Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) kicks off its 17th year of connecting Vancouver audiences with the power and breadth of contemporary dance in a four-week line-up that showcases world-renowned artists from the United States, Japan, and Denmark alongside seasoned and emerging Canadian artists from Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. From March 1-25, 2017, at various Vancouver venues, VIDF will present 14 captivating companies, including anticipated performances by San Francisco’s internationally-lauded troupe Alonzo King LINES Ballet; a Canadian premiere from Japan’s Dairakudakan and Denmark’s Kitt Johnson; west coast premieres from Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance and Montreal’s Compagnie Virginie Brunelle; world premieres from Vancouver’s-own Kinesis Dance, Karen Jamieson & Margaret Grenier, Rob Kitsos/Jane Osborne/Kim Stevenson, among many others.
“Dance is a universal language. As a form of expression, it transcends barriers of dialect and culture allowing us to understand and meaningfully engage with individuals of different backgrounds,” said Barbara Bourget, Co-producer of VIDF. “Our Festival exists to celebrate this universality with voices and experiences from around the globe. This year we do so by showcasing a range of engaging, enthralling, and entertaining performances from world-class artists considered masters and innovators of their craft, from the surreal imagery of butoh, edgy expressions from our own backyard, American ballet at the cutting edge of contemporary dance, and much more.”
In addition to ticketed shows, VIDF includes training opportunities for intermediate to advanced dance students, life drawing classes open to the public, and a number of free performances for VIDF members and the community. Tickets and details for all VIDF performances and activities are available at vidf.ca or by calling 604.662.4966.