Voices of the Dancers

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.

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Studio Salon Fall Series
September 23+24, 4pm

Our studio salon series is back in the virtual world!

Join us for a livestream of two performances over two afternoons!

September 23: Shion Skye Carter and Marc Arboleda
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September 24: Tasha Faye Evans & Jane Gabriels
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Both showings begin at 4pm PST and will be followed by a short Q + A with the artists, all from the comfort and safety of your own home.
This event will be livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram Live.

This event is free, however we welcome donations of any size http://companyerasgadance.ca/support-us/

Co.ERASGA continues to follow current public health recommendations regarding physical distancing and small gatherings.

Virtual EXchanges
October 1-5

Virtual EXchanges 2020:
Grounding and Harmonizing Our Energetic Bodies
with Mamerto Lagitan Tindongan
October 1-5, 2020

Join us for our first-ever fully virtual EXchanges! Our yearly educational training series will be delivered completely through pre-recorded video to support continued social distancing measures. 

We are pleased to invite Shaman and healer Mamerto Lagitan Tindongan from the Cordillera region of the Northern Philippines. He will lead you in a series of exercises and techniques to reconnect you with your personal energy. 

Sign up for the workshop and make an optional donation here: https://www.simplyk.io/ticketing/5f41879177987500294352c1 

After sign up, an email will be sent to you containing a link to access the virtual content for EXchanges 2020. Contact info@companyerasgadance.ca with any questions.

Offering
November 28-29 - 12, 3 & 6pm

In honour and celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 20 th anniversary season, the company
presents Offering, created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Alvin
Erasga Tolentino. This collection of solo works, performed by 6 of Vancouver’s finest and diverse dancers, aspires to honour the living practice of Dance and Dancing and the challenges of keeping this art-form alive during this extraordinary time of the pandemic crisis and isolation.

How do our bodies relate, move and dance at this critical time of pandemic adversity? In this new creation, Tolentino asks each dancer to explore movement as a form of devotion and prayer – allowing the dance to transcend luminous energy. Each work individually and together as full-evening presentation, Offering becomes a performance ritual, evoking a spiritual reach for a universal interconnect, awareness, and healing for the world.

Co.ERASGA’s 20 th milestone season faces a challenging and unprecedented time of being in the middle of a pandemic, however our intention is to keep dance alive – over the past two decades, along with all of our artists, arts partners and audiences, we dance with gratitude, building and sharing together. More than ever, we rise to the gift and healing power of dance!

Choreography: Alvin Erasga Tolentino
Dancers: Joshua Ongcol, Olivia Shaffer, Marc Arboleda, Antonio Somera,
Molly McDermott and Marissa Wong
Composer: Emmanuel Mailly
Lighting: Jessica Han
Costume: Meagan Woods

“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.

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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