Dairakudakan(Japan)

Pseudo human Super human

VIDF welcomes the highly provocative Japan-based butoh ensemble Dairakudakan, who return with the explosive Canadian premiere of Pseudo human Super human. Choreographer and director Akaji Maro’s shares his emotionally charged meditation on the dissonance between the fruitless pursuit of technology and the resulting crushing absence of humanity.

Showcasing the stunning iron and glass stage installations of dynamic sculptor KUMA/Katsuyuki Shinohara, set to a frenetically energetic score of techno music by Keisuke Doi and Jeff Mills, the butoh masters commence a futuristic odyssey, advancing forward to a world where artificial intelligence threatens to consume our very existence. Renowned for its dramatically visceral and revelatory theatrical performances, Pseudo human Super human is a compelling and assaulting exposition on the disturbing potential of technology to distort the nature of humanity.

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Raven Spirit Dance (Vancouver)

Gathering Light

An intimate journey from seed to flower, Gathering Light is an evocative meditation on the deeply seated impulses within ourselves to seek and embark upon transformation, helping us to find the light and reveal the barriers to our full blooming. Choreographed by Michelle Olson of Raven Spirit Dance, this seminal work is performed by a quartet in the round, creating a sense of ritual space where transformation is an experience intimately shared between audience and performers.

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Manuel Roque (Montreal)

bang bang 

A celebrated dance virtuoso, soloist Manuel Roque presents the West Coast premiere of his highly acclaimed bang bang – an electrifying, visceral ode to the physical demands of the body. An articulated and disciplined performance, the award-winning bang bang is an abstract meditation on endurance and achievement, pounding its message out to viewers through jarring repetition and transcendent physicality.

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Kelly McInnes (Vancouver)

SHINY

A confronting and compelling multidisciplinary performance, SHINY explores and challenges the impossible beauty standards that women are measured against through mass media. Created and performed by Kelly McInnes, in collaboration with Maggie McGhee and Luciana D’Anunciacao, this arresting work examines the masking of the individual in pursuit of the bizarre sameness of the beauty standard, highlighting the absurd quest for perfection through surreal, grotesque, yet mundane means.

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Vision Impure (Vancouver)

Pathways

Choreographed by Noam Gagnon, Vision Impure presents the world premiere of their latest work, Pathways – an illumination of the stories we share in relationship to one another, complicated and intensified by urban living. When simple moments become complex, we question our true connections within our community. A collaborative performance derived from the previous work of numerous past solos, Pathways represents a reimagined perspective on human connection.

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Daina Ashbee (Montreal)

Serpentine

A powerful installation performance, Serpentine is a bold exploration of the impact of repetitive movement to evoke a strong reaction from its audiences, allowing the performer to fully occupy not only the physical space, but also the time and attention of her viewers. Choreographed by Daina Ashbee and earnestly interpreted by dancer Areli Moran, Serpentine distills Ashbee’s three previous works into one provocative presentationJean-Francois Blouin’s disturbing electric organ composition juxtaposed against Moran’s slow sensual movements escalate into a violent yet beautiful crescendo.

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10 Gates Dancing (Ottawa)

Trust

The West Coast premiere of Trust is a thought-provoking duet created and performed by choreographer Tedd Robinson and composer Charles Quevillon. This curious new contemporary work creatively examines the dynamic interchange of building, maintaining, and testing trust between partners. Audiences are invited to enter into a playful exercise through the interplay of dance artists, examining more about their own beliefs in the world, and reflecting on exactly who they trust.

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Tjimur Dance Theatre(Taiwan)

Varhungļ½˛Heart to Heart

Taiwan’s esteemed indigenous dance-theatre company, Tjimur Dance, performs the Canadian premiere of Varhung – Heart to Heart – a lyrical and vulnerable exploration of the complexities of the human heart. Praised by The Scotsman for having a “mesmerizing quality that borders on the hypnotic,” five dancers embark upon a tender journey to the very heart of their people by sharing private stories of their lives, loves, and difficulties. This deeply moving and emotionally honest work, choreographed by Baru Madiljin, gained critical acclaim for its breathtaking movement and heartfelt expression of the traditional culture of Taiwan’s indigenous Paiwan people. Through rich tapestry, flawless artistry and elegant sincerity, Varhung – Heart to Heart gingerly peels back layers to reveal a human essence that is universal, baring their own souls in the process.

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Vancouver Playhouse reserved seating ticket prices are $70 for Adults, $60 for Seniors/Students/Non-profit arts employees.

Roundhouse Performance Centre
 reserved seating ticket prices are $35 for Adults, $30 for Seniors/Students/Non-profit arts employees.

On Wednesday nights every patron that buys two ADULT tickets will get one of these for free. To take advantage of this Buy One Get One (BOGO) discount that only applies to purchases of ADULT tickets in multiples of two, do not select SENIORS/STUDENTS/NON-PROFIT ARTS EMPLOYEES when purchasing the tickets even if they qualify for those categories; buy ADULT tickets for them instead. The BOGO discount provides a 50% discount instead of the 20% discount provided to patrons that fit the SENIORS/STUDENTS/NON-PROFIT ARTS EMPLOYEES categories.

KW Production Studio general admission ticket prices are $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors/Students/Non-profit arts employees.

On Wednesday nights every patron that buys two ADULT tickets will get one of these for free. To take advantage of this Buy One Get One (BOGO) discount that only applies to purchases of ADULT tickets in multiples of two, do not select SENIORS/STUDENTS/NON-PROFIT ARTS EMPLOYEES when purchasing the tickets even if they qualify for those categories; buy ADULT tickets for them instead. The BOGO discount provides a 50% discount instead of the 20% discount provided to patrons that fit the SENIORS/STUDENTS/NON-PROFIT ARTS EMPLOYEES categories.

VIDF Membership is included in the purchase of tickets to Vancouver Playhouse, Roundhouse Performance Centre, and KW Production Studio or can be purchased separately for a one-time $5 fee at the VIDF Roundhouse Membership Table. All prices for tickets are in Canadian funds and include the annual VIDF Membership fee, VIDF Endowment Fund contribution and applicable GST.


If you need assistance, please call our VIDF Box Office at 604-662-4966 or email: boxoffice@vidf.ca.

FEES
All prices for tickets and festival passes are in Canadian funds and include the annual VIDF Membership fee, VIDF Endowment Fund contribution and applicable GST. If you experience any difficulties in purchasing tickets online, please call the VIDF Box Office at (604) 662-4966 and we will be happy to assist you.

REFUNDS POLICY
Refunds will be made in full in case of a cancelled performance. No other refunds will be made. There is no refund for tickets, festival passes, or VIDF Memberships after the purchase has been processed, including for missed performances.

RESERVATION CONDITIONS
Ticket sales reservations are received up until 4 PM on the day of a show, and must be claimed at least 15 minutes before show time. Tickets and passholder reservations for patrons who are not present at least 15 minutes before show time will be subject to re-sale. Latecomers will not be seated. We strongly advise you to reserve your dates as early as possible. For Roundhouse shows, come early to enjoy the free show at 7 PM, art gallery and licensed bar in the Exhibition Hall.

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If you need assistance, please call our VIDF Box Office at 604-662-4966 or email: boxoffice@vidf.ca.