L-E-V HOUSE at DanceHouse on November 14 & 15

by Richard Wolak on October 24, 2014

DanceHouse presents House, the Vancouver debut of Israel’s L-E-V, as its second presentation of the season at the Vancouver Playhouse November 14 & 15, 2014, 8pm.

Since 2006, collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been a significant voice in the global artistic community, creating a continuous stream of critically acclaimed original works for Batsheva and other eminent dance companies around the world. L-E-V is the culmination of years of momentum, choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, accompanied by the endlessly original music of Ori Lichtik, delivered by fiercely talented dancers that move with expressive precision.

Founded in 2013, L-E-V feeds off of emerging technologies and integrates them effortlessly and unobtrusively into cross-disciplinary stagings that could be equally at home at a techno-club or opera house. L-E-V is the confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion, art and technology—each uniquely expressive while emotionally entwined. The company embodies a pledge to move and engage a diverse spectrum of new audiences and collaborators.

Sharon Eyal danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva in 2003-2004, and House Choreographer of the company from 2005-2012. In 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies in the world, including Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway, seen at DanceHouse in 2013. Eyal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators and the 2009 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

Gai Behar was a notorious mover and a shaker of Tel Aviv’s live music, art, and nightlife scenes from 1999 till 2005. Gai joined Sharon in co-creating Bertolini in 2006 and has collaborated along with Ori Lichtik on the creation of Sharon Eyal’s choreographic works ever since.

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Ballet BC Presents No. 29 November 6-8

by Richard Wolak on October 24, 2014

No. 29- Ballet BC dancer Scott Fowler -photo Michael Slobodian (1)

Ballet BC begins its 2014–15 season with No. 29 – a program marking the company’s 29th season and 29th new creation under the artistic leadership of Emily Molnar. No. 29 features the World Premiere of White Act by Spanish-born choreographerFernando Hernando Magadan, the Ballet BC premiere of An Instant by Vancouver-born choreographer Lesley Telford and the reprisal of the explosive audience favourite A.U.R.A. by Italy’s Jacopo Godani.

Dance has the power to transform a room, a person, a way of seeing things. With this program we will have commissioned 29 new works over the past five years by dance makers from around the world.” says Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar.No. 29 is an evening that will showcase a dynamic and versatile range of dance while offering an engaging experience for audiences. It will grab you, excite you and challenge your ideas of ballet.

Set to a dynamic electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord, A.U.R.A. is a sleek and startling in its relentless intensity, showcasing Jacopo Godani’s explosive and kinetic style. “I have a small obsession,” he says, “to get dancers to take their bodies and brains farther.” In his unique world, the dancers “move with raw physical strength … the resulting tableaux [are] stunning.” The provocative nature of A.U.R.A., combined with its virtuosic physicality, proved highly successful with audiences and critics in Vancouver and abroad.

Fernando Hernando Magadan is a thrilling new voice in choreography and his new work, White Act is inspired by La Sylphide – one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets. White Act “explores the idea of the unattainable and the dream of inaccessible ideas – our inherent temptation for the unknown, our intent to embody the supernatural through the human form, and our insatiable desire to find true love, sometimes with dramatic consequences” says Magadan. Ballet BC is the first ballet company in Canada to commission Magadan’s work.

Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska’s poem Could Have, Vancouver-born choreographer and dancer Lesley Telford investigates “… the moment you wake up when chance, circumstance, and unpredictability interrupt our planned lives. A critical moment may shift our direction in a split second.” Set to Weather by composer Michael Gordon, An Instant is beautifully poignant in its exploration of the fragile balance and illusion of life’s stability.

No. 29 plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 8:00pm November 6-8, 2014. Tickets range from $30.00 to $80.00 (including service charges) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online at ticketmaster.ca.

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ReACT on November 2–9

by Richard Wolak on October 24, 2014

ReACT: New Plays in Progress

The Arts Club presents a series of free readings in November as part of its ReACT: New Plays in Progress initiative. Now in its 14th year, the program will showcase some of Vancouver’s top playwriting talent from November 2–9 with new works by Dorothy Dittrich, Meghan Gardiner, Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, Courtenay Ennis and Roger Haskett, David King, and Corey Payette. These works will be read by professional theatre actors, with post-reading discussions encouraging audience members to share first impressions while the creative team provide their own insights. Arts Club’s Literary Manager Rachel Ditor and Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd will share hosting duties.

“The ReACT series of readings is one of our most vital activities to bring new works to the stage,” said Millerd. “I am particularly excited about this year’s collection as it includes three plays we have commissioned. I am looking forward to hearing the works, and also the audience’s reactions, as they are important collaborators in this process.”

“All the playwrights featured in ReACT have compelling stories to tell. Stories that grab our attention, and stay in our thoughts long after the lights come up,” said Ditor. “This year we have three musicals, each lively and entirely different in content and style, as well as three plays that wrestle intelligently and with great compassion on themes of love and acceptance, loss and vengeance.”

SCHEDULE OF FREE PUBLIC READINGS AND TALKBACKS:
Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston Street, Granville Island
*With the exception of Gross Misconduct, held at the Rehearsal Hall on Granville Island

  • Sunday, November 2, 7 PM:Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille
  • Monday, November 3, 12 PM:Gross Misconduct by Meghan Gardiner*
  • Friday, November 7, 8 PM:Franklin Falls by Courtenay Ennis and Roger Haskett
  • Saturday, November 8, 2 PM:Comfort and Joy by David King
  • Saturday, November 8, 8 PM:Children of God by Corey Payette
  • Sunday, November 9, 7 PM:The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich

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Far at DanceHouse September 26 & 27

by Richard Wolak on September 15, 2014

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England’s most celebrated choreographer returns with FAR, a fascinating creative journey which draws on a radical cognitive research process. Inspired by the Age of Enlightenment and by the 18th century French philosopher Diderot’s very first set of encyclopedia, the resulting choreography is physical and immediate, with an underpinning of intellectual curiosity. Jaw-dropping visuals, including a computerized pin board of 3,200 LED lights, make this an absolute must-see.

A prolific dance maker, and the first Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet to come from contemporary dance, Wayne McGregor has delivered world premieres for international companies including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Australian Ballet, and choreographed movies (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and music videos (Radiohead’s Lotus Flower). In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE in the New Years Honours List.

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20.20.20 September 24 -27

by Richard Wolak Dance

Tweet Locals and visitors will have the opportunity not just to see, but to feel Vancouver come to life onstage, with performances of “20.20.20” this September 24 -27 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. A collaborative effort and co-presentation with Dancers Dancing and SFU Woodward’s, the show captures the vibrant atmosphere of urban Vancouver in all of its complexities, […]

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Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House September 13

by Richard Wolak Dance

Tweet From contemporary and flamenco to bellydance and swing, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of free open classes, studio showings and events. Participating companies and artists include Shay Kuebler/Radical System Arts, Kinesis Dance somatheatro, Karen Flamenco, TomoeArts and a diverse selection of […]

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Arturo Sandoval at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

by Arthur Wolak Music

Tweet Cuba lost out on one of its greatest jazz talents when Arturo Sandoval defected from the Communist nation to the US while on tour in Spain in 1990. Sandoval has since gone on to receive numerous accolades for his music, including 10 Grammy awards, 6 Billboard Awards, and even an Emmy Award for “Outstanding […]

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 18-20

by Richard Wolak Music

Tweet The 37th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival gets underway mid-July, starting off on Friday evening with musicians performing from all over the world thru Sunday night. This is one of my favourite music festivals, I have attended 31 festivals over the years! Each year, as much as I look forward to the music I also […]

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Chris Botti with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

by Arthur Wolak Music

Tweet Renowned trumpeter and Grammy Award winning instrumentalist, Chris Botti graced the Orpheum stage tonight in a performance that had everyone on their feet during both ends of the intermission. Together with his talented core ensemble—a pianist, drummer, guitarist, and bass player—backed up by the skilled performers from the VSO, conducted by VSO Assistant Conductor […]

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TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest June 20 – July 1, 2014

by Richard Wolak Music

Tweet The 29th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival begins on June 20 and takes place in multiple venues all over the city. There are so many amazing musicians performing through-out the festival. From free shows downtown opening weekend to more shows on Granville Island and in David Lam Park during closing weekend. There are […]

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