Betroffenheit, Toronto Dance Theatre, and more to mark DanceHouse's 10th anniversary season

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      DanceHouse will bring back last year's quickly soldout Betroffenheit as part of a big 10th anniversary season.

      Audiences will get another chance to see the Kidd Pivot-Electric Theatre Company dance-theatre masterpiece on March 16 and 17 as part of a season that celebrates the series' impact on the city's arts scene. Created by choreographer Crystal Pite and theatre artist Jonathon Young, the multimedia work--which has since toured the world and was heralded by London's The Guardian as one of that city's top shows of the year--takes a carnivalesque dive into the depths of grief.

      The piece joins four other works on DanceHouse's larger-than-usual roster, one that spans iconic national companies like Toronto Dance Theatre, international stars like Finland's Tero Saarinen, and emerging stars like Vancouver's own Vanessa Goodman.

      “It is no small feat for a start-up arts organization to celebrate its 10th birthday,”  Brian Rowland, president of the DanceHouse board of directors, said in a season-release statement today. “I’m so proud that DanceHouse, and the international calibre dance it brings to the city, has become an integral element of Vancouver’s arts fabric.” Ten years ago, a small group of dance fans, including cofounders Jim Smith and Barb Clausen, launched the presenting company as a way to bring more of the world's exciting dance to town. It went on to change the face of the scene here, exposing audiences to work by the likes of Batsheva Dance Company, Hofesh Schechter, Louise Lecavalier, and others we might never have had a chance to see.

      Red-hot Finnish choreographer Saarinen kicks off the anniversary season with Morphed, October 27 and 28 at the Playhouse. In it, seven male dancers borrow liberally from street dance, Gene Kelly musicals, modern dance, and more to question what makes a man a man.

      November 23 to 26 at SFU Woodward's at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, DanceHouse copresents (with SFU) Goodman's multimedia ode to Canadian icons Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould, Wells Hill, by her company Action at a Distance. The event is part of Celebrate Canada 150+.

      Finnish sensation Tero Saarinen's Morphed.


      In the new year, February 23 and 24, 2018, Toronto Dance Theatre honours its 50th anniversary with the retrospective House Mix, showcasing five pieces by influential veteran choreographer Christopher House.

      After the return of Betroffenheit, U.S. tap movers and shakers Dorrance Dance close the season April 13 and 14 by showing how far their form has come. Icon Michelle Dorrance is known for showcasing the tradition of tap rhythms in a contemporary light, as she will in this program of three works, including Jungle Blues, set to a score by jazz sax legend Brandford Marsalis, and Three to One, with music by the Aphex Twin and Thom Yorke. 

      More info and four-show and five-show subscriptions are available here. Single tickets go on sale September 5.