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Posted on June 22, 2017 in General

Welcome to The Dance Centre's 2017/2018 season! We have a diverse and stimulating series of dance experiences coming up, featuring exceptional work by both local and international dance makers: Our Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series includes work by Canadian artists as well as choreographers from as far afield as France, Norway and Australia. The always-popular Discover... Read more
Posted on June 16, 2017 in General

We are proud to announce the recipients of two awards that acknowledge both the achievements and the potential of British Columbia’s choreographers. Serge Bennathan receives the Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance in recognition of his contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over 25 years; and Julianne Chapple is the recipient of the biennial Iris Garland Emerging... Read more
Posted on December 19, 2016 in General

We have been lucky to have Andrea Valentine-Lewis as our student intern this fall, and in this blog post she shares her experience of working at The Dance Centre: Growing up in Victoria, I was a competitive dancer in a studio setting. I took classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, stage, and musical theatre; however, ballet was (and is) my greatest passion. I attended intensives at Laban Conservatory... Read more
Posted on October 12, 2016 in General

Alexa Mardon writes about SLIP(PAGE), a project unfolding in the Scotiabank Dance Centre lobby this month, which explores ideas around language, writing, choreography and space: What is the potential of language to disrupt the encoded space it inhabits? Can writing hold the choreographies of a place: its social codes, structures, ghosts, and encounters, as they continuously become revealed... Read more
Posted on August 23, 2016 in General

Dance artists Ziyian Kwan and Vanessa Goodman share some of the ideas and inspiration behind Simile, an evening of contemporary dance coming up as part of the Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House on September 10. Why Simile? Ziyian Kwan: Vanessa and I have chosen to call the show Simile because it refers to something that is like another. From my perspective, it’s an intentionally... Read more

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the Lola Award is renowned flamenco dancer, choreographer and director Rosario Ancer. The $10,000 award was founded in memory of the much-loved choreographer Lola MacLaughlin, and is presented to a senior-level choreographer every two years. Ancer has been referred to as ‘The Mother of Flamenco in Vancouver,’ founding her school... Read more
Posted on May 6, 2016 in General

We are proud to announce the recipient of this year’s Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance. Vancouver choreographer Karen Jamieson receives the award in recognition of her contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over forty years which encompasses community-engaged and cross-cultural work, as well as creation and performance. Mirna Zagar, Executive Director... Read more

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. In the last in this blog series, choreographer Paras Terezakis and writer Nancy Lee (The Age, Dead Girls) discuss collaboration, fresh perspectives and taking chances. Nancy Lee: What do you hope audiences... Read more

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. Carmen Aguirre (writer, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter and "Open Fire", upon which this piece is based) and Olivia C. Davies (choreographer) discuss their... Read more

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. Here are choreographer Anusha Fernando and author Aislinn Hunter discussing the unique discoveries and rewards of their collaboration: How did you approach the process of integrating ideas,... Read more
Posted on January 27, 2016 in General

This season The Dance Centre is partnering with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Words in Motion, a project that brings together writers and choreographers. Chan Centre Programming and Rentals Manager Wendy Atkinson talks about how the project, part of the Chan Centre's Beyond Words series, came to life. Can you tell us a bit about the origin and purpose of the Beyond... Read more

We have been lucky to have two great interns from Simon Fraser University this year. Anna Dueck and Gerta Heba share what working at The Dance Centre has been like for them: Anna Dueck: I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, growing up as a competitive dancer in a variety of styles as well as completing a fine arts dance program in my high school. I knew come grade 12 I wanted... Read more

In this guest post, choreographer/performer Shay Kuebler writes about the diverse and exciting ideas behind his upcoming new work Telemetry, which he is researching during our DanceLab interdisciplinary program this month: Telemetry: researching human communication, memory and the body through the science of radio systems and elements of bebop jazz, swing, tap, house, and contemporary dance. This... Read more
Posted on October 28, 2015 in General

In this guest post Michelle Olson, Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance, talks about the process that drives her creation of contemporary Aboriginal works: As an Artistic Director, I am always so excited when our work hits the stage.  The process of getting to this place is a crazy patchwork quilt of funding, partnerships and fundraising all stitched up together.  Some of the stitches... Read more
Posted on August 18, 2015 in General

In this guest post, choreographer Starr Muranko introduces Spine of the Mother, a collaboration between dance artists in Canada and Peru: Spine of the Mother is a multi-year collaborative exchange project between dance artists in Canada and Peru which spans two continents and strives to discover new ways in which to research, connect and create choreographic work that is grounded in an Indigenous... Read more
Posted on July 15, 2015 in General

The Dance Centre is proud to announce the recipients of awards that acknowledge both the achievements and the potential of British Columbia’s choreographers. Jennifer Mascall receives the Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance in recognition of her contribution to BC’s dance scene through a career spanning over thirty years; and Deanna Peters is the recipient of the biennial Iris Garland... Read more
Posted on April 23, 2015 in General

SPLAY is a collaborative project by Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley of 605 Collective, and dance artist Justine A. Chambers, utilizing the Granville St frontage of Scotiabank Dance Centre. This guest post by Justine and students from the Modus Operandi training program shares some of their ideas and research, in the run up to a free showing on International Dance Day on April 29: The following blog... Read more
Posted on April 7, 2015 in General

April 29 is International Dance Day! The Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO founded International Dance Day in 1982 “to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language - Dance.” April 29 was chosen as it was the birthday of ballet pioneer... Read more

Renowned dramaturge Gabi Beier, Artistic and Executive Director of ada Studio in Berlin, has been working with emerging dance artists on the planning, creation and production of new works in a two-week immersive experience, first in Victoria and now in Vancouver. The resulting dance works can be seen at a free studio showing at Scotiabank Dance Centre on February 27: "Recently... Read more
Posted on February 3, 2015 in General

Two participants in our Writing Dance workshop, led by Dance International editor Kaija Pepper, review Faustin Linyekula’s Le Cargo, presented January 29-31, 2015 by The Dance Centre and the Push International Performing Arts Festival. A journey from war and crisis to meaning By Zoe Quinn It’s a universal question - “what is the point?” - to be on the constant prowl... Read more
Posted on January 29, 2015 in General

SPLAY is a collaborative project by Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley of 605 Collective, and dance artist Justine A. Chambers. In this guest blog post, Justine introduces the project and describes its purpose and scope: SPLAY is being developed to create an ongoing series of dance happenings that take place behind the doors of the mostly unused Granville Street side of Scotiabank Dance Centre. The... Read more
Posted on January 27, 2015 in General

Two of the participants in our Writing Dance workshop, led by Dance International editor Kaija Pepper, share their responses to Lisbeth Gruwez’s It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend, presented by The Dance Centre and the Push International Performing Arts Festival January 22-24. Speech Is Not Always Power By Jillian Groening There is a curious apprehension... Read more
Posted on November 28, 2014 in General

Come and explore the Dance Machine at an informal Open House on Friday December 5, 2014, 6-9pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre! ma·chine məˈSHēn/ noun 1. an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work 2. a mechanical apparatus or contrivance; mechanism 3. a device that transmits or modifies force or motion. For... Read more
Posted on November 6, 2014 in General

Each fall The Dance Centre issues a call for submissions for the following season’s programs, which include residencies, research labs, Dance In Vancouver, and more! The deadline for 2014-15 is coming up on November 10: here are the answers to some frequently asked questions, for artists who are still thinking about applying. Q: Who can apply for Dance Centre programs? A: To be eligible... Read more
Posted on October 2, 2014 in General

This week we held one of our regular Business of Dance information sessions for dance artists, and this one was an introduction to pitching work to presenters. Here are a few of the key points which emerged. Our thanks to Mary-Louise Albert of the Chutzpah! Festival who joined our Executive Director Mirna Zagar to provide insights into how presenters work and what artists need to know when seeking... Read more
Posted on September 5, 2014 in General

Welcome to our new blog! We're quite proud of the fact that we do a lot of things here at The Dance Centre..... Performances and public events of course, which showcase genres and styles from different cultures, and range from cutting-edge contemporary dance to free community celebrations. However a lot of work also happens behind the scenes through our residencies, research labs... Read more