2006-2007 Season

Jay Hirabayashi performs with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company

March 15-17, 2007 during the 2007 Vancouver International Dance Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Jay Hirabayashi reprised his original role in Sisyphus with a new cast of Amber Funk Barton, Ziyian Kwan, Jessica Fletcher, Deanna Peters, Brian Solomon and Brendan Wyatt, twenty-four years after the original production.

Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

March 11-12, 2007 during the 2007 Vancouver International Dance Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

  • Ideas fixes, reminiscences et residues (music by Nicolas Gilbert)
  • Daydream Mechanics III (music by Michael Destarte)
  • In Memory 1 (music by Joan Tower) Monday and Tuesday (music by Michael Torke)
  • Choreographers: Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi
  • Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
  • Dancers: Barbara Bourget, Carolyn Chan, Holly Holt, Ziyian Kwan, Ronya Lake, Matthew Romantini, and Deanna Peters
  • Music performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Program
  • curated by Jeffrey Ryan
  • Lighting design by Gerald King
  • Stage design by Terry Podealuk & Larisa Fayad
  • Costumes by Laura Bartlett

Flamenco Rosario – Los Quatro Vientos (The Four Powers)

November 24, 25, 26, 2006 at The Norman Rothsteen Theatre.

Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee together with renowned Dancer/Choreographer Mariano Cruceta (from Madrid), Flamenco Guitarist/Composer Carolina Plante (based in Madrid), dancer Carmen de Torres (from Sevilla), Gypsy singer Antonio de Jerez, Guest Dancers/Choreographers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi and Flamenco Rosario Members; Mariko Aramaki, Denise Canso, Alice Gerbrecht, Afifa Lahbabi Moxness, Kara Miranda and Veronica Stewart.

Inspired by the aboriginal tales of “The Birth of Men” and the “Circle of Life”, Los Cuatro Vientos tells the story of Canada’s development into a pluralistic society. The contrasting characteristics of the people from different cultures who immigrated to Canada, were the inspiration for the choreography and musical score for each piece. The underlying message of the show celebrates the beauty that can develop when different cultures come together.

Lecture on Weather – John Cage

October 20, 2006 – 9:00 PM at the Scotiabank Dance Centre – Lecture on the Weather performed by Bruce Freedman, Mas Funo, Avron Hoffman, Jay Hirabayashi, Mandido, Steve Miller, Marv Newland, Clyde Reed, Henri Robideau, Stefan Smulovitz, Albert St. Albert, Laurence Svirchev, Jerry Wasserman

Brief Encounters 4 at Anza Club – A Tomorrow Collective Production

October 17-18, 2006 – Artists included Christa Bell (performance artist), Jordan Bent (painter), Sylvia DeTar (bagpipe player), Susan Elliot (contemporary dancer), Emotionz (rapper/beat boxer), Jesse Garlick (architect), Jay Hirabayashi (butoh dancer), Mark Peterson (singer/guitarist), Kim Sato (b-girl), Bonnie Soon (taiko drummer), Heidi Mundel (opera singer), Little Woo (burlesque dancer). Jay performed a fifteen minute duet with Sylvia DeTar.

Mosaic 30th Anniversary at VECC

September 29, 2006 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre at 8 PM

Salome Diaz performs a solo by Barbara Bourget at the 30th Anniversary celebration for M.O.S.A.I.C., Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities.

Bob’s Lounge – Wanton Heat … at Scotiabank Dance Centre

September 16, 2006 – 7th Floor Martini Bar (aka Marcuse Studio & outdoor patio) a special mega-edition of Bob’s Lounge. Choreographer Lee Su-Feh and 5 other commissioned artists grapple with wanton heat, loose desires and a powerful martini. Admission included one beverage. Bob’s Lounge is hosted by David McIntosh and Max Murphy, with special guests Ajineen Sagal and Ben Brown. Commissioned artists are Jay Hirabayashi of Kokoro Dance, Stephen Hill of Leaky Heaven Circus, Delia Brett, Ron Stewart and Radix Theatre, each of whom must down at least one martini in the course of their performance. Other guest performers include Lee Su-Feh, Chris Wright, Yannick Matthon, Tanya Podlozniuk and Susan Elliott.

Christ Church Cathedral

Jay Hirabayashi in ( ) photo by Pascal Provost

August 27, 2006 at Christ Church Cathedral at 5 PM

Kokoro Dance performed ( ) at Christ Church Cathedral (corner of Georgia and Burrard Streets) at 5 PM on Sunday August 27, 2006. The Cathedral was a perfect spiritual setting for this seventy-one minute duet to music by Sigur Ros.

Powell Street Festival

August 5, 2006 at Oppenheimer Park at 5 PM

Kokoro Dance gave a free performance at the Powell Street Festival with Life Without Water at 5 PM on Saturday, August 5, 2006.

Homopalooza @ The Plaza

July 30, 2006 at the Plaza of Nations at 8:15 PM

Kokoro Dance performed during Vancouver Pride Week 2006 with Life Without Water at the Plaza of Nations.

Powell Street Festival Benefit

July 20, 2006 at Performance Works on Granville Island


Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi performed Moan for the Powell Street Festival’s 30th anniversary Gala.

2006 Wreck Beach Butoh

July 22, 2006 at 10:30 AM and July 23 at 11:30 AM

The 11th annual Wreck Beach Butoh performances took place on July 22nd at 10:30 AM and July 23rd at 11:30 AM at the foot of the #4 Trail (just west of the UBC Museum of Anthropology) on the clothing optional Wreck Beach.

Barbara Bourget, Meg Braem, Susie Carlson, Carolyn Chan, Victor Dolhai, Michael Dudeck, Diane Farnsworth, Satya Grove, Emma-Kate Guimond, Ingrid Hansen, Jay Hirabayashi, Holly Holt, Sahrah Kanter, Susan Krakauer, Ronya Lake, Natali Llacsa-Torres, Kristine Richmond, George Rosenberg, Espirito Santo Mauricio, Robert Seaton, Amy Stewart, Txi Whizz, and Teva Weston performed on one of the world’s most beautiful stages with its panoramic vista of ocean, mountains and the Vancouver skyline in the background. The performances attracted a total audience estimated at over six hundred people.