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DIV Opening Events

The 12th biennial Dance In Vancouver opens with a day of free events, including a keynote address, site-specific works by Kinesis Dance somatheatro and Mardon + Mitsuhashi, and battery opera’s Dance Machine – a kinetic bamboo sculpture that can be transformed by the movement of the bodies within it. The DIV bar runs 7-11pm.

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Photos: Kinesis Dance somatheatro/Sally Buck; battery opera/Trung Dung Nguyen; Tour/Alexa Mardon; Company 605/David Cooper

  • Wednesday November 20, 2019 | 4.30pm

  • Scotiabank Dance Centre


  • Free Admission

About the series:

The 12th biennial Dance In Vancouver
Wednesday-Sunday November 20-24, 2019
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver

There are global stories in everything – Amber Funk Barton, dance artist

Dance In Vancouver is a unique opportunity to experience the ideas and creativity of dance generated by a diverse community of our local artists. The 2019 edition features Amber Funk Barton/the response., Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, OURO Collective, Raven Spirit Dance, Vision Impure, and more.

Curator: Dieter Jaenicke, Director of internationale tanzmesse nrw, Germany.


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4.30-5.45pm Discussion: Vancouver – A Dance City.
Faris Family Studio
Details TBA.

6-7pm Keynote: Karyn Recollet
Faris Family Studio
Karyn is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Women & Gender Studies Institute, and is a Cree woman originally from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her research and writing explores Indigenous performance, hip-hop culture, and Indigenous hip hop feminism, with a particular focus on new Indigeneities produced in urban hub spaces as they shape solidarity movements and social activism.

7-11pm DIV Lounge (Level 7) and Events:
battery opera performance Dance Machine
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. Conceived by Lee Su-Feh and designed by Jesse Garlick, the Dance Machine is co-produced with Festival Trans-Amériques. (Continues nightly to November 23.)

Mardon + Mitsuhashi Tour
Main lobby
Tour is a two-part performance score encompassing two works by Alexa Mardon + Erika Mitsuhashi. The performers play with time and meaning, improvising on the line between vulnerability and ludicrous belief.

7.15pm + 9.30pm
Kinesis Dance somatheatro AGAINST
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.


Thursday-Saturday November 21-23
Installations: battery opera performance + Company 605

Drop in to experiment with battery opera performance’s Dance Machine (6.30-11pm) or visit Company 605’s special installation edition of their ensemble work Loop, Lull before or after a show (6.30-8pm, 9-10.30pm). The DIV bar runs 6.30-11pm.