Kara’s Dance Picks

Dance events I’ll definitely be at this season (and some I’m still just hoping to attend):

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
“Me So You So Me”
Jan 11-13; 8pm
The Scotiabank Dance Centre
David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen, (past instructors of yours truly) create an everyday relationship between two beyond real characters set to the genre defying music of Japanese percussionist Asa Chang. The piece draws its inspiration from Japanese pop culture, Indian tabla rhythms, and Saturday morning cartoons. I’m anticipating a clever and well crafted show. $20 in advance. $25 at the door.


The PuSh Festival presents Amber Bozic
“After Trio A” and “Beginning”
Feb 2-4; 8pm
The Scotiabank Dance Centre
When someone from Europe comes to Vancouver, I usually jump at the chance to see how they do things on the other side of the planet. Born in Croatia and based in Amsterdam, choreographer Andrea Bozic pays homage to Yvonne Rainer’s “Trio A” (1966) and her famous “No Manifesto”. In “After Trio A”, two dancers learn the work live in front of the audience. “Beginning” is a live discourse between Bozic and artist Julia Willms, bringing together movement and drawing to create a spontaneous exchange between two disciplines.


Science Friction
“Something(s) Relative”
Feb 16-18; 8pm
The Scotiabank Dance Centre
Shannon Moreno of Science Friction taught a ballet class on the fly once when the teacher who was scheduled to teach at my school didn’t show. As an 18 year old dance student, I was impressed and I’m stoked to see her work. Dreams, time and space inspire “Something(s) Relative”. Moreno uses Alan Lightman’s bestselling novel Einstein’s Dreams as a starting point for exploring whether dreams can truly help us understand ourselves.


Give Me Brilliance
Back Door Dance Party and Performance
March 3; class 8:30, performances 10:30, party until 1
45 West
I will be here from 8 until the end of time. Dedicated to keeping the rock-star rolling in contemporary dance, Give Me Brilliance presents a DJ dance party to close their first 8 week session of Back Door Dance, a class in finding your own personal party groove. $20. Free for Back Door Dance participants.


The PuSh Festival with Movent presents Dances for a Small Stage 25
Feb 1-3; line up 6:30, doors 7, show 8
The Legion on the Drive
Tickets at the door, cash only. 19+
This show is always packed, and I’ve been going since I’ve been legal to drink. Dances for a Small Stage presents original works that are always a good time with some of the country’s hottest dance artists tackling a 10-by-13 foot stage. $20.


The Chutzpah! Festival
The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase for Jewish Performing Arts
Feb 11-March 4
Norman Rothstein Theatre/Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
The Chutzpah! Festival is a multi-disciplinary performing arts festival featuring both established and emerging professional artists from across Canada and around the world. They’ve always got a solid dance roster, in fact every show I’ve seen at the Chutzpah! Festival has been extremely powerful. I highly recommend checking it out.


DanceHouse presents Gallim Dance
March 23 and 24
Vancouver Playhouse
If you don’t go to the website for this dance company and involuntarily say the word “yes” under your breath, then we can’t be friends. Gallim Dance is based in New York and founded by Andrea Miller. I’ve been lucky to see some of Miller’s work and I found it to be exciting and moving. Yes.


CoCo & Rico Contributor, Kara Nolte

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