PERFORMANCE

2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival will showcase Canadian premieres from Japan’s sensational Dairakudakan as well as Taiwan’s Tjimur Dance Theatre, appearing in Vancouver for the very first time; three world premieres from Vancouver’s own Vision Impure, Olivia C. Davies, and Lesley Telford; three West Coast premieres from East Coast artists Daina Ashbee (Montreal), Manuel Roque (Montreal), and 10 Gates Dancing (Ottawa), and free performances by V'ni Dansi and Harbour Dance ITP & Platform. (Various locations, Vancouver, Mar. 4-30)

Festival du Bois The 30th annual weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture – the largest in BC. Enjoy amazing music and dance, great traditional food, shows for kids, fun activities, and so much more (Mackin Park in the Maillardville area of Coquitlam, Mar. 22-24)

Sons of Sissy

Sons of Sissy

Simon Mayer: Sons of Sissy delves into the heart of the Upper Austrian countryside, where traditional folk dances and music reign supreme. These traditions are joyously subverted when four versatile performers/musicians reformulate Alpine dances to liberate themselves from convention (Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, Apr. 4-6)

VIVa momix

VIVa momix

MOMIX: Viva MOMIX DanceHouse presents an astounding company of dancer-illusionists. MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light shadow, humour, and the human body. Viva MOMIX celebrates the best of more than three decades of MOMIX, with a selection of all-time company favorites mixed with three new creations (Vancouver Playhouse, Apr. 12-13)

12 Minutes Max studio showing

12 Minutes Max studio showing

12 Minutes Max Studio Showing
Featuring new works in progress by Eowynn Enquist, Ted Littlemore, Zahra Shahab, and Avery Smith. The Dance Centre’s 12 Minutes Max program aims to foster experimentation and the development of new dance works, along with critical feedback and community dialogue (Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, Apr. 16)

Ballet BC Dancer Brandon Alley, Photo Michael Slobodian

Ballet BC Dancer Brandon Alley, Photo Michael Slobodian

Ballet BC brings its distinctive brand of contemporary ballet to the April edition of The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series. In this exceptional opportunity to see the company’s outstanding dancers up close in an intimate theatre environment, the program will feature excerpts from the current repertoire (Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, Apr. 18)

Jacky Essombe is featured in May’s edition of The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series. This interactive presentation features high-energy dances, live drumming, and singing that is steeped in the poetic imagery and wisdom of her ancestors, creating an experience to excite the eyes, engage the spirit and refresh the soul (Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, May 16)

Swan Lake Back by popular demand, this illustrious and beloved ballet features choreography by Irene Schneider, the beautiful score of Pytor Tchaikovsky and the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet (Vancouver Playhouse, May 18 + Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, Jun. 15)

Undivided Colours presented by Co.ERASGA Together in an evening-length work, Peter Chin (Toronto), Hari Krishnan (Toronto), William Lau (Ottawa), and Alvin Erasga Tolentino (Vancouver), showcase their varied and rich dance heritages, including Peking Opera and Indian Classical dance, among others (Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, Jun. 6-7)

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