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EN: a raincity street dance - July 7-9, 2011

  • Performances: July 7-9, 2011; 9:30pm
  • in the courtyard of the Firehall Arts Center
  • Part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival 2011

  • Choreography: Colleen Lanki
  • Composition: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
  • Projection and set design: Craig Alfredson
  • Costume design: Yulia Stern
  • Dancers: Matthew Romantini, Hideaki Kanamaru, Colleen Lanki
  • Musicians: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Alcvin Ryūzen Ramos
  • Photographs by: Dallas, Gertie Harris, Lesya Holubowich, Steven Mayes and Marlene Thistle
  • Stage Manager: Ryan Caron

  • "Puddle People" photo by Lesya Holubowich. Courtesy of Hope in Shadows

EN in Japanese can mean "circle" or "fate" depending on how it is written. In this piece the two are connected...

EN: a raincity street dance builds on our March 2010 performance EN (circle/fate) a short dance created for the Procession of Performing Circles. "EN" is about the interconnectedness of lives, relationships and history and the importance of community.

Somewhere what matters matters,
the sky opens and the world is unique,
people come out and the neighbourhood
insinuates itself into the present and the past.

from "Today After Rain" by Brad Cran

EN: a raincity street dance combines Japanese classical dance influenced movement, an original score featuring taiko, shakuhachi and biwa, and projected photographs of people and places in the heart of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood commissioned from a team of Hope in Shadows community photographers. EN is a celebration of how people are linked to each other over time and space, and how the souls of all generations have danced in the rain of Vancouver.

all production photos by Jan Gates

EN: a raincity street dance photo album
ARTICLE on the creation process in DANCE CENTRAL
EN: a raincity street dance is featured on SHAW TV's The Express - to see us fast forward to 6:53!

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