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

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      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 Clarke, Lee Su-Feh, Jay Hirabayashi, and others have joined her on the sidewalk.

      In her blog, the professional dancer says that although she usually has six to 10 months of full-time employment in her field each year, her dance card is "frighteningly empty" for the 2010/11 season, so she decided to take her message directly to the public.

      During her dance-protests, she'll alternately perform, busk, and hand out information to passersby about Gordon Campbell's government's cuts.

      Kwan hopes to collect video clips that she creates through her Sundays project and package them to further raise awareness about the effects the provincial cuts are having on artists.

      Watch video of Ziyian Kwan's performance here, while local dance artists Daelik and James Gnam discuss the cuts over coffee.



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      Aug 11, 2010 at 10:25am