DanceHouse crosses the planet for 2019-20 season, with Spain's Rocio Molina, Australia's Bangarra Dance Theatre, and more

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      From Aboriginal dance to Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the hottest young flamenco star on the planet, the just-announced DanceHouse 2019-20 criss-crosses the world for its programming.

      Amid the biggest news announced last night at DanceHouse's Marie Chouinard show is an appearance by Impulso film star and Spanish sensation Rocio Molina in a copresentation with the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival and SFU Cultural Programs, and the return of hit troupes Grupo Corpo, 7 Fingers, and Dorrance Dance.

      The season kicks off with Spirit, in the first visit by Australia's Bangarra Dance Theatre, at the Vancouver Playhouse on October 25 and 25. Presented in partnership with Dancers of Damelahamid, the performance by Down Under's leading Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander dance companies will weave together totemic storytelling, movement, and music, all drawn from 65,000 years of Indigenous culture.

      Bangarra Dance Theatre opens the season.
      Edward Mulvahill


      On January 22 to 25, 2020, in a copresentation with the Cultch, Unikkaaqtuat, by The 7 Fingers, Artcirq, and Taqqut Productions brings its multidisciplinary work here. Created between Montreal, Igloolik, and Iqaluit, it takes its inspiration from the Inuit's oral storytelling, blending 7 Fingers' eye-popping circus arts with throat-singing, hunting, and competitive games.

      Brazil's Grupo Corpo, a DanceHouse favourite, returns with Gira & Other Works on February 29 and 29 at the Vancouver Playhouse. That country’s biggest contemporary-dance troupe and one of its best-known cultural exports, Grupo Corpo draws from the music of São Paulo band Méta Méta this time around.

      Montreal's RUBBERBANDance Group hits the Vancouver Playhouse on March 20 and 21, with its Ever So Slightly. This is the troupe's first presentation at DanceHouse, though it has brought its hyperdriven hybrid of ballet, contemporary dance, and hip-hop to town in the past.

      Spain's Compañía Rocío Molina brings her celebrated Fallen from Heaven to the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's from April 1 to 4. The magnetic Molina is being celebrated for her dramatic, punk spins on flamenco, and its appeal to a new generation in her homeland. Impulso, a riveting documentary about her impact on flamenco and the debate surrounding her soul-baring work, made an impression at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year.

      Dorrance Dance wraps up the season on May 15 and 16 at the Vancouver Playhouse in a copresentation by the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. The New York City troupe, celebrated as one of the top in its form, brings the show ETM: Double Down here.

      DanceHouse subscribers can purchase a 2019-20 season subscription now through to April 14. Subscriptions go on sale to the general public as of April 15.