Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY: Saudade

The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series


Wednesday-Saturday September 20-23, 2017 at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver
Post-show artist talkback September 21


The human longing for the unattainable inspires Saudade, a powerful and emotional new ensemble work by acclaimed choreographer Joshua Beamish. The title is derived from the Portuguese word saudade which represents a deep, constant desire for a reality that does not, and probably cannot, exist. Merging elegant balletic lines with street-style dynamism and drive, the work conjures up fleeting intimacies in a series of ghostly solos, duets, and group passages, accompanied by Hildur Guðnadóttir’s hauntingly beautiful cello score.

Beamish has brought together six outstanding male dancers whose collective credits include leading companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sasha Waltz & Guests, and La La La Human Steps.

“I’ve noticed that as we become more electronically connected, people never truly disappear from our lives. This weighs heavily on contemporary relationships. We have never been more aware of how connected we still are to the feelings that continue to exist after a relationship has ended. Saudade is about the parts of our past that refuse to resolve. It is a reminder that some loves, even those not actualized, may stay with us forever.” - Joshua Beamish

Saudade premiered in March at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and will be featured in October at the Next Wave Festival at the prestigious BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York.

Choreography: Joshua Beamish
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir
Lighting Design: Mike Inwood
Performers: Sean Aaron Carmon, Graham Kaplan, David Norsworthy, Kévin Quinaou, Dominic Santia, Tim Stickney

Saudade is supported by the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Hamber Foundation.
Duration: 60 minutes
Photo: Craig Foster


Global Dance Connections series 2017-2018