Local choreographers strut their (new) stuff at 12 Minutes Max this Friday

Sujit Vaidya. Chris Randle photo.

12 Minutes Max showcases five eclectic dance works by some of Vancouver’s most exciting and innovative up-and-coming choreographers.

First launched in Vancouver in 1994, the showcase supports the development of new works throughout the season. The 42nd edition takes place June 15, beginning at 8 p.m. See below for more info on what to expect from this exciting dance showcase at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.).

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Local choreographers strut their (new) stuff at 12 Minutes Max this Friday

Toronto Dance Theatre brings eclectic, career-spanning program to Vancouver

Vena Cava. Guntar Kravis photo.

Toronto Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s foremost dance companies. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Vancouver’s DanceHouse is bringing a showcase of the company’s work to the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) on Feb. 23 and 24 (details below).

The program draws on three decades to present five works by TDT Artistic Director and choreographer Christopher House. Here are brief descriptions of the pieces.

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Toronto Dance Theatre brings eclectic, career-spanning program to Vancouver

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