Voices of the Dancers

As we continue to face hardship due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, slowly we are figuring out how to cope and continue our arts programming. We have begun to open up and work with our artists since late spring, transforming our projects and work for virtual viewing and some live social distancing initiatives. Continue to follow us here and with our social media. Thank you for your ongoing support to Co.ERASGA during this hard time for the arts. We are thinking of all the artists and arts organization here at home and elsewhere. Stay safe and healthy.

// upcoming

November 28-29 - 3pm PST
Both performances will be livestreamed

Access our digital program here: Offering Digital Program

Livestream tickets by donation: $5-$30
*Please note that tickets will be available until 2:45pm on both days; an email containing the link will be sent at 10am and 2:50pm on Nov 28th and 29th*

Presented with the support of the Anvil Centre / City of New Westminster


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

 In honour and celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 20th 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 20th 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!

Co.ERASGA Dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, BC Gaming Commission, the sponsors, donors and all members of Co.ERASGA.

“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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Your generous contribution will help us create exciting new works, sustain the quality of our dynamic performances and maintain our dance education and youth outreach programs.

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