SUPPORTING DIVERSE ARTISTIC INITIATIVES.
Projects range from major national and international choreographic research programs, to talks, roundtables, writing, multimedia, exhibitions, and other artist-led initiatives.
Community-Engaged, Contemporary, Indigenous
The Dance Centre partnered with Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique in Montreal to offer a two-week research-based residency exchange. BC choreographer Sarah Hin Ching U travels to Quebec, and Quebec choreographer Natsumi Sophia Bellali comes to BC, in January 2024.
Photo: Sarah Hin Ching U by Chloe Lam
The Roots of Dance / Korzenie tanca is an international cultural exchange project exploring how traditional dances and folklore can inspire and enrich the development of contemporary dance. Created by Polish academics and artists, the project uses traditional Polish culture as the springboard, but encompasses organizations from nine countries and participants from all backgrounds and dance forms. The Vancouver edition starts with a workshop April 8-10, from which two participants will be selected to take part in the culmination in Poland in August 2022.
This international residency exchange between The Dance Centre, Hyde Productions (Aoteoroa/New Zealand) and Critical Path (Australia) took place in 2019/20. It focused on the dance making process, not product and performance, allowing time and space for artists to work without a fear of failure. It invited choreographers to spend time together, without a leader, without an agenda, and to take risks, with sessions in Vancouver, New Zealand and Australia.
Artists Ileanna Cheladyn, Vanessa Goodman (Vancouver); Josie Archer, Alexa Wilson (New Zealand); Tim Darbyshire, Alice Weber (Australia)
Photo: Alice Weber/Jose Manuel Parimaker
The Yulanda M. Faris Choreographers Program was designed to mentor and support three choreographers who are ready to make a significant leap forward in their work, empowering artists and providing them with the tools to position their careers in a national and international context, through exchanges, networking opportunities, mentoring and professional skills development.
This project was created through a partnership between The Dance Centre (Vancouver), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia), and La Briqueterie – Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne (France). Migrant Bodies used artistic and cultural tools to open up a civil reflection on migration in European and Canadian societies.
Triptych was a three-year international choreographic project hosted by the Operaestate Festival Veneto, Italy; Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique, Montreal; and The Dance Centre, Vancouver.