A Weekend Of Dance
‘While the poet wrestles with the horses in his brain and the sculptor wounds his eyes on the hard spark of alabaster, the dancer battles the air around her, air that threatens at any moment to destroy her harmony or to open huge empty spaces where her rhythm will be annihilated.’
So wrote Federico García Lorca in La Argentina.
‘The dancer’s trembling heart must bring everything into harmony, from the tips of her shoes to the flutter of her eyelashes, from the rustles of her dress to the incessant play of her fingers. Shipwrecked in a field of air, she must measure lines, silences, zigzags and rapid curves, with a sixth sense of aroma and geometry, without ever mistaking her terrain. In this she resembles the torero, whose heart must keep to the neck of the bull. Both of them face the same danger–he, death; and she, darkness.’
In Vancouver, we are blessed with world-class dancers who can ‘fill a dead, gray space with a living, clear, trembling arabesque, once which can be vividly remembered.’ Mastering the Spanish dance Lorca goes on to describe, we have Karen Flamenco, captured in this short by David Cooper.
On Saturdays starting this weekend through December 8th, The Karen Flamenco Dance Company will be at the Improv Centre on Granville Island performing excerpts from their recent production of Pinocchio.
This weekend also marks the opening of Ballet BC’s 2018/19 season with To This Day, a World Premiere with Choreography by Artistic Director Emily Molnar and Enemy in the Figure, a collaboration between Choreographer William Forsythe and Dutch composer Thom Willems.
In Program 1, Ballet BC – whose international reputation continues to thrive – will also be performing Petite Cérémonie, with Choreography by Medhi Walerski.
If you’re curious about how serious dance productions make their way to stage, you can visit Goh Ballet’s new facility at Oakridge this Sunday to watch rehearsals for various scenes in their 2018 Nutcracker. Goh is also offering free half an hour sample classes – for kids through adults, in ballet to Chinese Classical Dance and Bollywood.
Or if rain shock has you hiding out at home, Netflix, You Tube and the like have a number of excerpts or full dancer documentaries on offer, such as Misty Copeland’s A Ballerina’s Tale.
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Header: Dame Laura Knight. Ballet 1936.