Many of you know that dance has been a passion of mine since I was very young of age. I have learnt ballet, three out of nine Indian classical styles, modern Indian dance, bhangra, salsa, belly dancing, free style, waltz, garba, and some other self-taught steps (hip-hop and our traditional Ismaili dance of dandia and rasra). For me dancing is pure joy and bliss, only because I’m lost in my element. Anyone who knows me well; can attest to my love and passion for the art of dance- not only that, but when we have our celebratory functions I’m the first one on the dance floor and the last to leave.
I’m very excited for the month of March as the Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) takes place around Vancouver with many performances happening at the Roundhouse between the 23rd and 29th of March. Eight out of ten performances will be performed at the Roundhouse.
As it is a dance festival, many different dance forms and performances will be available for you to enjoy. I’m going to briefly mention a few of the performances that spoke to me.
Modus Operandi- Structure tone is a modern contemporary dance piece which encompasses theatrics, making this number entertaining and piquing one’s curiosity for a fresh exploration of contemporary dance. The founders of Modus Operandi David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen designed the program to be a training initiative of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, welcoming emerging contemporary dancers with diverse backgrounds and experience.
Kokoro Dance is known as the dance of the walking dead. Usually, the performers have nothing on but white body paint. These performances are unpredictable, unique, and present in the moment. Due to the nature of the performance, it is very raw and interactive in diverse settings. I commend these performers, as performing in the nude takes a lot of guts and inner self-confidence; not only are they trusting of their peers for not saying anything but also trusting of their audience. For me, it would almost be a distraction and also I would feel uncomfortable due to my conservative upbringing.
Michael Sakamoto & Rennie Harris –Flash is a musical conversation between two individuals who are using dance as their medium. They have utilized robotics and krumping which is a form of hip hop. These are two very different dance forms but have found a way to come together and tell a story. Any combination of two dance forms poses a challenge to the choreographer, but the approach here has been an innovative and philosophical transformation.
Dancers Dancing –The Fine Line ~ twisted angels is a contemporary ballet piece depicting how we perceive our internal and external worlds. A lot of times we as individuals are afraid to disclose our journey through life for the risk of it being dark and deep and fearing that we will be judged based on the journey. This piece has done just that, bringing our journey to light and placing a positive spin on what we thought was taboo.
What are your favourite types of dance forms? What performance really speaks to you?
By Fatima Sumar, Roundhouse Blog Team. Fatima is a creative and passionate individual always up for a new challenge whether it be through exploring her passion for writing, or running her own businesses QueenoHearts Planners Ltd (a wedding consulting business) and fantabulous DeZigns Jewellery By Fatima Sumar (designing and creating jewellery). She is also a social media enthusiast and is committed to increasing the Roundhouse’s online reach, and increasing their ROI (return on investment) on different platforms.