The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) celebrates its 20th anniversary season, from March 6 to 28, 2020, by offering 31 performances including 12 free shows, 20 free dance classes, 7 free life drawing sessions with dancers as models, and a free art exhibition of photography by Flamenco Rosario Musical Director and guitarist Victor Kolstee.
TSF is a vibrant celebration of Indigenous artistry, expertise, talent and knowledge from around the world, presented through theatrical performances, music, dance, film a visual art exhibit, the Industry Series and Knowledge Sharing workshops, young audience and family programming, the annual Celebration of Powwow Culture, the Métis Fair, and much more.
The company has built a strong reputation for works which are both innovative and accessible, and combines intricate choreography with an exciting sense of visual magic. Its first full-length work in three years, Bygones premieres in Bulgaria and tours to Germany and Quebec prior to the Vancouver performances.
In FRONTERA, 10 dancers take to the stage amid pulsing flashes and towering vertical rays of light. The dancers react to the clarion call of the driving music and the whims of the lighting, becoming wildly shifting forms in a singular struggle between impulse and design. Columns of light alternately guide, divide, and entrap the dancers, but ultimately cannot defeat their fearless physicality and ingenuity.
Architect and heritage planner Robert Lemon has made a $2-million contribution to the Arts Umbrella Building Campaign in the name of his late partner Robert (Bob) Ledingham. To celebrate Bob’s appreciation of theatre and passion for education, the Robert M. Ledingham School of Theatre & Music will provide young people with access to extensive training opportunities, led by Artistic Director Paul Moniz de Sá.
“Dance In Vancouver works on many levels. It’s a great opportunity for local audiences to experience work by local artists; our artists get the chance to build their national and international connections; and the presenters become more informed on our dynamic and diverse dance scene. Over time we have seen significant growth in touring activity and BC dance is now enjoying enhanced visibility on the world stage.”