Dances for a Small Stage 25
MovEnt (Vancouver, Canada)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and MovEnt
February 1-3, 2012 8:00pm
The Legion on the Drive, 2205 Commercial Drive.
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Dances for a Small Stage
Critically-acclaimed and wildly popular, Dances for a Small Stage is a Vancouver institution renowned for presenting thought-provoking, original works from Canada’s hottest dance artists in an intimate, rough-and-tumble cabaret setting.
Performed on the company’s signature 10-by-13 foot stage, the contemporary performance series pushes the boundaries of artistry and innovation and challenges conventions of contemporary dance. The result: an unforgettable mix of compelling works of extreme diversity and athleticism. This is edge-of-your-seat stuff that crackles with personality, individuality, and humour.
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The evening boasts an impressive and diverse array of returning audience favourites and fresh choreographic voices, including Serge Bennathan, Noam Gagnon, Cori Caulfield, Josh Beamish, Claire French, Caroline Liffmann, Lina Fitzner, sisters Yeva & Thoenn Glover, Flamenco dancer Karen Pitkethly, and hip-hop artist Kim Sato. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, cameo appearances by all-time favourite Small Stage artists will pepper the evening’s stellar line up.
The artists will create dance works around a common theme, an innovation first introduced during the wildly popular series in January 2011. As part of the February 2012 PuSh performances, the choreographers are charged with using “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” as a launching-off point. The German brothers stories include such instantly familiar works as Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, but are much darker in tone than the family-friendly Disney interpretations.
Vancouver’s own Patrick Pennefather will host the evening. The eccentric composer, poet, and performance artist will guide audiences from one thought-provoking dance commentary to the next through the personas of his many “musical characters”, which have received acclaim at jazz and comedy festivals around the world.
Produced by MovEnt, under the artistic leadership of Julie-anne Saroyan, Dances for a Small Stage burst onto the scene in 2002, performing to packed crowds who enjoy the raucous celebratory atmosphere, bold programming, and cutting–edge choreography. With no shortage of artistry, versatility, and flavor, Dances for a Small Stage continues to perform to sold out houses, building new and loyal audiences, while fostering a deep appreciation and enthusiasm for the many facets of dance.
Cash only at the door
Eligible for PuSh Pass access
Artistic Producer Julie-anne Saroyan
Running Time 90min