International Dance Day 2019

International Dance Day

Events April 28 & 29, 2019

The Nelken Line: Kinesis Dance somatheatro

A special BC edition of the iconic late choreographer Pina Bausch’s processional dance work The Nelken Line, featuring company dancers, community participants, and the Vancouver Carnival Band. Dance lovers all over the world have responded to the Pina Bausch Foundation’s invitation to perform The Nelken Line and share video of it online: this edition is directed by Artistic Director Paras Terezakis, in collaboration with dramaturge/scenographer Andreas Kahre and new media artist Sammy Chien.
April 28, 12 noon Granville Island
April 29, 12 noon Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby

ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR: Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe

ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR (Listen To See) is made up of short solos: each dancer shares their choreography and music with a spectator through headphones, creating an intimate experience of movement in a shared world of sound. Developed by Montreal-based dance artist Emmanuel Jouthe, the project has taken place in a wide variety of settings with audiences of all ages. 
April 28, 4pm Vancouver Public Library Main Concourse, 350 W Georgia St
April 29, 4pm Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Dust: Francesca Frewer & Erika Mitsuhashi

A thought-provoking contemporary dance solo which incorporates live sound, new media, and striking designs to investigate themes of volatility, change, decay, and the unbound. Inspired by the poetry of Anne Carson, Dust uses movement, text and powerful visual effects to reveal the gradual undoing of the performance space, and of the performer herself. Created by dance artists Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi, and performed by Frewer, the work is a collaboration with Adam Asnan (sound), Nellie Gossen (textiles), and Daniel O'Shea (new media).
April 28 & 29, 6pm Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St
Post show talkback April 28
Note: this performance includes some strong language.



Dance Double: Isabelle Kirouac + Sujit Vaidya

Isabelle Kirouac combines comedy, contemporary dance, and circus in Habitats, an enchanting duet touching on migration, transformation, and the interaction between humans and animals.
Bharatanatyam artist Sujit Vaidya performs a solo which highlights the rigour and beauty of classical Indian dance.
April 29, 12 noon Vancouver Public Library Main Concourse, 350 W Georgia St

Youth Dance Blast

Students from Windermere Secondary School hit the street for a dynamic dance routine.
April 29, 1pm Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza, Robson St between Howe and Hornby

Free admission

Launched by UNESCO in 1982, International Dance Day celebrates the art of dance every April 29 with events worldwide.