Mankind’s quest for utopia explored through dance

Greek-Canadian choreographer Paras Terezakis will be premiering his work In PENUMBRA as part of the 2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival March 1–4 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.  Terezakis immigrated to Canada from Greece in 1979 where he pursued his dance studies at York University, Toronto Dance Theatre and Simon Fraser University. From a young age,…

Dairakudakan – a quest for paradise

Japan’s longest-standing butoh company will be taking audiences on a visually spectacular quest for paradise in all its absurdly elusive forms. Internationally acclaimed butoh dance company Dairakudakan returns to this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) with its latest work, Paradise, March 10–11 at the Vancouver Playhouse. “Choreographer and director Akaji Maro set his sights…

When the ordinary becomes extraordinary

In the upcoming concert performance, Practices of Everyday Life/Cooking at the Western Front, a group of performers gather together to create a multisensory evening of enchanted play. Boundaries blur between matter, sound and what we perceive to be inanimate, as vegetables and cooking implements come alive.  “We work with the idea that the mundane becomes…

Artists break down communication barriers through comedy

Vancouver choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg met Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi at a dance space in Embra, Scotland. They took an interest in each other’s work. Presented by the Chutzpah Festival and The Dance Centre, Friedenberg and Gribaudi’s collaboration, empty.swimming.pool, a work that includes dance, theatre and comedy, will be on at The Scotiabank Centre Feb.…

Middle Eastern dance connects audience with Iranian culture

Pooneh Alizadeh has been chosen as one of the ambassadors for this year`s Culture Days and will be teaching a dance workshop as her Culture Days activity. BC Culture Days run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Alizadeh has been engaged in dance since she was five years old and since then, her passion for…

Spreading Mexican culture through dance

The Nahualli Folklore Society will be one of many groups performing at the Richmond World Festival to showcase Mexican culture.  Lily Cazares is one of the founders of the non-profit organization. She says that the society started after she met several other dancers who wanted to create a group to perform dances from the more…

Constant change and creation through dance and social interaction

Six dancers with various training and backgrounds came together with the goal of constant change to create OURO Collective, a Vancouver dance group intent on finding innovative ways to challenge ideas and express their love for dance and interaction with other artists and audience members. OURO Collective gets its name from the Greek word ouroboros,…

New production mixes traditions and modernity

A family-run production, Dancers of Damelahamid, brings together a collaboration of various Aboriginal dance forms and innovative ideas and technology in their new production, Flicker. Nigel Grenier, dancer and performer, says Flicker continues some of the threads of previous dance productions, such as Spirit and Transformation: using music to tell a story. Rather than shorter…

South American rhythm, intensity and dance

Argentina-based dance company Che Malambo will be performing their energetic dance act May 20 at the Vogue. Led by renowned French choreographer Gilles Brinas, the all-male company’s malambo dance performance is centered on the tradition of the South American “gaucho” cowboy. “Malambo has always elevated my soul,” says choreographer Gilles Brinas, “the malambo, by nature…

Hong Kong Exile: Otherness and collaboration

  As part of the An Exact Vertigo project, Hong Kong Exile, an interdisciplinary arts company and registered non-profit organization based in Vancouver, will be hosting a talk on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and a workshop on Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. at UNIT/PITT Projects. An Exact Vertigo aims to engage Vancouver’s…

Valentine’s Day Bhangra-style

Hardeep Singh Sahota, a seasoned bhangra dancer, is making his debut at Dances for a Small Stage 33: the valentine’s edition, a performance series that showcases new and established dance professionals. The show will be hosted at the ANZA Club in Mount Pleasant from Feb. 11–14, where Sahota hopes to share his love for bhangra…

A performance of perpetual movement

“Confronting one’s own demise” is the premise of choreographer and dancer Nacera Belaza’s performance in her work Le Temps scellé. The performance is being presented at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29. Le Temps scellé was originally commissioned by the Festival d’Avignon in France in 2009. “I had to…

Sunya – the beginning of a new journey

Four dancers and three musicians will be offering an “energetic, sensual and poetic” performance called Sunya on Nov. 10–14 at the Cultch. Sunya is a show about meetings: east and west, music and dance, cultures, men. The work originates from the desire of artistic director and choreographer, Roger Sinha, and musician Kiya Tabassian to work…