Dance Victoria’s 18th Season

Dance Victoria’s Producer – Stephen White –  discusses the process of curating DV’sDance at The Royal Series. I’ve often written about the challenges of putting together a season of dance. The task is a bit like following a complicated recipe. First on the list of ingredients are the dates in the theatre. We can’t start …

Romeo Speaks

Dance Victoria presents Ballet de Grand Theatre de Geneve’s Romeo et Julliette on March 14 and 15 at Victoria’s Royal Theatre. Not coming on tour with the company is dancer Armando Gonzalez, who has danced Romeo many times over the past few years. Here’s what Armando has to say about his situation, the company and the …

Seen and Heard

February 6 through 8, at Dance Victoria Studios, we threw open the doors and “pulled back the curtain.” A number of visiting and local dance artists presented works in progress to anyone who wanted to come including a number of dance presenters from across the country that were here expressly to see this work. People …

Battery Opera’s “Jung-Ah and Su-Feh” and “Everything:” Performance art by two women with hyphens in their names

A Review by Robin J. Miller Performed as Part of Dance Victoria’s Night Moves performance series, Saturday, February 8 at the Metro Studio in Victoria Lee Su-Feh, artistic director of Battery Opera, demands a lot of her audiences. What she does often bears no resemblance to dance as we understand it, and her ideas can …

The 605 Collective and Inheritor Album: Fast and physical

A Review by Robin J. Miller Performances February 7 + 8 during the Night Moves performance series at the Metro Studio, Victoria Some words you can’t leave out of a review of The 605 Collective and Inheritor Album: intensely physical, fast, urban, youthful, powerful. The Vancouver-based Collective – which is just that, a collective of dancers …

Night Moves Performance Series (Feb. 6 – 8) – Reviews

Out InnerSpace and Me So You So Me: And you thought your dreams were weird Reviewed by Robin J. Miller It starts with the Pixar animated desk lamp brought to life (you’ve seen it: it squashes the “i” in Pixar before the start of movies like Finding Nemo and Wall-E), and then it gets really crazy. …

LOLA Projects: Guest Post with Alex Thompson

Now in its fifth year, Dance Victoria’s LOLA Projects pair a professional dance artist from Vancouver with local dancers to act as a mentor or “outside eye” during the development of a new work.  Alex Thompson is one of this season’s LOLA Project artists – she shared some thoughts on her experience with us… It …

Ballet BC’s Triple Bill: Triple Chills and Thrills

By Robin J. Miller From near death in 2009, Ballet BC has picked itself up, dusted itself off, and started all over again – arguably better than ever before. Artistic Director Emily Molnar has very deliberately moved the company, at least for now, away from anything resembling classical or storybook ballet, and into the very …

Bounce Back

As it turns out, my intuitive intelligence was in hyper-drive this weekend when I decided to bartend at BOUNCE Around the Building!. The truism that John Q responds to a bartender much like s/he would a Father Confessor was born out on Saturday night. It was a good spot for a co-producer to be planted …

Living With Dancers

At Dance Victoria Studios we’ve been whisking away dust-bunnies caught in corners, beating rugs in the parking lot, scrubbing countertops until they gleam all in preparation for the twenty or more dancers poised to descend on us this weekend. It’s that time of year when we turn our attention to supporting the development of new …