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The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! series

2020/11/04 (Wednesday)

The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! series

Japanese Dances with TomoeArts

Thursday November 26, 2020 at 12 noon PST: streaming online until 1pm on December 10, 2020

Tickets: $0/$10/$20 sliding scale

Tickets and info: www.thedancecentre.ca


Vancouver’s TomoeArts joins forces with Burnaby’s Satsuki-kai for an illuminating online presentation of nihon buyoh, or Japanese classical and traditional dance. Ranging from theatrical kabuki to joyful folk-derived pieces and shin-buyoh or ‘new’ dances to popular music, they will share some of the styles of nihon buyoh, its rich history and culture, and its distinctive tradition of training, with knowledge handed down from teacher to disciple.


The Dance Centre’s 2020-21 season features a program of digital and small-scale live events adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Discover Dance! series will be online in the fall with performances available for viewing for a limited time, with live events for small audiences resuming in the spring, complemented by digital streams.


TomoeArts promotes and performs nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance), and creates performances incorporating Japanese forms and aesthetics. The company has produced traditional dances in parks, contemporary dance-theatre in art galleries, festival-dance inspired performance with hand-held projectors in rainy city streets, and kabuki dance concerts featuring master artists from Japan. 


Satsuki kai was formed in May 2011 by Nishikawa Kayo of the Nishikawa School of Japanese classical dance to give people an opportunity to enjoy learning Japanese dance. The group participates in many events, especially at Nikkei Place, and works hard to showcase Japanese culture through dance.  Past events include the annual Powell Street Festival, kimono fashion shows, performances at seniors’ residences and other multicultural events. 


For more information on the event please check out The Dance Centre website linked below.



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2020-2021 Discover Dance! upcoming events:

In theatre, for small physically distanced audiences:

March 25 Mozaico Flamenco

May 20 Goh Ballet


Tickets go on sale spring 2021. Performances will be filmed for future online streaming.