Dance Centre brings you the world through dance, and Unwrapping Culture October 15-17

First, take a look at the BC Dance Calendar. Start with “Gravity and Other Myths”, from Australia and playing at the York Theatre starting tomorrow (October 13). There’s Karen Flamenco, Dances for a Small Stage, and many more.

For classes and workshops at the Dance Centre, take a look here.

One production that I am particularly looking forward to is Unwrapping Culture, October 15-17 at the Dance Centre, presented by Co. Erasga (Vancouver) | Pichet Klunchun Dance Company (Thailand). In July, I saw Filipino-Canadian dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino performing at Dancing on the Edge Festival, and that alone makes me want to attend. As described:

Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male artists: Filipino-Canadian Alvin Erasga Tolentino, whose sophisticated works reflect on personal and cultural identity, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon with the paraphernalia of today’s rampant materialism to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny piece which immerses us in the conflict between traditional and modern.

I have certainly heard from visitors to Thailand about the forces of commercialization. I’ll be there Thursday and I’m eagerly anticipating it.

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