The April program for Dance Allsorts offers explorations of Asian-Canadian identities and Asian Diasporas in the Vancouver context. The two original works, co-commissioned by CanAsian Dance, in collaboration with New Works, have been inspired by the I Ching, and the Yin and Yang (in a slow awkward), alongside humour, Mo Lei Tau Cinema, and the understanding and deciphering of one's own heritage and history at a distance (in NINEEIGHT). Both pieces will officially premiere at Toronto's KickStart Festival in April 2014.
a slow awkward is a duet created and performed by Ziyian Kwan in collaboration with James Gnam, under the mentorship of Barbara Bourget. The piece began as an attempt to formalize two years of public research on the I Ching, and explores notions of ‘Abstract intimacy', coupled with the underlying theme of the Yin & Yang. The duet embodies masculine and feminine energies as a metaphor for the dualities that exist within us; how their integration is at once a quest for individuation and a search for connection with humankind.
NINEEIGHT was created by Natalie Gan (Hong Kong Exile), with the support of mentor Lee Su-Feh, and in collaboration with Michelle Lui, Milton Lim, Alex Tam and Remy Siu. Through the lens of Hong Kong 无厘头 (Mo Lei Tau) cinema, a film genre that took force in the late 20th century, which was based on humor, nonsensical parodies, juxtaposition of contrast, rapid-fire dialogue, witty ripostes and punning, NINEEIGHT re-imagines an era of frenzied nostalgia before and after the transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty to the Republic of China in 1997.
Dance Allsorts is New Works' signature performance and workshop series. Performances happen Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Audience members are invited to join the dancers the following week for a Saturday morning workshop where they can explore the movements, history and sounds of that dance genre.
Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or at the door the day of the performance (pay what you can).
Performances are suitable for all ages.
Children 12 and under attend for free.
Workshops are held at Creekside Community Centre and are open to all ages and abilities. Register in-person at Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver) online at the City of Vancouver Parks Recreation and Culture site or call 604-257-3050.
Registration: $5 (plus GST). Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ziyian Kwan/dumb instrument Dance: a slow awkward
Natalie Gan Hong Kong Exile: NINEEIGHT
CanAsian Dance Co-Presentation
Dance Allsorts Performance
Sunday, April 13, 2pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets available online at eventbrite.com
Dance Allsorts Workshops at Creekside
Saturday, April 19, 11:25am
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver