Global Dance Connections series 2012-2013
Global Dance Connections offers a season of stimulating contemporary dance from Vancouver, Canada and overseas!
The 2012-2013 season is now finished: the next season will begin in the fall. Details to be announced.
Two evenings of dance from Germany presented with Transatlantique Montreal/Festival Quartiers Danses
fabien prioville dance company (Dusseldorf)
Experiment on Chatting Bodies
Friday September 21, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback September 21
A veteran of La La La Human Steps and the legendary Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, French-born Fabien Prioville creates work that bursts with theatricality and striking images. In his new duet (performed with Pascal Merighi, also ex-Tanztheater Wuppertal) Prioville uses Facebook and Skype to invite people to share their music, movement, opinions, even views of their homes, to create a digitally extended live performance, in a witty examination of the impact of new technology on human communication. www.fabienprioville.com
Duration: 55 minutes
A production by fabien prioville dance company, in coproduction with tanzhaus nrw and Attakkalari Biennal, Bangalore/India. Supported by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youths, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Office for Cultural Affairs of the State Capital of Dusseldorf, the Office for Cultural Affairs of the City of Wuppertal and the Stiftung van Meeteren.
Morgan Nardi Choreography (Dusseldorf)
A ONE M(ORG)AN SHOW
Saturday September 22, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback September 22
Where does the truth end and the lie begin? Award-winning choreographer Morgan Nardi’s subversive take on the one-man show introduces us to a charming, if not entirely reliable, entertainer who spins fact and fiction to keep us asking who he really is, and why it matters. In an exuberant virtuoso performance fusing dance, song, text and comedy, Nardi questions the self-presentation and authenticity of the artist and the audience, defends the right to lie and shatters the obligation to tell the truth. www.morgan-nardi.com
Duration: 70 minutes
A production by Morgan Nardi Choreography, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw. Funded by the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Arts Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf. Supported by the Residencies of PACT Zollverein Essen and Schloss Bröllin e. V.. Sponsored by WISTRA GmbH Selmsdorf.
fabien prouville dance company and Morgan Nardi Choreography are presented through an ongoing exchange partnership between Transatlantique Festival Montreal and The Dance Centre, which since 2008 has facilitated the presentation of BC-based artists in Montreal, and brought artists from the Festival to perform in Vancouver.
Restless Productions (Vancouver)
The Moment of Forgetting
Thursday-Saturday October 4-6, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback October 5
Presented with Restless Productions and Redshift Music through The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program
The Moment of Forgetting explores in movement, sound and performance the daily human experience of being abandoned by our knowledge, and the shock of finding an absence where we expected a presence. How do we forget, and what does it mean when we do? Choreographed by Claire French for five dancers, with an original score composed by James Maxwell and played live by four musicians, this stimulating new work also features set design by the innovative duo Hadley + Maxwell. www.restlessproductions.com
Duration: approx 60 minutes
Shay Kuebler (Vancouver)
Thursday-Saturday December 6-8, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback December 7
Presented through The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program
Shay Kuebler presents a new full-length version of his 2011 hit Karoshi (meaning ‘death from overwork’ in Japanese), which is inspired by the clash between extreme societal pressure and personal needs, as exemplified in Japan’s salaryman culture. Kuebler draws on martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance to create physically explosive, high energy choreography for an outstanding all-male ensemble, incorporating live taiko drumming (by Uzume Taiko's Jason Overy) and video to create a thrilling and visceral theatrical experience. www.shaykuebler.tumblr.com
Duration: 60 minutes
This show includes some strobe lighting.
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council, and the residency programs of The Dance Centre, UBC Theatre and the Kay Meek Arts Centre.
Three programs of dance presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Jérôme Bel (Paris)
Friday-Sunday January 18-20, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback January 19
The slyly brilliant work of Jérome Bel returns to Vancouver with a beautifully spare and poetic evening of dance and autobiographical storytelling, created in collaboration with, and performed by, French dancer Cédric Andrieux. Reflecting on a rich career which included eight rigorous years with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Andrieux gives a rare, moving and humorous insider’s view into a dancer's life, performing extracts of work by major choreographers including Cunningham and Trisha Brown. www.jeromebel.fr
Curatorial statement by Dani Fecko
Duration: 80 minutes
Cedric Andrieux is a coproduction of the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Festival d'Automne (Paris), R.B. Jérôme Bel (Paris), supported by Centre National de la Danse (Paris), La Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York).
Hiroaki Umeda/S20 (Tokyo)
Haptic + Holistic Strata
Friday-Sunday January 25-27, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback January 26
Hiroaki Umeda is one of Japan’s most exciting artists, bringing together light, sound and movement with astonishing force and style. Haptic plays with the sensation of colour, drenching the stage in layers of red, blue and purple, framing Umeda’s constantly moving body. In Holistic Strata he is bathed in pinpoints of light, swaying with and against a torrential flow of racing light particles, creating an impact that is both disorientating and spellbinding. www.hiroakiumeda.com www.quaternaire.org
Curatorial statement by Mirna Zagar
Duration: approx 65 minutes including intermission
This performance includes strobe lighting
Haptic is coproduced by the Théâtre de Nîmes; Festival d’Automne à Paris. Holistic Strata is produced by Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media. Hiroaki Umeda/S20 is supported by the EU Japan Fest and Quaternaire.
Pieter Ampe + Guilherme Garrido/CAMPO (Ghent)
Still Standing You
Tuesday-Wednesday January 29-30 + Friday-Saturday February 1-2, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback January 30
The incendiary Belgian-Portuguese duo Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido burst on to the European dance scene five years ago and they have toured internationally to wild acclaim ever since. Still Standing You tests the limits of friendship, rivalry and their own bodies in a rough-and-tumble montage of dance, gymnastics and wrestling. Daring, discomfiting and darkly hilarious, this is an astounding take on masculinity, aggression and tenderness. www.campo.nu
Curatorial statement by Norman Armour
Duration: 60 minutes
This performance includes male nudity
Produced by Campo. Coproduced with STUK, Leuven (B) and Buda, Kortrijk (B). Tour supported by Canada Council for the Arts.
battery opera performance + Par B.L.eux (Vancouver/Montreal)
Body-Scan: Sweet Gyre
Thursday-Saturday February 14-16, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback February 15
Body-Scan: Sweet Gyre is choreographed and performed by Montreal’s Benoît Lachambre and battery opera’s Su-Feh Lee, two exceptional artists renowned for pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance with work that is fearless, intellectually rigorous and absorbing. Following on from their 2008 ensemble piece Body-Scan, this new duet explores the human body as a porous conduit through which our personal and collective history, memory and desires pass, and features images by New York photographer Robert Flynt and live music by Juno Award-winning musician and composer Jesse Zubot.
Audience advisory: this show contains some nudity.
Joe Ink (Vancouver)
Retrospective: 25 Years
Wednesday-Saturday March 6-9, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback March 7
Presented with Joe Ink and the Vancouver International Dance Festival
Choreographer Joe Laughlin revisits some of his most popular works in an evening celebrating 25 years of making quirky, lyrical and imaginative dance. Harold, Billy, Stan and Jack (1997) is an athletic quartet exploring masculinity, set to film noir music by Ennio Morricone. In Left (2003) a man comes to terms with his life in a tightly focused pas de deux – with a teacup. An excerpt from the elegiac dusk (2011) completes the program. www.joeink.ca
Single tickets from the VIDF: 604.662.4966 www.vidf.ca
Duration: approx 75 minutes
Produced with the support of the residency programs of Dance Victoria and The Dance Centre.
Marta Marta Productions (Vancouver)
Speaking in Ligeti
Thursday-Saturday April 18-20, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback April 19
Presented with Vancouver New Music through The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program
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Duration: approx 60 minutes
Chartier Danse (Toronto/Montreal)
Thursday-Saturday April 25-27, 8pm
Post-show artist talkback April 26
Stria is the latest solo work by the award-winning and versatile choreographer/performer Marie-Josée Chartier, and is inspired by the beautiful and unpredictable terrain of the Badlands. The work uses an exquisite blend of movement, music, text and voice to delve into a mosaic of colourful memories, and touches on themes of nature, love and loss. Anchored by a luminous central performance by Chartier, Stria is a thoughtful, humorous and unconventional self-portrait. www.chartierdanse.com
Duration: 60 minutes
Co-produced by Public Energy.