All sorts of dance for all sorts of people.
Dance All Sorts is a dance series organized by New Works, a non-profit organization that fosters community engagement in the arts. The mandate of New Works is to present diverse dance styles to the public, mentor Vancouver-based artists, and provide affordable programming.
Now in its 13th season, Dance All Sorts offers a series of intimate performances and workshops in a range of dance styles at affordable prices. Shows are held at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown and last about an hour. Tickets range between $5 – $10.
Diana from New Works invited me to see Ipsita Nova Dance Projects at the Roundhouse Community Centre today. I brought my friend, the lovely Marie. We watched performances by Nova Bhattacharya from Ipsita Nova Dance Projects, a Toronto-based dance company that explores bharatanatyam (classical dance form of South India) and contemporary dance. In between her dance sets there was live tabla by Ed Hanley.
Photography was not permitted so I do not have photos to share, but I probably could not have taken photos anyway as I was entranced by Nova Bhattacharya’s hands. The movement of her splayed fingers expressed an electric certainty and vitality. I thought to myself, that human is trained to her very fingertips.
During the first dance, Ed Hanley played some Indian instruments that I have seen before but do not know by name. One instrument I am very curious about can best be described as a stringed rattle. I’ll have to look into the matter of rattles at a later time.
Typically, a week after a performance, the featured dancer will lead a workshop. Nova Bhattacharya must return to Toronto so in her place, Jai Govinda will step in on April 2, 2011 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Jai Govinda is a Vancouver-based dancer and will teach the basics of the classical form and history of bharatanatyam. Tickets are $5.
Dance All Sorts started in September and finishes in May. There are a total of eight dance performances and as of today, there are two more in the series. Here are the upcoming shows and descriptions from the New Works website:
April 17, 2011
Raven Spirit Dance Society
Raven Spirit creates powerful, innovative dance work that is rooted in traditional and contemporary aboriginal world view. The company aims to reaffirm the vital importance of dance to the expression of human experience and to cultural reclamation.
May 8, 2011
The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret
Comprised of a dynamic and vibrant collective of young artists, The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret presents a Vaudevillian style variety show featuring virtuosic tap dancing, swing dancing, contact improvisation AND clowning. Sure to dazzle and entertain, this season closer will be a showstopper!
You can find a complete list and more information about Dance All Sorts at New Works.
The Roundhouse Community Centre is a fitting venue for Dance All Sorts. It is very accesible, the centre is literally across the street from the Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain station, and the performance space is intimate. I hope you catch a show and keep an eye out for future events by New Works.
Please excuse me now while I go Google stringed rattles.