Kokoro Dance founders Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi are known for works that combine ballet, modern, improvisation, butoh and live music. Over the last ten years, the two have also shaped the Vancouver International Dance Festival into a major event in the Canadian dance season.
“Dance can take us deep into [the] ethnosphere. I believe that through a dialogic process based in performance and creation, I can understand the life-worlds of others more readily,” writes Michèle Moss, reflecting on her years of study and research into the dances of West Africa.
The African diaspora has spread the continent’s many dance forms across the world where they have fused and melded with other dances in innumerable permutations. These forms are being practiced, celebrated and showcased in the work of dance artists across Canada.
Music for class (Geoff Bennett/TTG Music Bipedal Movement and Next of Skin; Chris Cawthray Move: Music for Creative Movement + Modern Dance; Debashis Sinha/Old Monkey: The Path of Least Resistance; Jeff Wilson: And Again)