Diversity is the buzzword as the Vancouver International Dance Festival gets ready to kick off, running from next Thursday (March 1) to March 24. The eclectic offerings curated by Kokoro Dance come from as far away as Mexico and Hungary, with some strong new work from Vancouver itself. Here are just some of the standouts:
At the Scotiabank Dance Centre from March 1 to 3
Local choreographer Amber Funk Barton fetes the 10th anniversary of her company, the response., with a world premiere about her own personal travels and the infinite universe.
At the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from March 8 to 10
The seminal Vancouver company’s Peter Bingham looks back on his career, with 1995’s Hindsight; Sinking SuZi, commissioned by Ziyian Kwan in 2002; and a new three-hander called Engage the Feeling Arms.
(At the Roundhouse on March 20 and 21)
Hungary’s Ferenc Fehér mines masculinity in a work that spans the primal, the vulnerable, and the rawly emotional.
Les Choses Dernieres
At the Roundhouse from March 20 to 22
Inspired by Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things, Montreal choreographer Lucie Grégoire creates a cinematic, feverish solo of female survival for Isabelle Poitier.
Studies and Fragments On Dreams
At the Roundhouse on March 23 and 24
Mexico’s Compañia de Danza Experimental de Lola Lince delves surreally into dreams and wakefulness, night and day.