LOLA Projects: Guest Post with Andrew Barrett

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.  Andrew Barrett is one of this season’s LOLA Project artists – he shared some thoughts on his experience with us… This …

Ailey Announces Victoria Rep

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has just announced their program for Victoria to coincide with Dance Victoria’s on sale date (December 2). As usual they’ll be dancing two different programs each evening (April 8 and 9).  The Ailey company was in transition when they visited Victoria in 2012. Longtime Artistic Director Judith Jamison was retiring …

No Fumble – Just Ecstasy A REVIEW

BY ROBIN J. MILLER In the latest issue of Footnotes, Dance Victoria’s subscriber newsletter, Stephen White asks the question “Is Alberta Ballet selling out with its series of ‘pop’ or (as they call them) portrait ballets or is it actually an innovator?” The answer for the audience in Victoria last night (November 8, 2013) was: who …

Sarah Eve

Alberta Ballet has been in Dance Victoria’s Studios all day. This morning, we opened the wall between our Shaw and Vernon Studios, loaded them up with portable ballet barres so that all 34 dancers, their ballet master and mistress, and choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre himself could prepare for Friday and Saturday’s shows at the Royal Theatre. …

Back to the Future at DV Studios

Dance Victoria Studios are rockin’ to a different beat these days. In addition to the latin-inspired music emanating from the jam-packed Zumba class upstairs in the Shaw Studio, down here in the lobby, hammers and buzz saws are setting the tempo. A couple of men with big rough hands and pencils wedged behind their ears …

Reflections from the Edge

Earlier in July, Producer Stephen White, and Executive Director Jason Dubois, visited the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver. Stephen takes a moment to reflect on this year’s festival: This July, Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Remarkable really, for a festival that over many years, the dance community has loved to complain about. …

Tessa is… Home

Tessa met with us in the Dance Victoria office this morning, bringing along with her stories of European experiences, a fresh perspective on how dance facilities are created and run, and a hard drive FULL of video, images and notes. The question on everyone’s mind… what next? Now that all of this information is gathered, …

Tessa considers… Paradoxes, Partnerships, and Passion

In today’s guest blog post, Tessa Thwaites explores Vienna. With an arts organization’s vision and mandate in mind, Tessa considers the notion of whether the organization truly benefits from having their own facility, or whether interdisciplinary collaboration has the most positive impact. Join Tessa on her blog: Paradoxes, Partnerships, and Passion

Tessa is… Slow Cooking a City’s Contrasts

We’ve been following Tessa Thwaites as she travels through Europe, exploring dance facilities while drawing comparisons and highlighting contrasts. In the second to last post of this series, Tessa explores the idea of “Slow-cooked Dance” on her blog: Slow-cooking a City’s Contrasts

Tessa is… Seeing a World in a Week

Today’s post again takes us to Tessa Thwaites’ blog as she travels through Europe. Join Tessa as she examines how the Danish Dance scene in Copenhagen embraces the idea of audience development and creation through Community Building: Seeing a World in a Week.