olivia Shaffer and Bevin Poole perform an improvisation, directed by Helen Walkley. 5-6pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free. www.helenwalkley.com
Sunday April 28
Ukrainian Folk-Stage dance workshop and demonstration with the Dovbush Dancers. Explore character barre and centrework, followed by short combinations and extracts from Ukrainian dances from regions such as Central Ukraine, Hutsul, and Transcarpathia. An overview of regional styles, traditional steps and music will be given by instructors trained in Russia and Ukraine. Ballet slippers and/or character shoes recommended for this class; some dance experience required (any style). Stay for an exhilarating demonstration by the Dovbush Dancers!
10.30am-12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free. www.dovbush.webs.com www.auucvancouver.ca
Starr Muranko/Raven Spirit Dance: open studio rehearsal showing and artist talk. Choreographer Starr Muranko’s research project, The Spine of Mother Earth, spans Peru and Canada. Elders in South America believe the Andes – the spine of the earth – run through South, Central and North America to Alaska. The first seeds of this project explores these connections through our bodies and the tools of utilizing online technology through virtual/real time rehearsals happening simultaneously in Lima and Vancouver and being broadcast to one another. 12 noon-1pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free. www.starrwind.com www.ravenspiritdance.com
Dance on Film: a moderated discussion on the creative process of dance filmmaking from the perspective of choreographers and filmmakers, followed by a Dance Films Association-curated selection of films from the Dance on Camera Festival in New York, and recently created Canadian-made shorts. 1-3pm (discussion 1pm, screening 2pm) at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street: free. Film details
Kinesis Dance somatheatro studio showing of new work in progress by Artistic Director Paras Terezakis, and discussion. Terezakis is currently exploring themes of identity and how an individual views him/herself as a person and in relation to other people, ideas and nature; and the relationship of the performer’s body to the space, lights, music and other performers. 3pm-4pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free. www.kinesisdance.org
Monday April 29 International Dance Day
Flamenco performance by Karen Flamenco, with live music. 1-1.30pm at the Main Concourse, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street: free. www.karenflamenco.com
Studio showing with the artists of we all know Jane, a production of new dance that premieres June 21 – 22: Vanessa Goodman and Jane Osborne of The Contingency Plan, Ziyian Kwan of dumb instrument Dance and Vancouver choreographer and dancer Anne Cooper. Includes excerpts from Ziyian Kwan’s the neck to fall, which expresses the collision of quirk and metaphor at play in Kwan’s body, and a new duet by The Contingency Plan’s Vanessa Goodman danced by Kwan and Jane Osborne. 2-3pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free. www.dumbinstrumentdance.com www.contingencyplan.ca
Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe: When We Were Old. A new duet created and performed by Montreal’s Emmanuel Jouthe and Italy’s Chiara Frigo, who first met during the Triptych international choreographic research project. When We Were Old was inspired by a story discovered during a historical walk in Vancouver: how a forest turned into a city and how in its turn an abandoned gas station was reconverted into a public park. The piece explores the dynamics of deconstruction and reconstruction, and how the organic dialogues with the urban. 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: tickets $10 at the door from one hour prior to showtime. www.emmanueljouthe.com
About National Dance Week/International Dance Day The Canadian Dance Assembly launched the first ever National Dance Week and the ‘I love dance/J’aime la danse’ campaign leading up to International Dance Day in 2012, celebrating the art of dance across Canada. International Dance Day was initiated in 1982 by UNESCO and is marked annually on April 29 around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet.
For listings of more National Dance Week events and a calendar of BC dance performances click here.
For information on National Dance Week and the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign visit the Canadian Dance Assembly: www.cda-acd.ca