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Flashmob at YVR powered by Arts Umbrella

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My daughter’s dance company at Arts Umbrella (here in Vancouver) staged a flashmob at YVR last weekend. Here HuffPo has picked up the story. They were on Good Morning America on Monday …

 

Tear the Curtain!

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From the Arts Club release:

Glamour! Intrigue! Suspense! A collaboration with the innovative Electric Company Theatre, the premiere of this stylish thriller is inspired by the “reel” history of the Stanley Theatre. Experience a multimedia spectacle featuring your favourite Hollywood film noir archetypes: the mob boss, the femme fatale, the hardboiled detective, and his girl Friday. Does the truth lie somewhere between the stage and the screen?

Photo: Brian Johnson

Trailer from long-awaited “Tear the Curtain”

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This is a must see.  World premiere of the Electric Company Theatre’s “Tear the Curtain” at the Stanley Theatre.  It opens September 9.

Dancer Ziyian Kwan and others dance their frustration over B.C.’s arts cuts

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For a complete series of photos take a look at Ziyian Kwan’s blog.

By Janet Smith

A veteran Vancouver dancer and her colleagues are taking their frustration over B.C. arts cuts to the streets.

Ziyian Kwan is dubbing her protests “what i am dancing sundays”. She’s organizing impromptu dance/rally/busking sessions in front of the Gene Cafe at Main and Kingsway.

Her next dance-protest is this Sunday (August 15) from 4 to 6 p.m., and she invites other artists angered by the provincial Liberals’ slashing of both gaming and core funding to the cultural sector to join her. So far dancer-choreographers Jennifer ClarkeLee Su-FehJay Hirabayashi, and others have joined her on the sidewalk.

Read the entire article here at the Georgia Straight.

Robin Hood coming to Queen Elizabeth Park

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Who can resist fictional robberies of the rich for the poor?  Robin Hood, in a new contemporary adaptation, presented at Queen Elizabeth Park as a “promenade” experience from August 4-19th.  I’ll be there, holding my vast fortune close.

Climbing and contemporary dance meet in “White Spider”

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Had to take a brief break from the blog during the Olympics. Information overload. Back to some of the most interesting events happening in Vancouver. This new choreographic work by Jennifer Mascall looks very promising.

Choreographer Jennifer Mascall’s White Spider scales wild heights
By Gail Johnson
Publish Date: March 4, 2010

Rare is the 21st-century dancer who’s limited to a single style. Rather, more and more of those who call the studio and stage their workplace can execute a breadth of forms, from classical ballet to contact improvisation, modern dance to martial arts.

But mountain climbing?

True to modern-day form, when Vancouver choreographer Jennifer Mascall asked five dancers to take up the activity for a new piece, none of them blinked.

“We went to the Edge [Climbing Centre] and got our belay tickets,” Mascall says in an interview before a rehearsal at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre. “We weren’t so much interested in getting up as we were exploring the physicality of what the harness does with your body.”

Scaling peaks is at the heart of the Mascall Dance artistic director’s latest work, The White Spider. It takes its name and inspiration from the book of the same name by Heinrich Harrer, who in 1938 was on the first team to successfully climb the north face of Switzerland’s treacherous Mount Eiger. The 5,000-foot ascent, whose name means “ogre”, is also known as the Murder Wall because of the number of lives it has claimed.

The parallels between mountaineering and dance are undeniable, Mascall explains. Whether it’s a group of climbers ascending a precipice single file or an ensemble of performers swirling together on-stage, each member is completely dependent on the others. One slip-up and everyone suffers.

Then there is the unshakable commitment that climbers and dancers make to their chosen activity, a loyalty that leaves some people perplexed.

Read the entire article here.

Interview with Penticton’s Shane Koyczan

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What were your hopes for this performance?

“In the arts community, lines are being drawn between people who are part of [the Olympics] and people who aren’t. People are upset about cuts to arts funding. My hope was to galvanize us again because the arts community has always had a strong united front.”

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