2011-2012 Season

Jay Hirabayashi performed at the Vancouver International Dance Festival March 6-8, 2012

Jay Hirabayashi performed a new solo titled Rock My Body… to music composed and performed by his and Barbara’s son Joseph Hirabayashi’s band, the Aunts and Uncles.


a butoh wedding

The Vancouver International Dance Festival and Kokoro Dance announced the nuptials of Carolyn Chan and Clancy Dennehy and invited you to share in their celebration at A Butoh Wedding on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the CBC Studio 700 in the CBC Studios building on Hamilton and Georgia.

Because the lives of Kokoro, Carolyn and Clancy have woven together for so long, Kokoro Dance was honoured that its annual party/fundraiser became the wedding event where we all celebrated our creative lives with food, drink, and the combined talents of Kokoro Dance and Clancy’s Angels choir performing a unique ceremony of song and dance celebrating the lifelong loving union of Carolyn and Clancy.

Tickets to this event were $100/person ($70 donation tax receipt/per person) which will supported both VIDF/Kokoro Dance and the wedding event. There was a catered mingle-style dinner, live entertainment, a cash bar and a silent auction of trips, goods and services, with proceeds going to the ongoing work of Kokoro Dance and the production of the Vancouver International Dance Festival.


A SIMPLE WAY – MY LIFE IN DANCE – A Talk and Slide Presentation by Barbara Bourget, Kokoro Dance Co-Founder

Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 7:30 pm, 2075 Alberta Street (between 4th and 5th Avenue)

Barbara Bourget is a choreographer/dancer and the co-founder of Kokoro Dance. She is also the co-producer, along with her husband Jay Hirabayashi, of the Vancouver International Dance Festival. She began dancing at the age of four. This fall, she received a 2011 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for her long career and her achievements. Besides being a choreographer and a dancer, she is a mother, grandmother, teach, mentor, and a great friend.

Barbara gave a frank talk about her life and career.


Kokoro Dance performed at All Over the Map with the SSRIs

August 14, 2011

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 31st with The SSRIs

Free performance at Ron Basford Park, Granville Island. See All Over the Map for more information


Kokoro Dance performed at the Powell Street Festival with the SSRIs

July 31, 2011

5:45 – 6:15 PM on Sunday, July 31st with The SSRIs

Free performance at Oppenheimer Park. See Powell Street Festival for full schedule of events


Kokoro Dance performed at Summer Live – 125th Anniversary of City of Vancouver in Stanley Park

July 8 – 10, 2011

5:30 – 6:00 PM on Friday, July 8th with The Be Good Tanyas

6:30 – 7:00 PM on Friday, July 8th with Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts

7:30 – 8:00 PM on Friday, July 8th with Fond of Tigers

5:00 – 5:30 PM on Saturday, July 9th with Blues & the Gospel Truth

6:00 – 6:30 PM on Saturday, July 9th with Korsrud’s Drum & Light Orchestra

7:45 – 8:15 PM on Saturday, July 9th with Neko Case

3:30 – 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 10th with L. Subramaniam

4:30 – 5:15 PM on Sunday, July 10th with Bollywood Birthday Party

6:30 – 7 PM on Sunday, July 10th with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Kokoro Dance performers were Daina Ashbee, Barbara Bourget, Carolyn Chan, Salomé Diaz, Thoenn Glover, Jay Hirabayashi, Ellen Luchkow, Jennifer, McKinley, Philippa Myler, Kristine Richmond, Robert Seaton, and Brett Trach.


16th Annual Wreck Beach Butoh Performances

July 2 – 3, 2011

12:30 PM on Saturday, July 2nd

1:00 PM on Sunday, July 3rd

At the Foot of the #4 Trail below the UBC Museum of Anthropology

Wreck Beach Butoh has been performed annually by Kokoro Dance for the past fifteen years. It is one of our favourite performances but also a test of the stamina and spirit of our performers. This year’s edition was performed by Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, Ahn Tuan Luu, Philippa Myler, Irene McDermott, Bill Bevis, Juliette Crump, Martin Pratt, Nina Bialecki, and Robert Seaton