Dance work Marathassa takes the Kinder Morgan debate to the shores of English Bay

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      Add dance to the wildly diverse forms of activism that have taken place around the Kinder Morgan pipeline controvesy.

      On Sunday (June 3), on the heels of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project's national purchase and approval this week, a group of 16 performers from the Vines Art Festival and Pressed Paradise are coming together to re-enact a site-specific piece called Marathassa. It focuses on the all-too-real risk of an oil spill in local waters. It was originally co-created by June Fukumura and Heather Lamoureux and performed in April 2016.

      "In response and support of the Protect The Inlet movement we are re-creating a durational movement piece with 16 performers in remembrance of ship MV Marathassa's oil spill on April 9th 2015," the group says, referring to the disaster in English Bay, on its Facebook event page.

      The free performance takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. right on the sands of English Bay, near where the spill took place, directly in front of the Cactus Club Restaurant, with music and poetry by Jaz Whitford. Look for dancers struggling in the mud and sand, writhing and reaching into the water (see a clip from the previous performance below).