The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections Series 2019/20

  • Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • Address:
  • 677 Davie St
  • Vancouver, BC 6B 2G6
  • Admission: various prices

The Dance Centre
Global Dance Connections series
2019-2020 season

Performances take place at
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St, Vancouver
Except where stated.

Focus Cia De Dança
Still Reich
Wednesday-Friday October 2-4 | 8pm

Founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 by Brazilian choreographer Alex Neoral, Focus Cia De Dança has found huge audience success at home and abroad with its surging physicality and poetic depth. Neoral's artistic approach is rooted in Brazilian tradition but is fiercely modern, blending ballet and contemporary techniques. Still Reich comprises four dynamic works choreographed to the propulsive music of the iconic American composer Steve Reich. Pathways is built on intricate duets; Trilas explores how everything can change in a moment; Wood Steps is inspired by nomadic life; and Keta shows the dancers working at maximum power and velocity. Packed with complex partnering and sculpted shapes, the fluent choreography drives a celebration of movement, sound, and rhythm.

Duration: 60 minutes
Post-show talkback October 4
This performance includes nudity & haze

Lucy Guerin Inc
Wednesday-Thursday October 16-17 | 8pm

Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin's sharp, elegant Split reflects the dilemmas of negotiating with oneself and others in a world of increased pressure and reduced resources. Two outstanding female dancers – one clothed and one naked – are framed by ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time with escalating intensity, accompanied by a pulsing electronic score. Cycling through competition, negotiation, harmony and aggression, this thought-provoking, multilayered work has received numerous awards. Lucy Guerin Inc was established in Melbourne in 2002 and is regarded as one of Australia's most fearless dance companies, touring internationally; Guerin has also been commissioned by leading organizations including Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Rambert, and Chunky Move.

Duration: 50 minutes
Post-show artist talkback October 17
This performance includes nudity

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Wednesday-Saturday December 11-14 | 8pm

Vancouver's Out Innerspace Dance Theatre combines virtuosic, hyper-detailed choreography with visual magic to make engaging dance works which reflect a time of rapid change, of ever-shifting boundaries, and of conflict and hope. Bygones is a new work created and performed by co-directors David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen in collaboration with dancers Renée Sigouin, Elya Grant and David Harvey. It considers how we are shaped by what we have overcome: and how something challenging can lead to something beautiful. Innovative movement, ghostly architecture, and transformed objects immerse us in a haunting universe of pseudo-things and supernatural selves existing on the margins of form and formlessness.

Duration: TBA
Post-show artist talkback December 12 
This performance includes strobe lighting, sudden sound effects, and haze
Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program

Wen Wei Dance and Turning Point Ensemble
Flying white 飞白
Friday-Saturday January 31-February 1 | 7:30pm
Sunday February 2 | 2pm
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU Woodwards: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Two of Canada's leading voices in contemporary dance and music join forces to create an ambitious new work exploring the intersection between their respective art forms. Wen Wei Dance Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang's beautifully crafted choreography encompasses both his Chinese heritage and his Canadian identity, drawing on aspects of Tai Chi, martial arts and Peking Opera. The score – by Turning Point Ensemble Artistic Director Owen Underhill and Vancouver composer Dorothy Chang– will be played on Chinese traditional instruments and Western instruments. With guest musicians from Taiwan joining local musicians and dancers on stage, this profoundly intercultural and personal project will reflect the rich and distinctive character of Vancouver.

Duration: TBA
Presented by Turning Point Ensemble, SFU Woodwards, and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Supported through the Artist-in-Residence program

Single tickets will be available fall 2019

Dana Michel
Thursday-Saturday February 6-8 | 8pm

The audacious and original works of Montreal-based dance artist Dana Michel have earned international attention and prestigious awards including the Jardin d'Europe Award at ImPulsTanz (Vienna), and the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. Michel breaks through conventions with her daring choreographies, rejecting stereotypical physicality and identity, and creating a liberated world of shape-shifting metamorphosis, incorporating elements ranging from sculpture and comedy, to psychology and social commentary. Her latest creation, CUTLASS SPRING, delves into the mystery of the sexual self, exploring how cultural repression and her life as a performer, a mother, and a lover have shaped her sexual identity.

Duration: 60 minutes
Post-show artist talkback February 7
This performance includes nudity
Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Bill Coleman
Thursday-Saturday March 12-14 | 8pm

In Dollhouse, Canadian contemporary dance master and choreographer Bill Coleman portrays a figure whose whole world is literally falling in around him. Inhabiting a cluttered room which collapses and breaks at his every touch, he shares the stage with sound artist Gordon Monahan, whose unique score accompanies the descent into theatrical disintegration. Coleman resembles a modern fakir, as he suffers through painful yet comical situations on his way to sonic and visual chaos. Wildly original and virtually unclassifiable, Dollhouse encompasses tap dancing, performance art and sound installation, using mechanical and electronic objects, both handmade and found, to deliver surprising and dazzling images and rhythms.

Duration: 60 minutes
Post-show artist talkback March 13
Presented with Vancouver New Music

Hillel Kogan
We Love Arabs - POSTPONED
Thursday-Saturday April 23-25 | 8pm

We Love Arabs dives headlong into the toughest of questions - how can we co-exist within conflict? Somewhere in Tel Aviv, a Jewish choreographer enlists an Arab dancer to help create a work that will overcome fears and carry a message of peace. But as the work progresses, power struggles ensue; bodies resist control. Skewering choreographic fads as well as unconscious bias and misplaced good intentions, the piece unfolds as a corrosively funny takedown of politics, ethnic stereotypes, and contemporary dance itself. Hillel Kogan is one of Israel's most successful independent choreographers, blending biting political and social commentary with a highly physical movement language, and this award-winning work has been a hit on stages all over the world.

Duration: 55 minutes
April 24 performance in French with English surtitles
Post-show talkbacks April 24 (French) and April 25 (English)
This performance includes haze
Presented with Theatre La Seizième

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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections Series 2019/20
677 Davie St