Thursday June 12th, 7:00 p.m.

Double Bill One

Ziyian Kwan / dumb instrument Dance (Vancouver)
the neck to fall

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Photo by Chris Randle

the neck to fall, choreographed and danced by Ziyian Kwan, is a fiction of unexpected events. Created as an ode to somatic pioneer Amelia Itcush, the work plays with non-sequiturs to explore a quirky and dynamic narrative. Dance and dancer sift through layers of persona to explore the vulnerability, liberty and poetry of the moving body.

In a solo on herself, the neck to fall, Kwan tackles identity and ethnicity, and does so by making a dance structured around the investigation of props – the fullness of her dancing in response to these objects is revelatory. Dedicated to the work of Amelia Itcush, Kwan’s movement quality is a testimony to the necessity and beauty of dancing from a place of released and integrated body mechanics. …electric, lightning quick and grounded.”

– Mary Theresa Kelly, The Dance Current

Performers and Collaborators : Ziyian Kwan, Peggy Lee, Dylan Van Der Schyff, James Proudfoot

Tania Alvarado Dance (Calgary)











Photo by Chris Randle

Hereafter, Tania Alvarado’s work for four dancers set to an electronic score embodies themes of exile, migration and adaptation. The work focuses on transitions; exploring what happens when one leaves a space and enters somewhere new and the lingering effects of change. With Alvarado’s sinuous and contained movement, the performers skilfully weave complex themes of human connection, memory and loss.

“Hereafter is hypnotic. The way the dancers’ bodies flow together and gently ebb apart. The way stillness comes out of movement. The way the dancers silently watch each other. Hereafter is a poignant kaleidoscope of loss, as connections are made and then broken.” – Paula Citron, Globe and Mail.

Performers:  Walter Kubanek, Pam Tzeng, Laura Henley and Wojtek Mochniej

When: Thursday June 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Where: NAC Studio, 53 Elgin Street
Tickets: $ 25 adults, $ 20 students, seniors and CADA members
Duration: 1hr

About Ziyian Kwan:

Ziyian Kwan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where she has worked as a dance artist since 1987. As an interprète she has performed close to 100 original creations by an eclectic range of artists on international stages. In January 2012, Ziyian formed dumb instrument Dance, not a company, but a collage of activities that attends the ineffable musings of body, at play in her imagination. With dumb instrument, Ziyian engages in unorthodox dance actions, commissions work by other artists, and experiments with her own choreographic urges. For more information on Kwan, please click here.

I am my heart’s dumb instrument’, – Denton Welch.

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About Tania Alvarado:

Tania Alvarado is a contemporary dance artist and teacher from Alberta where she has been actively developing her artistic voice to establish a growing body of work. While in Edmonton, Tania worked extensively with the Brian Webb Dance Company.  Her choreography has been presented at Montreal’s Tangente, the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver,  at the Stream of Dance Festival in Regina, at Toronto’s Dancemakers, as part of the NAC’s Alberta Scene, in the “Marathon” at the Festival de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal and at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa after a three week residence.

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