Passages of Rhythms
The Nest on Granville Island
artist talkback November 7th
In this much anticipated world premiere, acclaimed dancer and choreographer
Alvin Erasga Tolentino takes centre stage; presenting an evening of three
dynamic duets, featuring three diverse artists, showcasing three different genres – Flamenco, Bharatanatyam, and voices for the body – Passages of Rhythms is a hybrid full-length evening of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration.
In this unique fusion of tradition and contemporary movements, Passages of
Rhythms blends cultures enabling the body to move and transform through
complex rhythms, sensation, shapes, and voices.
Alvin Erasga Tolentino brings together some of Canada’s finest and most
diverse artists to join him on stage for the highlight of Co.ERASGA’s 19th dance season. This production is a collaboration with Vancouver’s Chinese-Canadian Flamenco artist Kasandra “La China”, Indo-Canadian Bharatanatyam dancer Sujit Vaidya, and Montreal voice artist phenomena Gabriel Dharmoo.
Tolentino exposes his choreographic and performance signature style through
inter-generational exchanges and sharing the different practices of Pan-Asian
rigor across dance disciplines.
Passages of Rhythms awakens, provokes and celebrates the contemporary
body and interconnections with cultural rhythms and sounds to distill the
complexity of movements to pure expression.
Tickets on sale now!
(L to R) Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Sujit Vaidya, Kasandra “La China” and Gabriel Dharmoo
Photo by 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 19th anniversary in 2019, 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: 11907 5364 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