2002-2003 Season

Kokoro Dance performed Crime Against Grace at the Ninth Annual International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland June 30 and in Warsaw on July 3

Kokoro Dance performed Crime Against Grace at the Dancing on the Edge Festival at the Firehall Arts Centre July 12th at 9 PM and July 14th at 7 PM

Jay Hirabayashi performed a 40 minute solo for the Powell Street Festival on August 3, 2002 at Oppenheimer Park.

Kokoro Dance gave a lecture-demonstration of Sheepman Dreams in progress at Douglas College, New Westminister, BC on January 27, 2003.

Kokoro Dance gave free performances of excerpts from Sheepman Dreams at the following locations as part of the Celebration 2010:

  • Sunday, February 16, 2003 at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 4 PM

  • Thursday, February 27, 2003 at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 7 PM

  • Sunday, February 23, 2003 on the corner of Georgia and Granville Streets at 4 PM

  • Sunday, March 2, 2003 at the Carnegie Community Centre (Main and Hastings) at 4 PM

Kokoro Dance gave a preview performance of its newest work Sheepman Dreams at the Vernon & District Peforming Arts Centre on March 6, 2003 at 8 PM.

Sheepman Dreams

The Sheepman dreams and conjures up everything. Everything except time. Time pulls the past into the present and pushes it into the future. Life begins and ends. We work. We play. We leave. The Sheepman connects us in our dreams.

Dance, said the Sheep Man. Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. Yougotta dance. Don’teventhinkwhy. Starttothink, yourfeetstop. Yourfeetstop, wegetstuck. Wegetstuck, you’restuck. Sodon’tpayanymind, nomatterhowdumb. Yougottakeepthestep. Yougottalimberup. Yougottaloosenwhatyoubolteddown. Yougottauseallyougot. Weknowyou’retired, tiredandscared. Happenstoeveryone, okay? Justdon’tletyourfeetstop.

Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Sheepman Dreams is a new dance work from Kokoro Dance. Choreographed by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, Sheepman Dreams will be performed by Barbara and Jay with dancers Kevin Bergsma, Carolyn Chan, Salomé Diaz, and Jennifer McKinley as well as visual artist Thomas Anfield. Toronto based composer Lee Pui Ming has composed a commissioned score for glass instruments, processed ambient sounds, and prepared piano. Original costumes by Loraie Tyler and lighting by Gerald King complete this texturally rich dreamscape that stretches time and space.

Kokoro Dance presented the 2003 Vancouver International Dance Festival March 15 – April 4 2003

From Butoh to Hip-Hop ~ A World of Contemporary Dance

Event: The 2003 Vancouver International Dance Festival

Dates: March 15 to April 4, 2003

Times: Evening performances / Times Vary

Venue: Performances at The Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews / Davie at Pacific)

Workshops & Master Classes at The Roundhouse and Scotiabank Dance Centre

Performances by seven internationally acclaimed dance companies and master classes and workshops by ten well-known teachers highlighted the 2003 Vancouver International Dance Festival, March 15 through April 4, 2003.

The 2003 Festival included ticketed performances by Germany’s Ten Pen Chii Art Labor, Ontario’s classical Indian dance company Chitralekha Odissi Dance Creations, New York based Japanese duo Eiko and Koma, Vancouver companies Kokoro Dance and Co. Erasga, Montréal’s Danse Carpe Diem and the American modern dance trio Paradigm, with legendary peformers Gus Solomons Jr., Dudley Williams and Carmen De Lavallade.

There were workshops and master classes by TEN PEN CHii’s Yumiko Yoshioka, members of Chitralekha Odissi Dance Creations, Polish dance master Jacek Luminski, Eiko and Koma, the members of Paradigm and Vancouver’s Crystal Pite.

A series of free public performances by Vancouver dancers and ance companies included Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Kokoro Dance’s Barbara Bourget, Jheric Hizon, Daelik, and Ziyian Kwan. The free public performances were at 7:30 pm in the Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse Community Centre on 13 of the evenings throughout the three weeks of the Festival (see schedule below).

Adding an additional dimension to the three-week celebration of dance was Eye On Dance: Vancouver Photography and Drawing, a visual exhibition exploring dance, co-presented by the Festival and The Roundhouse Community Centre and running March 17 through April 4, on display throughout the Centre. Photographers included Chris Randle, Laurence M. Svirchev, Vincent Wong, Sylvain Senez, and David Cooper.


Ticketed Performances

All ticketed performances were in the Roundhouse Performance Centre with the exception of the March 21 to 23 shows by Eiko and Koma, which were in the Exhibition Hall.

TEN PEN CHii ~ 8 pm March 17 – 20.

Chitralekha Odissi Dance Creations ~ 7 pm March 21 & 22.

Eiko and Koma ~ 9 pm March 21 & 22; 7 pm March 23.

Kokoro Dance & Co. Erasga (double bill) ~ 8 pm March 25 – 27.

Kokoro Dance & Danse Carpe Diem (double bill) ~ 8 pm March 28 – 30.

Paradigm ~ 8 pm April 1 – 4.

Free Performances

All free performances were in the Roundhouse Community Centre Exhibition Hall at 7:30 pm.

Barbara Bourget of Kokoro Dance ~ March 17 – 19.

Jheric Hizon ~ March 25 & 26.

Daelik ~ March 27 & 28.

Ziyian Kwan ~ March 29 & 30.

Karen Jamieson Dance Company ~ April 1 – 4.


Yumiko Yoshioka (TEN PEN CHii) ~ 10:30 am March 15 (a co-presentation with Dance Allsorts) & 1 pm March 18 – 21 in the Dance Studio at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Chitralekha Odissi Dance Creations and Eiko & Koma ~ 10 am March 22 & 23 in the Birmingham Studio at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)

Crystal Pite ~ 1 pm March 24 – 28 (except March 26 ~ 2) in the Dance Studio at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Master Classes

Jacek Luminski ~ 10 am March 24 – 28 in the Birmingham Studio at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Paradigm ~ 10 am March 31 – April 4 in the Birmingham Studio at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Special Lecture & Performance (presented by Dance Allsorts)

Yumiko Yoshioka ~ 2 pm March 16 in the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

Kokoro Dance performed on May 11, 2003 at the opening ceremonies for the Community Walls Community Voices mural project on Victoria Drive

Kokoro Dance performed on May 14, 2003 at a media event announcing the du Maurier Arts awards at the Fluid Lounge and Restaurant