Digital Duet Collection
September 24-October 9
This pre-recorded collection will be available to view throughout BC Culture Days for free/by donation from September 24th 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 24th at 7pm PDT, followed by a live talkback via Zoom with some of the artists.
Alvin Erasga Tolentino + Deanna Peters
Kayla De Vos + Marc Arboleda
Billy Marchenski + Alison Denham
Joshua Ongcol + Antonio Somera Jr.
Kevin Fraser (Immigrant Lessons)
Brian Solomon (Electric Moose)
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.
co-presented by Anvil Centre
October 15-16, 8pm
October 17, 2pm
In honour and celebration of Co.ERASGA’s 20th anniversary season, Offering was created throughout the summer of 2020 and presented on November 28 & 29th, 2020 through livestream performance at the Anvil Centre. Co.ERASGA is thrilled to be bringing this work back to the Anvil Centre for live audiences this fall!
This collection of solo works, performed by seven 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 the ongoing pandemic crisis and isolation.
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
As an arts organization with roots of Filipino heritages, migrant stories and racialized settlers, we acknowledge our privilege to be living and creating art here on Turtle Island. We acknowledge the land upon which most of Co. ERASGA's work takes place: the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish people including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations, the original stewards and caretakers of these lands.
As artists, we humbly recognize the continued work that needs to be done on the road to reconciliation. We commit to our own education, sharing of resources and artistries for continued respect, solidarity, awareness towards decolonial relation and work with the Indigenous people of Canada.
© Co.ERASGA 2021