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Following on the heels of a season of rave reviews and record-breaking, sold-out performances, DanceHouse continues with their dedication to bring the best in dance to Vancouver. Presenting cutting edge and engaging work from internationally renowned companies, the 2016–17 three-show season includes two Canadian debuts and the return of Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM).

New York City’s Jessica Lang Dance has become one of the most respected and acclaimed American dance troupes for works that are both genuinely moving and visually arresting. The company makes their Canadian debut in Vancouver this October with a program of mixed repertoire that includes their latest work—The Thousand Yard Stare. This piece for nine dancers, set to Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, Opus 132, honours those affected by war.

Last presented by DanceHouse in 2013, BJM returns in February 2017 with a triple bill. Rouge, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras (Artistic Director of Brazil’s Groupo Corpo), is an ode to resilience and a tribute to indigenous peoples and their musical and cultural legacy. For Kosmos, Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis finds the beauty in movements of crowds, moments of agitation, and the hustle and bustle of the city. In Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili’s Mono Lisa, two dancers execute incredible acrobatics in a factory-like atmosphere filled with sounds and visions of iron and steel.

Closing out the season, 12 Algerian and Burkina Faso dancers, mostly coming from street dance and hip-hop, perform in this contemporary dance work that takes its name from the eponymous 2008 novel by Algerian author Yasmina Khadra. Through his dancers, choreographer Hervé Koubi explores his Algerian origins and journey in a piece that combines urban and contemporary dance, capoeira, and martial arts with evocative Islamic imagery.


JESSICA LANG DANCE (USA)

Mixed Repertoire
October 28 & 29, 2016
VENUE: Vancouver Playhouse
TIME: 8pm

BJM (LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL)
Works by Foniadakis, Galili and Pederneiras

February 24 & 25, 2017
VENUE: Vancouver Playhouse
TIME: 8pm

COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI (FRANCE)
What the Day Owes to the Night
(Ce Que Le Jour Doit à la Nuit)
April 7 & 8, 2017
VENUE: Vancouver Playhouse
TIME: 8pm

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