Ceremony for Rebel Spirits
part of Queer Arts Festival
August 7th, 2021 - 8pm
When Japanese folk tradition meets punk, audience members are invited to commune with the ancestors via obon dance, song, sensu (fan) cheerleading, fue, shamisen and kick-ass taiko.
Part of the 2021 Queer Arts Festival program, Alvin Erasga Tolentino is joined by the three members of Onibana Taiko for a live performance at Mountain View Cemetery.
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Digital Duet Collection
September 25-October 9
Together/Apart is an online dance project featuring a collection of duets that Co.ERASGA is programming as part of our 2021 season and to celebrate BC Culture Days. The project is an initiative to reach out to independent dance artists locally, nationally, and internationally in this time of the pandemic to support and celebrate dancers’ resilience as an avenue for dance to continue.
Central to the project is digital experimentation, exploring curiosities with the assistance of technology as artists pivot to be creative in the newly digital age since the height of the pandemic. We honor the living practice of dance as the main impetus of the project and the digital technology to observe, help and tell our stories, creativities and dances in an unprecedented time that we are journeying together globally.
This pre-recorded collection will be available to view throughout BC Culture Days for free/by donation from September 25th to October 9th. View with your bubble at home, and engage with other viewers through the chat function! Join us for the premiere on September 25th.
Voices of the Dancers in the Time of COVID-19
A video series with the cast of Offering, where they share how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected and changed their artistic practice. Filmed during the creation process of Offering, summer to fall 2020.
“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 2021