2010-2011 Season press release

The Dance Centre: 2010-2011 season

Vancouver, BC:  The Dance Centre's 2010-2011 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 artists and includes partnerships with the PuSh and Chutzpah! Festivals and Presentation House, while the popular Discover Dance! noon series showcases a diverse range of BC dance. Other events include the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open HouseInternational Dance Day, Twelve Minutes Max, the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (new work by Sara Coffin), partnership presentations (with Mandala Arts and Culture, LINK Dance, the plastic orchid factory and MACHiNENOiSY), plus ongoing residencies and research labs throughout the season.

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series

Friday-Saturday October 1-2 Helen Walkley (Vancouver)
Thursday-Saturday October 7-9 Susanna Hood (Toronto)
Thursday-Saturday January 27-29 Company Drift (Zurich)
Thursday-Saturday February 10-12 Les Productions Figlio (Vancouver)
Thursday-Saturday April 14-16 Co. ERASGA/Complot (Vancouver/Montevideo)

Discover Dance! Noon dance series

Thursday September 16 Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz
Thursday October 28 Goh Ballet Youth Company
Thursday November 25 LINK Dance
Thursday February 24 Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Company
Thursday March 31 JC Dance Co.
Thursday April 21 Arts Umbrella Dance Company


Saturday September 25 The 9th annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Thursday-Sunday November 4-7 Partnership presentation: Mandala Arts and Culture
Thursday-Saturday November 25-27 Partnership presentation: LINK Dance
December (dates tba) Twelve Minutes Max
Friday April 29 International Dance Day
Friday-Saturday April 29-30 The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award: Sara Coffin
May (dates tba) Twelve Minutes Max
Friday-Saturday May 27-28 Partnership presentation: the plastic orchid factory
Thursday-Saturday June 16-18, 23-25 Partnership presentation: MACHiNENOiSY

Information: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca
More information about each show and ticketing details follow below.
All events take place at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver except where specified

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series

Helen Walkley (Vancouver) How is sleep beautiful?  
Friday-Saturday October 1-2, 8pm Post-show artist talkback October 2
Presented through The Dance Centre's Artist-in-Residence program: world premiere
A compelling performer whose original and deeply felt work evokes a powerful response, Helen Walkley's artistry resists simple definition. She has an uncanny sense of time and space; her fine and supple dancing is both enigmatic and engaging. Walkley's new solo is a richly-textured memoir, a story of heart, a story of wishes and dreams, of love and aspiration, of family and confusion, and of death as a transformation. How is sleep beautiful? has been created in collaboration with composer James Maxwell, lighting designer John Webber and sculptor John Noestheden.

Susanna Hood (Toronto) She's Gone Away
Thursday-Saturday October 7-9, 8pm Post-show artist talkback October 8
Co-presented with Presentation House Theatre: Vancouver premiere
She's Gone Away is a theatrical tour de force conceived and created by the extraordinary performer Susanna Hood with co-composer Nilan Perera and director Jennifer Tarver. Sexuality, female power, healing, and loss of innocence are explored through the combined language of movement, song, poetic text, instrumental music, and visual design. A woman in the fragmented home of her mind battles to stay in her body, spinning through a cycle of animal states that provide both the escape from and the clues back to her integrated self. Featuring a courageous performance of absolute commitment from Hood, this physical and emotional journey throws us into the depths of voracity, bravado, dread, despair, and release.

Company Drift (Zurich) sound machine 
Thursday-Saturday January 27-29, 8pm Post-show artist talkback January 28
Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: BC premiere
Consider how science might investigate some of life's more absurd scientific questions: how can the inaudible be made audible? How does a fly scream when it bumps into a burning hot light bulb? What does Mr Fish say to Ms Fish when he asks for her fin in marriage? What does the rose whisper when the sun comes up? In sound machine, the internationally acclaimed Swiss ensemble Company Drift gathers these and other 'inaudible' noises and mixes them with dance, theatre, sound and video to exhibit a dreamlike world that is profound and surreal, tragic and witty, and continually surprising.

Les Productions Figlio (Vancouver) Conversations
Thursday-Saturday February 10-12, 8pm Post-show artist talkback February 11
Co-presented with the Chutzpah! Festival: world premiere
Serge Bennathan, Artistic Director of Les Productions Figlio, is not only an award-winning and internationally renowned choreographer, but also a writer, painter and opera director whose works move between dance, theatre and text with fluent ease. Conversations is an imaginary encounter between the great Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, who was murdered by pro-Franco militias in 1936, and his assassin, Juan Luis Trescastro. Meshing movement, text, music, lighting and set design, the work examines the poetic and philosophical exchanges between the two men, portrayed on stage by the magnetic Billy Marchenski and Danny Wild.

Co. ERASGA/Complot (Vancouver/Montevideo) Expose
Thursday-Saturday April 14-16, 8pm Post-show artist talkback April 15
World premiere
Expose brings together two exceptional male solo artists: Co. ERASGA's Alvin Erasga Tolentino, whose innovative and sophisticated works have toured around the world, and Complot's Martin Inthamoussú, a driving force in Uruguay's contemporary dance scene, whose passionate works often grapple with provocative socio-political ideas. Linked by their distinctive cross-cultural sensibilities, and a personal creative expression rooted in the experiences of gay life, their first collaboration creates a spellbinding theatrical and physical dialogue. Identity, gender, isolation, displacement, sex and acceptance drive an evocative choreographic landscape mapped from two striking choreographic visions.

Global Dance Connections tickets $28/$20 students & seniors available from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 (service charges apply) and online at www.ticketstonight.ca except for Conversations February 10-12: single ticket info at www.chutzpahfestival.com after December 15, 2010. Subscription packages and group rates available from 604.606.6420 tickets@thedancecentre.ca .


Discover Dance! noon dance series

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.

Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz Thursday September 16, 12 noon
India's top choreographer, Shiamak Davar has revolutionized modern Indian dance through his choreography for Bollywood blockbusters and his international teaching institute, which now extends across Canada with Shiamak Davar International (Canada) Inc. Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz Team Vancouver showcases his dynamic fusion of Western jazz and hip hop with Indian dance techniques, in a performance bursting with energy and fun.

Goh Ballet Youth Company Thursday October 28, 12 noon
The grace, elegance and precision of ballet comes to life with this exhilarating performance by the Goh Ballet Youth Company, comprised of young dancers who train at the Goh Ballet Academy. Recognized as one of the world's finest training institutes, the Academy's graduates dance with companies across North America, Europe and Asia. The dancers will perform a rich selection of ballets ranging from the classical repertoire to modern works by the choreographers of today.

LINK Dance Thursday November 25, 12 noon
Dance collides with science in Experiments, Gail Lotenberg's exciting new work for her company LINK Dance. A collaboration with four ecologists - specialists in the study of movement and behaviour - it combines fluent dancing with sound, light and video, to investigate how two separate disciplines embrace logic, experimentation and creativity. In this special presentation, Lotenberg introduces excerpts from the work and leads a dialogue around the concepts which drive it. The full length work Experiments runs at Scotiabank Dance Centre November 25-27

Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Company Thursday February 24, 12 noon
Established in 1970, the Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Company is regarded as one of Canada's leading Chinese dance groups, producing spectacular shows which illustrate the astonishing diversity and beauty of Chinese dance. From the poise and control of the classical style to the joyful exuberance of ethnic folk dances, the company will take the audience on a journey through Chinese art, culture and traditions.

JC Dance Co. Thursday March 31, 12 noon
Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep; Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and Jive. Ballroom dance is enjoying a massive resurgence in popularity all over the world. Directed by former ballroom champions Joel Marasigan and Clara Shih, JC Dance Co's performance team will be joined by competitive ballroom dance students for a thrilling showcase packed with artistry, athleticism and sheer glamour.

Arts Umbrella Dance Company Thursday April 21, 12 noon
The energy and skill of a new generation takes the stage with this performance by the exceptional young dancers of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Trained through Arts Umbrella's renowned dance program, these talented dancers, many of whom will go on to dance professionally, will perform a program of contemporary ballets created by choreographers from across Canada and around the world.

Discover Dance! tickets $10/$8 students, seniors and children from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 (service charges apply) and online at www.ticketstonight.ca. Subscription packages and group rates available from 604.606.6420 tickets@thedancecentre.ca .



9th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 25 
A day of open classes, workshops, studio showings and events celebrating Canada's flagship dance facility. Participating artists and companies include Co. ERASGA, Dance 4U, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, Mandala Arts and Culture, Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz and Spanish Passion Productions. Full schedule to be announced. Presented as part of Culture Days

Gait to the Spirit: A Festival of Indian Classical Dance
Thursday-Sunday November 4-7 
Presented by Mandala Arts and Culture in partnership with The Dance Centre
Gait to the Spirit brings together local, national and international artists working in the classical dance forms of India. A packed program of performances, master classes and lectures features artists including: Anusha Fernando of Shakti Dance, and Sujit Vaidya (Vancouver); Janaki Rangarajan (Washington DC); Scheherazaad Cooper (Vancouver/London); Shruti Javali (Toronto); and Lata Pada of Sampradaya Dance Creations (Toronto). Conceived by Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and Culture and an outstanding exponent of Indian classical dance in Canada, Gait to the Spirit aims to provide a platform for a new generation of dance artists.
Full schedule, registration and ticket information: www.mandalarts.ca                                  

LINK Dance   Experiments: Visceral Investigations into Behavioural Ecology
Thursday-Saturday November 25-27 at 8pm 
Presented by LINK Dance Foundation in partnership with the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue and The Dance Centre: world premiere
LINK Artistic Director Gail Lotenberg's new work Experiments is a stimulating dialogue between dance and science, which probes the parallels and contrasts between both disciplines as they employ creativity, experimentation, logic and intuition to understand the world around us. Created in collaboration with four world-class ecologists specializing in the study of movement and behaviour, this ensemble piece interlaces movement, sound, video and lighting. Experiments highlights Lotenberg's choreographic trademarks: a restless curiosity, and a passion for art that is interactive and dialogue driven.
Tickets $26/$18 from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca

Twelve Minutes Max
December and May (dates tba) at the Firehall Arts Centre
Co-hosted with the Firehall Arts Centre
Now in its fifteenth year, Twelve Minutes Max showcases the latest in interdisciplinary live performance with a selection of eclectic works lasting twelve minutes or less. Dates, program and artist details to be announced. Tickets 604.689.0926 www.firehallartscentre.ca

International Dance Day Friday 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.

The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award: Sara Coffin
World premiere of a new work
Friday-Saturday April 29-30 at 8pm 
Regarded as one of BC's most exciting and original emerging choreographic voices, Sara Coffin has already developed a body of work that is characterized by bold ideas, arresting movement, and an adventurous exploration of technology and new media. Her new work will seek to investigate the concept of open source culture through dance. With so much of our lives on display through blogs and other social media, are we in a constant state of performance? How many identities do we have? Are we actually what we project? This piece will touch on wide ranging ideas including authorship, trust, and private versus public.
Tickets $25/$18 from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca

the plastic orchid factory  _post 
Friday-Saturday May 27-28 at 8pm 
Presented by the plastic orchid factory in partnership with The Dance Centre's Artist-in-Residence program: world premiere
the plastic orchid factory seeks to create work that lives within interconnected systems of movement, visual design and sound to focus elements of classical structure and form through the lens of contemporary culture. Choreographed by James Gnam, _post is an evening length quartet that uses classical dancers and a deconstructed piano score to investigate how perception, resonance and chance operation can be used to implicate self perception and the role it plays in our interpretation of context and meaning.
Tickets $25/$18 from Tickets Tonight  604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca                                                                         

MACHiNENOiSY plaything
Thursday-Saturday June 16-18, and June 23-25 at 8pm
Presented by MACHiNENOiSY in partnership with The Dance Centre's Artist-in-Residence program: world premiere
plaything is a vividly imaginative new solo created and performed by MACHiNENOiSY's Co-Artistic Director, Delia Brett, in collaboration with puppeteer Tamara Unroe, animator Jordan Bent, and composer Chris Kelly. Inspired by the contrasts of motherhood, and violent child's play, the work will employ a multilayered approach to performance to create a dreamlike world, where beauty emerges from the mundane, and the subversive topples the sublime.
Tickets $26/$20 (2 for 1 on Thursdays) from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca                                                       


Residencies and Labs

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:

The Artist-in-Residence program provides support and fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to assist dance professionals in the development of new works, with activities ranging from creation and teaching to public events such as studio showings, discussions and performances.  

2010-2011 Artists-in-Residence:

Delia Brett (MACHiNENOiSY) 
Jennifer Clarke 
James Gnam (the plastic orchid factory)

The DanceLab interdisciplinary research program supports collaboration between choreographers and artists working in other disciplines, providing fully subsidized studio space for research into how cross-art form collaboration can enhance artistic growth and the development of new work. At the end of the Lab the artists open up the process to the public with an informal free studio presentation.

The 2010-2011 DanceLab choreographers and collaborators are:
Eleonora Acuna with Bahar Bolourian (dancer), Leah Giselle Field (mezzo), Fernando Aguirre (guitarist), Hoang Ngujen Jazmin (stage designer/photographer), Maliheh Mandegar (stage designer).
Yvonne Chartrand with Winston Wuttunee (storyteller), David MacMurray Smith (creative consultant/clown artist).
Shannon Moreno and Farley Johansson with Ruth MacIntosh (dramaturg), Alison Denham (dancer).

Choreographic Labs

Triptych is a new international choreographic project hosted by the Opera Estate Festival Veneto, Italy; Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique, Montreal; and The Dance Centre, Vancouver. Three choreographers from each city (Chiara Frigo, Emanuel Jouthe and Jennifer Clarke respectively) come together in each of the host locations in turn to undertake choreographic research, and to network with their peers in those artistic communities, under the guidance of the internationally renowned Belgian dramaturge Guy Cools.

Information: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca

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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 marketing@thedancecentre.ca

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.

Official hotel sponsor: the Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown Hotel & Suites.

Media sponsors: The Georgia Straight (Global Dance Connections series)
OMNI Diversity Television, Citytv, Vancouver Courier (Discover Dance! series)

The Dance Centre

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