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Choreographic Artifacts

September 4-27th
Britannia Art Gallery
Located inside the Britannia Community Services Centre
1661 Napier St.

Opening Night Reception and Artist Talk: September 4th, 6:30-8:30pm

Vancouver choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino has contributed thirty years of dance in Vancouver. Twenty years of his choreographic body of works has been created for Co.ERASGA, which will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary in 2020.
In this milestone achievement, Tolentino reflects and is doing an artistic inventory by looking at choreographic materials that have supported or imbue the dance creations he has created over time.
In his archival treasures are choreographic artifacts –these materials have been part of Tolentino’ dance researchers, creation and presentation for cultural stages. Tolentino is reimagining these memorable objects once utilized as props, sets, costumes, images; including photographs, books and notations to another dimensional creative entity.
Tolentino is gathering these items to present an art exhibition to create a compositional collage of artifacts, a collection of objects for people to view, enjoy, re-experience and interact with.

This project stems from my wish to expand the elements behind choreography – To allow my previous inspirations of objects to re-appear in other creative evolution in the way of art exhibiting. Reassembling these existing materials that were once pivotal in the context of movement and dance provides an extended creative representation to channel ideas, memories and inquisitiveness.
Alvin Erasga Tolentino
Studio Salon Series: Fall Edition

September 13th, 7-9pm
Canucks Family Education Centre
1665 William St.

*Event will take place upstairs, and is wheelchair accessible.

Choreographer: Marissa Wong
Exploring the impact trauma has on my current relationship to vulnerability, my personal history will be the foundation to address universal suffering that appears in varying forms, scales, and volumes. Through dance, this piece will reclaim courage and fortitude, as well as unfold patterns and emotional wounds held within the body.Marissa Wong is a dance artist based in Vancouver. She received her postgraduate studies through Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin, and has had the opportunity to share choreographic works in San Francisco, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa. In 2015, she founded TWObigsteps collective, a platform where she continues to create, explore, and research alongside other inspiring artists. Interested in sharing dialogue, she seeks growth through the language of movement, and expansion in a practice of continually challenging assumptions.


An excerpt of a longer work that will be premiered at the Annex Theatre on November 16-17, 2019.
Choreographer : Olivia Shaffer
Composer : Alex Mah

Senescence is a personal reflection into my caregiving journey, through my father’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
senescence (/sɪˈnɛsəns/): biological aging; the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics that occurs in the mind and body.

Olivia Shaffer is a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has worked as a dance artist for over a decade, creating dance independently and performing with companies such as EDAM Dance, Co.ERASGA and MACHiNENOiSY, among others. As a choreographer, Olivia is interested in creating living, embodied work, rooted in structured improvisations. By using the mediums of movement and performance, she aims to assimilate the human condition by harnessing emotions, probing paradox, and forming ephemeral yet penetrative bonds between audience and artist. Olivia considers movement as a metaphor for our ever-seeking nature, while experiencing continuous loss.

Alex Mah is a composer and interdisciplinary artist whose scores use verbal notation to deal with ideas of indeterminacy, performer choices, and the sensing body. He has participated in festivals, workshops, and performed across Canada, Germany, Denmark, and the U.K.. He recently completed a Master of Research Composition under James Saunders at Bath Spa University (U.K.)

Photographer Yvonne Chew
Dancer Olivia Shaffer


Folding and Unfolding
a new solo work in progress based on the series of dances for “Tracing Malong”
Alvin Erasga Tolentino continues his re-imagining and shaping relations of movements and textile for the body.

Tracing Malong traces fabric memories to movement, the reflective symbols and use of traditional Filipino fabric Malong in everyday life. The dance gives a cultural reference, revealing the juxtaposition of tradition and contemporary realization expressed in Tolentino’s movement language. Genetic memory returns through dance to tell the real and imagined stories.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino is an active Asian/Canadian dance artists who continues to reveal, provoke, fascinate and bring a fresh voice to the national and international dance scene. His successful career has garnered him notability and a distinct reputation as an original and unpredictable contemporary performing artist.

Tolentino’s dance creations are driven from the need to intricately illustrate the human experience of light and dark and the infinitely complex relationship between nature and humanity. His choreography challenges the exploration of hybridity to reveal the private and public territory, identity, gender and the issues within the traditional and contemporary cross-cultural dialogue.

Passages & Rhythms

November 6-9th, 2019
8 pm
The Nest
Granville Island

CHOREOGRAPHY and Performance:  Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Kasandra “La China”, Sujit Vaidya and Gabriel Dharmoo
Live Percussion Music: Davide Sampaolo and Ronald Stelting
LIGHTING: Jessica Han

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.


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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.

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