Classes and Workshops



Kokoro Dance Classes – Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi

jaybarbMarch 13-16, & 20-24 

Barbara: Mon,Wed,Fri: 10-11:30am 

Jay: Tue,Thur: 10am-12pm

at KW Studios (Woodwards Building 111 West Hastings).

These classes for intermediate-advanced students are free.

Our classes build strength, flexibility, and stamina, as well as developing technical and performance skills. The difference between the two types of classes reflects the different approaches to the same end taken by Barbara and Jay. Barbara’s classes focus on technical training and have a consistent structure from warm-up to movement in space. Jay’s classes are more eclectically varied and include more time for improvisational exploration. The two approaches complement each other and dancers are recommended to take both. Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi are the Co-producers of the VIDF and the Codirectors of Kokoro Dance. Their teaching is strongly influenced by butoh studies over the last 31 years.

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Cost: Free

Master Class – Dairakudakan

March 7th, 11:00am-1:00pm at the EDAM Studio (303 E. 8th Ave).

This class is for advanced students.

Master Class with Takuya Muramatsu and Daiichiro Yuyama

Takuya Muramatsu is a principal dancer and choreographer with Dairakudakan since 1994, and head of the Dairakudakan school. Dairakudakan has been guided by Artistic Director Akaji Maro’s butoh concepts including tempu-tenshiki (“being born into the world is a great talent in itself”) and ichinin-ippa (“one dancer, one school”), which stresses the importance of individuals developing unique movement vocabularies. This master class is a rare opportunity to be introduced to the teaching of Japan’s oldest butoh company and a great introduction to their performances at the Vancouver Playhouse on March 10th and 11th.

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Cost: $25.00

Master Class – Lines Ballet

March 4, 2:45pm-4:45pm at Harbour Dance Centre (927 Granville Street).

Meredith Webster (Ballet Master)

Meredith Webster grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, studying dance under Jean Wolfmeyer, and received further training at the Harid Conservatory and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She then worked with Sonia Dawkins and Donald Byrd in Seattle, and earned a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Washington before moving to San Francisco to work with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In her nine seasons as a dancer with the company, Webster performed and originated many central roles, received a Princess Grace Award, and guested at gala events around the world. In August 2014, she moved into the role of Ballet Master. In 2015 she performed INCOGNITO, a duet with Ledoh/Salt Farm as part of the SF International Arts Festival at Fort Mason, and worked with Maureen Whiting Company on Burden of Joy. She is currently working on Empress Archer, a Nexus project with The Cambrians of Chicago, that will premiere in February 2017. Webster has served as a faculty member for the LINES Ballet BFA, Training, and Summer Programs, and as a guest teacher at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, George Mason University, Cornish College of the Arts, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson, WY. She has contributed as writer to Dance Spirit and Conversations.

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Cost: $25.00

Master Class – Kitt Johnson

March 25, 11am-2pm at KW Studios (Woodwards Building 111 West Hastings).

This class is for advanced students.

Exploring Creativity

Creativity does not only depend on magic moments of inspiration. Creativity also depends on a great deal of plain, patient work, necessary for the unfolding of ideas and their realization. In this workshop we will uncover the individual source of inspiration and explore the path from idea to materialization. Through thematically based improvisation and composition tasks, different choreographic work tools will be introduced. Addressed to students as well as professional dancers, actors and visual artists.

Maximum number of participants: 12

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Cost: $25.00

Master Class – Virginie Brunelle

March 17, 11am-1pm at KW Studios (Woodwards Building 111 West Hastings).

The workshop is comprised of a series of warm-ups, followed by sequences from the company’s repertoire, giving participants the exposure to the techniques developed by the company. To participate, you must be an advanced or professional dancer. Since graduating from university, Virginie Brunelle has firmly established her mark on the contemporary dance scene.

In 2009, she launched her eponymous dance company and created her first award-winning piece, Les cuisses à l’écart du coeur, presented in Montreal and in Italy. Following her successful debut, Virginie’s second piece Foutrement, developed in collaboration with Tangente, was presented and co-produced by the Théâtre La Chapelle, and then toured to more than 12 European cities, and to the 2016 VIDF. Enthusiastic reviews lead her to open La Chapelle’s 2011 fall season with her third opus Complexe des genres. Since then, the piece has been presented in Europe and in many cities throughout Québec, also gaining her second prize at Denmark’s Aarhus International Choreography Competition, and officially opening the 2012 edition of the CINARS. Virginie premiered PLOMB, co-produced by L’Agora de la danse to open their 2013 fall season. Her latest work, To the pain that lingers is a co-production of the National Arts Centre and The CanDance Network Creation Fund (Agora de la danse, The Banff Centre, Theatre Junction GRAND, Vancouver International Dance Festival), and is supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Cost: $25.00

Master Class -Kaeja d’Dance

March 11, 11am-1pm at KW Studios (Woodwards Building 111 West Hastings).

This class is for advanced students.

Feasting on Movement and Momentum

Taught by one of Canada’s premiere dancing duos, Karen and Allen thrive on inspired moments, where catching risk in motion and instantaneously responding to a series of impulsive actions guide their dance. Feasting on a range of movement possibilities, they focus on the dance that is elicited from both movers and witnesses, investigating gesture and movement infused by identity and meaning, ripening our physical presence in the world. Maintaining a fascination with the moment they are investigating, they augment simple and personal responses to the material. The foundation of the warm ups lead us to their aesthetic of Kaeja Elevations with Contact Improv, practicing articulate and sophisticated responses to the point of contact, multi-level movement and escalating the opportunities for momentum through the unpredictability of the moment.

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Cost: $25.00


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