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…

Unwrapping culture: An artfully choreographed critique of Thailand

Two Southeast Asian contemporary dancers, Pichet Klunchun and Alvin Erasga Tolentino, are set to perform a full-length duet that explores the cultural complexity of traditional, contemporary Thailand in a cross-cultural dialogue that uses the audience, visual media and decorative toys to get it’s point across. This coming month, the cultural dance will be performed for…

Weaver Woman: A contemporary Kabuki

The 27th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival will take place from July 2 to 11 at various venues in Vancouver. The festival features contemporary dance performances from over 20 dance companies. Colleen Lanki, artistic director of TomoeArts, is set to debut her performance of Weaver Woman, a retelling of a classic Chinese folk tale…

Bhangra love takes over Vancouver

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) will be putting on its 9th annual City of Bhangra Festival on May 28th through June 6th at various downtown Vancouver venues and SFU’s Surrey campus. The festival will have seven events comprised of 350 performances, all centered on the Punjabi folk dance. Anita Lai, general manager of…

VIDF : B.Leux explores artistic human senses

This year, the Vancouver International Dance Festival invited the Par B.L.eux dance company to present its renowned show Snakeskins. The show is a way for the public to realize that watching dance is like learning a new language, where the relationship with the outside world changes. Created in 1998, the Vancouver International Dance Festival aims…

A Taste of Metis : A window to Louis Riel’s vision

Métis leader Louis Riel envisioned bringing together the people of Canada. A Taste of Metis will attempt to make this vision a reality by the art of storytelling through dance. The Feb. 27 performance at the Roundhouse Community Centre is a collaboration of different cultural Metis performances and workshops. Compaigni V’ni Dansi, a group of…

A journey exploring Japanese performing arts

Yayoi Hirano’s talk at the Nikkei National Museum will discuss her research and experience travelling through Japan to study the Japanese performing arts that came before Kabuki.  Hirano was born and raised in Japan and studied the mime dance form at a theatre university. After graduating, Hirano continued her studies outside of Japan. Her experiences…

Dance for Black History

This year, bring your dancing shoes for a special celebration of the Black History Month. On Sunday the 15th, the February edition of Dance Allsorts expands the discussion by presenting a mixed program of Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Brazilian dance tradition. It is an occasion for the Source Newspaper to meet two of Vancouver’s leading dance collectives…

Fighting to the sound of Brazilian Music in Richmond

Philip Gensaya, a pupil of Contra-Mestre Barrãozinho teaches capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, in Richmond. He’s been spreading his teachings throughout the city for about four years. His students not only learn how to fight, but also how to play musical instruments and dance to the rhythm of Afro-Brazilian music. Capoeira, a martial art that…

A waking dream: Keeping ballet alive in Vancouver

Coastal City Ballet (CCB) will open its 2014-2015 season with Don Quixote’s Dream and Mixed Repertoire, a creatively diverse performance that is a testament to the uniqueness of CCB’s artistic vision. The versatility of the program is also a symbol of the company’s commitment to keeping ballet alive on the Vancouver dance scene – a…

Dance and dialogue a marriage of Undivided Colours

Undivided Colours, a collection of performances by five international Asian artists, showcases the beauty of diversity and the fluidity of gender through the eloquence of dance movements. Audiences experience contemporary topics of cultural diversity and gender through the traditional tool of dance. The show will marry together all the styles each of the performers specialize…