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.

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