Arts Umbrella Dance Company Season Finale boasts work by Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, and Aszure Barton

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      Arts Umbrella Dance Company's artistic director Artemis Gordon has once again collected work from some of the world's top choreographers for the troupe's Season Finale at the Vancouver Playhouse, tonight through Saturday (to March 26).

      Big names like local dance star Crystal Pite, New York-based Aszure Barton, Israeli sensation Sharon Eyal, Spaniard Cayetano Soto, and Canadian icon James Kudelka all have short works on the program. Local bright lights in the mix include for Nederlands Dans Theater dancer Lesley Telford, Les Productions Figlio artistic director Serge Bennathan, current Ballet BC dancer Andrew Bartee, and former Ballet BC dancer Simone Orlando, who is now artistic director at Ballet Kelowna.

      More than 80 dancers are taking the stage in the program.