Dance Centre 2018-19 season draws from as far away as Australia and Taiwan

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      Company 605's first full-length piece in three years, and work from as far afield as Taiwan, Austria, and Australia feature on the Dance Centre's just-announced 2018-19 Global Dance Connections season.

      The roster kicks off November 14 to 16 with Dutch-Flemish choreographer Ann Van den Broek’s daring The Black Piece, an ode to the titular colour that finds five charismatic dancers and a camera operator luring the audience into the darkness.

      January 21 to 22 and 28 to 29, in a copresentation with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the Dance Centre features Company 605's latest physically pummelling work, by artistic directors Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin.

      In a coproduction with the same festival, January 24 to 26 marks the arrival of Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Kuan-Hsiang Lui's Kids, a tribute to his late mother that draws on recordings from her last days. 

      January 31 to February 2, watch for Australian dance artist Victoria Hunt's Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka, also part of PuSh. Drawing from her Maori heritage, the multimedia solo conjures a female ancestor and a ceremonial meetinghouse.

      April 4 to 6, Austria's Simon Mayer playfully subverts Alpine folk dances and male role models in Sons of Sissy

      And the season wraps with Davida Monk's Ashes for Beauty features three pieces: Ashes for Beauty a metamorphosis-themed work remounted for seven Vancouver dancers by the Calgary artist; a new solo created for Monk by Alberta choreographer Helen Husak; and a duet performed by Monk and Arash Khakpour, based on the classical Greek tragedy Antigone and choreographed by Paras Terezakis of Vancouver's Kinesis Dance somatheatro.

      Outside of that series, improvisational pioneer Katie Duck will bring CAGE her September 28, joined by musicians Ben Brown, James Meger and Roxanne Nesbitt. And Julianne Chapple debuts her first full-length work, Suffix, which mixes dance, sculptures and video to explore the rapidly changing technological landscape, October 26 and 27.

      All shows are at the Scotiabank Dance Centre; tickets are at