Talks and other events at Dance In Vancouver 2019.

This information is for visiting presenters attending Dance In Vancouver November 20-24, 2019.

Welcome + Discussion: Vancouver: A City of Dance
Wednesday November 20, 2019 | 4.30-5.45pm

Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio
In this moderated panel discussion, DIV curator Dieter Jaenicke, Dance Centre Executive Director Mirna Zagar, and  guests examine Vancouver’s distinctive dance scene.  Curators and presenters often note that the professional community is comprised of diverse voices which deploy an approach to movement practice which is different to other areas of Canada. How has history and place determined current ways of working? If artists here think and work differently, can this be related to funding, infrastructure, geographical isolation, or other factors? How does work generated here express political and cultural content, compared to elsewhere?

Wednesday November 20, 2019 | 6-6.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio
Sierra Tasi Baker, MSc, BEnvD, is an award-winning Squamish Nation, Musqueam, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, Haida & Hungarian designer, consultant, entrepreneur, artist, storyteller and choreographer. She will discuss her work focusing on furthering Indigenous design and contemporary expression whilst focusing on daylighting hidden histories and reconciliatory narratives.
Photo Kinesis Dance somatheatro/Sally Buck

dance artists from Kinesis Dance somatheatro perform in AGAINST

Kinesis Dance somatheatro
Wednesday November 20, 2019 | 7.15pm + 9.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Birmingham Studio
Greek-Canadian choreographer Paras Terezakis’ Against is the culmination of a two-year site-specific choreographic research project, a multi-disciplinary work that combines dance, theatre, soundscape and live-video feed.

Mardon + Mitsuhashi
Wednesday November 20, 2019 | 7.30pm, 9.30pm, 10.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre | DIV Lounge
In Alexa Mardon + Erika Mitsuhashi’s TOUR, performers act as tour guides, leading an audience through the space and making short stops on the way to share their “instantaneous expertise” on the history of objects, their surroundings, and their own bodies and personal histories.
Photo Tour/Alexa Mardon

Bynh Ho and Andrea Cownden perform in Tour

Lee Su-Feh/battery opera
Wednesday-Saturday November 20-23, 2019 | 6.30-11pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Jarislowsky Studio
Dance Machine is a kinetic sculpture – 64 pieces of bamboo suspended from a central copper disk – that can be transformed into multiple configurations by the movement of the bodies within it. Drop in to rest, play and explore. Conceived by Lee Su-Feh and designed by Jesse Garlick, the Dance Machine is co-produced with Festival Trans-Amériques.

Justine A. Chambers: Choreography Walk
Thursday-Saturday November 21-23, 2019 | 6-7pm
Departs/returns to Scotiabank Dance Centre main lobby
The Choreography Walk, created by Justine A. Chambers in collaboration with Josh Hite, is a 60-minute silent walk through Vancouver during DIV. The walk will begin and end at Scotiabank Dance Centre. The embedded choreographies on this walk will be developed in collaboration with Alison Denham, Kate Franklin, Lisa Gelley, Aryo Khakpour, Billy Marchenski and Josh Martin. The Choreography Walk invites a shift of gaze for participants and passers-by to reconsider how they move in and are moved by the world around them in relation to architecture, urban planning, natural topography and the social choreographies present in the every day. Chambers has created iterations of the Choreography Walk for Dance In Vancouver 2015, An Exact Vertigo 2016, Dance Victoria’s Dance Days, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Photo Dance Machine/Trung Dung Nguyen

Lee Su-Feh/battery opera performs in Dance Machine

Company 605
Thursday-Saturday November 21-23, 2019 | 6.30-8pm & 9-10.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Birmingham Studio
Company 605 is creating Looping, an installation built upon concepts from their ensemble work, Loop, Lull. Over three nights, a rotating cast of fifteen performers will trade in and out of a repeating improvised looping score. A practice of continuously tracking and responding to change, in themselves and in relation to one another, Looping is a complex test of endurance and capacity for adaptation, keeping the virtuosic physicality and individual choices of each unique performer at play. Doors remain open. Drop in and stay as long as you wish.
Photo Company 605/David Cooper

Dance artists from Company 605 perform in Loop, Lull

Thursday November 21 + Friday November 22, 2019
Hosted by Raven Spirit Dance in conjunction with Dance In Vancouver, IndigeDIV brings artists, presenters and audiences together to discuss, share and witness how Indigenous artistic expression is a vital part of our community and its deeply rooted values are the foundation that can hold us all up. There is a circle under all that colonization built, and you are invited sit in these circles to listen and share. See below for event details.

IndigeDIV Symposium: Building Meaningful Relationships
Thursday November 21, 2019 | 4.30-5.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Birmingham Studio
How are meaningful relationships built between presenters and Indigenous artists? What is the depth of these relationships? How can a true power shift influence the infrastructures we work in as we build new frameworks for our organizations that is responsive and responsible to Indigenous artistic community.  Presenters Jessica Schneider (Anvil Center/Massey Theatre), and Kim Selody (Presentation House Theatre) will share their experiences of bringing Indigenous Artists into their organizations and how they responded to situations where their venue or process needed to shift to meet Indigenous artists. Respondents Michelle Olson and Sierra Tasi Baker will offer their reflections.

IndigeDIV Showcase
Friday November 22, 2019
KW Studios
11.30am-12.30pm Shared works in development, featuring: Jessica McMann, Tasha Faye Evans, Kristy Janvier and Starr Muranko
12.30-1.30pm Symposium 2: Carrying Indigenous Artistic Process. What values do our bodies carry into our art, what processes do we employ to create and in what frameworks do we present our work? The artists from the works in development will be sharing their insight on these questions and offering suggestions of how presenters can support them in bringing their process and work into venues and organizations. Tasha Faye Evans, Kristy Janvier, Jessica McMann and Starr Muranko.
1.30-2.30pm Lunch
Photo Raven Spirit Dance/Andi McLeish

Dance artists from Raven Spirit Dance Society perform outside

Exhibit & Talk: By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation
Friday November 22, 2019 | 5-5.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Marcuse Studio
This exhibit provides context for pre-Confederation dance in Canada in the 1860s for colonial subjects and Indigenous peoples, illuminating how dance was situated in these two societies as a social or a sacred activity. Introduced and co-curated by dance scholar and choreographer Troy Emery Twigg and Dance Collection Danse’s Director of Collections and Research Amy Bowring, the exhibit examines the histories left out of our general perceptions of Confederation. Women played an essential role in the networking that took place at the social balls during the 1864 conferences that ultimately led to Confederation. Indigenous ceremonial dance was seen as subversive enough by the Canadian government that banning it was deemed necessary. The exhibit also summarizes the place of theatrical dance in Canada and the vitality of Indigenous dance artists who have moved their dances from social and sacred settings to the stage.

Discussion and Cocktails: Prairie Dance Circuit
Friday November 22, 2019 | 5.45-7pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Marcuse Studio
This session is primarily for visiting international presenters, but all presenters are welcome to attend. The creative energy of Western Canada’s prairie dance artists and curators has helped shape and refine numerous cutting-edge arts hubs. Regional curator/artists, presenters, and companies continue to revitalize and reconsider art, art making, mentorship, presenting and touring with adventurous programming and curatorial perspectives. The Prairie Dance Circuit (PDC) was initiated through a confluence of like-minded artist/curator colleagues and the institutions they lead, working together to build capacity for dance artists and audiences on the prairies. The PDC is currently made up of the Brian Webb, (Brian Webb Dance Company | Edmonton), Robin Poitras, (New Dance Horizons | Regina), and Nicole Mion (Springboard Performance | Calgary). Over the past decade they have developed mentorship, creation and tour opportunities across the prairies. In this facilitated conversation, Nicole Mion and Robin Poitras discuss the issues, trends and questions they see driving art making, creative community, and interconnection across western Canada.

Newspaper image depicted dance in 1860s
Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown Hotel & Suites
Georgia Straight