2001-2002 Season

Kokoro Dance performed with the Standing Wave Music Ensemble at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre June 5-8 at 8 PM. Jay performed Vesalii Icones composed by Peter Maxwell Davies. Barbara performed Aila composed by Giorgio Magnanensi. These performances were recorded by both Radio Canada and by French CBC TV for rebroadcast nationally.




Jay and Barbara performed Moan at the National Nikkei Heritage Centre (100 – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby) May 18 at 9:45 PM




Barbara Bourget directs nine SFU actors and three musicians in a play by Elizabeth Dancoes entitled Juliette at the EDAM studio (303 E. 8th Avenue) at 9 PM May 1-4. Playwright: Elizabeth Dancoes, Music: Stefan Smulovitz, Lighting: Jeff Harrison, Stage Manager: Jen Wong, Cast: Aura Carcueva, Patricia Collins, Andrea Donaldson, Gillian Eugene, Toni-Marie Ferrone, Miranda Huba, Marie-Christina James, Graham Porter, Vic Ustare. A Master of Fine Arts Project for the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University





Jay Hirabayashi performs for Asian Heritage Week at the Robson Media Centre at 7 PM on May 4in a shared program with Alvin Erasga Tolentino.



Dance in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Dance Centre April 6 and 7, 2002

Kokoro Dance’s Crime Against Grace is a stunning work for ten dancers, performed to Stravinsky’s monumental The Rite of Spring. Tickets: $24/$18 students and seniors (including taxes). Box Office: 604 689 0926 Information: 604 606 6400






2001 Vancouver International Dance Festival

Continuing 2000’s exploration of the many faces of contemporary butoh, and widening its mandate to embrace the larger world of contemporary avant-garde dance, the 2001 Vancouver International Dance Festival presented works by six outstanding dance companies November 6 through 24, 2001 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

From Kokoro Dance’s exciting butoh interpretation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Diego Piñón’s butoh retelling of an ancient Mexican legend and Shirka Urechko’s feminist parable; from Shinichi Momo Koga’s exploration of a five-year-old boy’s experience of the bombing of Nagasaki to Benoît Lachambre’s multi-media solo deconstruction of identity and image and Mascall Dance’s compelling vision of the life of Emily Carr, plus a special evening spotlighting Vancouver dance, the 2001 Vancouver International Dance Festival pushed all the boundaries.

Butoh, western contemporary dance, storytelling, dream interpretation and personal and public history and their impact and influence on one another challenged all our preconceived notions at the hands of these shape-shifting and boundary challenging artists.


The 2001 Vancouver International Dance Festival featured seventeen performances and fifteen workshops.

Tickets to all performances are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors and were available at Ticketmaster: 604-280-4444. A Festival Pass (any five performances) was $100/$80. The Nov. 18 performance of Spotlight on Vancouver was $10/$8.




July 28, 2001 at 8 PM at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St.), Kokoro Dance presented an excerpt from Crime Against Grace, a new work for ten dancers that will premiere at the Vancouver International Dance Festival in November, 2001.




July 21 and 22, 2001 at 1 PM – Wreck Beach Butoh at Tower Beach at the foot of the #4 Trail just west of the UBC Museum of Anthropology. For the sixth consecutive year, Kokoro Dance presented butoh in its most elemental expression. The weather was cloudy but warm.




July 4 – 8, 2001 – Dusk Dances at the Dancing on the Edge Festival! Crowds flocked to this year’s event presented by Toronto’s Corpus Dance. As dusk descended, a theatrical host led the audience to five eclectic dance pieces: Julia Aplin’s Inner City Sirens Part II; Nova Bhattacharya’s Masurka, a work based on Durga, the three eyed goddess of limitless beauty and Rudrani, the merciless destroyer; Stacey Horton’s Quiverystill, an investigation between a stranger and an even stranger creature from the sea; Kokoro Dance with Stillpoint, two winged beings trying to find a connection, and Corpus Dance with Flock of Flyers. July 4 through 7 at 7pm, July 8 at 3pm. Free site performances at Stanley Park.