Community talks, showings and events compiled by artists outside of the curated Dance In Vancouver program, November 20-24, 2019. Some events are open to the public: please contact the individual artist or company for details.

Thursday-Saturday November 21-23, 2019 | 5.45-6.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Zagar Studio, Level 7
Spectators are invited to sip on a variety of carefully selected wines while taking in the 5-minute choreographic works-in-progress. Each dance is paired with a wine based on three adjectives the choreographer has chosen to describe their dance. After each piece, a comedian will wittily share their interpretation and experience with the audience. Speaking kindly and humorously to what may be passing through all of our minds.

Thursday November 21, 2019 | 10-11pm
Saturday November 23, 2019 | 4-5pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio B, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Private performances of Telemetry loop for presenters.
Telemetry loop is the re-imagination of RSA’s most successful work Telemetry into a 360-degree experience. This new format immerses the audience further into the live performance and digs deeper into its artistic concepts. Telemetry fuses tap and contemporary dance around live interactive technologies to look at how the body is a conduit of intangible information. Telemetry is the science of wireless data collection. For Telemetry loop, radio sciences and human notions of memory, history and time influence the artistic treatment of the work, while the tap artist, Danny Nielsen, becomes the telemeter collecting, highlighting and directing the live performance on-stage. Transportation between Scotiabank Dance Centre and the venue will be provided (travel time approx 30 minutes).

Hosted by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Vanessa Goodman and Delia Brett
Friday November 22, 2019 | 6-7.30pm
Left of Main, 211 Keefer St, Vancouver
Facebook event
Choreo- The Game Show is pure fun. Two teams of dance artists compete. Games like; make a 1-minute dance from audience supplied words, name that move, name the choreographer who used that move, on the spot review of a piece that never existed and more. Salon is hosted by Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance and Delia Brett/MachineNoisy. We will invite dance artists to show/talk about/perform up to 6 minutes of material. This event is an opportunity to share and for anyone in the community to participate and/or attend. Everyone is invited.

Friday November 22, 2019 |9-10pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Kraul & Strate Studio, Level 4
Moving Past Forward is a dance/theatre trio about memory, identity and personal history. Performers and collaborators Daisy Thompson, Juan Villegas and Jennifer McLeish-Lewis draw deeply on their own unique stories as fuel to create an intimate and vulnerable look at their pasts. “In creating this piece, I subscribed to the notion that the more personal the work, the more universal its impact.” – Jennifer McLeish-Lewis

Saturday November 23, 2019 | 3.15-3.35pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Kraul & Strate Studio, Level 4
Being born at a heated time of gender discourse, Ying Yun is a work which raises the platform of choreographing to five female performers. The creative process involves dialogues between the dancers and artistic director Wen Wei Wang, with the aim to translate their stories into movement. Ying Yun is the name of Wang’s mother, who passed away four years ago from ovarian cancer. A significant influence on him becoming an artist, Wang dedicates the new creation to her and engages the dancers to interpret the story, and in turn share their intersectional experiences.

Saturday November 23 & Sunday November 24, 2019 | 4-5.30pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Private performances for presenters.
is an immersive performance for small audiences created and performed by a diverse team of collaborators, including artists with and without disabilities and artistic consultants from the blind community. Translations explores the tools of live description applied to contemporary dance in order to create a performance designed specifically for the “non-visual senses.” The piece investigates the act of “audiencing” by asking questions about how spectators take in movement. What if sight wasn’t the intended way to experience a dance piece? How else can dance be accessed and who else can be included? The work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts – New Chapter Initiative.
RSVPs are essential as there are only 10 spots per show, drop-ins are not possible. Please provide your name and any access needs.

Saturday November 23, 2019 | 5-6pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Jandali Studio, Level 4
DUST is a thought-provoking contemporary dance piece which incorporates live sound, new media, and striking designs to investigate themes of volatility, change, decay, and the unbound.;

Hosted by Amber Funk Barton with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Saturday November 23, 2019 | 6-7pm

Left of Main, 211 Keefer St, Vancouver
Facebook Event
A forum for discussing why we dance. An opportunity to talk about, dance about, and think about why we do what we do. Everyone is invited.

With Amber Funk Barton & Tara Cheyenne Performance
Sunday November 24, 2019 | 11am-12 noon
Left of Main, 211 Keefer St, Vancouver
Facebook Event
Coffee and Mimosas (and dim sum buns!). Amber Funk Barton and Tara Cheyenne Performance share excerpts of new work surrounding themes of the body, health and survival. Circle discussion to follow. Everyone is invited.

Sunday November 24, 2019 | 1-1.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Birmingham Studio, Level 3
We will be showing an excerpt of our recent October 16, 2019 premiere of the full-length Spooky Action. “Quantum entanglement refers to two particles that share the same properties and, no matter how great the distance between them, a change to one instantaneously affects the other. The mere act of observing one impacts its partner. Dubbed “spooky action at a distance” by Albert Einstein, it’s mind-boggling stuff. Lesley Telford’s Spooky Action was inspired by this complicated scientific theory, one that is challenging to fully process even for physicists. Yet, with her team of artistic collaborators, Telford makes the considerable leap from conceptual to theatrical with elegance and wit.” Kaija Pepper, Globe and Mail

Sunday November 24, 2019 | 3-4pm

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Birmingham Studio, Level 3
No More Fantasies: Excerpts of this work have been shown at Dance Matters Series ‘A Woman’s Work’ (Toronto), Shooting Gallery Performance Series (Vancouver), Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement (UK), and Movement Research at Judson Church (New York). The full length premiere was presented by New Works at the Orpheum Annex in April 2019. Corrupting the form of ‘pas de deux’ by employing a utilitarian approach to physical interaction, the limits of two female bodies is displayed unadorned. Through movement, text and physical contact, this exciting new work by Future Leisure subverts the common expectations put on the female body.

Artists Julianne Chapple and Maxine Chadburn work at the limits of their strength and mobility attempting to maintain compassion, empathy and trust in the audience and each other. Limbs are stepped on, handled, lifted, or moved with delicate care, as the two women utilize each other’s bodies for motion, propelled through space by surrendering agency to the other.

Sunday November 24, 2019 | 5-6pm

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St | Kraul & Strate Studio, Level 4
Dracula’s Garden is a series of contemporary ballet poems. This contemporary dance series explores the universe of Gothic literature: its stories, creatures, and themes. We are interested in how Gothic literature evoke a range of emotions, from love to horror. Curiosity, excitement, exploration of something dangerous, adventure, loss, deformation, search for humanity – the themes reflected in these stories that continue to appeal to us many decades after they were written. In this series, artists explore the personal, cultural, and historical symbolism of pointe shoes in the context of ballet, and re-imagine and re-invent their meaning, use, and symbolism.

Dracula’s Garden is an interdisciplinary series. It includes original works of poetry, photography, dance film, and music, which may be integrated with dance works shown.

Sunday November 24, 2019 | 7pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver
There are as many ways to interpret the world as there are people.

Join the Chutzpah! Festival for a special Closing Night performance and celebration of a week-long Inclusion project of sharing, exploring and creating through art. Leading internationally renown dis/ability and mental health advocate and stand up comedian Pamela Schuller and Brooklyn based professional dancers and choreographers Troy Ogilvie and Rebecca Margolick will perform stand-up and solo dance work, respectively, in a shared evening of dance and comedy. The show will also present and highlight Troy and Rebecca’s new movement dance work created with, directed with, and performed with members and guests of the Inclusion Community of the Jewish Community Centre. This inaugural project builds on the Chutzpah! Festival and the JCC Inclusion Services department’s commitment to developing community where all individuals are valued for who they are and the gifts they possess – giving everyone their opportunity to shine.

Sunday November 24, 2019 |  8pm-9pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
This is the 2nd full length work of Canadian tap dancer Danny Nielsen entitled On Foot. Supported by a quartet of musicians, 4 dancers (Nielsen, Jeffrey Dawson, Elise Mcgrenera and Bryn Kinders) will explore new takes on jazz standards and some original tunes composed by collaborations with Nielsen and Toronto based pianist and composer Noah Franche-Nolan. Associate Direction from Vancouver’s Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art) and additional choreography by NYC’s Lisa La Touche.