The Dance Centre presents the Annual
Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday to Sunday, September 15-18, 2011
677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver
Aeriosa performances Sept 15-17, 8.30pm: tickets $10 from www.ticketstonight.ca
Open classes, workshops and events Sept 17-18, 10am-6pm: FREE
Information: 604.606.6400 www.thedancecentre.ca
Presented with the support of Scotiabank
Scotiabank Dance Centre celebrates its 10th Anniversary this September with a special extended edition of its popular annual Open House. Highlights include a performance both inside and on the outside wall of the building by Vancouver's spectacular aerial dance company Aeriosa; and two days of free open classes, workshops and special events offering the public the opportunity to experience a host of dance styles.
Performance: Aeriosa: Being
Thursday to Saturday September 15-17, 8.30pm
Aeriosa's spectacular aerial dance events combine the athleticism of rock climbing with the grace and artistry of dance: the company was one of the highlights of Scotiabank Dance Centre's opening festival in 2001 and now returns for the 10th anniversary with a new work. Choreographer Julia Taffe's Being unfolds inside the performance space, and then takes the audience outside to watch the company dance down the seven-storey exterior wall in cascading duets, trios and quartets. Imagining who and what will exist in the space in the future, Being is created in collaboration with animator Michael Mann, projection designer Tim Matheson and composer Jordan Nobles, with costumes by Kate Burrows and lighting by Jason Dubois.
Classes, workshops, studio showings and events:
Saturday-Sunday September 17-18, 10am-6pm
From ballet, contemporary and salsa to Bollywood, flamenco, Nia and classical East Indian dance there will be opportunities to take part in open classes and watch studio showings and events. Participating artists and companies include Ballet BC, Dance 4U, Flamenco Rosario, Kinesis Dance, Mandala Arts and Culture, Modus Operandi, Raven Spirit Dance, Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz, the 10x10x10 Project, and more.
About Scotiabank Dance Centre
Regarded as Canada's flagship dance facility, Scotiabank Dance Centre opened in September 2001 in the heart of downtown Vancouver, a stunning state-of-the-art project designed by Architectura in collaboration with the renowned architect Arthur Erickson. It was designed to be a purpose-built, shared-use facility, which would provide a diverse dance community with a home of its own. Spearheaded and operated by the not-for-profit resource organization The Dance Centre, the facility has six studios and a fully-equipped production/presentation space, hosting rehearsals, classes, workshops, performances and events, and has seen an estimated 500,000+ visits over the last ten years.
Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of The Dance Centre, says: "It has been immensely rewarding to see how Scotiabank Dance Centre, which began as a dream so many years ago, has contributed to the growth of our diverse and multitalented dance community. It provides high quality studio space for dance artists, which is sorely needed, but more than that I believe we have been able to nurture a stimulating environment supportive of the creative potential of dance artists, contributing to a new synergy within the arts sector in Canada. This building has become a focal reference point for the art of dance in British Columbia, contributing to its visibility with local audiences and in national and international contexts."
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Media contact: Jodi Smith, JLS Entertainmentt: 604 736 4939 e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House media sponsors: CTV and the Georgia Straight
The operations of The Dance Centre are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs. Programs are also supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Dance Centre
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC V6B 2G6 Tel 604 606 6400