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2018–2019 SEASON Welcome to The Dance Centre’s 2018-2019 season! I am thrilled to invite you to a series of stimulating, diverse dance experiences, offering the opportunity to see the works of artists from many different traditions and genres: from the popular Discover Dance! series, embracing the varied dance expressions of British Columbia, to the annual Open House in September and International Dance Day in April which offer avenues to engage with all sorts of dance styles. Our curated Global Dance Connections series opens the doors to boundary-breaking works by innovative, internationally-acknowledged choreographers from Vancouver and around the world. And what happens behind the scenes is just as dynamic as what you see on stage, as choreographic ideas are explored through our residency and research programs year-round.

Sept 15 Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House Sept 20

Thai Dance Company

Sept 28 Katie Duck Oct 4

Company 605

Oct 26–27 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award: Julianne Chapple Nov 6–8  WArd/waRD-Ann Van den Broek Nov 22

Dancers of Damelahamid

Jan 21–22 Company 605 & 28–29  Jan 24–26 Kuan-Hsiang Liu Jan 31–Feb 2 Victoria Hunt Mar 14

South Asian Arts

April 4–6

Simon Mayer

I hope you will join us as we work tirelessly to support the art of dance. It is a challenging but rewarding journey, as we witness how the investments of today ensure a better future for dance tomorrow, and as our dance artists are increasingly featured on national and international stages. My heartfelt thanks to all of you, and especially to the dedicated members of the Choreographer’s Circle, for your support. I look forward to seeing you in the coming season.

April 18

Ballet BC

April 29

International Dance Day

May 16

Jacky Essombe

May 23–25

Davida Monk

May 31

12 Minutes Max

Mirna Zagar, Executive Director The Dance Centre

Cover photo: Company 605/David Cooper/ dancers Sophia Wolfe, Jessica Wilkie Inside front: Mirna Zagar/Steven Lemay

Discover Dance! Global Dance Connections


MAARTEN VANDEN ABEELE

WARD/WARD-ANN VAN DEN BROEK

THE BLACK PIECE

Tuesday-Thursday November 6–8 | 8pm Elegant and seductive; reassuring and comforting; frightening and sinister. The Ann Van den Broek’s thrillingly audacious The Black Piece. Five charismatic dancers and a camera operator lure the audience into the darkness for a sensory adventure filled with haunting sounds and images. The camera unveils what would otherwise remain unseen, conjuring up a shadowy film noir world punctuated by sudden bursts of frenzied movement. This startling, awardwinning work by one of Europe’s most provocative and original creators expertly taps into our deepest emotions. wardward.be DURATION: 75 MINUTES | POST-SHOW TALKBACK NOVEMBER 7

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GLOBAL DANCE CONNECTIONS

many qualities of the colour black are examined in Dutch-Flemish choreographer


DAVID COOPER

COMPANY 605

LOOP, LULL

Monday-Tuesday January 21–22, 28–29 | 7pm

GLOBAL DANCE CONNECTIONS

An electrifying force in Canadian dance, Company 605’s trademark hyperphysical style highlights effort, tension, exertion and risk, capturing a fresh and exciting aesthetic. Choreographed by Artistic Directors Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin, this new collaboration is their first full-length ensemble work in three years. It explores concepts of looping and transformation, and how inevitable conflicts and inconsistencies lead to the emergence of something new. The dancers navigate a ceaseless flow of dynamic movement, in a sublime test of stamina, skill, and the human capacity to cope with change. company605.ca DURATION: TBA | POST-SHOW TALKBACK JANUARY 22

Presented with 2


ETANG CHEN

KUAN-HSIANG LIU

KIDS

Thursday-Saturday January 24–26 | 8pm Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Kuan-Hsiang Liu is an explosive new autobiographical roots. Kids is a tribute to his late mother: it draws on recordings of conversations between her and Liu during her last days, which touch on family memories, illusion and reality, and her impending passing. From this emerges an unorthodox and dazzling meditation on the eternal cycle of birth, life and death. Three virtuosic dancers veer from calm ritualistic movement to twisted, frantic physical extremes, yet this deliriously wild and undulating work is suffused with serenity and even joy. Kids celebrates the exuberance of life, in the face of death. DURATION: 50 MINUTES | POST-SHOW TALKBACK JANUARY 25 This performance includes strong language

Presented with 3

GLOBAL DANCE CONNECTIONS

talent on the international dance scene, whose luminous works often have


HEIDRUN LÖHR

VICTORIA HUNT

COPPER PROMISES: HINEMIHI HAKA

GLOBAL DANCE CONNECTIONS

Thursday-Saturday January 31–February 2 | 8pm Australian dance artist Victoria Hunt’s spellbinding solo Copper Promises embodies the cultural and physical journey of Hinemihi – a female ancestor, but also a ceremonial space connected with her own Maori cultural heritage: a carved ancestral house which was ‘acquired’ and transported to Britain after a devastating volcanic eruption in 1886. Hunt’s mesmerizing stage presence and potent physicality, combined with stunning lighting, sound and visual effects, generate a work of fierce energy and emotional power. Hinemihi’s story is interwoven with her own, tracing themes of reconnecting with family and culture, and learning from the land. Copper Promises creates a world of rupture, foreboding, resilience, and catharsis. victoriahunt.com.au DURATION: 55 MINUTES | POST-SHOW TALKBACK FEBRUARY 1

Presented with 4

This performance includes loud sounds and moments of intense lighting effects


ARNE HAUGE

SIMON MAYER

SONS OF SISSY

Thursday-Saturday April 4–6 | 8pm Sons of Sissy delves into the heart of the Upper Austrian countryside, where subverted when four versatile performers/musicians reformulate Alpine dances to liberate themselves from convention. Defying categorization and pigeonholing, the Sons of Sissy live up to their name as they conduct themselves as part weird folk music quartet, part experimentally playful ritual dance combo, using humour to radically disrupt hackneyed male role models. An accomplished choreographer, dancer and musician, Mayer offers an irreverent, affectionate take on his heritage, while demonstrating impeccable timing, bodily control, and musicality. simonmayer.at DURATION: 60 MINUTES | POST-SHOW TALKBACK APRIL 5 This performance includes nudity

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GLOBAL DANCE CONNECTIONS

traditional folk dances and music reign supreme. These traditions are joyously


TIM NGUYEN, CITRUS PHOTOGRAPHY

DAVIDA MONK

ASHES FOR BEAUTY

Thursday–Saturday May 23–25 | 8pm

GLOBAL DANCE CONNECTIONS

Calgary-based Davida Monk has been an influential figure on the Canadian dance scene for over three decades. A prolific choreographer, performer, teacher and mentor, her rich repertoire of works finds inspiration in myth and literature, as well as the natural environment. This program celebrates her achievements with three pieces. Her evocative Ashes for Beauty, specially remounted for seven Vancouver dancers, explores ideas of metamorphosis and transformation. Monk dances a new solo created for her by Alberta choreographer Helen Husak; and Paras Terezakis of Kinesis Dance somatheatro premieres a duet performed by Monk and Arash Khakpour, based on the classical Greek tragedy Antigone. m-body.ca DURATION: 65 MINUTES + INTERMISSION | POST-SHOW TALKBACK MAY 24 This performance includes haze

Presented with 6

m-body


DAVID COOPER

ALAN SMITH

COMPANY 605

Thursday September 20 12 noon

Thursday October 4 12 noon

Discover the elegance, beauty and precision of Thai dance. Originating in the Royal Court of Old Siam, this exquisitely detailed form has a strong sacred element, and many dances are performed during ceremonial events. Artistic Director Megara Solloway teams up with renowned Ottawa-based Thai classical dancer and choreographer Kai Whitcomb to present a selection of dances, in homage to their spiritual and cultural traditions. instagram.com/thaidancecompany

Company 605 fuses contemporary and urban styles to make athletic, physically demanding works that test the limits of their virtuosic performers. This presentation offers a sneak peek at their hotlyanticipated new ensemble work, plus an excerpt from Albatross, a powerful duet created in collaboration with Brussels-based choreographer German Jauregui, which drives the dancers through a hypnotic cycle of continuous motion and perpetual contact. company605.ca

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DISCOVER DANCE!

THAI DANCE COMPANY


DEREK STEVENS

CHRIS RANDLE

DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID

DISCOVER DANCE!

Thursday November 22 12 noon Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of BC, with a rich history of masked dance which inspires compelling performances. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, Spirit and Tradition shares the treasures of the company’s heritage, and bridges the ancient with a living tradition. damelahamid.ca

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SOUTH ASIAN ARTS Thursday March 14 12 noon + 6pm Originally a Punjabi folk dance celebrating the harvest, bhangra has become a global phenomenon in recent years, both in its traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip hop, house, and reggae. In this explosive performance, leading exponents South Asian Arts will showcase bhangra’s exuberant energy, and its deep connections to music and rhythm. southasianarts.ca


TIM MATHESON KBAM

MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

JACKY ESSOMBE

Thursday April 18 12 noon

Thursday May 16 12 noon + 6pm

Bold and innovative, Ballet BC has developed a distinctive and highly acclaimed style, presenting a varied repertoire of contemporary ballets by Canadian and international choreographers which combine the rigour of classical technique with a cutting-edge approach. Introduced by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, the company’s superb dancers will perform excerpts from the current repertoire. balletbc.com

Cameroon-born Jacky Essombe is known for her inspiring teaching and exhilarating performances that express the cultural traditions and healing rhythms of West and Central Africa. This interactive presentation features highenergy dances, live drumming, and singing that is steeped in the poetic imagery and wisdom of her ancestors, creating an experience to excite the eyes, engage the spirit and refresh the soul. jackyessombe.com

DURATION OF EACH SHOW: 60 MINUTES INCLUDING ARTIST TALKBACK

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DISCOVER DANCE!

BALLET BC


COURTESY KATIE DUCK

KATIE DUCK

CAGE

Friday September 28 | 7pm A pioneer on the international improvisation scene, Katie Duck has inspired generations of performers through her innovative work with dance, text and

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

sound. CAGE is a trenchant feminist analysis of the human condition and the oppression of modern life, which Duck stages in different locations around the world in collaboration with local musicians and performers. For the Vancouver edition, she is joined by musicians Ben Brown, James Meger and Roxanne Nesbitt. katieduck.com DURATION: 50 MINUTES This performance includes strong language and mature content

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ED SPENCE

JULIANNE CHAPPLE

SUFFIX

Friday-Saturday October 26–27 | 7pm + 9pm Julianne Chapple’s strikingly original work interweaves movement, sound, lighting and film, probing the edges of the body’s mobility to the point of abstraction, and creating surreal imagery. Her first full-length ensemble work,

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Suffix is an immersive performance combining dance, sculptures and video to explore the physical and spiritual effects of our rapidly changing technological landscape, and touching on our deep-seated urges towards self-enhancement and immortality. juliannechapple.com DURATION: TBA Presented through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award

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CHRIS RANDLE

SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE OPEN HOUSE

INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY

Saturday September 15

Monday April 29

The 17th annual Open House offers a chance to experience a host of different dance styles, in a day of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility.

Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, International Dance Day is marked annually on April 29 across Canada and around the world. Join us for a program of performances and events celebrating the vitality and diversity of dance in Vancouver!

EVENTS

Presented with the support of

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DAVID C WONG

O.DELA ARTS OLIVIA C. DAVIES Contemporary dance artist Olivia C. Davies has established a multifaceted practice which honours her MÊtis-Anishnawbe heritage, and is grounded in feminism, social justice, and our relationship to the land and our environment. As part of a major Dance Centre residency this season, Davies will curate a program of public events including: CoexisDance (December 2018), a performance series of improvised duets for dancers and musicians; Home: Our Way (April-May 2019), women’s creative writing and dance workshops exploring the idea of Home in the body; Matriarchs Uprising (June 2019) a weekend of performances, events and circle conversations focusing on women in the arts and highlighting work by contemporary female and 2-spirited artists. Full details to be announced.

EVENTS

oliviacdavies.ca Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program

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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Residencies, labs and projects run throughout the season, supporting choreographic research and the development of new work. Artists-in-Residence: Company 605 Dancers of Damelahamid Joe Ink O.Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies The Biting School DanceLab Interdisciplinary Research: Byron Chief-Moon/Consequence Collective (film, projection mapping technology) Sujit Vaidya (lighting design) Thoenn Glover (immersive dance-theatre) TWObigsteps collective (movement and technology installation)

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OLIVIA C. DAVIES/CHRIS RANDLE

TWOBIGSTEPS COLLECTIVE/ERIK ZENNSTROM

RESIDENCIES AND RESEARCH PROJECTS


THOENN GLOVER/ANDI MCLEISH

RESIDENCIES AND RESEARCH PROJECTS 12 Minutes Max: 12 Minutes Max supports the development of innovative new works lasting twelve minutes or less, with a strong focus on critical feedback and dialogue. Three times per season a panel of guest facilitators selects up to four artists who will develop their works in the studio, followed by a public showing.

Special Projects: Body Narratives Collective Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe Eury Chang Karen Jamieson Dance Walter Kubanek

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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Artists and showing dates will be announced throughout the year. A selection of the works will be presented in performance on May 31.


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The Dance Centre 2018-2019 season brochure  

Featuring performances and events including the Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series, Discover Dance! series, special presenta...

The Dance Centre 2018-2019 season brochure  

Featuring performances and events including the Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series, Discover Dance! series, special presenta...

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