Shifting Geography

The Cultch presents the world premiere of Shifting Geography: a new international ensemble dance creation under the collaborative work of Vancouver choreographer of Co.ERASGA, Alvin Erasga Tolentino and from Bonn, Germany of CocoonDance, Rafaële Giovanola.  A dazzling trans-continental dance creation, Shifting Geography features the choreography of Vancouver’s critically acclaimed Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Bonn-based RafaÎle Giovanola. Using those two cities as inspiration, the piece is an inquiry into the physical shifts of transformation, performed by six incredible international dance artists.  Shifting Geography runs February 18-22 at The Cultch.

Shifting—the body in motion. Geography—the body’s reality and story in space. This new dance explores the body as a geographical metaphor with which to inquire about one’s origin and pathway, and in the direction from which one traverses to continue the search of place, belonging, adapting and surviving from the myriads of chaos to self discovery.

COCOONDANCE has grown considerably in stature and is instrumental for contemporary dance in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, founded by Rafaële Giovanola and Rainald Endraß in 2000. An international award winning touring dance company based in Bonn, renowned for its dance theater productions. COCOONDANCE  has been a company residence at the Bonn Theatre in Ballsaal since 2004 where they have built acclaimed worked as, Lovers and StrangersI’ve Seen it all,Orlando-RemixKiller Loop and Dating your Enemy. COCOONDANCE also hosts two dance festivals, the annual international solo dance festival and biennale Into the fields.

Entering its 14th season, Co.ERASGA Dance is an international dance company that supports and contributes to the development and enhancement of contemporary dance. Led by acclaimed dancer and choreographer,Alvin Erasga Tolentino, the company continues to seek new and challenging projects that provide opportunities and cross-cultural issues in today’s society. Among its critically acclaimed dance productions are SOLABATO/StoneMINORIVoltShe Said, Field,OrienTik/PortraitBODYGlass, PARADISE/ParadisADAMEVE/Man-Woman, Expose and most recently Colonial. To date, Co.ERASGA visited over forty-eight diverse cities and communities outside Vancouver to share the art of dance.

Shifting Geography | Venue:  The Cultch, 1895 Venables St. | Map: | |Run: February 18-22-8pm| Tickets at or 604.251.1363