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  • Sep16

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    Silk Road Duo
    [Silk Road Duo]

    After a long hiatus, the Performance Series is back! Starting in October, every fifth of the month will feature a performance in the intimacy of a private home. From world music to puppets, living rooms across Burnaby will come alive with culture and community.
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  • Sep12

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    Alexis-Fletcher-Dario-Dinuzzi-Alexander-Burton-and-Darren-Devaney-in-Walking-Mad
    [Alexis Fletcher, Gilbert Small, Darren Devaney in Walking Mad]

    Ballet BC presents Tilt at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from October 17 to 19 with three evening performances featuring two world premieres and the return of Walking Mad, an audience 2012 season favourite.
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  • Sep10

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    Navia Natarajan
    [Navia Natarajan]

    Gait to the Spirit will return for its fourth year and again be held at Vancouver’s Scotiabank Dance Centre. Look for a variety of three classical dance styles with performances and workshops by international, national, and local artists alike.

    The festival will kick off with a bharata natyam double bill featuring two of the best bharata natyam dancers of their generation: female dancer Navia Natarajan and male dancer Bhavajan Kumar.
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  • Aug21

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    Jean Francois
    [Jean-François Duke]

    Vancouver’s dauntless dance series returns this fall for its 29th installment, featuring three evenings of exquisite and gutsy performances on yet another small stage in East Vancouver. Dances for a Small Stage 29 will make its debut installation at the Ukrainian Centre from September 12 to 14.

    In addition to presenting some of Vancouver’s hottest young artists on its landmark 10 x 13 foot stage, Small Stage 29 marks the beginning of a sister series in Québec City. Inspired by Small Stage’s innovative presentation model, La Rotonde – Québec’s renowned centre for contemporary dance – will send up-and-coming choreographer Jean-François Duke to not only perform but to return home with a Small Stage template for Québec audiences.
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  • Aug16

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    Vancouver Moving Theatre presents a series of Aboriginal showcases and Art Market. This unique event runs through mid-October, promising a wealth of cultural offerings for our city. Here’s an overview of the remaining lineup.

    Urban Heiltsuk Dance Group
    [Urban Heiltsuk Dance Group]

    Louis Riel Métis Dancers
    Date: August 22, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
    Established by Yvonne Chartrand in 2001, this professional dance ensemble has extensive training in traditional Métis dance, a unique blend of European reels and waltzes with the dances of our Native American heritage – creating one of the most intricate and difficult of any Aboriginal peoples. The Louis Riel Métis Dancers perform regularly and can often be seen at local events and festivals throughout the year including Canada Day, National Aboriginal Day, Talking Stick Festival, Festival du Bois, Heart of the City Festival, Dance Allsorts, and the Noon Dance Series.
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  • Apr11

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    CEROC event poster

    Ceroc Around The Clock is a 12-hour dance event involving dance groups and performers part of the regular summer lineup at the Kitsilano Showboat. Local dance teachers and businesses will also partake in the event being held at Cambrian Hall on Main and 17th.

    Dancers will raise money by collecting pledges for the amount of hours they dance, or they may pay an entry fee at the door to participate.

    Dance workshops will be held in the afternoon, followed by a Ceroc lesson and dance party in the evening. The Welsh Society of Vancouver have kindly donated the Cambrian Hall for the event and COBS Bread will be providing free food for all participants.

    The is an all-ages event with Ceroc Vancouver hoping to raise $5,000 on April 27.

    Come join in the fun and see you at the Showboat this summer!

  • Apr9

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    Stria-3-by-Ayelen-Liberona
    [Stria. Photo by Ayelen Liberona]

    The Dance Centre will host a series of events this month to kick off National Dance Week and International Dance Day in Vancouver, featuring a program of dance styles including contemporary, flamenco, and historical.

    International Dance Day was founded in 1982 by UNESCO and is celebrated annually on April 29 around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet.
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  • Apr3

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    Makaila Wallace
    [Makaila Wallace]

    Ballet BC just announced the repertoire and performance schedule for its upcoming 2013/14 season, continuing to focus on collaborating with both choreographers and dancers in order to maintain a relevant and meaningful place for ballet in the 21st century.
     
    Artistic Director Emily Molnar says, “We’re excited about the 2013/14 season which demonstrates our commitment to bringing audiences’ excellence and innovation in dance. Our new season comprises three distinct Ballet BC programs that include seven World Premieres by dance-makers from around the world, the return of two audience favourites by choreographers Johan Inger and Wen Wei Wang as well as a collaboration with Turning Point Ensemble. In addition, we are presenting Alberta Ballet’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music of Sarah McLachlan in Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and the return of its spectacular production of The Nutcracker.”

    Darren Devaney
    [Darren Devaney]

    Here’s a brief look at the upcoming season.
     
    Program 1/October 17 to 19
    Ballet Company: Ballet BC
    Tilt: An evening of work featuring World Premieres by international dance-makers Jorma Elo and Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar plus the reprisal of the surreal audience favourite Walking Mad by Johan Inger.

    Program 2 (Add-on performance)/November 14 to 16
    Ballet Company: Alberta Ballet
    Fumbling Towards Ecstasy: A full-length work based on the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan tracing the deeply spiritual odyssey of a woman’s life from first romantic encounter to mature love.
     
    Program 3 (Add-on performance)/December 28 to 31
    Ballet Company: Alberta Ballet
    The Nutcracker: Alberta Ballet’s sugar-plum version of the traditional holiday classic with spectacular sets, costumes, and the glorious Tchaikovsky score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
     
    Program 4/February 20 to 22, 2014
    Ballet Company: Ballet BC
    Grace Symmetry: Ballet BC and Turning Point Ensemble collaborate in a dynamic celebration of music and dance, featuring In Motion by Wen Wei Wang and two World Premieres by Kevin O’Day and Medhi Walerski.
     
    Program 5/April 24 to 26, 2014
    Ballet Company: Ballet BC
    UN/A: Three vibrant voices in contemporary ballet offer riveting, intelligent choreography filled with wit and theatricality, featuring World Premieres by Cayetano Soto, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Gioconda Barbuto.
     
    All performances will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Season ticket renewals are now on their way to subscribers. Single tickets will go on sale August 1.

    Connor Gnam
    [Connor Gnam]

    Combining classical integrity with a contemporary sensibility, Ballet BC is a company of 17 talented dancers from Canada and around the world committed to the ballet of today. Solidly grounded in the rigour and artistry of classical ballet, with an emphasis on innovation, Ballet BC presents a distinct and diverse repertoire of the most sought-after Canadian and international contemporary ballet choreography.

    For more information, visit Ballet BC’s website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

    All photos by Michael Slobodian.

  • Mar27

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    Shiamak Davar

    Award-winning Indian cinematic and performing artist Shiamak Davar will bring his world-renowned blend of Bollywood Jazz and contemporary dance to two Vancouver stages as the official Director of Choreography and Design at the inaugural 2013 Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) from April 4 to 6.
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  • Mar19

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    City of Bhangra 2013/South Asian Arts Girls Team

    Colourful bhangra dancers, singers, drummers, and DJs are back for the ninth annual City of Bhangra Festival. This morning saw the media kick-off of the festival and its new-for-2013 website.

    City of Bhangra 2013 Media Launch-7

    HSBC Bank Canada will serve as title sponsor for the second year running, with their own colourful team returning to add to the lineup (auditions and rehearsals are in the works). 2013 will see more open-air events in conjunction with City of Bhangra, making this incredibly fun and lively festival more accessible to the public.

    City of Bhangra 2013/VIBC's Mo Dhaliwal City of Bhangra 2013/VIBC's Sukhi Ghuman
    [L to R: VIBC's Mo Dhaliwal and Sukhi Ghuman]

    As well, the festival’s infrastructure has changed to facilitate the hiring of a festival coordinator as well as more on-the-ground support.

    City of Bhangra 2013/VIBC's Mo Dhaliwal
    [Mo Dhaliwal kicks off opening remarks]

    HSBC is proud to partner with the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society’s biggest yearly festival as their inclusive company culture comprises several diverse cultures globally. Greeting guests at the event was dhol performer Rayman Bhuller, who will proudly feature his young students during City of Bhangra. It’s hard enough to coordinate learning to play the dhol (I tried a few times during a drumming workshop held during MOV’s Bhangra.me exhibit); imagine about 30 youngsters doing it at once!

    Percussionist Rayman Bhuller
    [Percussionist Rayman Bhuller]

    As founder of Surrey’s Dhol Nation Academy, Bhuller is considered one of Canada’s most accomplished dhol players. Trained from a young age, he ran one of the largest schools for dhol instruction out of India, teaching about 750 kids over the course of eight years.

    City of Bhangra 2013/South Asian Arts Girls Team
    [South Asian Arts Girls Team]

    The South Asian Arts Girls Team entertained us as well, getting the crowd in the mood for the nine-day festival, from May 30 to June 8.

    City of Bhangra 2013/City of Vancouver Councillor Heather Deal
    [City of Vancouver Councillor Heather Deal]

    A few of the many events to look forward to include:
    Repercussion + Opening Reception
    May 30, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
    The drums of the world will find their common ground at the Milton Fei Wong Theatre, SFU Woodward’s. Israel Berriel, Paul Bray, Rayman and Karn Bhullar, Cassius Khan, Celso Machado, Liam MacDonald, Francis James and Smokey Valley Drummers, Oscar Soto, Surrey Folk Bhangra Club and EV A-Slam round out the roster of artists. Repercussion will also be held for a second night (new for the 2013 festival) at Surrey’s Art Center on June 6, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.

    Influx at Surrey Art Gallery in coordination with VIBC
    June 1, 8 pm to 11 pm
    Influx with Media Arts Mehfil will take place at the Surrey Art Gallery. An evening of live music mash-ups, hip-hop dance battles, and art projections is just some of the entertainment in store. With performances by Mohammad Assani, DJ A-Slam, Sammy Chien, Tad Hozumi, Rup Sidhu and other special guests.

    Bhangra on Main
    June 4, 8 pm to 11 pm
    Punjabi folk traditions will be heard from artists D-Sarb and Sunil Kaylan, both recognized for their musical achievements in the Punjabi music industry. Vancouver’s beautiful Heritage Hall will be the venue, with room for only 200 people.

    JCC and SIAC
    [JCC and SIAC at 2011's Coast Capital Bhangra Competition]

    Non-Stop Bhangra
    June 7 to June 8, 10 pm to 3 am
    Vancouver Fan Club will host a late-night music, art, and dance event as the official art party for Downtown Bhangra. Special DJs bring beats and musical triumphs: DJ Harpz coming from the U.K. and DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid from Portland, Oregon. The latter have been burning up Portland dance floors for a decade.

    Bhangra dancers

    This year’s Closing Gala is scheduled for June 8, 10 pm to midnight at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Local dance teams and DJs will perform, while several performers will show off their talent for one last time at the festival.

    Visit the City of Bhangra website for more events and ticket information. Many events are free.

  • Mar14

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    Tongue n' Cheek poster

    Come check out Tongue n’ Cheek, an evening of live entertainment like no other, featuring “Four Giants of Spoken Word and Four Queens of Sweet Soul Burlesque”. The event will be held at the Rio Theatre and hosted by Crystal Previous and Mighty Mike McGee.

    Since their inception a decade ago, Sweet Soul Burlesque has become internationally renowned as Western Canada’s longest-running, professional neo-burlesque troupe. Sweet Soul strives to break the mold by creating fun, ground-breaking burlesque performances that are of unequaled production value; a vibrant mash-up of classic striptease and elements of hip-hop, underground dance culture and punk rock.
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  • Feb28

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    Spring Funk dancers

    Dance enthusiasts of all ages and from across the Lower Mainland will take the Bell Performing Arts Centre by storm on March 16 with Spring Funk, presented by Vancouver’s own Shiamak Davar International. Spring Funk is a celebratory culmination of a unique 10-week recreational dance workshop offered by Shiamak instructors in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby and North Vancouver.

    This year’s revelry will unite a talented group of dance devotees (ranging in age from four to 64) in sharing a memorable selection of Shiamak’s trademark Bollywood Jazz songs and dance, as well as his increasingly popular Indo Contemporary style. From Bollywood classics and remixes to current hits, Spring Funk has all the ingredients of a complete Bollywood Jazz performing arts experience.

    “Over the years, I’ve seen Vancouver’s interest in Bollywood Jazz grow tremendously,” says Shiamak Davar, Founder and Artistic Director of Shiamak Davar International. “Vancouver is like home to me, and I am humbled by the enthusiasm and response our Spring Funk workshops receive from participants throughout the Lower Mainland.

    This event offers a rare opportunity to see parents and their children, as well as couples and friends perform together like stars on a professional stage in front of a huge – thousand plus – audience. It’s what makes this event so special – for both audiences and performers alike.”

    Spring Funk dancers

    Additional highlights of the evening will include performances by The Shiamak Dance Team, Shiamak instructors, and performers from Shiamak’s Victory Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that uses dance as therapy to empower individuals with developmental disabilities.

    Shiamak Davar is a world-renowned Indian contemporary dance choreographer known for his trendsetting work in Bollywood blockbusters and for changing the way in which the world views Bollywood dance.

    His schools are now a worldwide phenomenon across India, the UK, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Canada. Vancouver is Shiamak’s second home, and headquarters of his international operations.

    Shiamak’s Spring Funk
    Date: Saturday, March 16, 6 pm
    Venue: Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 – 144th Street, Surrey
    Tickets: $17; available online or via phoning 604.507.6355

    For additional information on Spring Funk, please visit the Shiamak website.

  • Jan25

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    Yeva and Thoenn Glover
    [Yeva and Thoenn Glover]

    Vancouver’s dynamic performance series returns this winter for its 28th installment, featuring three days of intimate and enchanting performances in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

    Dances for a Small Stage 28 will be performed at the Legion on the Drive from February 14 to 16, inspired by Valentine’s Day and its universal emotion of love – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    “We designed our 28th Small Stage performance in celebration of Valentine’s Day and love in general,” says MovEnt Artistic Producer Julie-anne Saroyan. “Featuring a series of pieces inspired by the emotion that has touched us all, Dances for a Small Stage promises to be an unforgettable evening where truly anything can happen. Bring a date, grab a drink, and enjoy an entertaining night at the Legion on the Drive!”

    Donald Sales. Photo by Michael Slobodian
    [Donald Sales. Photo by Michael Slobodian]

    This February’s three-show run will feature some of Canada’s most impressive and electric performers and choreographers, including both fan favourites and Small Stage first-timers. The popular series is renowned for bringing unique and innovative contemporary dance, inclusive of all disciplines, to a rough–and–tumble cabaret setting.

    With dance backgrounds in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap, performances will include works by Billy Marchenski, Alison Denham, Donald Sales, Arash Khakpour, Clare Twiddy, Meagan O’Shea, Dayna Szyndrowski, Karissa Barry, and sisters Yeva and Thoenn Glover.

    Karissa Barry
    [Karissa Barry]

    A full roster of incredibly talented performers are involved in this year’s presentation, including:
    - Former Ballet BC dancer Donald Sales will premiere his new dance company Project 20, with fellow dancers Andrea Pena and Rebecca Margolick
    - Actor and dancer Billy Marchenski will premiere a new work with fellow dancer Alison Denham
    - Sisters and dancers Yeva and Thoenn Glover will explore the meaning of light

    The evening performance, co-curated by Saroyan and Barry, will be emceed by Marchenski.

    Dances for a Small Stage 28 also includes the Small Stage debut of an emerging dance talent from Greater Vancouver, selected through an audition and public voting process that will take place at the end of this month. The winning dancer will be publicly announced on MovEnt’s website and Facebook page on February 5.

    Dances for a Small Stage 28
    Dates: February 14 to 16, doors at 7 pm; show at 8 pm
    Venue: The Legion on the Drive, 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
    Tickets: $20, available exclusively at the door on the night of the show
    Note: This is a 19+ event.

    Since its inception in 2002, Dances for a Small Stage has wowed audiences by tearing down formalities and creating intimate, raw scenarios in which to experience dance.

  • Jan24

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    Body-Scan

    Two of Canada’s most exciting and provocative dance artists, Su-Feh Lee (Vancouver’s battery opera performance) and Benoît Lachambre (Montreal’s Par B.L.eux), will join forces with Juno Award-winning musician Jesse Zubot to explore the human body in a bold new work, Body–Scan: Sweet Gyre.

    Scanning the body and mining the minutiae of our everyday lives, the piece magnifies familiar senses into a shifting landscape through which personal histories, memories, and desires pass.

    Lee and Lachambre are internationally acclaimed for their rigorous, daring, and theatrical work. The upcoming performances will be a rare opportunity to see these two riveting performers on stage, dancing to Zubot’s original score.
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  • Jan4

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    Yemen Blues Ravid
    [Yemen Blues' Ravid Kahalani. Photo by Zohar Ron]

    Breathtaking dance, hilarious comedy, a silent film screening with live music, prize-winning theatre and international music are highlights of the upcoming 13th Annual Chutzpah! Festival, the Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts. The 2013 festival will showcase a range of eclectic performances and workshops by international, Canadian, and local artists from February 7 to March 3.
     
    The popular multi-faceted festival will open with an evening of dance featuring a Canadian premiere choreographed by Itzik Galili and danced by BC-born Lesley Telford and Spain’s Miguel Olivera. In addition, Brittle Failure, a new work by Lesley Telford with Japanese scenographer Yoko Seyama will be on the bill. Filling out the program will be BC’s own The 605 Collective.

    Chutzpah! will also present a collaborative program that brings together the sensibilities of two cutting-edge dance companies, Sidra Bell Dance New York and San Francisco-based LEVYdance, offering audiences a true East Coast/West Coast experience.
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