'Offering' New Creation 2020
Our programming this spring has been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thinking and sending good thoughts to all the artists, arts organizations and our communities at home, nationally and internationally. Stay safe and healthy.
In honor and celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 20th anniversary season, acclaimed
choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino creates Offering, a collection of solo works for six dancers during this very trying time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Six of Vancouver’s outstanding diverse dancers perform Offering; a thread of continuous solo dances that aspires to honor the living practice- Dance and Dancing alive in this extraordinary time of pandemic and isolation.
How do our bodies, relate, move and dance for our human and earthly place at this critical time of pandemic adversity? In this new creation, Tolentino asks each dancer to bring movements as a form of devotion and prayer –allowing the dance to transcend luminous energy and healing so that each dance and as whole, Offering becomes a spiritual universal interconnect, bringing awareness and healing for the world.
Co.ERASGA’s 20th milestone year and season faces the extraordinarily challenging time of the pandemic but we want to keep dance alive. We are grateful to all our artists, arts partners and audiences in the last two decades of sharing dance together. More than ever, we rise to utilize the gift and power of dance as the healing pulses for our human expression to be alive.
Event and Performance will take place, November 27-29 in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre. (details of time and info. TBC)
Choreography: Alvin Erasga Tolentino
Dancers: Joshua Ongcol, Olivia Shaffer, Marc Arboleda, Antonio Somera, Molly McDermott and Marissa Wong.
Composer: Emmanuel Mailly
Lighting: Jessica Han
Video: Yasuhiro Okada
“contemporary, progressive, and provocative” - Georgia Straight
// about Co.ERASGA
We are a contemporary dance company founded on the principles of innovation, artistic integrity and social reflection.
Founded by choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino in 2000, Co.ERASGA has a distinguished international reputation of a singular vision of hybrid dance, diversity and collaborations of other artistic practice and multimedia. At the heart of Co.ERASGA is Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino, a Filipino-Canadian artist of remarkable commitment, talent and energy, whose diverse cultural background and heritage has been a driving force for much of the company’s work. In addressing themes that reflect Tolentino’s individuality, global awareness and ethnicity, Co.ERASGA
exposes and explores issues of cultural identity, gender, hybridity, and promotes cross-cultural dialogue.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, Co.ERASGA has created critically acclaimed contemporary dance productions: SOLA, BATO/Stone, MINORI, Volt, She Said, Field, OrienTik/Portrait, BODYGlass, PARADISE/Paradis, ADAMEVE/Man-Woman, Shadow Machine, EXpose, Unwrapping Culture, and most recently Collected, Traces and Still Here.
Co.ERASGA is Registered as Company Erasga Dance Society. Charitable registration number: 894061514 RR0001
Co.ERASGA acknowledges that our artistic programming and community work takes place on occupied and unceded ancestral, traditional territories of the Coast Salish people of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are very grateful to live, work and share on these lands.
© Co.ERASGA 2018