Three evenings of gutsy performances, and perogies

the plastic orchid factory’s remount of _post plus seven other Vancouver dance artists and Quebec's Jean-François Duke

Dances for a Small Stage 29 has packed its bags and has shifted over to a new location at the Ukrainian Centre on East 10th at Main, featuring three evenings of gutsy performances.

Running from September 12-14, not only does the location change but, in celebration of the new venue, Small Stage 29 has partnered with the Ukrainian Centre (famous for its Friday Night Suppers on the first of the month) to sell their artisanal perogies and sausages.

Artistic producer Julie-anne Saroyan is stoked. “Contemporary dance, perogies and beer? How bad could it be?”

Small Stage 29, whose mandate of “small stage” works out to its landmark 10 x 13 foot stage, marks the beginning of a sister series in Québec City.

Inspired by Small Stage’s innovative presentation model. La Rotonde – Québec’s renowned centre for contemporary dance - will send up-and-coming choreographer Jean-François Duke to not only perform but to return home with a Small Stage template for Québec audiences.

“More and more audiences don’t want to go into a theatre," said Saroyan. “They want to see dance in a more informal, casual atmosphere and maybe have some dinner and drinks. We provide an alternative.”

With dance backgrounds in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap, performances include premieres by Kirsten Wicklund, Karissa Barry, Julianne Chapple, Daelik / MACHiNENOiSY, Farley Johansson / Science Friction, Dayna Szyndrowski, and the plastic orchid factory’s remount of _post. The evening performances, co-curated by Saroyan and Barry, will be emceed with poetic grace by Vancouver’s own James Fagan Tait. Tait will provide lyrical segues between performances with some of the world’s greatest poems about dance, including the works of Oscar Wilde.

The wins never end at Small Stage 29 with attendees now avoiding long pre-show lineups by purchasing advance tickets at; though, back in the day, some of the best conversations were struck up in line.


LISTING INFORMATION Dances for a Small Stage 29

Date: September 12-14, 2013

Doors open at 7pm, Show at 8pm

Ticket prices: $20

Address: Ukrainian Centre

154 East 10th Avenue at Main Street

Vancouver, BC

Box Office: Advance tickets now available at:

At door on performance night (cash only)

Audience members must be 19+ for admission.


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