• Dance

Coloured Swan 3: Harriet’s reMix

Showing on Jan 20 - 22

Playing at Orpheum Annex

A dancer wearing a costume of brightly coloured flowing tulle stands with arms raised, looking up. They are lit by light above amid a dark blue background.

Moya Michael / AnAku & KVS (South Africa, Belgium)

All aboard the Mothership! Moya Michael’s fantastically creative opus blends music, contemporary dance, digital projection, audience interaction and wild vocal effects; the result is a futuristic meditation on time, politics and human history. Thematically, CS3 is just about as rich as can be; aesthetically, it has the variety and eye-catching flashiness of a splendid carnival. You could call the show a party for the mind–it dives to profound thematic depths with wild, hedonistic abandon.

Things begin with flashing imagery, loop-y music and recorded speech. Three performers disentangle ropes and arrange them artistically, inviting audience members to participate and chat. The stage is the Mothership, and it’s traveling fast enough to collapse time, which introduces some vexing questions. Dance, darkness, glow-in-the-dark couture and a very special auction are still to come; by the show’s end, Michael and her team have tackled ethnicity, science, philosophy and much more.

A coproduction of KVS (BE), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie – dans le cadre de l’Accueil-studio (FR) with the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC), Africalia

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Artist Bio

Moya Michael

Dancer and choreographer Moya Michael moved to Brussels from South Africa in 1997, and has since become a major part of Belgium’s performing arts scene. Michael’s work explores ideological problems through interdisciplinary means.


Orpheum Annex

823 Seymour Street, Vancouver (2nd floor)


  • January 20: 7:30
  • January 21: 7:30
  • January 22: 2:00

Runtime: 60 mins, no intermission

Post-show talkback: Jan 21


Single Tickets: $34
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CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Moya Michael IN COLLABORATION WITH & PERFORMED BY Loucka Fiagan & Oscar Cassamajor / WDKY, Zen Jefferson / ShunGu, Milo Slayers DRAMATURGY Tunde Adefioye SCENOGRAPHY Špela Tušar, Moya Michael COSTUMES & MAKE-UP Povilas Bastys SOUNDSCAPE & MUSIC Zen Jefferson LIGHT DESIGN Caroline Mathieu, Margareta Andersen SOUND Steven Lorie VIDEO Oscar Cassamajor INTERNSHIP DRAMATURGY Amy Lawrence INTERNSHIP COMMUNICATION ASSISTANT Jean-Luc Niyonshimye EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AnAku, Shari Legbedje & Anastasia Tchernokondratenko INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Cecilia Kuska (ROSA studio) SPECIAL THANKS TO Shari Aku Legbedje, Anastasia Tchernokondratenko, Sébastien Parizel,Tanja Vrancken and all the individuals we had an invaluable exchange with in Nigeria and along the way: Segun Adefila, Kenneth Uphopho, Dr Sharon A Omotoso, Prof Femi CO Jegede, The Dramatic Arts department at Obafemi Awolowo University Ife Especially Prof Abiodun Olayiwola, Adetokunbo Adeola Shittu, Babalawo Oosaniyi Adeniyi Adeyemo, Prof Oladele Fakeye, Donna Ogunnaike, Nfemi Marcus Bello, Naomi Edobor, Angels & Muse, Joseph Umoibom, Bola Atitebi Haastrup, Christianah Omisakin, Terra Kulture Lagos, QDance Company, Street Dancers at The New Africa Shrine