Big ideas on a small stage

Dances for a Small Stage might just be the perfect opportunity for those looking to experience dance for the first time. - Submitted
Dances for a Small Stage might just be the perfect opportunity for those looking to experience dance for the first time.
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Prepare for a fresh, invigorating, and uplifting take on dance when the Cultural Centre hosts Dances for a Small Stage on April 25.

This event will bring dance into a classy cabaret setting, departing from the rules of the concert hall and inviting you to unwind and snack on bite-sized tastes of culture and sophistication. Whether you’re a dance aficionado, or looking for a new night-out experience, this is one show not to be missed.

Brought to Chilliwack by Vancouver’s vibrant dance company MovEnt, Dances for a Small Stage isn’t just dance with a twist, but an experience that totally recasts the dynamic between performer, stage, and audience. Formed of a series of highly diverse, eclectic, and innovative segments of work from both established and emerging choreographers, Dances for a Small Stage doesn’t aim to conjure a spectacle to be viewed from afar, but to make dance intimate, approachable, and most importantly—fun.

Thoenn Glover, one of the most exciting up-and-coming choreographers on the Vancouver Arts scene and regular contributor to Dances for a Small Stage, is extremely passionate about the show’s pioneering and appealing structure.

“The show almost feels like a series of short stories,” he said. “That format, in combination with the social aspect, makes it really original, relaxed and easy for people experiencing live dance for the first time to enjoy. You have this combination of different elements, so everybody finds something in the Dances for a Small Stage palette they can connect with.”

Karissa Barry, choreographer, performer, and co-curator of Dances for a Small Stage shares her colleague’s insight into the show’s charm and appeal.

“There’s usually six to eight works in each performance, so you get a whole bunch of different flavours of live dance every time,” she said. “We’ve seen just how much people that are new to live dance appreciate that format, and we get totally new audiences adding to our regular crowds with every event.”

With a cool cabaret setting, eclectic program, and promise of brand new works, this show is the perfect opportunity to experience dance in a fresh and exciting way. So if you’ve been nervous in the past about taking a bite out of a live dance experience, make sure to enjoy this opportunity to get a taste of what’s out there.

• Tickets for Dances for a Small Stage available by phone at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

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