Dance In Vancouver 2017 Events



Free admission except where stated otherwise.

F-O-R-M Festival

Wednesday-Saturday November 22-25, 10am-9pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St - Level 7

Festival Of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M) is a Vancouver-based youth International Movement on Screen festival, celebrating the body in motion through film. Over the past two years, F-O-R-M has screened 60 short films from around the globe and commissioned 10 Canadian shorts all created by youth ages 15-25. F-O-R-M is led by Artistic Director Sophia Wolfe with the support of Company 605 and Kristina Lemieux. The films screening through DIV are a selection of commissions from the past two years of the festival:

Faux Solo by Nancy Lee and Ralph Escamillan (2016)
Children Of Tayaka by Katie Coolidge (2016)
Winterfeldplatz and elsewhere by Francesca Frewer, Hector Palacois and Daniel O'Shea (2016)
Bonum by Sabrina Naz Comanescu (2017)
Home by Rachel McNamee (2017)
Spaceman's Word for Irritating Disturbances by Jamie Robinson (2017)
Mother's Map by Heather Lamoureux (2017)

The films will play on a loop throughout the day. Running time for all seven films is approx 45 minutes.

Our Present Dance Histories, or, Dance Histories Project, or, Vancouver Dance: an incomplete history of the present - Part 1
Wednesday-Saturday November 22-25 (animated 7-8pm)
Scotiabank Dance Centre main lobby, 677 Davie St

"Almost three years ago, we set out to make a project about the past, present and future of our dance community. As we know, history is never fixed - it is subjective, fragmented, and continuously moving. As dance artists, our histories are often written for us, rarely written by us. What would it mean to be the authors of our own contexts?

"Our Present Dance Histories, or, Dance Histories Project, or, Vancouver Dance: an incomplete history of the present - Part 1, is, as of November 2017, a fragmented and decentralized work, housed in The Dance Centre, and in the bodies of the community that moves through, with, around, and against this space. It is a choreography of words and thoughts, a sprawling, living installation, a research project with no governing hypothesis and no anticipated conclusion. Drawing from interviews with a range of Vancouver dance artists, the project consciously investigates the slippage between fact and fiction, the ways in which much of this history is shared, but also remembered differently--in ways that are distinctly emplaced and individually embodied. Recognizing this, we invite you to meet the work, and its various distributed component parts, on your own terms and in your own time, moving through the project and having it move through you."

- Justine A. Chambers, Peter Dickinson and Alexa Mardon
Lobby installation designed and installed by Natalie Purschwitz

Boombox photo Yvonne Chew

Boombox Dances In Vancouver
Thursday-Friday November 23 + 24, 7-7.30pm 
Saturday November 25, 6-6.30pm

Blue Crush features Katie Lowen and Zahra Shahab in an investigation of organic and plastic skins that explores the ability to engulf, reveal, and conceal. 

Tickets: There are only 10 tickets per show ($10 recommended donation). To reserve your spot, email with NAME, DAY, and NUMBER of TICKETS WANTED. Boombox will respond to inform you confirmed (or full) and will pass along location information and a map to find the space! 

What is Boombox?
Boombox is a 53' repurposed alternative rehearsal/performance space cofounded by Katie Lowen, Diego Romero, and Ileanna Cheladyn. 


Discussion: Why shrink the world?
Wednesday November 22, 4-5.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Why are global dialogue, exchange, collaboration and awareness important to the creative process? Come and hear from Dance In Vancouver guest curator Adam Hayward and three guest New Zealand dance artists, Jack Gray, Julia Harvie and Claire O’Neil, on why opportunities for encounters such as this are important to their practice and share your own thoughts on the relevance and importance, or not, of the idea of worldwide connections to your creative process.


Tricoter/photo Anita Bonnarens

Foolish Operations/Julie Lebel Tricoter
Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art Telemetry Redux
Thursday November 23, 1.15-2.30pm
SFU Woodwards Atrium, 149 West Hastings St

Tricoter re-creates the spirit of a knitting circle. The dance winds and unwinds through and around the public who are arranged in the round. Yarn is integrated into the choreography and weaves an architecture that links public and place to the dancer. While dancing the yarn gets tangled in a large knot of bright colours – the memories that knitting occupy in our own family history re-emerge. Tricoter is experienced through play, curiosity, and exploration of belonging to a community. Showings at 1.15pm and 2pm.

In Telemetry Redux, Shay Kuebler and tap dancer Danny Nielsen team up to further explore concepts and ideas first explored in the full-length work Telemetry, including radio sciences, how the body translates and transmits information, and the simple connection of body and sound/sound and body. Showings at 1.30pm and 2.15pm.

Raven Spirit Dance

IndigeDIV: Keynote + Conversation
Thursday November 23, 3-5.30pm
Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St

Keynote: Bob Baker and Michelle Olson. Bob Baker (Squamish Ancestral name is S7aplek, Hawaiian name is Lanakila) is co-founder and Spokesperson for Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song) the most reputable Dance Group of the Squamish Nation. Michelle Olson is a member of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. Her work as a performer and creator embraces dance, choreography, theatre, storytelling and community development. 3-4pm

Conversation: Building Meaningful Relationships. How are meaningful relationships built between presenters and Indigenous artists?  What is the depth of these relationships and how can bone-deep change shift the infrastructures we work in to better support Indigenous expression in the arts community? This discussion between attendees and panelists Cole Alvis (Métis-Irish/English heritage from the Turtle Mountains in Manitoba), Lindsay Lachance (Anishinaabe ancestry), Joyce Rosario (PuSh Festival) and Donna Spencer (Firehall Arts Centre) will walk us through a consideration of our responsibilities as presenters with our curatorial visions and how this contributes to our evolving community and artistic landscape. Moderator: Holly Bright, Crimson Coast Dance Society, Snuneymuxw Territory, Nanaimo, BC. 4-5.30pm


Discussion: Why do you curate?
Friday November 24, 3.15-4pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

On the surface a simple question but what happens when we truly and honestly think on this? We compel you to come and share your thoughts; as a presenter, artist, producer, festival director, venue manager, member of the public, in response to this seemingly simple statement.

Why do you curate?

Fiscally, egotistically, economically, qualitatively, sheepishly, literally, conservatively, provocatively, irresponsibly, blindly, thoughtfully, collectively, individualistically, riskily, the list could and does go on.

Come along to this moderated session and be willing to answer the question.

Hosted by DIV curator Adam Hayward, and moderated by Brenda Leadlay, Executive Director of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

Raven Spirit Dance/photo Chris Randle

IndigeDIV: Film Screening + Conversation
Friday November 24, 4-6pm
Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St

Film Screening: Confluence Confluence is the gathering of Indigenous women in the rehearsal room and through the creative process we find meaningful connections to build scaffolding in which to hang our thoughts, desires and impulses as Indigenous dance artists. Featuring Collaborating Artists: Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Starr Muranko, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson. Picture, Direction & Edit by: Ulla Laidlaw.  4-4.30pm

Conversation: How you do anything is how you do everything - value-guided practice. What values does one hold in the creative process and how does that shape the outer expression of the work created? Artists will share how their values (personal/collective/cultural) influence the way in which they work and shape their performances. Panelists: Yvette Nolan, Su-Feh Lee, Ulla Laidlaw, Yvonne Chartrand. Moderator: Michelle Olson. 4.30-6pm


Olivia C. Davies/photo Wendy D

IndigeDIV: Sharing + Conversation
Saturday November 25
KW Studios, 111 West Hastings St

Sharing: Works in Development. A sharing of works in progress by Vancouver Indigenous dance artists, featuring Dynise Brisson, Olivia C. Davies, Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Jessica McMann and Michelle Olson. 12-1pm

Conversation: Indigenous Creative Process. What values do our bodies carry into our art, what  processes do we employ to create, and in what frameworks do we present our work?  The artists from the works in development will be sharing their insight on these questions. Panelists: Michelle Olson, Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Olivia C. Davies, Jessica McMann, Dynise Brisson. 4-5.30pm


Boombox by Yvonne Chew
Tricoter by Anita Bonnarens
Raven Spirit Dance by Chris Randle
Olivia C. Davies by Wendy D Photography