Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

Luciterra students. FUBAFOTO photo.

The students of Luciterra Dance Company are putting on a show.

The East Vancouver-based school’s annual winter student showcase, The White Raven Revue, takes place this Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.). The students have been working on their routines for the past four months.

We asked co-director Nikki Mae to tell us more about the show and the company.

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Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Michele Merola’s MM Contemporary Dance performs at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival. Enrico Morelli photo.

Tickets go on sale today (Dec. 13) for the 18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival. Organizers have also announced the lineup for the festival, aka the Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. The arts festival takes place Feb. 15-March 15 2018 at various venues, including the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Rickshaw Theatre, and Fox Cabaret.

One of the highlights of the annual event is its Dance Series. This year’s Chutzpah! features some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world, along with theatre, comedy and music. Here are some highlights.

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18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Tickets for added Betroffenheit performance on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 8!

Betroffenheit. Michael Slobodian photo.

Since its unveiling last year, the made-in-Vancouver dance piece Betroffenheit has met with universal acclaim.

Earlier this year, as part of its 2017/18, DanceHouse announced three more performances in March. All three have sold-out, and now the presenter has added a fourth show on March 14. Tickets for additional performance, at Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) go on sale tomorrow, Friday Dec. 8, at 10 a.m.

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Tickets for added Betroffenheit performance on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 8!

Innovative West Coast dancers, choreographers at this year’s Dance in Vancouver

Aeriosa. Tim Matheson photo.

The Dance Centre presents the 11th biennial Dance In Vancouver. A showcase of BC’s contemporary dance scene, it takes place Nov. 22-25 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.).

Organized every two years, the event provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the West Coast’s most innovative and creative contemporary dancers and choreographers.  The 2017 edition features such acclaimed companies as Aeriosa, Co.ERASGA, Inverso, Wen Wei Dance, dumb instrument Dance, Radical System Art, and more.

To get the inside scoop, we talked to Julianne Chapple. A dancer, choreographer, and former artist-in-residence at the Dance Centre, Chapple performs her piece Self Portrait as part of an afternoon program Nov. 25.

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Innovative West Coast dancers, choreographers at this year’s Dance in Vancouver

Shakti your booty! Diwali in BC is all about feminine energy

Inspired by a short story, Encounter blends physical theatre with bold storytelling.

Diwali in BC takes place for five weeks, beginning this Saturday and running until Nov. 16. The festival includes dance, theatre, film and more, with many of the shows celebrating the festival’s theme of feminine power, or shakti. Here are some highlights. (Click on titles for tickets.)

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Shakti your booty! Diwali in BC is all about feminine energy

What is man but a slave to biology? asks exciting new dance piece

Animal Triste cast, including JamesGnam, Brianna Lombardo Marc Boivin, Riley Sims, Courtesy Mathieu Doyonre,

Is man merely a slave to his biology? A new piece, Animal Triste, poses the question through dance.

A new work by Mélanie Demers, Animal Triste premiered earlier this year in at Montreal’s Agora de la danse. Along with Demers’ Mayday Danse, Vancouver’s Plastic Orchid Factoryis bringing the piece to Vancouver, for three nights. The show runs Oct. 19, 20 & 21 at 8 p.m. at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.).

From the looks of the trailers (links below), the show looks like a wild one.

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What is man but a slave to biology? asks exciting new dance piece

Ballet BC opens its new season with themes of ‘awakening and change’

Ballet BC Dancers Gilbert Small and Kirsten Wicklund. Photo by Michael Slobodian.

The North American debut of a piece by internationally acclaimed European choreographer Johan Inger will kick off the 2017/18 season of BC Ballet.

Along with a new work from Ballet BC Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto, Inger’s B.R.I.S.A. forms Program I, which opens the new season Nov. 2-4 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St.).

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Ballet BC opens its new season with themes of ‘awakening and change’