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Offering

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!

Passages of Rhythms

Passages of Rhythms made its world premiere on Granville Island at The Nest November 6-9th, 2019.

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,showcasingthree different genres – Flamenco, Bharatanatyam, and voices for the body – Passages of Rhythms is ahybrid 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 Tolentinobrings togethersome of Canada’s finest and most diverse artists, tojoin 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 SujitVaidya, 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 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