LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHERS ARE MOVED TO WORK WITH ARTS UMBRELLA STUDENT DANCERS

Arts Umbrella Dance Company students face some difficult tasks in their end of year showcase

AUDC Season Finale: Be Moved

When: May 23-25

Where: Vancouver Playhouse

Tickets: $45 adults/$35 students & seniors at artsumbrella.com/bemoved

Imagine learning a complex dance in August and having to repeat it 10 months later.

That’s one of the tasks that Arts Umbrella Dance Company students face when they present their end-of-year showcase.

Arts Umbrella Dance Company students perform work by local and international choreographers in Be Moved, May 23-25 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Photo: David Cooper DAVID COOPER / PNG

“That’s part of the rigour and skill set of being a professional dancer,” said AUDC artistic director Artemis Gordon. “A choreographer might only be able to come in August for a show in May. Choreographers are busy and they’re travelling all over the world. These big companies will be premiering a piece that they did a month ago. It’s really important that dancers have that ability to bring back details and go immediately bring back into the ethos and quality of the piece as it was created.”

This year, the Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s season-ending show is called Be Moved. It will feature students performing works by a bevy of choreographers, from locals Emily Molnar, Lesley Telford and Crystal Pite to James Kudelka, former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada (“a national treasure,” according to Gordon) and UK/Swiss talent Ihsan Rustem (who recently worked with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal on the company’s Leonard Cohen show Dance Me).

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