Vancouver International Dance Festival Presents Three Weeks of International and Local Performances (with reviews)

Goh Ballet: Photo of Vlademir Pereira submitted by Goh Ballet

“Dance as a primal human instinct transcends language, cultural norms, and international borders. It has the potential to communicate any aspect of the human experience,” says Barbara Bourget, co-producer of Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF).

This ability of dance to express universal emotions and experiences will be celebrated for three glorious weeks from March 1 to March 24, 2018 in the performances, activities, and workshops of VIDF.

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Vancouver International Dance Festival Presents Three Weeks of International and Local Performances (with reviews)

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

So excited for this weekend.  Not only is it my first long weekend this year, but I’ll have something to do every waking moment!  Comedy, music, dance, and shiny cars… Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Speed skating, karate, fencing, fashion, art launches, Monty Python, and orchids?  There are more than enough events to keep you busy all weekend long!   Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
This weekend is filled with amazing music, dance, art, and family friendly events. Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Film, dance, music, adventure.. this weekend’s got it all!  Read on for our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

5 Must-See Performances at the Vancouver International Dance Festival 2013, March 2-23

Photo credit: Derek Dix, courtesy of Vancouver International Dance Festival

Photo credit: Derek Dix, courtesy of Vancouver International Dance Festival

Every spring, some of the world’s best contemporary dancers descend on Vancouver for a citywide tribute to movement, rhythm and grace.

The Vancouver International Dance Festival celebrates its 13th year this March 2-March 23, with a lineup of dance artists from Canada and as far as New Zealand, Switzerland and Denmark.  Styles showcased span the globe – from Japanese butoh to Gitxsan First Nations dancing.

The three-week long festival is held at venues across the city.  The Vancouver Playhouse and Scotiabank Dance Centre host the biggest name performances.  Meanwhile, more intimate shows are staged inside the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Yaletown.  There are also nearly a dozen free shows (or nearly free, requiring just a $3 dance festival membership) at the Roundhouse, Woodwards Atrium and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Here’s a peek at five must-see performances at this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival:

Black Grace: Mixed Repertoire – This New Zealand company fuses traditional Pacific island dancing with contemporary dance in dynamic shows marked by explosive rhythms and passion.  They were a hit during the 2010 season and return this year to perform a mixed repertoire of their best works.  March 12-March 13, 8 p.m.; Vancouver Playhouse. Tickets $65. 

Margie Gillis: The Light Between – Montreal dance icon Margie Gillis offers the world premiere of a performance that is 25 years in the making.  The Light Between explores a quarter-century dialogue between choreographer Gillis and painter/sculptor Randal Newman.  March 16, 8 p.m.; Vancouver Playhouse.  Tickets $65.  Continue reading:
5 Must-See Performances at the Vancouver International Dance Festival 2013, March 2-23

Vancouver Dance Festivals in March 2012

Photo: Vancouver International Salsafestival

March 2012 is shaping up to be a mini “dance celebration” month in Vancouver: Not only can you see Aboriginal dance at the on-going Talking Stick Festival (which runs through March 5), there are three more dance festivals coming up next month: the Vancouver International Salsafestival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival 2012 and the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.

Vancouver International Salsafestival 2012March 1 – 4, 2012
Smokin’ hot and very popular (many events have already sold out), the Vancouver International Salsafestival celebrates Salsa, Cha Cha, Reggaton and Bachata with gala dance showcases, open dancing, workshops and more.

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Vancouver Dance Festivals in March 2012