A day of free events, both live and online, celebrating the art of dance. Highlights include Shot of Scotch Vancouver, students from Gladstone Secondary School’s dance program, VDCM Dance Collective, Liat & Friends, and an immersive audio/dance walk by Alana Gerecke. Short dance films by a diverse group of artists including AMOK PROJECT, Jhoely Triana Flamenco, Kinesis Dance somatheatro and Sarah U will stream online.
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Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, International Dance Day is marked annually on April 29 with events across Canada and around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet.
GLADSTONE SECONDARY SCHOOL with DAMARISE STE MARIE
11am | Robson Plaza, 800 Robson Street (outside the Vancouver Art Gallery)
Students from Gladstone Secondary School’s renowned dance program perform a short selection of dances they have been rehearsing, including one choreographed by Damarise Ste Marie to music from In The Heights incorporating street and Latin dances, and student creations.
Supported through the Power of Dance program.
P. MEGAN ANDREWS the disorientation project
11am-4pm | Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Artist and scholar P. Megan Andrews enters into practices of perceptual disorientation in movement, sound and spoken word, resisting the impulse to re-orient and re-stabilize. Visitors are invited to witness her practices on location in and around the Roundhouse. You will receive instructions for how to engage. How can experiences of disorientation open ways towards more ethical relations?
Creator/performer: P. Megan Andrews | [Facing, East?] Gesture sequence: Sarah Chase | Video projection elements: Angela Joosse | Dramaturges/creative consultants: Angela Joosse, Natalia Esling, Michelle Olson, Tedd Robinson | In partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
ALANA GERECKE A Listening Dance
12 noon-6pm | starting from Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St
Walking tour meets pod play meets kinesthetic poem meets small dance: A Listening Dance is a participatory audio score that offers an immersive and subtle choreographic exploration of gravity, ground, and memory. Through audio cues, audiences are invited to reflect on the daily choreographies that permeate our urban environment. Audience members will be invited to walk through the city blocks surrounding Scotiabank Dance Centre, choosing their route as they go.
Participants will need a smartphone or other portable device with streaming capability, and headphones. No registration required, just come to the main lobby to collect the score. Approximate duration: 20-30 minutes.
Maker and performer: Alana Gerecke | Outside eye Noemie Lafrance
Supported through the Artist-in-Residence program and a Jack and Doris Fellowship in the Humanities (SFU)
1pm onwards | Streaming on Youtube: youtube.com/thedancecentrebc
A program of short dance films specially commissioned by The Dance Centre for International Dance Day:
· AMOK PROJECT’s Chapter 5: time-based dances unfolds notions of time and how we can modify its perception through movement and video.
Movement director Carol Mendes | Performers/co-creators: Kylie Miller, Eirini Smith, Lucie Price | Photography Carol Gandra
· Erin Lum: Dancer, writer and filmmaker Erin Lum will premiere a new short film.
Performance, choreography Erin Lum, Joanne Park, Juan Imperial | Original music Hayden Pereira
· Jhoely Triana Flamenco’s Mi Piel is a solo specially adapted for film, focusing on lighting, angles, editing and other film techniques to communicate the essence of flamenco through the camera.
Dancer, choreographer, film maker Jhoely Triana
· Kinesis Dance somatheatro’s Aethernet began in response to the isolation of the pandemic. Conceived and choreographed by Paras Terezakis, the film features over 50 participants in a celebration of how we are connected.
Concept/choreography Paras Terezakis | Video montage & editing Yasuhiro Okada | Music Zhar by Acid Arab – Versatile Record
· Sarah U 余衍晴 explores how the glorification of over-stimulation and over-consumption could transform our bodies 300 years from now in Forthcoming.
Dancer, choreographer, videographer, editor Sarah U 余衍晴
VDCM DANCE COLLECTIVE Tethered
3pm | Scotiabank Dance Centre, Jarislowsky Studio
A studio sharing and conversation with the artists, Tethered features excerpts from three related works which combine live and recorded performance, and connect dance with visual arts: Yellow, choreographed by Kay Huang Barnes; KITE, choreographed by Virginia Duivenvoorden, and Present In Absence, an installation dance and art piece.
Limited capacity, REGISTER
Choreographers, performers Kay Huang Barnes, Virginia Duivenvoorden | Performer Brynne Harper | Cinematographer John Stockburger
Supported through the DanceLab interdisciplinary research program.
CANCELLED DUMB INSTRUMENT DANCE Rebel Grace
An informal sharing of excerpts from Rebel Grace, an upcoming new work choreographed by Ziyian Kwan which explores gentle transgressions as acts of resistance, with live music by multi-instrumentalist Roxanne Nesbitt and Taiko artist E. Kage.
Choreographed and performed by Ziyian Kwan with Justin Calvadores, Lisa Mariko Gelley, Juolin Lee, Andrea Nann, Rianne Svelnis | Music Roxanne Nesbitt, E. Kage
Supported through the Artist-in-Residence program
LIAT AND FRIENDS Tientos
5pm | Scotiabank Dance Centre, Marcuse Studio
Choreographed by Liat Har Lev, Tientos explores themes of personal integrity, internal conflict and the freedom of resolution, expressed through the flamenco dance forms of tientos and tangos. This showing of work in progress features live music and singing, and will be followed by a short introductory flamenco dance class. The artists will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.
Limited capacity, REGISTER
Dancer Liat Har Lev | Singer Maria Avila | Guitarist Peter Mole | Drummer Matteo Bebbo Sampaolo | Choreography facilitator and dramaturg Carmen Romero
SHOT OF SCOTCH VANCOUVER Wilt Thou Go
6pm | Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio
Wilt Thou Go is the first full-length creation by Shot of Scotch Vancouver and the first of its kind in Highland dancing. It explores the Scottish legends attached to traditional Highland dancing, particularly their links to the Jacobite Rebellion and the Battle of Culloden in 1746. After the Highlanders were decimated at this battle, the British government deliberately dismantled a clan system that for centuries had sustained a culture, a language, and a unique way of life. How and why do we tell these stories in modern Highland dance? This showing of the work in process will include a conversation with the artistic team.
Dancers Shannon Cressey, Katelyn Currie, Lindsay Ellis, Crystal Greentree, Megan Hall, Meghan Pike, Erin Robertson, Danielle Senyk | Director/Choreographer Susan Nase | Music Tim Fanning, Robyn Carrigan, Stephanie Cadman, Sandy Marshall | Lighting Design Itai Erdal | Projection Design Cande Andrade, Jennifer Stewart
Photos by Laura Zeke, Catalina Torres, Chris Randle