Fall Arts Preview: Vancouver will see flamenco, Indigenous, Brazilian, classical, tango, and aerial dance this fall

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      Venues for dance in Vancouver this fall include the Dance Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, and Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.

      So Damn Proud at the Annex, September 10 to 24. Holy Crow Arts presents a work that weaves contemporary dance and Indigenous culture to tell a unique story about two Squamish Nation siblings at pivotal moments in their lives.

      F-O-R-M Digital Festival, online, September 13-18. Copresented by the Dance Centre and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, a program of movement-based films by youth and emerging artists that embody community and culture.

      Vancouver International Flamenco Festival at various locations, September 24 to 26. Flamenco festival produced by Flamenco Rosario nurtures flamenco’s hybridized roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy, and Indian cultures.

      Chapter 21 at the Firehall Arts Centre, September 29 to October 3. Raven Spirit Dance Society presents a dance/theatre piece choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan explores what happens when a vibrant, active artist comes face to face with a crippling collision of events.

      Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker, online, September 29 to October 11. Brazilian choreographer Deborah  Colker delivers a powerful work based on the poem Cão Sem Plumas by Brazilian writer João Cabral de  Melo Neto that is a timely commentary on the impact of human beings on the climate crisis.

      Café Buenos Aires at the Chan Centre, October 1. Clarinetist and UBC Music faculty member Jose Franch-Ballester leads a vibrant and transportive night of tango music and dance inspired by lively Buenos Aires cabarets.

      Open House at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, October 2. 20th-anniversary celebration features a performance on the outside wall by Vancouver aerial dance company Aeriosa and a creative activation of the Granville Street frontage by Company 605, plus free classes, exhibits, and the online premiere of a short film about the building by Milos Jakovic and Hossein Fani.

      Montreal dance company RUBBERBAND performs at the Playhouse October 23 and 24.
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      RUBBERBAND—Ever So Slightly at the Vancouver Playhouse, October 22 and 23. In their inaugural presentation with DanceHouse, Montreal dance company RUBBERBAND blends choreography by Victor Quijada with live music from composer/DJ Jasper Gahunia and violinist William Lamoureux to take apart the mechanisms of compliance and control.

      Project inTandem—Deep END & moving through, it all amounts to something at Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, November 6 and 7. As part of the Chutzpah! Festival, contemporary dance by Calgary producers and choreographers Sylvie Moquin and Meghann Michalsky that explores themes of female struggle and empowerment.

      Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, November 13 and 14. Choreographer and dancer Shay Kuebler returns to the Chutzpah! Festival with the world premiere of Momentum of Isolation.

      Alexis Fletcher and Ne.Sans Opera at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, November 16 and 18. Alexis Fletcher gives a solo performance integrating movement and the visual art of Vancouver painter and HIV/AIDS activist Tiko Kerr; Ne.Sans Opera & Dance artistic director Idan Cohen premieres a new solo drawing inspiration from the myth of Orpheus, and Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice.

      Dance in Vancouver 2021 at various locations, November 24 to 28. Featured artists and companies include Action at a Distance, Dumb Instrument Dance, Jeanette Kotowich, Kelly McInnes, Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Sierra Tasi Baker, Tasha Faye Evans, and The Biting School. Program includes IndigeDIV, which is co-produced in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance and celebrates the unique worldview and perspective that Indigenous artists bring to the global conversation.

      Red Sky Performance—Trace at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, November 24 to 27. New work inspired by the origin story of the Anishinaabe people and the mythological figure of Geezhigo-Quae (Sky Woman), who fell to earth, bringing with her the beginnings of life.