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New York's Cedar Lake leaps onto stage of the Vancouver Playhouse

Cedar Lake at the Vancouver Playhouse
Cedar Lake at the Vancouver Playhouse

DanceHouse launches its fifth anniversary season at the Vancouver Playhouse with two performances by red-hot New York City company, Cedar Lake, in its Vancouver debut.  

Shows take place September 28 and 29 at 8pm and begin a four-production season for DanceHouse, based at the Playhouse.

Through their daring, athletic movement and integration of classical technique into contemporary and popular forms, the dancers of Cedar Lake take audiences on a choreographic journey that explores the infinite possibilities of movement and multimedia.  

The company’s emphasis on commissioning new works from the hottest choreographers on the planet has made it one of the most exciting dance ensembles working today.

These performances include three works: Violet Kid by Hofesh Shechter, and Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine (both choreographers’ work presented by DanceHouse to sold-out houses), and Tuplet by Alexander Ekman, a new artist to DanceHouse.

This star-studded repertoire shows off the company’s downtown edge and personality as featured in the Hollywood blockbuster film The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Blunt’s character is a Cedar Lake dancer and performs a solo, duet and ensemble installation piece, all choreographed by company artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, whose work on dance has been said to break down the barrier between performer and audience, creating a one of a kind dance experience.

This weekend’s performances also features Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella Dance graduate Acacia Schachte.

Acacia Schachte - exquisite.

There will be master classes, Saturday September 29, 10:30am and 12:30pm.

Email [email protected] for registration information. (Note classes suitable for professional and advanced pre-professional dancers.)

Pre-show chat, moderated by well known dance writer Kaija Pepper and featuring Cedar Lake artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, is free with show ticket, 7:15pm, upper lobby, Vancouver Playhouse each performance date.

Critical Response, a new post-show discussion is hosted by DanceHouse founder Barb Clausen following Saturday evening’s performance.

Tickets and information: or call 604.801.6225
Tickets $35-$70

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