2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival offers vast and varied line-up

China's first modern dance company, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC), partners with Vancouver's Goh Ballet for a world premiere of Mustard Seed, March 7 and 8 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Photo (above) by Li Jianyang from GMDC’s repertoire, choreographed by Liu Qi.

The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) proudly announces its voluminous 2014 Festival Season: a globe-spanning roster of artists and creators who take to the city’s stages from March 7 to 29, 2014.

This vibrant festival features a diverse array of international icons, including China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Spain’s flamenco innovator Israel Galván, coupled with local favourites Dancers Dancing, the 605 Collective, among many others.  

2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival highlights:

Guangdong Modern Dance Company with Goh Ballet: Select Works/Mustard Seed
Vancouver Playhouse: March 7 and 8, 8 p.m.

Photo (above) by David Cooper, featuring Vancouver's own internationally acclaimed, award-winning Goh Ballet who will perform alongside the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in the 2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival.

China’s first professional modern dance company collides with Vancouver’s-own internationally acclaimed, award-winning Goh Ballet to present a world premiere collaboration, as well as mixed repertoire from each of these renowned companies.

Yui Kawaguchi and Aki Takase: Cadenza – Die Stadt im Klavier V
Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 21 and 22, 8 p.m.

Photo by Falk Wenzel featuring (L) renowned pianist Aki Takase and (R) dance artist Yui Kawaguchi.

Based out of Berlin, Germany, the dancer/pianist duo and longtime collaborators intertwine energy and invention through their fifth impromptu encounter between the languages of movement and music.

Israel Galván: La Edad de Oro 
Vancouver Playhouse: March 22 and 23, 8 p.m.

Photo (above) features critically acclaimed flamenco dancer Israel Galvan. Photo by Luis Castilla Fotografia

Known as an avant-garde force in Spain, Israel Galván is a daring and critically lauded flamenco dancer known for his singular and stripped down contemporary approach to the form.

Montréal Danse and Créations Estelle Clareton: S’envoler 
Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 27-29, 8 p.m.

Photo (above) features Montreal Danse in S'envoler. Photo by Ben Philippi.

An audacious tour-de-force from Montréal choreographer Estelle Clareton, the work imagines a collision between the human world and that of birds where migration becomes a means of exploring the courage and strength required for change and transformation.

Kokoro Dance

Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 13 - 15, 8 p.m

Due to unforeseen circumstances, VIDF's presentation of Par B.L.eux's Snakeskins has been postponed to next year's festival. In its place, VIDF is delighted to announce that Kokoro Dance will perform, March 13 - 15, 8 p.m. at the Roundhouse Performance Centre. Inspired by and performed to Sigur Rós’ album by the same title, this signature piece explores the liminal space of ‘now’ to create room for reflection and meditation through movement.

The festival also features a variety of FREE-for-MEMBER performances (Membership cost: $3) in the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall throughout the month of March. Additionally, please watch for FREE site-specific performances in Metro Vancouver.  Information on these performances and all festival events are online at www.VIDF.ca.

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