Studio showing at Scotiabank Dance Centre/photo Chris Randle

Talks, Workshops, Studio Showings

May 2018

DanceLab: The Biting School: Suddenly Slaughter. This project is a performance inspired by Suddenly, This God Lover Died in the Love of God, This God Slain Died by the Sword of God, a prominent Iranian play written by Abbas Nalbandian in 1971. It has only been performed once due to its challenging form and controversial spirit. The play is about a group of people living in a poor part of Tehran in a communal house. A new tenant who seems to have a chest full of money arrives and becomes the object of the neighbours' curiosity, envy, and hatred. This  showing concludes the first research phase of this project.
Translated by Aryo Khakpour
Created by Arash and Aryo Khakpour in collaboration with:
Performers: Ashley Aron, Elissa Hanson, Billy Marchenski, Victor Mariano, Zahra Shahab
Lighting/Projection Designer: Parjad Sharifi
Costume Designer: Elika Mojtabaei
Musician and Sound Designer: Roxanne Nesbitt
Translation Dramaturg: DD Kugler
This project is supported through Canada Council for the Arts.        Note: not suitable for children.
Friday May 4, 7pm

Artist-in-Residence Colleen Lanki of TomoeArts hosts this lecture-demonstration introducing Japanese classical dance (nihon buyoh) and the work of her first teacher Fujima Yūko. Featuring special guest artists from Japan Fujima Shōgo and Fujima Minako, and facilitated by Jo Leslie..
Friday May 11, 6pm

Nihon Buyoh Workshop with master Japanese dancer Fujima Shōgo on the basics of Japanese classical dance. Participants will learn sections of one or two short dances; registration is open to new students as well as to those who have studied nihon buyoh in the past. Some knowledge of dance, movement or music is preferred but not required. Presented by Artist-in-Residence Colleen Lanki/TomoeArts. $50 + GST
Saturday May 12, 2.30-4.30pm
Registration and full details

DanceLab: Idan Cohen/Ne.Sans: choreographer and opera director Idan Cohen hosts a showing of research into a new version of Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice, with a cast of dancers, singers and musicians. Featuring: 
Dancers from Arts Umbrella’s Performance Research Project led by Lesley Telford
The Vancouver Academy of Music Schola Cantorum directed by Kathleen Allan
re:Naissance opera company director and soprano Debi Wong
Composer/dancer Jeremy O’Neill
Dancer/musician Ted Littlemore
Sunday May 13, 3pm


Photo: Chris Randle