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2021VA NCOU V E R INTERNATIONAL DA NCEFE S T IVA L MARCH 4 – JUNE 19

Livestreaming to wherever you are. Yvonne Ng photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Festival Program


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P R ODUCE R S ’ NO T E

WELCOME to the 21st edition of the Vancouver International Dance Festival. We begin by acknowledging that the 2021 VIDF takes place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy ̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl í̓ lwətaʔ/ Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2021 VIDF performances will be livestreamed from the KW Production Studio in the months of March, April, May and June, so that we can ensure the safest conditions for presenting the outstanding work of Ne. Sans Opera & Dance, Company 605, Vidya Kotamraju, Yvonne Ng / tiger princess dance projects, CAMP, and Lamondance. Last September and October, we took on the challenge of how to produce the festival while

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adhering to the Provincial Health Office’s COVID-19 mitigation policies. We used Kokoro Dance’s 4-camera livestreaming system to broadcast live performances of Kokoro Dance, FakeKnot, and Farouche whose 2020 VIDF shows had to be cancelled when Vancouver’s performance venues were shut down last March. We were surprised and delighted to discover that livestreaming captured the immediacy and excitement of live performance while offering visual perspectives that are impossible to duplicate in a live theatre setting. Livestream performances are edited in the moment with views that put audiences within inches of the dancers or hovering overhead, below, behind, or adjacent to them. No longer are you stuck to a single seat far from the stage. Camera operators become sometimes visible, sometimes invisible, parts of the choreography. Audience

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members, from the comfort of their own homes, can feel like they are on stage with the dancers.

Because of the economic downturn from the COVID-19 mitigation policies, we have decided to make all 2021 livestreaming performances free. We invite you to help us continue to bring performances into your living rooms by donating if you can. Welcome to the 2021 VIDF. Enjoy! Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi


TABLE OF CONTENTS 01. Producers’ Note 03. Ticket & Venue Info 04. Letters of Greeting 08. Event Calendar 10. Ne. Sans Opera & Dance 12. Company 605

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14. Vidya Kotamraju 16. Yvonne Ng / tiger princess dance projects 18. CAMP 20. Lamondance 23. Support the VIDF 24. VIDF Supporters

Lamondance Photo by Miles Clark


TICKET & VENUE INFO BOX OFFICE

REGISTRATION

To reserve your ticket, go to vidf.ca/shows and select the artist whose performance you would like to see. You will be prompted to register for the event. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email. On the day of the performance, you will receive a link for the livestream event. If you need assistance, call our box office at 604·662·4966 or email boxoffice@vidf.ca.

This year, tickets are free, and we encourage you to consider donating if you can. By livestreaming our program, the VIDF is providing opportunities for dance artists to adapt and sustain their practice. For the first time since our beginnings, the VIDF invited dance artists to apply for the 2021 festival through an open call process. Each selected artist has been provided a residency, production support and professional fees to transform their choreography for the camera.

Staff are available to take your calls 9am-12noon and 1pm-6pm Monday to Friday, and 1pm-5pm on Saturdays when livestream performances are taking place.

Donations can be made at vidf.ca/donate.

All performances are streamed online. For an optimal viewing experience, we highly recommend watching the performances seated in a comfortable, dark environment and on a screen larger than a phone. All performances are performed LIVE. There is approximately a 10-15 second delay between the events happening in the studio and on your screens. OPTIONAL: If you wish to view VIDF performances on a Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku or similar device, follow these instructions:

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Register for the show you would like to see by following the steps at vidf.ca/ shows. 10 minutes before the start of the show, go to link emailed to you and click on the video thumbnail.

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Click on the YouTube icon.

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Allow the video to load on your computer / mobile device and “like” the video.

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Start your Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku or similar device and download / load the YouTube App.

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Sign-in to your Smart Device YouTube app with the same account used on the computer / mobile device that loaded and liked the video.

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Ne. Sans Opera & Dance Photo by Theo Bell

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On your Smart Device YouTube app, navigate to the Library Menu, and then to either History or Liked Videos to access the performance video.

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Dear Friends: I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone taking part in the 2021 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF). Since 2000, the VIDF has celebrated the diversity of contemporary dance expression, offering dancers from across Canada and around the world a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talent. This year’s performances will be live-streamed and I am certain that audiences watching from home will be inspired by the creativity and artistry on display. It continues to be a difficult time for planning and hosting events. That is why I would like to commend all those associated with the VIDF for their hard work and dedication in ensuring this year’s festival could still take place. You can be proud of your commitment to supporting the art of culturally diverse contemporary dance in Canada.

A Message from the Mayor On behalf of my colleagues on City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, I want to welcome everyone to the Vancouver International Dance Festival’s 2021 virtual edition. The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) presents exceptional performances by artists of diverse backgrounds who are focused on the body as the instrument of communication. It provides these artists with essential opportunities for exposure and recognition. Since 2000, the VIDF has enhanced the public appreciation for contemporary dance by providing memorable experiences for artists and audiences alike. In 2021, the VIDF continues to advance the art form by presenting contemporary dance as state-ofthe-art livestream events. I would like to send my appreciation to the organizers, volunteers and performers for all the hard work that goes into such a festival, and I am pleased to congratulate the Vancouver International Dance Festival on its innovation and resilience. I hope everyone enjoys the Festival!

Please accept my best wishes for a most enjoyable experience.

Sincerely,

Yours sincerely,

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada



A MESSAGE FROM PREMIER JOHN HORGAN

As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone viewing and participating in the 2021 Vancouver International Dance Festival. For over 20 years, the Vancouver International Dance Festival has been highlighting the work of a broad range of dancers from across British Columbia and the country. The past year has presented many unique challenges, and it is inspiring to see how the festival has adapted to provide an innovative and impactful livestream experience. The accessible nature of virtual performances, combined with having viewing be by donation, allows this exciting work to be available to a wider audience than ever before. While the festival may look a little different this year, I have no doubt that it will remain an impressive celebration of diversity within contemporary dance. I want to express my gratitude to the VIDF Society for all your hard work and to the dancers, directors and choreographers for sharing your invaluable artistic expression and talent.

As the pandemic continues to transform our everyday

Depuis que la pandémie bouleverse notre quotidien, les arts et la culture ont pris une importance accrue dans notre vie. En plus de nous inspirer et de nous divertir, ils nous réconfortent dans les moments difficiles. Les Canadiens et Canadiennes ont besoin de se rassembler, ne serait-ce que virtuellement, pour célébrer la richesse et la diversité de leur culture.

The 2021 Vancouver International Dance Festival is once again providing an unparalleled showcase for culturally diverse contemporary dance in British Columbia, while promising fans many exceptional discoveries. Although the format is different this year, the VIDF has once again put together a bold and captivating lineup of performances that are sure to delight audiences at home.

Le Festival international de danse de Vancouver de 2021 ouvre, une fois de plus, une fenêtre incomparable sur la danse contemporaine telle qu’elle s’exprime par les diverses cultures présentes en Colombie-Britannique. De nombreuses découvertes exceptionnelles attendent les amateurs. Bien que le format soit différent cette année, le Festival n’a pas failli à sa tâche; l’équipe a concocté une série de spectacles à la fois captivants et intenses qui raviront les spectateurs dans leur foyer.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to thank

À titre de ministre du Patrimoine canadien, je remercie les organisateurs dévoués, les bénévoles assidus et les talentueux danseurs, danseuses et chorégraphes qui, en 2021, nous présentent le Festival international de danse de Vancouver sous un nouveau jour.

lives, arts and culture have taken on added significance. They inspire, entertain and comfort us in these challenging times. Canadians need to come together— even virtually—to celebrate the richness and diversity of their culture.

the dedicated organizers, the hard-working volunteers and the talented dancers and choreographers who brought the reinvented 2021 Vancouver International Dance Film Festival to life.

Please accept my best wishes for an unforgettable festival and enjoy the shows!

The Honourable / L’honorable Steven Guilbeault

HONOURABLE JOHN HORGAN PREMIER OF BRITISH COLUMBIA


Welcome to the 2021 edition and 21st season of the Vancouver International Dance Festival. The performing arts have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The necessary health orders that limit our ability to travel and gather are acutely felt with our festivals. The ability for artists to travel and audiences to gather is woven into the soul of an event like VIDF. I applaud the ingenuity of the organizers to mount the festival, remaining true to its mission—to showcase and share the art of culturally diverse contemporary dance—while keeping audiences and performers safe. This year, the festival will livestream performances from March to June. The festival is also working with Canadian dance artists by providing additional supports to make the necessary adaptations to their practice. I want to highlight that the VIDF is building on its tradition of providing programming that is accessible to the entire community. By making all the livestream performances by-donation, the festival is ensuring that as many people as possible can experience the connection and inspiration that dance provides. It also means that VIDF—one of British Columbia’s essential cultural events—will this year be able to share their programming with the world. Congratulations to the organizers and to the artists the for making this happen. Bravo and enjoy the festival! Sincerely,

Jane E. Brindley A/Chair BC Arts Council

The arts further our understanding of one another, and they bring us together to imagine a better world. In these unprecedented times, artists and arts organizations are embracing innovative approaches so that they can continue to create their work and share it with audiences. As we grapple with enormous global challenges, the arts offer an endless supply of renewal, inclusion, and resilience. The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support the 2021 Vancouver International Dance Festival, which centres on the unifying power of the work it presents. Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q. Director and CEO


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VANCOUVER’S

NE. SANS OPERA & DANCE Established in 2017 by Artistic Director Idan Cohen in Vancouver, Ne. Sans Opera & Dance is re-imagining and reconnecting Opera & Dance. Directing opera through contemporary dance opens a whole new world of collaborative opportunities: an environment that involves working with singers, dancers, musicians, visual

artists, and designers. In just a few years, Ne. Sans has commissioned new creations, offered workshops and classes, and produced local, national, and international events. Ne. Sans cultivates connections with communities by initiating performance opportunities and developing presentational platforms.

It strengthens and widens artistic practices by experimenting and constantly expanding our knowledge of multidisciplinary art forms to forge a natural hybridization of the Arts and create exciting, thought-provoking, artistically challenging art.

Hourglass Hourglass, by Ne. Sans Opera & Dance is set to 4 Piano Études by acclaimed minimalist composer Philip Glass, and features a duet with Racheal Prince and Brandon Lee Alley (Dance// Novella) joined on stage by pianist and celebrated conductor Leslie Dala.

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CREDITS Director: Idan Cohen Music: Philip Glass, Solo Piano Etudes, No.3, 6, 8, 16. Pianist: Leslie Dala Dancers: Racheal Prince & Brandon Lee Alley (Dance//Novella) Lighting Designer: Theo Bell Costume & Makeup: Ted Littlemore Artistic Advisor: Melanie Berson

Commissioned by Chutzpah! Festival, with the support of RBC, Vancouver, Canada. Created as a part of Ne. Sans’ residency at The Norman Rothstein Theatre, JCC, Vancouver with the support of ‘Asylum Arts’.

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Special thanks to: Chutzpah! Festival Artistic Director, Jessica Mann Gutteridge, Ballet BC, and Alexis Fletcher and Sylvain Senez at ‘The Dance Deck’.

A special Thank You to VIDF sponsors Tom Lee Music and Steinway & Sons for their generous support of this representation of Hourglass.

Free Livestream vidf.ca/shows Artist Q&A following each performance.

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CREDITS Creation & Performance: Josh Martin Creative Contributors: Lisa Mariko Gelley & Justine A. Chambers Lighting Design: James Proudfoot Original Sound Design: Matthew Tomkinson Managing Producer: Francesca Piscopo

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VANCOUVER’S

COMPANY 605 Led by artistic co-directors Lisa Mariko Gelley and Josh Martin, Company 605 is an arts organization based in Vancouver, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Producing various dance projects and performances through shared creative process, the artists place emphasis on rigorous choreographic propositions and movement invention, building physically demanding work that juxtaposes raw with precision, and highlights effort, risk, and interconnection. 605 is an ongoing exchange between separate people, bodies, and ideas, recognizing and celebrating the unique possibilities created in their attempt to co-exist. Valuing collaboration as an essential tool

for new directions in dance, Company 605 continues to awaken a fresh and ever-evolving aesthetic, building a highly athletic art form derived from the human experience. With an expanding repertoire of diverse works, the company has performed from coast to coast in over 30 cities across Canada, as well as touring in the US, Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. 605’s co-directors have created commissioned works for several dance companies, including Ballet BC (Anthem, 2017). Their collaborations with filmmakers have allowed 605’s work to be shared globally, with short dance films shown at over 45 dance-on-screen festivals around the world.

Brimming Created and performed by Artistic Co-Director Josh Martin, Brimming is a new solo investigating the body as a container: a rigid frame holding in and concealing its stored inner contents. The piece imagines the body as a hollow interior space continuously shaped and reshaped, filled and emptied, and inhabited through different states. A performer trapped inside his own form, the dance is a meeting of both the seen and unseen – the invisible contents that slosh up against the sides, pushing against the outer surface from beneath, and occasionally leaking under its pressure. Brimming explores this shape we are in, how it holds us, and what might eventually spill out when the walls begin to bend.

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VIDYA KOTAMRAJU Vidya Kotamraju is a Vancouver based Bharata Natyam dance artist. She is a graduate of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy. Vidya has performed for Mandala Arts and Culture, notably in The Temptation of Buddha and The Monk and The Courtesan. She has also performed for the Dance Centre’s Silk

Route Festival, Wish 150 A Long Way Home Exhibit, PNE’s Spirit of India Festival, Namaste Canada, Diwali in BC (Shyama), DiwaliFest and International Indian Cultural Festival among others. Vidya currently serves on the Boards of New Works and Mandala Arts and Culture.

Longing… Longing... is a two-part performance based on the universal themes of romantic and spiritual yearning for love, companionship and oneness. I. I and He “Dear Friend, please bring my beloved Krishna to me. Nostalgic as I am of all those magical moments spent with him, I passionately yearn for his presence.”

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II. Thou and Me “Oh Shiva! intoxicated as I am by the beauty of your dance, I yearn for your presence. Oh beautiful Lord with matted long hair, adorned with snakes, with the crescent moon and divine river on your head, I long to see your marvelous dance. I implore you to come and bless me with your grace.”


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CREDITS I and He Choreography: Bragha Bessell Vocals: Hariprasad Poetry: Jayadeva (12th Century, India) Thou and Me Choreography: Jai Govinda Music: Recorded under direction of Balasubramaniam Sharma (Copyright Mandala Arts and Culture) Poetry: Paapanaasam Sivan (20th Century, India) Performance & Visual Direction: Vidya Kotamraju Prelude Music: Rekesh Chauhan & Nandini Shankar Prelude Choreography: Vidya Kotamraju Lighting & Technical Direction: Jessica Han Graphic Design: Kasina Sree Vardhan Makeup: Ashika Narayan Videography: Jo Hirabayashi

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YVONNE NG / tiger princess dance projects

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Born and raised in Singapore, of Peranakan Chinese descent, Yvonne Ng, B.F.A., M.A., is the founder, choreographer, presenter, arts educator and artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), which houses tiger princess dance projects (TPDP) and the biennial dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (2001). TPDP’s repertoire

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includes Yvonne’s works and commissioned works, creating original roles for Bill James, José Navas, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O’Day, MarieJosée Chartier, Robert Glumbek, Stephanie Skura, Deborah Hay, and Tedd Robinson. tiger princess dance projects has toured to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the USA. Yvonne

is a certified Open Source Forms ©, Dance for Dementia (Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance) and Ashtanga Yoga teacher, with training in Partners for Youth Empowerment Creative Facilitator (Level 1& 2), C-I Training TM, Senior Fitness (CCAA), Dance for PDTM (Parkinson’s) and functional anatomy with Irene Dowd. Yvonne is the recipient of the 2017

Muriel Sherrin Award, the 2016 Jacqueline Lemieux Award, K.M. Hunter Artist Award, New Pioneers Arts Award, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Soulpepper’s Community Artist Award and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – New Talent. In 2000, she received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best performance and has received multiple nominations.

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Weave…part one

Where or in what time space does identity reside? Ng asks “How does someone else’s movement quality impact my own dancing self?” as she undertakes a pointed investigation for her solo, In Search of the Holy Chop Suey. In it, she ponders a life of creation and imitation in movement and mines influences from sources as varied as her mother, modern dance, kung fu legends, ordinary people, wild animals and more. Says Ng, “When I imitate, I also uncover something unique in myself. Each time I fail to become more like my mother (or my favourite kung fu hero Bruce Lee), I become more me.”

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Weave...part one uses a contemporary dance framework to braid my mother’s life with mine. She was sold and adopted (post World War II) into a Peranakan Chinese family as a baby and at age seven, passed onto her Lau Ye (Grandaunty) for convenience. At age 19, on the death of the adopted patriarch, she was discarded and all association with the family cut. Some of the situations I lived through and choices I had to make in Canada (my immigrant passage to Canada, the rights that I was not afforded as a woman or new immigrant, nor dared voice) have paralleled her experience of being forsaken and these have crystalized who I became and how I have made my life as a sole female immigrant of colour in Canada. Central to the solo is a questioning of the role/value of a woman in Asia and in Canada – if all this has really changed with the passing of time.

In Search of the Holy Chop Suey Concept, Creation & Performance: Yvonne Ng in collaboration with Set Designer: Silvie Varone Costumes: Silvie Varone & Yvonne Ng Music: DakhaBrakha, Ólafur Arnalds, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, field recordings. Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan Creative Facilitators: Marie-Josée Chartier & Dan Wild Rehearsal Director: Johanna Bergfeldt

Weave...part one Concept, Creation & Performance: Yvonne Ng Music: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto Original Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter Lighting Design Adaptation: Arun Srinivasan Dramaturge: Susan Cash Creative Facilitator: Katherine Duncanson

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CAMP is an artist-run entity that is focused on the collaborative process of art making. Our mandate is to promote dialogue and care between artists throughout each step of the creative process and to make dance in a collective sharing of ideas, while supporting each collaborator’s artistic development, use of voice, and furthering of identity. CAMP has had the opportunity to research through residency programs and generous donors such as: Mascall Dance, The Dance Centre’s 12 Minutes Max, Dance Victoria studios and Vanleena Dance Studios. As artistic collaborators and dance interpreters, we have had the opportunity to work and perform

with incredible dance makers such as: Action at a Distance, Wen Wei Dance, Company 605, FakeKnot, Raven Spirit Dance Company, Kate Franklin, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Ne. Sans Opera & Dance, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, The Vancouver Opera, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Vision Impure, Heather Dotto, Heather Laura-Gray, Jennifer McleishLewis, Alameda Civic Ballet Company, Company Joe Ink, the response., TWObigsteps Collective, WAREhaus Dance Collective, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Mascall Dance, Mahaila Patterson O’Brien, Rachel Meyers, Anya Saugstad, and Dance Victoria (Emerging Choreographic Lab).

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CREDITS Choreographer-Dancers: Brenna Metzmeier, Eowynn Enquist, Isak Enquist, Ted Littlemore & Sarah Formosa Outside Eye: Justine A. Chambers Lighting Designer: Jonathan Kim Sound Designers: Isak Enquist, Ted Littlemore & Stefan Nazarevich

WANTED CAMP’s new dance work, WANTED, is a fantastical exploration of the light and dark extremes of humanity, told through the lens of the cowboy. In a performance rich with artifice, aesthetic, exaggeration, and comedy, we take a campy dive into themes of systemic evil. Panic, blame, and desperate acts of self-preservation rise to the surface, and in turn, so do escapism and indulgence. We are referencing iconography of the cowboy for its wealth of imagery, a sense of nostalgia, and fantasy. The violence entrenched in the history of the Wild West provides a dynamic backdrop for our characters as they try to negotiate their day to day lives.

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The growing athleticism of the movement unravels our humanity in a performative storm of hysterical emotions, cycling through versions of happiness, sadness, and anger with extreme physicality. And increasingly, the storm is broken by moments of selfawareness, where we are forced to reconcile with the sins that are committed in the throes of chaos.

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CREDITS Choreography & Costumes Design: Davi Rodrigues Rehearsal Director: Racheal Prince Lighting Designer: Andrew Pye Music: Mikael Karlsson, Antonio Vivaldi, Rodolpho Rebuzzi e Itália Rebuzzi & Nina Simone.

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Dance Artists: Hayley Galati, Oksana Maslechko, Caroline Kiddie, Isla Spotswood, Katrina Del Villar, Piper French, Mackye White, Danielle Drach, Will Jessup, Lazaro Silva Apprentices: Summer Sturm, Linnea Goldstrom, Ashley Rabinovitch, Natasha Pavan, Adrian Maxwell.


VANCOUVER’S

LAMONDANCE North Vancouver-based Lamondance (LMD) is a contemporary dance/training company established to promote and expand contemporary dance vocabulary locally, nationally, and abroad. Founded in 2008, LMD operated under North Vancouver’s RNB Dance and Theatre Arts for ten years. In summer 2019, the company was incorporated as Lamondance Arts

Society and received CRA charitable status. Today, LMD is a strong, contemporary dance voice in the Lower Mainland led by Artistic Director Davi Rodrigues, who brings 30+ years of professional dance experience and more than 18 years as a dance educator, choreographer and director. Under his leadership, LMD offers training and apprenticeship

programs and a season of artistic programming of bold and innovative contemporary dance works. LMD has toured to represent Canada at the International Dance Seminar in Brazil and the TanzArt Festival in Germany (two important international events for contemporary dance). Importantly, alumni of LMD have joined leading dance companies in Brazil, Germany, Austria, and the US.

Before Dawn “To the first light of day, a new era must come. Let it become light or clear, dark or bright with ups and downs; there is still time to love and forgive, laugh, and cry. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the Dawn is still dark. With the ramps of life, Even so, will you run away with us?” - DR.

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27th Annual Wreck Beach Butoh Performance Workshop July 12 - 25, 2021 Rehearsals at KW Studios Performances July 24th and 25th at Wreck Beach (foot of #4 Trail below UBC Museum of Anthropology) on Vancouver’s largest stage with costumes, set, lighting, and sound by Mother Nature Info: kokoro.ca/workshops/

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT HOW TO HELP

VIDF ENDOWMENT FUND

LARISA FAYAD MEMORIAL FUND

You can support the festival’s programming and the continued growth of contemporary dance through donations to the Vancouver International Dance Festival. The VIDF is a non-profit, artist-run, registered charitable society (CRA# 892858614RR0001) that needs your support. Your donation will help to ensure ongoing opportunities for local dancers, and touring opportunities for international artists to bring their works to the stage in Vancouver.

Supervised by the Vancouver Foundation, the VIDF Endowment Fund is building a long-term legacy for the festival. This year marks the 21st edition of the VIDF! If you would like to see the festival continue to advance the art of contemporary dance for years to come, please donate at vidf. ca/endowmentfund. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for contributions over $3 made online.

In loving memory of Larisa Fayad (1976-2007), her friends and family have established the Larisa Fayad Memorial Fund to carry on Larisa’s work and aspirations in the field of lighting design. From this fund, biennial bursaries of $2,500 are awarded to enable the careers of emerging lighting designers.

Learn more about different ways to support the VIDF at vidf.ca/ donate. Unrestricted donations to the society can be made directly through this link, over the phone or by mail to the VIDF office. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for contributions over $3.

You can also donate to this fund by writing a cheque payable to the Vancouver Foundation, indicating VIDF in the memo line, and mailing it to: Vancouver Foundation RE: Vancouver International Dance Festival Suite 200, 475 West Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9

Please help keep Larisa’s memory alive by donating to the VIDF endowment fund and dedicating your donation to Larisa Fayad by selecting “Add dedication” on the online form, or by noting the dedication in writing with your mailed cheque.

You can also support the VIDF by “liking” our videos on YouTube, subscribing to our YouTube channel and following us on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter. “Checking in” to the VIDF on Facebook and rating you experience also supports our visibility and promotes our activities. Of course, the best way to support the VIDF is by attending our events and spreading the word!

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Photo ofPhoto Performers of Larisa Name Fayad byby Photographer Jay Hirabayashi


WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR ALL OUR SUPPORTERS, WHO TOGETHER, MAKE THE VIDF POSSIBLE SUSTAINING BENEFACTORS

MEDIA PARTNER

VIDF STAFF

Linda Farris Judith Garay Gary Maier Leslie Poole Barbara Bourget Jay Hirabayashi

Stir Vancouver

Co-producers: Jay Hirabayashi & Barbara Bourget Festival Manager: Gabrielle Martin Administrative Assistant: Jeeyoung Kong KW Studios Facility Manager: Joseph Hirabayashi KW Studios Technical Director: Jessica Han Web Series Director: Patrycja Kamska Graphic Designer: Aaron Smith

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites – Vancouver Downtown Kokoro Dance Theatre Society Tom Lee Music Steinway & Sons The Diamond East Van Graphics Ugly Duckling

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FOUNDATIONS AND FUNDING AGENCIES British Columbia Arts Council Canada Council for the Arts City of Vancouver – Cultural Services Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage Province of British Columbia

VIDF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Henry Wong, President Leslie Stark, Vice President Tuan Luu, Secretary/Treasurer Kazuho Yamamoto, Member at Large

Lamondance Photo By Miles Clark


FRIENDS OF THE VIDF Khaliun Altanbadralt Maria Salome Andrade Nieto Gerardo Avila Cesar Banares Ilze Bebris Janice Beley Khosro Berahmandi Miriam Borys Busby Mo Bot Neil Bowker Sharon Brown Lindsey Burnett Lisa Butel Patricia Camacho Marilou Carrillo Katie Cassady Katherine Chan Kirk Chantraine Evelyne Charuest Isaac Chavez Julia Cheng Marie Cheong Yvonne Chew Stephen Chong Lindsay Clague Lynn Copeland Robyn Cruz Lily Cryan Ramona Das Heather Davis Buss Benedict Deis Peter Dickinson Kim Dillon Kenneth Dixon Carline Dolmazon Antonio Dorantes Mark Douglas

Lynn Dragone David Drummond Jason Dubois Marchel Eang Peter Eastwood Marla Eist Randall Enomoto Marijn Eterman Kai Ethier Sabrina Evertt Maureen Ewing Dennis Foon Shirley Gable Anthony Giacinti Jane Gilchrist Martin Gotfrit Heather Gray Yvette Gray Melissa Gregerson Patrick Guinane Sneja Gunew Robert Hamilton Jessica Han Loretta Hands Evelyn Harden Anne Harvie Jill Henis Barbara Hirabayashi Heather Hodson Ken Hsueh Jeremiah Hughes Olga Iacovlenco Kristina Irrgang Marion Jamieson Brock Jellison Constance Kadota Tawni Keith Stephanie Kellington

Ahmed Khalil Kori Kilburn Julie King Hari Krishnan David Lach Denis Lafond Sam Lang Maria Lantin Sheila Lau Julie Lebel Catherine Lee Pui Ming Lee Su-Feh Lee Carleana Lesyk Keith Lim Shannon Lin Jennifer Lord Catherine Lubinsky Ellen Luchkow Fiona MacKay Mira Malatestinic Joshua Martin Jennifer Mascall Marty McCririck Irene McDermott Molly McDermott Sarah McDermott Zoe McDougall Kelly McInnes Jennifer McKinley David Menday Adrianna Mendrek Kasey Milani Emily Millen Jeannine Miller Kenji Mitsuhashi Enrique Mohler Lani Morand Kevin Murawsky

Haruka Muta David Ng Yvonne Ng Salome Nieto Alwyn O’Brien Jasmine O’Brien Douglas Oldenburg Marion Oldenburg Jean F. Orr Aiko Osugi Simon Overstall Sharlene Patterson Shauna Paull Amber Peardon Sherry Peters Betty-Lou Phillips Marguerite Pigeon Francesca Piscopo Leslie Pomeroy Darlene Prosser Galindo Raquel Esther Rausenberg Fanny Riguidel Glenn Robb Edward Robinson Ingrid Rose Tadia Rosen Hilary Russell Connie Sabo Selma Savage Melanie Semlacher Sharon Seslija Martha Sevier Olivia Shaffer Kathy Shimizu Evann Siebens Rachelle Siemens James (Jim) Smith Peter Smith

The Vancouver International Dance Festival is a member of the CanDance Network of Dance Presenters.

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