Alvin Ailey dancers in opening segment of Revelations from their homes.
Okay – deep breath. How are you really doing? Stressed? Anxious? Trying to find a new normal? The immense impact of COVID-19 is something we could never have imagined, affecting our daily lives, work and how we communicate. However, never in a time in history have we been able to be more connected while self-isolating. This is the purpose of Heartnotes. Know that no matter what, you’re not alone. We’ve seen countless examples of people coming together through song, dance and art over the past week. As theatres around the world are forced to close, art professionals are seeking creative ways to deliver their performances to fans – messages of hope and of connection. Here’s a short, curated list of virtual performances that you can experience from your home:
Virtual Fitness Classes:
Local classes at One Yoga Victoria, Fernwood Yoga Den, Moksana Yoga, MĀ Yoga and more.
Dancewear Royale – dance, yoga and Pilates by industry experts available anytime.
Patricia Zhou, Tiler Peck, Julliard’s dance director Alicia Graf Mack and National Ballet of Canada are offering classes on IGTV and you can sign up for ballet classes via Zoom with NYC Community Ballet.
We are counting on you more than ever for your support and feeling such gratitude to those who have already donated. Losses from the cancellation of Ballet BC’s performances have our hearts heavy: $100,000+. Rest assured that the Ballet BC dancers were paid. Since the dancers and crew were already at the Royal, we have costs associated with set install/take down, hotel accommodations and transportation, advertising/marketing costs and more to reconcile.
And now we have had to cancel the Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza performances, following the order of Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, banning mass gatherings of more than 50 people, resulting in all events until June 1, 2020 at the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse being rescheduled or cancelled.
If you have the means, we appreciate all charitable donations. You have up to 60 days from the date of the performances to activate a refund or charitable tax receipt for your tickets. This means by May 13, 2020 at 5 pm for Ballet BC and by July 1, 2020 at 5 pm for Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza. You must email [email protected] as the Box Office is closed. After these dates, any undeclared revenues will be converted to donations to Dance Victoria Society and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt.
Please also consider supporting our Spring Raffle where 100% of the proceeds go towards supporting our local dance artists. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Thank you to those who have already subscribed to the 2020/21 Season! Your support makes our hearts dance! If you requested a seat change for next season, please be assured that requests have been recorded in the order they’ve been received. When the Box Office begins the task of seat reassignments, you will be contacted.
Every renewed subscription is like a vote of confidence in Dance Victoria and our plans to bring you The World’s Best Dance. We are very excited by the dynamic, diverse and daring dance we have programmed for next season. Please know that every subscription is 100% refundable. If the situation we currently face impedes our ability to present the new season as planned, we will refund your money. Every nickel. It’s our guarantee to you.
Unfortunately, health concerns have forced the closure of the Royal and McPherson Box Offices. The only contact they can currently provide is by email: [email protected]. Consequently, they are unable to process 20/21 Dance Victoria subscriptions because email does not provide for secure credit card transactions.
You can contact the Box Office by phone beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2020 regarding your subscription renewal. At present, we do not have a firm renewal deadline. Thank you for your patience and thank you for believing in Dance Victoria.
At Dance Victoria, we have benefitted from the strong and loyal support of many local businesses over several years. Today, many of those businesses are struggling with forced closures and uncertainty. Despite this, several have stepped forward and offered us a hand in recent days. In a post COVID-19 world, as many of our sponsors begin to get their feet under them, it will be Dance Victoria’s turn to step up and show our support. We’ll be there.
Our 20/21 Season is Diverse. Dynamic. Daring. Dance companies from France, Cuba, US (Portland & New York) and Canada (Vancouver) will share bold works and for some, Victoria will be their first time in Canada!
Our season opens with the all-male troupe, Compagnie Hervé KOUBI. Koubi was born and raised in France. He always wondered about his un-French last name, and for the first 25 years of his life, his parents evaded the question. His father finally divulged the family secret: in 1962, 14 years before Koubi was born, his parents emigrated from Algeria. Koubi went on a quest to discover his roots, flying to Algeria. He sought to reconcile this news, envisioning an original work with a new movement vocabulary reflecting his heritage. He auditioned 250 dancers in Algiers who were self-taught and fluent in hip hop and capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art. The street was their stage. What they didn’t know was how to dance together, to follow each other and how to be on stage. They had to learn that movement could have meaning. The rest is now history. Compagnie Hervé KOUBI is now sought after for their fluid, athletic, mesmerizing movement, catapulting each other into space like human trampolines.