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International Dance Day 2021

The Dance Centre’s annual International Dance Day events move online for 2021, celebrating the art of dance through a program of digital events. Six micro-commissions feature short dance films from Arely Santana, Ashvini Sundaram, Clala Dance Project/Tomoyo Yamada, Loscil + Action at a Distance, Meagan O’Shea/Stand Up Dance, and Xin Hui Ong. Amber Funk Barton of the response. curates a special edition of her popular Dance Café initiative on Instagram Live featuring Shana Wolfe, Lisa Gelley with Lily Yuriko Tamoto, Sammy Chien and Jee Lam; and TomoeArts hosts an online discussion.

Full schedule below.

Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, International Dance Day is marked annually on April 29 across Canada and around the world. Join us for a program of events highlighting the vitality and diversity of dance in Vancouver!

Photos: Ashvini Sundaram/Chris Randle; Dance Cafe: Shana Wolfe/Mika Manning; Tomoyo Yamada/Sam Mason & Charlotte Telfer Wan; Xin Hui Ong/Joel Krahn

  • Thursday April 29, 2021 | 12pm-6pm PST

  • Online

  • Free Admission


Schedule of Events

Boxes and Labels: a discussion exploring ideas of the traditional and (C/c)contemporary in dance
12 noon-1pm PST

With Colleen Lanki, TomoeArts (Canada), Kavya Iyer Ramalingam (France/India), Pamela Santana (Peru).

Last year Vancouver’s TomoeArts initiated an international symposium to interrogate the idea of the ‘contemporary’ and ‘traditional’ in dance: panels of artists gathered online to discuss their work in Peru, India and Canada, bringing up issues in terms of how their work was categorized and perceived by programmers, critics, and audiences. The organizers of these panels reconvene for a further public conversation around concepts such as lineage, identity and taxonomies in dance.

Livestreaming on:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/tomoearts

Dance Café
1-4pm PST

Dance Café is an informal sharing of work by contemporary dance artists and choreographers using Instagram Live at a location of their choice. Co-curated by Amber Funk Barton, Artistic Director of the response. and Kaia Shukin, this special International Dance Day edition features:

1pm: Shana Wolfe
2pm: Lisa Gelley with Lily Yuriko Tamoto
3pm: Sammy Chien
4pm: Jee Lam
(all times PST)
On Instagram Live: @response.dance

5pm PST

Six short dance films specially commissioned by The Dance Centre for International Dance Day:

·         Arely Santana’s The Show Must Go On is a celebration of salsa, bachata and other Latin styles.

·         Bharata natyam dance artist Ashvini Sundaram evokes the rhythmic and embodied pursuit of the blossoming of a swan in Swan Alarippu.

·         Stuck in 2020 by Clala Dance Project/Tomoyo Yamada manifests feelings of isolation, and frustration, outcomes of time in quarantine, using movement, music, and set design to depict what the year 2020 has meant to the artists.

·         Cobalt by Loscil + Action at a Distance is a new creation by longtime collaborators choreographer Vanessa Goodman and musician Scott Morgan, which combines their interests in both the natural and industrial world.

·         Vicarious Time by Meagan O’Shea/Stand Up Dance is a short film based on her dance-theatre solo of the same title – an incantation, an exploration of time, a radical suspension of disbelief, long-distance healing, a collective migration.

This film includes brief partial female nudity.

·         Xin Hui Ong’s Kindred highlights relationships, the symbiosis between dancer and musician, and the physicality of the creation of movement and music as the utmost expression of our identity.

On Youtube: youtube.com/thedancecentrebc

Please note that the open rehearsal with the Performance Research Project has been cancelled.