Dezza Dance

VIDEO: DAVID COOPER | EDIT: BRENDA KENT

DEZZA DANCE presents

CHIAROSCURO

A Leg Up! Dance Project in partnership with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre

Premiered March 10 & 11, 2017 | 8PM

Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre | Seating Limited

7646 Prince Albert St, Vancouver, BC | Box office opens at 7pm

Tickets at dezzadance.com


Desirée Dunbar, Artistic Director

DANCE ARTISTS

Sophie Brassard, Carly Davis, Brittany Angus, Jenna Kraychy & Kestrel Paton

With musical guests The End Tree


Watch the Chiaroscuro rehearsal trailer at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre below.

 
 
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Dezza Dance partners with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre to provide career/artistic mentorship and rehearsal/production space for exceptional Dance Artist Youth.

Catalyst Mentorship Program: Brittany Angus, Sophie Brassard, Carly Davis, Jenna Kraychy & Kestrel Paton

Performance is approximately 60 minutes

More information at www.dezzadance. com | www.catalystdance.net

Contact: Desirée Dunbar, dezzadance@gmail.com

We greatly acknowledge the support of Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, Sunset CCA and West Point Grey CCA

Photo: David Cooper | Costumes: Margaret Jenkins

Thank-you Rachel Helten, Eileen Kage & Taylor Jenzen


Thank-you!


 

 

LAY ME DOWN

Red duct tape, crinolines and high kicks. Join us in the Oak Ballroom of the historic Aberthau Mansion at the West Point Grey Community Centre in Vancouver

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Fri Nov 18 @ 7:30PM

in the Oak Room at 7PM

Live music in the lounge  by Rogue Folk Club musicians from 6:30-7:30pm

 

www.roguefolk.bc.ca

 

4397 W 2ND AVE, VANCOUVER

 

Thank-you to our partners West Point Grey CCA & Vancouver Park Board

 


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WEST POINT GREY COMMUNITY CENTRE- ABERTHAU MANSION| OAK ROOM | 4397 W 2ND AVE, VANCOUVER

 

Photos by David Cooper

READ MORE ABOUT DANCERS HERE >>>

Choreography: Desirée Dunbar

Dancers: Sophie Brassard, Carly Penner, Katrina Leppanen, Cody Cox, Desirée Dunbar, Jenna Kraychy & Brittany Angus

Photo: Erik Price

Photo: Erik Price


"Aberthau" is a gaelic word meaning "a place filled with light".  We agree!  We love creating and sharing our work in this historic home of over one hundred years old.  To learn more about the history of the Aberthau Mansion check out this article right over here >>>

DANCERS: CODY COX & SOPHIE BRASSARD 

DANCERS: CODY COX & SOPHIE BRASSARD 

DACNERS: SOPHIE BRASSARD & CODY COX

DACNERS: SOPHIE BRASSARD & CODY COX


 
 

 

Thank-you David Cooper for the Lay Me Down poster image and Juan Villegas for the poster design

Illuminating Shadow + Submerge

Dezza Dance Company

New works by Desirée Dunbar with music by Elliot Vaughan performed live

Dancers: Jenna Lee Hay, Sophie Brassard, Desirée Dunbar and Melissa Panetta

Premiered Sunday, May 15 at 2PM

Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Granville Island, Vancouver

SHOW, TALK-BACK AND MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

Watch trailer of Submerge below.

Submerge by Desirée Dunbar with Elliot Vaughan on viola and dancers Sophie Brassard, Jenna Lee Hay, Melissa Panetta and Carly Penner | Photo by David Cooper © dezzadance 2016

Submerge by Desirée Dunbar with Elliot Vaughan on viola and dancers Sophie Brassard, Jenna Lee Hay, Melissa Panetta and Carly Penner | Photo by David Cooper © dezzadance 2016

Illuminating Shadow by Desirée Dunbar | Photo by David Cooper © dezzadance 2016

Illuminating Shadow by Desirée Dunbar | Photo by David Cooper © dezzadance 2016

 

 

Photos and video by: David Cooper

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Premiered March 25, 2016

Launching Vancouver’s emerging dance artists in Leg Up! Contemporary Dance Series

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Presented by Dezza Dance & Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre

CHOREOGRAPHY

Desirée Dunbar, Megan Friesen & Desi Rekrut

NEW MUSIC

Elliot Vaughan

LIGHTING DESIGN

James Kokol

Featuring emerging dance artists: Desi Rekrut, Megan Friesen, Carly Penner, Melissa Panetta, Jenna Lee Hay, Sophie Brassard, Jenna Kraychy, Samantha Priya Wright, Kaia Shukin, Brandi Baker, Ariana Barr, Brynne Harper, Samantha Tawaststjerna

About the performance: building on the success of Connecting Community Dance Series started in 2004, Leg Up! gives an up close look at Vancouver dance scene’s freshest talent.  Three distinct works are framed in an alleyway stage with audience on two sides.  Desi Rekrut’s Garden explores intricate patterning to T.S. Eliot’s poem “Four Quartets”, Megan Friesen’s Lady centers on feminine qualities of strength and desire and Desirée Dunbar’s Submerge moves deep in to the psyche to examine the physical manifestation of power and vulnerability with new music performed by Elliot Vaughan.  75 minutes with intermission

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The Leg Up! Dance Project is a co-partnership with Dezza Dance and Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre designed to launch Vancouver's emerging dance-artists and collectives.  Past artists include OURO Collective and Warehaus Dance Collective in the inaugural performance of LAUNCH in April 2015.

 

GLOW

Created by Desirée Dunbar

Lighting by James Kokol

Dancers: Larissa Duff-Grant, Jenna-Lee Hay, Leigh Machnee, Melissa Panetta, Carly Penner, Samantha Priya Wright

Premiered at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre in Vancouver November 20 & 21 at 8pm  

In this fresh offering of Contemporary dance GLOW draws inspiration from rugged peaks, iced-over lakes, and the inevitable inertia of winter and features the dancers of Desirée Dunbar's Catalyst Dance Mentorship Program

Above photo of Melissa Panetta by David Cooper

Thank-you to all those that made this production possible and to our community centre partners Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre and West Point Grey Aberthau. 

Video trailer: David Cooper

 

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Created by Desirée Dunbar

LIGHTING DESIGN BY JAMES KOKOL

Read our press release by clicking right here

Catalyst Dance:

Sophie Brassard, Lily Cryan, Jenna-Lee Hay, Rachel Helten, Lesley Kosinski & Melissa Panetta &

The End Tree:

Aiden Brant Briscall, Martin Reisle & Elliot Vaughan

Support:

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT/INTERN: JENNA-LEE HAY

videography by brenda kent

Promotional material design by Juan Villegas

Thank-you to our partners West Point Grey Community Centre & Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre and all those making this performance possible!

 

Dear Audience member,

Thank-you so much for attending our production A Port in the Storm

This idea has been brewing for awhile.  I began a residency here at Aberthau Mansion in 2013 and my movements have inevitably been influenced by the spirit of the house.  I had the idea to make capturing the energy of the energy of the house a focus for a performance and this is the result. 

Composer Elliot Vaughan and I have been making art together for sometime now and his collaborative project The End Tree was the perfect fit to fill the house with incredible sound.  Catalyst Dance is a project of mine stemming from a deep passion to provide pre-professional dancers with life skills to gracefully navigate obstacles on the path.  The dancers you see in this show are incredibly wise young women who share a love of soulful expression through the body.  James our lighting magician met in my dance class at SFU last year and I am very impressed at what he has done to create the mood and all with low voltage restrictions and a tight budget.

All the artists have been spending countless hours in the studio together as well as training and practicing individually to explore, create, refine and hopefully co-create a performance that has meaning and potential to catalyze shifts within each of us- whether it's excitement, inspiration, new knowledge or perhaps a enhanced connection to the divine.

As artists we are navigating the energy of our own essential spiritual information, the synergy of the whole cast, the response from you and opening to being vessels for inspiration to move through.  This requires setting ourselves up with the perfect environment that is rich with potential for all of this to come together in the one hour we share the experience.  Pretty cool.  Thanks for being a part of that.

I am ever grateful to the selflessly supportive arts programmers at Moberly, West Point Grey & Trout Lake: Lorrie, Danita and Eva who facilitate my crazy ideas and make them possible.

With much love and appreciation,

Desirée

 

Read the dancer's blog entries throughout the creative process of this production by clicking here.

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