Alonzo King LINES Ballet (San Francisco)
Vancouver Playhouse March 3 & 4
Vancouver Playhouse: March 3 & 4, 8pm
Renowned for their technical brilliance, hyper-physicality, and exquisite extensions, the internationally-celebrated Alonzo King LINES Ballet return to Vancouver following their breathtaking premiere at the 2012 Vancouver International Dance Festival.
Shostakovich takes ballet to extreme dimensions with its explosive athleticism. Set to four Shostakovich string quartets, the company is pushed to the limit, moving at fast, frenetic paces: one minute performing triple and quadruple pirouettes - tossed and spun into upside down lifts – the next, effortlessly balancing on pointe in gorgeous, long limbed poses.
Having enjoyed critical success at its world premiere in April 2016, SAND is touted as “transformative” – a sophisticated spectacle performed to the original, masterful score of tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd and jazz pianist Jason Moran. The trailblazing jazz duo, who brought their partnership to the dance stage for the first time with SAND, amplify the virtuosity and potency of King’s insanely talented company of dancers.
“Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today.”– San Francisco ChronicleAlonzo King Lines Ballet Website Get Tickets Now!
Vancouver Playhouse March 10 & 11
Vancouver Playhouse: March 10 & 11, 8pm
Following their Canadian premiere at VIDF in 2015, the otherworldly Japan-based ensemble Dairakudakan returns in celebration of award-winning Choreographer / Director Akaji Maro’s 45th anniversary with the butoh-theatre company. At 73-years of age, Maro is a revered grandfather of the butoh genre, having studied under Tatsumi Hijikata – one of the original innovators of the art form. Since this tutelage, Maro has advanced butoh considerably through dramatic choreography and theatrics, coupled with a distinct focus on individuality within the group.
Founded in 1972, Dairakudakan is Japan’s longest-standing butoh ensemble, globally recognized for spectacular and theatrically explosive performances. As part of VIDF 2017, the company will present its latest groundbreaking work, Paradise, which enjoyed its world premiere this past June at Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theatre. The work’s origins came from Maro’s realization that hell is abundantly described in literature and culture, and yet there seems to be little consensus around what constitutes paradise.
On a white, geometric set, the 21 members of the company embark on a surreal and haunting journey – filled with provocative, dreamlike imagery. Amidst visions of jungle locales, ghoulishly cheerful roller-skating gangs, and chained-and-bound masses, the work ultimately asks whether paradise is something that can only be found by tunneling within.
“Performance art at its ultimate.” - The New York TimesDairakudan Website Get Tickets Now!
Early Bird Discounts are now available!
Buy a ticket for both Lines Ballet and Dairakudakan and receive 40% off your total.
Buy a single ticket for either Lines Ballet OR Dairakudakan and receive 30% off your ticket price!
Offer Ends October 14th.
Regular Ticket Prices: 60$ for Adults, 50$ for Students/Seniors.
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About the VIDF
The VIDF has played a pivotal role in developing audiences for dance in Vancouver and in supporting local and touring dance artists. We will have presented 242 dance companies and artists in our 16 year history. Most of the national and international dance artists that we have presented were previously unknown to Vancouver audiences. Through our presentations we provide artists from BC and elsewhere, with opportunities to become known to the Vancouver market and because our philosophy is to build artist/audience relationships, we will bring artists back for repeat engagements.
Because our programming is often of artists who perform challenging work and who are unknown to Vancouver audiences, we serve a vital role in enriching the palate of dance appreciation in our city.
The VIDF presents a broad spectrum of dance presentation ranging from the slow introspection of butoh to the dynamic precision of ballet. We have mixed street dance b-boys with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in works that surprise and challenge our audiences. International enfants terribles like Jérôme Bel from France and Thomas Lehman from Germany along with butoh legends, including Yoshito Ohno, Natsu Nakajima, Koichi Tamano, and Akaji Maro have graced our stages. Prominent international artists such as Black Grace (New Zealand), Alonzo King LINES Ballet (San Francisco), Israel Galván (Spain), and Dairakudakan (Japan) have been presented by the VIDF alongside major Canadian companies including Toronto Dance Theatre, Margie Gillis, Montreal Danse/ Créations Estelle Clareton, and Cie Virginie Brunelle.
We have presented almost all of Vancouver’s professional dance community including EDAM, Mascall Dance, Kokoro Dance, 605 Collective, Out Innerspace, among many others.