KW Studios Grand Opening!

Come celebrate the grand opening of KW Studios May 26th 2018! KW Studios are fully operational after undergoing major renovations and improvements since 2015. The spaces have been converted into dynamic studios for dance, theatre, music, rehearsal, creation, production, and recording. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, refreshments and tours of our spaces. Come enjoy performances by Broken Merchandise and Kokoro Dance!

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111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1H4

Kokoro Dance Performs Embryotrophic Cavatina


Kokoro Dance presents the world premiere of the provocative and primal Embryotrophic Cavatina, the company’s latest full-length butoh work 20-years in the making, Sept. 20-23 and 26-29, 2017 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Choreographed by Kokoro Dance Directors & award-winning dance artists Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, and set to the heartrending but uplifting music of acclaimed Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, four dancers will strip themselves bare – literally and figuratively – in breathless motion and stillness, embodying the rawness of humanity, while transcending all superficial layers of persona and ego in true butoh style.

22nd Annual Kokoro Dance Wreck Beach Butoh


Come join us for the 22nd edition of Kokoro Dance’s Wreck Beach Butoh (foot of the #4 Trail just west of the UBC Museum of Anthropology) on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00am and Sunday, July 22nd at 11:45am. Wreck Beach Butoh has been performed annually by Kokoro Dance for the past twenty-two years. It is one of our favourite performances but also a test of the stamina and spirit of our performers.

The culmination of two weeks of hard work, sweat, sore muscles, sees fruition in 70 minutes of new movement. Rain or shine. Clothing optional. Don’t miss it!

CGP London & Bold Tendencies present Kokoro Dance

In celebration of Kokoro Dance’s collaboration with Jonathan Baldock in his current exhibition, CGP London hosted Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance for a series of special performances and partnerships across London this July. Kokoro founders Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi performed a site specific performance ( ) (pronounced ‘brackets’) on July 7 & 8.


Kokoro Dance and Jonathan Baldock at Dilston Grove

Kokoro Dance and Jonathan Baldock in London at Dilston Grove for the first in a series of three special performances within Baldock’s new installation. Kokoro Dance performed ( ) (pronounced ‘brackets’) within the installation wearing specially created costumes accompanied by live music from Luke Barton and Craig Swan using instruments also crafted by Baldock.