Welcome to Dance Days 2018

Jan 19 – 28, 2018

Visit the online calendar of FREE classes


Now in its 9th year, Dance Days is bigger and better than ever with free dance classes in all kinds of styles all over town.

Dance Days is a unique, “experiential” event. Over ten days each January, the public is invited to participate in free classes at studios all over the city; watch demonstrations of dance, such as flamenco, belly dance or ballet; see new professional work in development by Victoria and Vancouver artists; participate in discussions and roundtables; and meet and mingle with artists and dance presenters.


Rough Cuts • Metro Studio Theatre
Informal showings performed under work lights and without costume or makeup. Join a group of visiting dance presenters from across the country and participate in a meaningful discussion with the artists.

Dancers of Damelahamid’s Flicker • McPherson Playhouse
An innovative multi-media dance piece that combines graphic design with vividly rich imagery that represents the mystical realm portrayed through coastal masked dance.


Dance Days Rough Cuts

without contact

Jan 26, 2018   1:00pm at Metro Studio Theatre
Choreographer/Interpreter: Vanessa Goodman (Vancouver)

RSVP for this free Rough Cut showing without contact

Vanessa Goodman explores fractured repetition in her new solo, without contact, which combines her distinct physicality with the otherworldly sounds of a live Moog theremin. Her engaging movement is influenced by the same music it creates on the stage, creating a unique feedback loop of motion and sound.
Vanessa Goodman is a Yulanda M. Faris Choreographers Program participant, a project of Vancouver’s Dance Centre. Visit thedancecentre.ca for more information.

Vanessa Goodman in Container. Photo: David Cooper
Vanessa Goodman in Container. Photo: David Cooper

Pour

Jan 26, 2018   3:00pm at Metro Studio Theatre
Choreographer: Daina Ashbee (Montréal) Interpreter: Paige Culley
* Warning: nudity

RSVP for this free Rough Cut showing Pour

Pour is a work that explores the vulnerability and strength of women, uncovering the layers of pain we absorb in our bodies through a society that does not support them. Like her previous works, Ashbee has created a dark and disturbing creation that confronts its audiences.
Daina Ashbee is a Yulanda M. Faris Choreographers Program participant, a Vancouver Dance Centre project. Visit thedancecentre.ca for more information.

Daina Ashbee. Photo: Daina Ashbee
Daina Ashbee in Pour. Photo: Daina Ashbee

Femme Fatales

Jan 26, 2018   7:30pm at Metro Studio Theatre
Choreographer/Interpreter: Meredith Kalaman (Vancouver), Interpreters: Kate Franklin, Felicia Lau

RSVP for this Rough Cut showing Femme Fatales

Femme Fatales is a poetic trio, blending narrative and contemporary dance to bring to light the impact of gender socialization. The work takes a thought provoking look at our historical past of gender defined roles and behaviours to illuminate the impact on today. Full of both pleasure and angst, this work dives into the heart of what makes us who we are.
Meredith Kalaman was awarded Dance Victoria’s 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize to take Femme Fatales to Berlin in August 2017 and continue collaborating with international artist Gabi Beier, a partnership that began as a result of Meredith receiving the 2015 Chrystal Dance Prize.

Femme Fatales is a full-length performance. Please join us for a post-show reception on the stage immediately following the performance.

Femme Fatales by Meredith Kalaman. Photo: Chris Randle
Femme Fatales by Meredith Kalaman. Photo: Chris Randle

Albatross

Jan 27, 2018   1:30pm at Metro Studio Theatre
Choreographer: German Juaregui (Belgium), Interpreters: Josh Martin, Lisa Gelley (Company 605, Vancouver)

RSVP for this free Rough Cut showing Albatross

Albatross (2016) is a driving duet created through an international collaboration between Company 605 and Brussels-based artist German Jauregui. This physically grueling piece pulls apart a single moment to dissect and experience its contents in expanded time.
The development of this work was supported in part by Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize (2015).

Albatross by Company 605. Photo: David Cooper
Albatross by Company 605. Photo: David Cooper

Untitled Distance

Jan 27, 2018   3:00pm at Metro Studio Theatre
Choreographer/Interpreter: Arash Khakpour, Emmalena Fredriksson (Vancouver, Örebro Sweden)

RSVP for this free Rough Cut showing Untitled Distance

Untitled Distance is a duet about Arash and Emmalena, two dancers based in Vancouver, who grew up far from here and far from each other. Through their encounter they tell stories from the past to illuminate their possible imagined individual and collective futures.
The development of this work was supported in part by Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize (2017)

Emmalena Fredrickson and Arash Khakpour
Emmalena Fredrickson & Arash Khakpour in Untitles Distance. Photo: Erik Zennström

New Work

Jan 27, 2018   4:30pm at Metro Studio Theatre
Choreographer: Angela Mousseau (Victoria), Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien (Vancouver), Interpreters: Eowynn Huguet, Isak Enquist (Vancouver)

RSVP for this free Rough Cut showing New Work

Mousseau and Patterson-O’Brien both participated in Dance Victoria’s inaugural choreographic lab led by Wen Wei Wang in July 2017, as did dancers Huguet and Enquist.  Dance Victoria has brought them together for a full week to revisit works they started in the lab and/or play with new approaches to those first impulses. Be the first audience to see these freshly-minted works and participate in the discussion immediately following.

Angela Mousseau & Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien
Angela Mousseau & Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien