2008-2009 Season press release

The Dance Centre: 2008-2009 season

Vancouver, BC:  The Dance Centre’s 2008-2009 season presents performances by artists working across contemporary and cultural genres in two series. The Global Dance Connections contemporary dance series features local, Canadian and international companies, and the popular Discover Dance! noon series showcases a diverse range of BC dance. Special events include the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House, International Dance Day and Twelve Minutes Max, plus ongoing studio presentations, discussions and events throughout the season.

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series
Friday-Saturday September 12-13 Moving Dragon (Vancouver)
Thursday-Saturday October 9-11 battery opera (Vancouver)
Thursday-Saturday November 13-15 Trial & Eros (Montreal)
Friday-Saturday December 12-13 Gioconda Barbuto/Emily Molnar (Montreal/Vancouver)
Thursday-Saturday January 22-24 Hiroaki Umeda (Tokyo) 
Thursday-Saturday February 12-14 Lynda Gaudreau/Compagnie De Brune (Montreal)
Thursday-Saturday May 7-9 Wee/Francesco Scavetta (Oslo/Rome)
Thursday-Saturday June 11-13 Fortier Danse-Création (Montreal)

Discover Dance! Noon dance series 
Thursday September 25 Historical Performance Ensemble 
Thursday October 30 Mandala Arts and Culture 
Thursday November 27 Converge Dance Op. 
Thursday February 26 Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble
Thursday March 26 Lola Dance 
Thursday April 23 Judith Marcuse Projects 
Thursday May 28 Thai Dance Company

Saturday September 13 The 7th annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House 
Monday-Tuesday December 8-9 Twelve Minutes Max 
Saturday April 25 Judith Marcuse Projects EARTH = home
Wednesday April 29 International Dance Day 
Monday-Tuesday May 25-26 Twelve Minutes Max

Information: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca
All events are at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver except for Twelve Minutes Max.

More information about each show and ticketing details follow below.
Tickets go on sale August 11, 2008.

Global Dance Connections 

A series showcasing contemporary dance from BC, Canada and around the world:
Moving Dragon (Vancouver): LuminUs 
Friday-Saturday September 12–13, 8pm World premiere 

Renowned as a superbly versatile performer with companies such as Ballet British Columbia, Chengxin Wei is also a distinctive new choreographic voice and recipient of the second Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award. His new work LuminUs is an exploration of the dynamic interplay between bodies and light: a visually arresting, finely crafted duet performed with Moving Dragon co-director Jessica Jone. Presented through The Dance Centre’s Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award.

battery opera (Vancouver): The Whole Beast 
Thursday-Saturday October 9-11, 8pm North American premiere

The Whole Beast is a new solo work created and performed by Lee Su-Feh, in which the dancer is butcher, meat, cook and the cooked. With fine precision and startling intimacy, Lee carves the spaces inside and outside the body, uncovering recipes and stories along the way, offering up a view of a life shaped and affected by food, love and loss. The Whole Beast had its World Premiere in March 2008 at the Festival Les Antipodes, Brest, France.
Presented by battery opera in association with The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Trial & Eros (Montreal): Elegant Heathens 
Thursday-Saturday November 13-15, 8pm Vancouver premiere 

Five eccentric characters - a family of hedonists in the final stages of their glory - indulge their witty theatricality in Deborah Dunn’s sumptuous quintet. With music by Vivaldi, Purcell, Chopin, Schubert and Handel, elaborate costumes and vibrant ensemble dancing, Elegant Heathens is a feast for the senses – spiced with Dunn’s trademark sharp intelligence and caustic social commentary.

Gioconda Barbuto/Emily Molnar (Montreal/Vancouver): LifeLines 
Friday-Saturday December 12-13, 8pm Western Canadian premiere
Two of Canada’s most outstanding dancers, Gioconda Barbuto (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Nederlands Dans Theater III) and Emily Molnar (Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet British Columbia) join forces for a duet created in collaboration with video artist and photographer Michael Slobodian. LifeLines is an intimate conversation about life, consequence and the passage of time, filled with exquisite dancing and memorable images. Presented in partnership with Gioconda Barbuto and through The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Hiroaki Umeda (Tokyo): while going to a condition/Accumulated Layout 
Thursday-Saturday January 22-24, 8pm Western Canadian premiere
In just a few years Hiroaki Umeda has become one of Japan’s most exciting artists. His body movements borrow from both hip hop and butoh, and unfold in response to a crescendo of pulsating sound and light to conjure a futuristic, fiercely poetic landscape. Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

Lynda Gaudreau/Compagnie De Brune (Montreal): 0101 
Thursday-Saturday February 12-14, 8pm Canadian premiere  

Two dancers perform three versions of the same material, executing simple movements punctuated by the beat of a drummer on stage: celebrated choreographer Lynda Gaudreau continues her rigorous examination of the body, in a work of dry minimalist wit which challenges ideas of what dance can be. This examination of details and time is quiet and playful, and full of absurd glimpses.

Wee/Francesco Scavetta (Oslo/Rome): Live* 
Thursday-Saturday May 7-9, 8pm Canadian premiere

Italian-born, Norwegian-based choreographer/dancer Francesco Scavetta has delighted audiences around Europe with his adventurous integration of performance and technology, and offbeat humour. Commissioned by the Venice Biennale, live* is a collaboration with composer Luigi Ceccarelli. It forces audiences to question what they see and hear as Scavetta’s rubber-limbed everyman grapples with live and remixed video and music, in a teasing dissection of reality and illusion.

Fortier Danse-Création (Montreal): Cabane 
Thursday-Saturday June 11-13, 8pm Vancouver premiere

Canadian dance icon Paul-André Fortier’s new duet is created and performed with the extraordinary artist and musician Rober Racine in and around a small cabin. The elegant Fortier and mischievous Racine generate a series of surreal encounters in a provocative, amusing work which is part installation, part site specific work, and breaks the conventions of dance performance.

Global Dance Connections Tickets $26/$18 students, seniors from Tickets Tonight 604 684 2787 (service charges apply) and online at www.ticketstonight.ca. Subscription packages available from 604 606 6420.

Discover Dance! 
The popular noon series offers informative and inspiring shows by BC-based dance companies which combine performance, question-and-answer sessions with the artists, and sometimes even audience participation.

Historical Performance Ensemble 
Thursday September 25, 12 noon

The Historical Performance Ensemble brings to life dances from centuries past, with authentically recreated social and theatrical dances performed in beautiful costumes, and accompanied by live music played on period instruments.

Mandala Arts and Culture 
Thursday October 30, 12 noon

Mandala Arts and Culture artistic director Jai Govinda hosts a performance showcasing three contrasting styles of classical East Indian dance: Bharata Natyam, Kathak and Odissi.

Converge Dance Op. 
Thursday November 27, 12 noon

Vancouver’s newest all-female troupe, Converge Dance Op mixes a vigorous blend of urban dance styles – jazz, hip hop, house, popping, locking, b-girling and more - with contemporary movement. Presented as part of World Aids Day events.

Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble 
Thursday February 26, 12 noon

The high-energy dances and powerful drum rhythms of West Africa burst on to the stage in this exhilarating performance by one of Canada’s most highly regarded African dance and music ensembles.

Lola Dance 
Thursday March 26, 12 noon

Perhaps Lola MacLaughlin’s most stunning creation to date, Provincial Essays is a virtuosic quintet, full of delicious humour and ravishing visuals, inspired by observations of the natural world.

Judith Marcuse Projects 
Thursday April 23, 12 noon

Combining dance, music, text and video to express the thoughts of young people about the state of the planet, Judith Marcuse’s hit show EARTH = home delivers a universal message with energy and passion. Presented in celebration of Earth Day.

Thai Dance Company 
Thursday May 28, 12 noon

This spectacular performance explores Thailand’s culture and traditions. The elegant choreography features an array of elaborate and colourful costumes that vary from region to region. Presented as part of Asian Heritage Month.

Discover Dance! Tickets $10/$7 students, seniors and children from Tickets Tonight 604 684 2787 (service charges apply) and online atwww.ticketstonight.ca. Subscription packages available from 604 606 6420.


The 7th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House 
Saturday September 13, 12-5pm

A day of free open classes, workshops, studio showings and special events celebrating the opening of Canada’s flagship dance facility. Full schedule to be announced in August. 
Presented with the support of Scotiabank.

Judith Marcuse Projects: EARTH = home
All-ages matinee Saturday April 25 at 2pm

Internationally renowned choreographer Judith Marcuse brings her hit show EARTH = home back to Vancouver as part of a cross-Canadian tour. Nine dynamic performers tell a story about the state of the earth as seen through the eyes of young people, using dance, music, text and cutting edge technology to explore the environmental challenges we face. Presented in celebration of Earth Day.
Tickets $15/$10 students, seniors and children from Tickets Tonight by phone at 604 684 2787 ($2.50 per ticket surcharge applies) or online atwww.ticketstonight.ca.

International Dance Day 
Wednesday April 29 

A series of events celebrating the art of dance for International Dance Day, which was instituted by UNESCO in 1982. Full program to be announced in spring 2009.

Twelve Minutes Max
Mixed programs of dance and interdisciplinary works lasting twelve minutes or less.
December 8 & 9 and May  25 & 26 at the Firehall Arts Centre. 
Co-hosted by The Dance Centre and the Firehall Arts Centre.

Studio Showings
Informal studio presentations and discussions coming out of The Dance Centre’s research and development programs will take place throughout the season – dates and times to be announced:

Artists-in-Residence 605 Collective; Claire French; MovEnt; Michelle Olson (Raven Spirit Dance); Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg; Helen Walkley.

DanceLab interdisciplinary research labs: Jennifer Clarke; James Gnam; Laura Hicks; Kidd Pivot.

Choreographic Labs
Correspondanse (Quebec City) and Co. ERASGA (Vancouver) in association with The Dance Centre: November 24-30
Claire French (Vancouver) January-June
Lynda Gaudreau (Montreal) Clash February 9-11 and June 15-28
Paul-Andre Fortier (Montreal) June 15-29

Information: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca
All events are at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver except for Twelve Minutes Max.

About The Dance Centre Established in 1986 as a resource centre for the dance profession and the public in British Columbia, The Dance Centre has expanded into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. It presents performances and public events; operates Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility; promotes BC dance to the public and to presenters of dance; and provides resources and services for the dance profession, through its team of experienced professional staff.

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Media contact: Heather Bray, Marketing Manager T 604 606 6412 F 604 606 6401 marketing@thedancecentre.ca

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House is supported by Scotiabank    
Global Dance Connections media sponsor: The Georgia Straight
Discover Dance! media sponsors: Channel M, the Vancouver Courier
Official hotel sponsor: the Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown Hotel & Suites

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, and the Province of BC through the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.  
The Dance Centre, Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC V6B 2G6 Tel 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca