DIV 2019 Talks and Events


Kinesis Dance somatheatro/photo Sally Buck

Kinesis Dance somatheatro/photo Sally Buck

Symposium 1
Wednesday November 20 | 4.30-5.45pm

Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio

Dancing City Vancouver: details TBA.

Wednesday November 20 | 6-7pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio

Our keynote speaker is Karyn Recollet. Karyn is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Women & Gender Studies Institute, and is a Cree woman originally from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her research and writing explores Indigenous performance, hip-hop culture, and Indigenous hip hop feminism, with a particular focus on new Indigeneities produced in urban hub spaces as they shape solidarity movements and social activism.

Kinesis Dance somatheatro
Wednesday November 20 | 7.15pm + 9.30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Birmingham Studio

Greek-Canadian choreographer Paras Terezakis’ Against is the culmination of a two-year site-specific choreographic research project, a multi-disciplinary work that combines dance, theatre, soundscape and live-video feed. 

Mardon + Mitsuhashi
Wednesday November 20 | 7pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Main Lobby

Tour is a two-part performance score encompassing two works by Alexa Mardon + Erika Mitsuhashi, who are part of a new wave of innovative young artists in Vancouver. The performers play with time and meaning, improvising on the line between vulnerability and ludicrous belief.

Dance Machine photo Trung Dung Nguyen

Dance Machine/photo Trung Dung Nguyen Festival Trans-Ameriques

battery opera performance
Wednesday-Saturday November 20-23 | 7-11pm 
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Jarislowsky Studio

Dance Machine is a kinetic sculpture - 64 pieces of bamboo suspended from a central copper disk - that can be transformed into multiple configurations by the movement of the bodies within it. Conceived by Lee Su-Feh and designed by Jesse Garlick, the Dance Machine is co-produced with Festival Trans-Amériques.

Justine A. Chambers: Choreography Walk
Thursday-Saturday November 21-23 | 6pm
Departs/returns to Scotiabank Dance Centre main lobby

The Choreography Walk, created by Justine A. Chambers in collaboration with Josh Hite, is a 60-minute silent walk through Vancouver during DIV. The walk will begin and end at Scotiabank Dance Centre. The embedded choreographies on this walk will be developed in collaboration with Alison Denham, Kate Franklin, Lisa Gelley, Aryo Khakpour, Billy Marchenski and Josh Martin. The Choreography Walk invites a shift of gaze for participants and passers-by to reconsider how they move in and are moved by the world around them in relation to architecture, urban planning, natural topography and the social choreographies present in the every day. Chambers has created iterations of the Choreography Walk for Dance In Vancouver 2015, An Exact Vertigo 2016, Dance Victoria’s Dance Days, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Company 605/photo David Cooper

Company 605/photo David Cooper

Company 605
Thursday-Saturday November 21-23 | times TBC
Scotiabank Dance Centre | Birmingham Studio

Vancouver’s acclaimed Company 605 is creating a special installation version of their ensemble work, Loop, Lull, which premiered at the Push International Performing Arts Festival in January. Five virtuosic dancers are trapped in their own loops of motion and gesture, adapting to changes and attempting increasingly complex feats.

Raven Spirit Dance photo by Andi McLeish

Raven Spirit Dance/photo Andi McLeish

Thursday November 21 + Friday November 22

Hosted by Raven Spirit Dance in conjunction with Dance In Vancouver, IndigeDIV will build off of the success of the inaugural edition in 2017 with showings and discussions. IndigeDIV brings artists, presenters and audiences together to discuss, share and witness how Indigenous artistic expression is a vital part of our community and its deeply rooted values are the foundation that can hold us all up. There is a circle under all that colonization built, and you are invited sit in these circles to listen and share. See below for event details.

Symposium 2: IndigeDIV
Thursday November 21 | 4.30-5.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Birmingham Studio

Indigenous contemporary dance: details TBA.

IndigeDIV Showcase and Discussion
Friday November 22 | 11.30am-2pm
KW Studios

11.30am-12.30pm Showcase of work by Indigenous artists
12.30-1pm Lunch
1-2pm Facilitated discussion

Symposium 3
Friday November 22 | 4.30-5.45pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Birmingham Studio

Details TBA.