Compaigni V'ni Dansi: Aboriginal Dance Festival
Announcing Come and Dance: an Aboriginal Dance Festival, featuring the Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration!
November 16 - 19
The ScotiaBank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)
and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre located at 1607 East Hastings Street.
Single day tickets: $20 (non-members: $15 and members/students: $5.)
Three-day pass: $49 non-members; $33 members.
Free membership and tickets available from www.vnidansi.ca
Come and Dance: an Aboriginal Dance Festival
Bringing Traditional & Contemporary Dance to Vancouver’s 125th Celebrations.
Compaigni V'ni Dansi (CVD) Society is thrilled to announce Come and Dance: an Aboriginal Dance Festival, taking place in Vancouver November 16-19, 2011.
Vancouver is located in the heart of traditional Aboriginal territory and as the city celebrates the 125th year of its founding, Come and Dance honours the traditional and contemporary dance of our Aboriginal communities.
Dance is a vital component of spiritual and creative expression for many Aboriginal cultures. As Métis performers, CVD believes that dance can communicate profound emotions and ideas. The Festival, which invites participants to “come and dance”, will build connections between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal dance communities as well as the wider communities that make up contemporary Vancouver.
The event is an expansion of CVD’s successful Louis Riel Day Celebration, held each year in mid-November. This year, we mark Louis Riel Day on November 16th with a free community event at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Everyone is invited as we celebrate Louis Riel and start the Festival.
The Festival then moves to the Scotiabank Dance Centre for two days featuring programs that celebrate West Coast to Contemporary Dance (on November 17th) and Plains to Contemporary Dance (on November 18th). Among the artists featured are Bob Baker and the Eagle Song Dancers, Raven Spirit Dance and Nyla Carpentier. Both events at the Dance Centre will be hosted by Greg Coyes.
The Festival concludes on November 19th with an evening of Métis dance and performance. Among the featured performers will be Andrea Menard and the Louis Riel Métis Dancers.
More information on the Festival, including a full list of artists participating, will be available shortly.
Come join us for Come and Dance and celebrate the multi-faceted Aboriginal heritage that is a vital part of Vancouver's cultural identity today.
Read more about the festival here!