The Black Piece

The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series



Tuesday-Thursday November 6-8, 2018 at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver

Post-show talkback November 7


The many qualities of the colour black – from elegant and seductive, to frightening and sinister - are examined in Dutch-Flemish choreographer Ann Van den Broek’s thrillingly audacious The Black Piece. Five charismatic dancers and a camera operator lure the audience into the darkness for a sensory adventure filled with haunting sounds and images. The camera unveils what would otherwise remain unseen, conjuring up a shadowy film noir world punctuated by sudden bursts of frenzied movement. This startling, award-winning work by one of Europe’s most provocative and original creators expertly taps into our deepest emotions.

Duration: 75 minutes

Tickets $33/$25 students and seniors



Ann Van den Broek completed her dance education at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and then danced with the Elisa Monte Company in New York, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Galili Dance and Charleroi/Danses. In 2000, after an active and successful career as a dancer, she decided to dedicate herself to choreography and founded WArd/waRD which has Dutch and Flemish branches, in Rotterdam and Antwerp. Since then she has built an outstanding reputation on the international dance scene, touring across Europe and to Canada, China and Taiwan. Her work has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Swan Award for best dance production for The Black Piece from the Dutch Association of Theatre and Concert Hall Directors in 2015.

The Black Piece

Concept & choreography: Ann Van den Broek
Cast: Louis Combeaud, Frauke Mariën, Nik Rajšek, Wolf Govaerts, Marion Bosetti, and others
Live camera/lightning design: Bernie van Velzen
Music: Arne Van Dongen
Vocal performance: Gregory Frateur, recorded by Nicolas Rombouts
Set design: Ann Van den Broek, Bernie van Velzen
Styling: Ann Van den Broek
Advice: Marc Vanrunxt
International booking: A propic, Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent

The Black Piece is a co-production of WArd/waRD (NL/BE), Korzo Producties (The Hague, NL) and ccBerchem (Antwerp, B). With financial support from the Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL) and the Prins Bern-hard Cultuurfonds (NL).


Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series 2018-2019

November 6-8 WArd/waRD-Ann Van den Broek

January 21-22, 28-29 Company 605

January 24-26 Kuan-Hsiang Liu

January 31-February 2 Victoria Hunt

April 4-6 Simon Mayer

May 23-25 Davida Monk

Photo by Maarten Vanden Abeele