Five (more) reasons to check out at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival

MM Contemporary Dance performing Gershwin Suite. Photo: Tiziano Ghidorsi

The Chutzpah! Festival is a celebration of Jewish dance, theatre, comedy, music and more. We’ve already written about the festival’s 19th-year headliner Sandra Bernhard, but here are five more reasons to check out the annual event (Oct. 24-Nov 24).

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Five (more) reasons to check out at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival

Lucy Guerin’s Split comes to Scotiabank Dance Centre

Two dancers, one naked, one clothed, perform Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin’s Split at Scotiabank Dance Centre Oct. 16 & 17. Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti

This month, Scotiabank Dance Centre presents a work by Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin. Split comes to the Dance Centre Oct. 16 & 17 as part of the Centre’s Global Connections Dance Series. In the piece, two female dancers—one clothed and one not—are framed by ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time with escalating intensity. Find out more below.

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Lucy Guerin’s Split comes to Scotiabank Dance Centre

Best of international dance films showcased at this year’s Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival

Still from The Stop. Liudmila Komrakova, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The 4th annual Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival features some of the year’s best films about dance. The short films are screening Aug. 25 and 29 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, aka Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St.

Find out more below.

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Best of international dance films showcased at this year’s Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival

See free dance this Saturday (and every Saturday in July) afternoon

Laura Zeke Photography

Dances for a Small Stage’s Summer Series features contemporary dance from local artists in downtown Vancouver’s Bute Robson Plaza (800 Bute) every Saturday in the month of July beginning at 4 p.m.

The first in the series was last weekend, but there are three Saturdays left this month—and plenty of dance excitement! See below for more about the Summer Series.

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See free dance this Saturday (and every Saturday in July) afternoon

Six performances to see at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival

Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana Fielkov: Habitats. Photo: Willoughby Arevalo.

Dance productions from Canada, Brazil, and Korea are part of this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 4 -13).

Canada’s longest-running festival of contemporary dance, DOTE  delivers high calibre, challenging and innovative work. World premieres, North American and Western Canadian debuts, and works-in-progress are among the over thirty performances taking place at this year’s 10-day event. Performances take place at various Vancouver venues, including DOTE’s home, the Firehall Arts Centre.

Check out some highlights below.

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Six performances to see at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival

Dancing stories of transformation in Matriarchs Uprising

Kahawi Dance Theatre’s Santee Smith. Photo: Ian R Maracle.

A celebration of contemporary dance by Indigenous women, Matriarchs Uprising offers a program of performances, events, and conversations. Works by Australia’s Mariaa Randall, Maura Garcia Dance from the United States, and Canada’s acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Jessica McMann and Cheyenne Rain LeGrande from the Prairies, are among the highlights of the three-day event (June 20-22).

See more below.

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Dancing stories of transformation in Matriarchs Uprising

Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Dairakudan’s Pseudo human Super Human by Hiroyuki Kawashima.

This year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival features a ton of premieres, as well as the return of audience favourite Dairakudakan.

Taking place March 4 – 30, the nearly month-long program features performances by both internationally revered artists and lauded Vancouver performers. See below for some highlights.

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Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival