Fall arts preview 2017: Dance insiders reveal this season’s hidden gems

We asked those in the know to reveal their season’s hidden gems.

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      New Works Season Launch

      Presented by New Works on September 21 at the Annex

      “I’m so excited about the New Works Season Launch show on September 21: six talented female artists presenting three incredible duets for one night only at the Annex, curated by the inspiring Justine Chambers,” says Quincey Kirschner, artistic director of New Works.


      Compañia Sharon Fridman

      Presented by the Dance Centre from October 12 to 14 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre

      “Sharon’s work is organic and human, its sheer warmth makes it easy to relate to. However, it is also very well crafted, and the dancers are so natural, they just look as though they are born to move this way,” says Mirna Zagar, executive director of the Dance Centre.



      Presented by the Cultch from October 17 to 22 at the York Theatre

      “Powerful and athletic choreography means Encounter is dance you can feel in your body and soul. Part of our Diwali in B.C. program, this dynamic work explores Indigenous stories from India through movement and physical storytelling,” says Heather Redfern, executive director of the Cultch.



      Presented by DanceHouse on October 27 and 28 at the Vancouver Playhouse

      “A contemporary study of masculinity, Morphed, by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen, is a muscular work that explores what makes a man and toggles between raw vulnerability and high formalism, resulting in work that is expressive, multilayered, and reflective. It will be the West Coast debut of the Tero Saarinen Company and we are thrilled to open our 10th season with this company,” says Jim Smith, DanceHouse’s artistic director.


      From Where We Stand: A Shared Evening of Dance

      Presented by Firehall Arts Centre from February 21 to 24, at Firehall Arts Centre

      "When Chick Snipper handed over DSB—now Tara Cheyenne Performance—to Tara, who knew ten years later we’d be celebrating this milestone with breathtaking performances from two amazing and unique dancers,” says Susan Shank, general manager of Firehall Arts Centre.


      Program 2

      Presented by Ballet BC from February 22 to 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

      “Ballet BC’s 2017-18 season is rich with creative originality. Not to miss in February is our first-ever creation of Romeo and Juliet, envisioned for today through the inspired voice of internationally acclaimed choreographer Medhi Walerski,” says Emily Molnar, artistic director of Ballet BC.