Multicultural lineup of dancers & choreographers showcase boundary pushing contemporary expression and exploration of the human condition.
Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is thrilled to announce the 2017 lineup of ground-breaking Canadian and international dance artists as part of the intimate Roundhouse Series. 8pm shows at the Roundhouse Performance Centre include Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance (March 9-11, 2017), Montreal’s Compagnie Virginie Brunelle (March 16-18, 2017), and Denmark’s Kitt Johnson (March 23-25, 2017). 7pm shows at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall include Vancouver’s Molly McDermott (March 9-11, 2017), Rob Kitsos/Jane Osborne/Kim Stevenson (March 16-18, 2017), and Ouro (March 23-25, 2017).
“The contemporary works in the Roundhouse Series investigate the universal themes of connection and isolation, memory and immediacy, crisis and joy,” says Barbara Bourget, Co-Producer of VIDF. “We’ve selected an array of seasoned artists with diverse cultural backgrounds for this series. Their wealth of varied experiences and perspectives have produced poignant works that transcend our differences and unveil our common humanity through powerful physicality.”
2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival – Roundhouse Series:
Compagnie Virginie Brunelle (Montreal)
To the pain that lingers
Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 16-18, 8pm
In To the pain that lingers, Montreal choreographer Virginie Brunelle offers a poetic work that is sometimes romantic, sometimes crude, but always informed by her search for our connections to each other, for the links that leave traces and create memories.
Kaeja d’Dance (Toronto)
Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 9-11, 8pm
Performed by Karen & Allen Kaeja, lifeDUETS showcases the collaborative talents of this husband and wife duo, known for their award-winning performances, site-specific works, acclaimed dance films, and educational outreach programs ongoing since 1991. The couple’s dynamic vitality will be showcased in with, choreographed by Ben Kamino, and 25 to 1, choreographed by Tedd Robinson.
Kitt Johnson (Denmark)
POST NO BILLS
Roundhouse Performance Centre, March 23-25, 8pm
POST NO BILLS, choreographed and performed by Kitt Johnson, explores the potential of crisis to transform the human condition, based on the view of Existential Psychology that crisis must lead to criticism and not merely be suffered passively.
Rob Kitsos/Jane Osborne/Kim Stevenson (Vancouver)
Death and Flying
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, March 16-18, 7pm
Death and Flying asks us to consider the objects, gestures or images we cherish to feel close to the ones we love. Inspired by American poet Max Heinegg, this duet looks at the things we collect in life and the things we choose to leave behind.
Molly McDermott (Vancouver)
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, March 9-11, 7pm
Molly McDermott has been a key collaborator and performer with Kokoro Dance for the past decade. Her patient, determined presence in Kokoro Dance’s creative process continues to be an inspiration to the choreographers. This new solo is built on Molly’s extraordinary talents as an expressive, viscerally physical, and intelligent dance artist who applies total dedication and rigour in her quest for excellence in artistic expression.
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, March 23-25, 7pm
OURO is a Vancouver-based collective that uses hip-hop, waacking, breaking, popping, and contemporary dance as the foundation for new work. PACE, OURO’s second creation, explores each dancer’s personal relationship with anxiety, suppression, and isolation.
VIDF 2017 will take place from March 1 through 25, 2017 at various venues throughout Vancouver. Tickets to all VIDF events at: vidf.ca.
About Vancouver International Dance Festival (vidf.ca):
The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is a social-profit, artist run organization dedicated to supporting and furthering the art of culturally diverse contemporary dance.
Each year the festival scours the globe, and its own backyard, to assemble a thrilling month of emotionally rich and intellectually stimulating dance expressions. In doing so, the festival functions as an important link between Vancouver and a vibrant, international community of artists, ensuring world-class contemporary dance will always have a place in the hearts and minds of Vancouver audiences.
2017 VIDF Roundhouse Series
March 9-25, 2017
8pm Roundhouse Performance Centre: $30 Adults; $25 Seniors/Students;
7pm Roundhouse Exhibition Hall: Free with VIDF membership (Entrance to the 7pm shows is included in the price of tickets to the 8pm shows or can be accessed through purchase of a one-time $3 VIDF membership charge).
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC