Best known for presenting the World’s Best Dance at the Royal Theatre in Victoria each season, Dance Victoria is also mandated to support the development of dance artists and new dance works across various programs including Rough Cuts, The Chrystal Dance Prize and an annual Choreographic Lab.
Each January, Dance Victoria invites its dance-programming colleagues from across the country to see new works in development during its Dance Days Festival. In 2019, these programmers will see new works by Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien, Julianne Chapple, Stacey Horton, Sudesh Adhana and Lindsay Delaronde on January 25 and 26. These showings, known as Rough Cuts, are performed at the Metro Studio Theatre and Intrepid Theatre Club in downtown Victoria. They include a brief discussion with the artists following the performance and are open to the public. For a complete schedule and to RSVP to reserve your seat, visit dancevictoria.com/dancedays, There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door.
Since 2010, Dance Victoria has awarded its Chrystal Dance Prize annually to dance artists from Western Canada working with international artists. In 2019, the Awards Committee of Dance Victoria selected the following artists and companies from a fall 2018 competition, committing a total of $65,000:
- Vancouver based Vanessa Goodman working with New York artist Belinda McGuire to develop a project titled The Other Half ($10,000)
- Vancouver based Kidd Pivot co-production support for its new production, Revisor, which will be presented at the Royal Theatre in February 2020 ($25,000)*
- Vancouver based Out Innerspace Dance Theatre for the further development of its next full-length work Aftermath ($20,000)**
- Vancouver based Dancers of Damelahamid for the continued development of its new full-length work titled Minowin ($10,000)
[* Kidd Pivot was awarded $10,000 from the Chrystal Dance Prize and a further $15,000 from donors in greater Victoria. ** Dance Victoria committed a total of $20,000 over two years to Out Innerspace.]
From July 22 through August 3, 2019 Dance Victoria will hold its third annual two-week intensive Choreographic Lab….