1999-2000 Season

Kokoro Dance at the Eastern Naturist Gathering June 22-24, 2000 at Eastover Resort, Massachusetts


Kokoro Dance taught three workshops culminating in a participatory performance at the Eastern Naturist Gathering at the Eastover Resort near Lenox, Massachusetts between June 22-24, 2000.




Kokoro Dance at Sir Charles Best Secondary School May 12, 2000


Kokoro Dance performed The Believer at Sir Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam.




Celebration of Distinction for Gordon Hirabayashi at the University of Washington, May 9, 2000


Kokoro Dance performed The Believer at the Husky Union Building Auditorium on May 9, 2000 for Seattle school students in the afternoon and then again in the evening for a special event honoring Gordon Hirabayashi.




Kokoro Dance performed with The Tea Party at the Whistler Convention Centre, March 25, 2000


Kokoro Dance performed with Coco Love Alcorn, DJ Whitey Don and The Tea Party on March 25, 2000 as part of the du Maurier Arts Centre Stage production that also featured Big Sugar, the Armadillo String Quartet and Thomas Anfield, visual artist. The event was sold out.




X-ROADS AT THE FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE



Kokoro Dance presented X-Roads at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St.) March 7-12, at 8 PM


X-Roads was a new work for thirteen dancers with music by Robert J. Rosen and lighting by Gerald King. Choreographed by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, X-Roads is where ballet and butoh meet, where gravity and levity merge, where past and future challenge the present. In the slipstream of modern dance and butoh, Kokoro Dance moves in ways never seen before. Galvanizing the energy of thirteen dancers, Kokoro Dance charts new directions in dance.


Performing in X-Roads were dancers Ingmar Bergsma, Barbara Bourget, Salome Diaz, Sara Dorsey, Jay Hirabayashi, Naomi Lefebvre, Jerry Longboat, Jennifer McKinley, Jennifer Murray, Lana Olson, Kristine Richmond, Janna-Jo Scheunhage, and Michael Whitfield.


Kokoro Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, The BC Gaming Commission, The City of Vancouver, The Hamber Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, and Arts FACT, the Arts Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, a cultural Initiative of QM/FM.



MAINLY DANCING AT MAIN DANCE

December 10-11, 1999 8:00 PM at the Main Dance


Barbara Bourget performed a fifteen minute solo called Cogwheels at Main Dance’s Mainly Dancing event.




OUT OF THIS CENTURY AT THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY


December 9, 1999 7:00 PM at the Vancouver Art Gallery


Jay Hirabayashi performed with filmmaker Loretta Todd and poet Gregory Scofield as part of the “Out of this Century” exhibition.




FASHION CARES AT THE RAGE



November 25, 1999 8:00 PM at the RAGE


We performed at the 3rd annual Fashion Cares fundraiser for persons with AIDS, a body painting event called Viva Glam Nude.




VANCOUVER PLATFORM OF THE BAGNOLET CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPETION


November 3, 1999 8:00 PM at the Norman Rothstein Theatre


We performed Embryotrophic Cavatina at the Dance in Vancouver performances. This event celebrated dance in BC and incorporated the Vancouver choreographic platform for the international juried event Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis 2000.




A ROOM WITH A VIEW – SEVA SERVICE SOCIETY BENEFIT


October 17, 1999 8:30 PM at the Round House


We performed for a benefit for the Seva Service Society at the Round House.




ALL ABOUT BLUE AT THE VANCOUVER MUSEUM


October 14, 1999 7:30 PM at the Vancouver Museum


We performed with Leon Bibb, Jim Byrnes and June Katz at the Vancouver Museum’s opening for the “All About Blue” exhibition.




EARTH DANCE AT THE MALKIN BOWL


October 2, 1999 5:30 PM at the Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park


We performed a thirty minute improvisation for L O T U S L A N D * E A R T H D A N C E * 1 9 9 9 * G L O B A L * D A N C E * P A R T Y * F O R * P L A N E T A R Y * P E A C E * I N * A I D * O F * T I B E T




LIVE AT THE END OF THE CENTURY AT THE VOGUE THEATRE


October 1, 1999 10:30 PM at the Vogue Theater


We performed Moan for the Grunt Gallery’s performance art cabaret at the Vogue Theatre.



GERMANY-POLAND TOUR


August 1-29, 1999 in Broellin and Berlin Germany and Szczecin, Poland

Kokoro Dance was in Broellin, Germany for the Ex… it! ’99 2nd international butoh- & related arts symposium & dance exchange project. Jay and Barbara taught butoh workshops along with several international choreographers. The symposium ran from August 1-15, with final perfomances of the workshop pieces on August 13, and 14.

Other choreographers at the symposium included: Arthur Kuggeleyn – former RA.M.M. • Broellin (NL/D), Imre Thormann – Herrenschwanden/Tokyo (CH/J), Itto Morita & Mika Takeuchi – Butoh GooSayTen • Sapporo (J), Juju Alishina – Tokyo/Paris (J/F), Maria Lima – Lisboa (P), Miriam King – Brighton (GB), Sabine Seume – Düsseldorf (D), Shanti Oyarzabal – Teatro Inercia – Berlin (MEX/D) Shinichi Koga – Ink Boat • Berkeley/S.F. (USA) Viatcheslav Inosemtzev – Theatr Gjest • Minsk (BY) Yuri Nagaoka – Medium Dance • Tokyo (J)

Kokoro Dance then traveled to Szczecin, Polland to perform the Ex… it! ’99 collaboration on August 18 at Officyna followed by performances of Moan and Embryotrophic Cavatina on August 19 at Teatr Kana. On August 21 and August 29 we performed Moan and Embryotrophic Cavatina in Berlin, Germany at the Orph Theater. We also performed The River on August 22 and The Game directed by Arthur Kuggeleyn on August 23 and August 28.



VERDANT STONES AT THE VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL


July 17, 1999 10:30 PM at Jericho Park


Verdant Stones featured Kokoro Dance with Uzume Taiko, Katari Taiko, Sawagi Taiko, Chibi Taiko, Toki-Doki Taiko, John Korsrud’s Horns of Jericho, Michael O’Neill and the SFU “B” Pipe and Drum Band, and Takeo Yamashiro. Verdant Stones featured all of Vancouver’s
taiko drum groups together with bagpipers and horn players. More than sixty performers made an appearance as the closing act on Saturday Evening Concert Stage.




WRECK BEACH BUTOH

July 10, 1999, 9 AM and July 11, 1999 10 AM

Tower Beach

Kokoro Dance presented the fourth annual performance of Wreck Beach Butoh on Tower Beach – as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival.



DANCING ON THE EDGE AT THE FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE


Dates: July 4, 1999 at 9 PM and July 10, 1999 at 3 PM


Kokoro Dance performed a new version of Embryotrophic Cavatina at the Dancing on the Edge Festival. This 30 minute work featured dancers Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, Ziyian Kwan, and Michael Whitfield.