(This story is sponsored by DanceHouse.)
Since 2008, DanceHouse has connected Vancouver audiences with vibrant and inspiring dance companies from Canada and around the world. Now, as it enters its 12th season, DanceHouse is bringing another groundbreaking and internationally acclaimed performance to the stage.
In partnership with Dancers of Damelahamid, DanceHouse is launching its thrilling 2019-20 season with Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre in the Canadian premiere of Spirit.
Choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director Stephen Page and former assistant artistic director Bernadette Walong-Sene, the retrospective piece is a visionary fusion of nine of the company’s celebrated Indigenous and contemporary works that boldly bridge past and present.
Established in 1989, Bangarra Dance Theatre is famed for fusing the culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with contemporary movement in a powerful exploration of ceremonial storytelling. The company has played a critical role in the resurgence of traditional dance expressions.
“Through this timely work that celebrates ceremony and tradition, Bangarra Dance Theatre is helping to define and redefine identity within a modern global culture,” says Jim Smith, artistic and executive director of DanceHouse.
Page, Spirit’s choreographer, is a descendent of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from southeast Queensland. He is also one of Australia’s most treasured performing arts leaders. Audiences will be able to hear him speak at the preshow talks with host Starr Muranko, Raven Spirit Dance’s artistic associate, at 7:15 p.m. on both nights.
Tickets, which start at $35, are on sale now and can be purchased via the Dance House website or by calling the box office at 604-801-6225.
“As Canada is the ancestral home of a diverse range of cultures and traditions, this performance is particularly resonant,” says Smith. “Spirit demonstrates the immense power of art to break down geographical barriers, sparking important dialogue on the preservation of the ceremonial rituals and storytelling forged by cultures over millennia.”
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Spirit takes places at 8 p.m. on October 25 and 26 at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street). For more information, or to purchase tickets for Spirit or any of the other fabulous shows taking place this season, visit the DanceHouse website or contact the box office at 604-801-6225.