The 10th Biennial Dance In Vancouver

Wednesday-Sunday November 18-22, 2015

Dance In Vancouver celebrates the energy and originality of our contemporary dance scene: join us for five days of performances and events, showcasing some of British Columbia’s most exciting companies. Curator: Pirjetta Mulari, Dance Info Finland.

PERFORMANCES Scroll down for details





battery opera productions
Wednesday-Friday November 18-20, noon-midnight
(performances every hour, on the hour)
Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown Hotel & Suites, 1110 Howe St

M/Hotel Photo Amy Pelletier

Arising from twelve narratives written by battery opera’s David McIntosh while staying in hotels, M/Hotel is a series of site-specific pieces performed for small audiences within the confines of a standard hotel room. Juxtaposed with the perceived neutrality of its environment, the work offers improvised dances, music and narratives that evoke the transient states within human relationships. The undercurrent of anonymous intimacy thick in the air, the audience members encounter resonant stories and consider together the residue of lives lived between destinations.

Every show is different and you may want to check in for more than one. Each ticket purchased can be reused for the following hour’s show. Just let David know you’d like to extend your stay. You’ll find him at the lobby bar.


Duration: 45 minutes
Some performances may include strong language.
Photo Amy Pelletier


Shay Kuebler Radical System Art GLORY
Starrwind Dance Projects/Raven Spirit Dance Spine of the Mother
Wednesday November 18, 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Shay Kuebler Radical System Art Photo David Cooper

The sensational choreographer and dancer Shay Kuebler blends martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance to create visceral, high-octane works, incorporating multimedia and visual effects to craft a breathtakingly wild ride. In GLORY he joins an ensemble of daredevil dancers in a work inspired by the epic battles of childhood and a passion for action films, examining the complexities of violent behaviour and its glorification in our media-drenched culture.
Starr Muranko’s Spine of the Mother is an innovative collaboration with Indigenous artists in Canada and Peru.  Tracing the inner landscapes of our bodies as women through breath, impulse and memory, the work creates ritual which spans the spine of the mountain range we have shared for millennia.

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes including intermission
Shay Kuebler Radical System Art Photo David Cooper


Ziyian Kwan | dumb instrument Dance a slow awkward
The Biting School The Righteous Floater
Thursday November 19, 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

dumb instrument Dance Photo Chris Randle

a slow awkward is a kinetically charged collision of opposing energies. Created and performed by Ziyian Kwan in collaboration with James Gnam, the work embodies violence and vulnerability as a metaphor for the duality of 'feminine and masculine' within us. The resulting duet, which is poignant, unsettling and fierce, reveals the autonomy that accompanies our quest for connection with other people.
The Righteous Floater is based on the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, a study of the love, hatred, care, destruction and evil that brothers inflict on each other. Choreographed and performed by brothers Aryo and Arash Khakpour, the work employs full-throttle physicality, deadpan comedy and bold theatricality to devastating effect.

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes including intermission
This performance includes strobe lighting.
Ziyian Kwan dumb instrument Dance Photo Chris Randle


The Three Cornered Hat
Friday November 20, 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

MascallDance Photo Michael Slobodian

A powerful study of movement, space and human interaction, Jennifer Mascall’s The Three Cornered Hat employs a deeply collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to create a gutsy and energetic investigation of the spaces in-between. Quirky, eccentric and humorous, abstracted notions of human experience are played out in cramped quarters on stage, manipulating the space to mimic modern living. Interconnected vignettes are stitched together by the performers as they construct worlds out of piles of red artists' notebooks, building sculptural structures imbued with meanings. Featuring six outstanding dancers and fusing movement, poetry, video and live music, this is an intimate and engaging work.

Duration: 70 minutes
MascallDance Photo Michael Slobodian


Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance Wells Hill

MACHiNENOiSY plaything
Saturday November 21, 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

MACHiNENOiSY Photo Roland Rickus

The theories of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould, two Canadian luminaries who shared many prescient ideas about how we consume art and information, are at the heart of Vanessa Goodman’s Wells Hill, an exquisitely crafted work which utilizes six superlative dancers and an original score to create a vibrant tapestry of movement, lighting and sound.
plaything is a vividly imaginative solo created and performed by MACHiNENOiSY's Delia Brett in collaboration with puppeteer Tamara Unroe, animator Jay White, and composer Chris Kelly. Inspired by the contrasts of motherhood, and violent child's play, the work employs a richly multi-layered approach, creating a stunning dreamlike world where beauty emerges from the mundane, and the subversive topples the sublime.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes including intermission
MACHiNENOiSY Photo Roland Rickus


Marta Marta Productions
Speaking in Ligeti
Sunday November 22, 4pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Marta Marta Productions Photo Emily Cooper

The music of the great Hungarian composer György Ligeti provides the starting point for a dazzling collaboration between contemporary choreographer Martha Carter and the renowned Microcosmos String Quartet. An ensemble of accomplished dancers joins forces with the musicians to tackle Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1, creating a dialogue of movement, sound and rhythm that vibrates with contrasts, energy and deep emotion. Carter deftly transforms the music’s anguished reflection of war into a radiant celebration of the human intellect and spirit, which is performed with empathy and commitment.

Duration: 65 minutes
Marta Marta Productions Photo Emily Cooper

Post-show talkbacks after Scotiabank Dance Centre shows nightly