Vancouver celebrates International Dance Day

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Vancouver celebrates International Dance Day on Friday, April 29, 2011 with a series of events highlighting the diversity of BC’s dance scene.

International Dance DayFree events include a lunchtime performance of flamenco and other dance styles at the Vancouver Public Library; downtown ‘swing bombs’ with swing champions Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe; and studio showings and a photo exhibit at Scotiabank Dance Centre. The evening sees the premiere of taking your experience from mine, a new work by rising choreographer Sara Coffin exploring the impact of digital media on our lives.

Free Daytime Events

9:30am – the Training Society of Vancouver invites the public to watch a professional contemporary dance class, followed at 11.30am by an informal studio showing of work in development by local dancers. Coffee, muffins and talkback provided.  Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street).

12-1pm – pedestrians will be treated to a series of ‘swing bombs’ with surprise appearances by swing champions Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe (pictured right). Downtown Vancouver.

1-2pm – lunchtime performance featuring Karen Flamenco, Mandala Arts and Culture classical East Indian dance, and members of the Urban Tap Squad. Vancouver Public Library main atrium (350 West Georgia Street).

5.30pm – contemporary ballet company the plastic orchid factory hosts a studio showing of excerpts from Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence James Gnam’s new work _post, followed by a talkback with special guests. The lobby will also host an exhibit of images taken by renowned photographer David Cooper of _post, which is set to premiere in May.  Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street).

Evening Performance

8pm – the rapidly evolving relationship between people, technology and online culture inspires taking your experience for mine, an adventurous ensemble work created by Sara Coffin, one of BC’s most exciting emerging choreographic voices. Her new work will investigate how the digital traces we leave behind can alter our concept of self. With so much of our lives on display through social media and governed by digital devices and screens, is dialing into the digital network altering our ability to attune?

Performed by dancers Julia Carr, Amanda Sheather, Meghan Goodman and Jacinte Armstrong, the piece will feature an original score by Coffin’s longtime collaborator Phil Thomson, multimedia design by Andrew Hawryshkewich, and lighting design by Kimberly Plough. taking your experience for mine is presented through The Dance Centre’s third Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, which is awarded every two years to a young choreographer who shows exceptional promise.

taking your experience from mine runs Friday-Saturday April 29-30 at 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre. All tickets $15 on International Dance Day, April 29; tickets $25/$18 on April 30. Tickets available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604 684 2787.

International Dance Day
29 April 2011

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