2016-2017 Season

Following are our 2016 – 2017 performances, activities, and events.

21st Annual Wreck Beach Butoh Performances

July 2 & 3, 2016

The 21st Annual Wreck Beach Butoh performances took place on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, at 10:20am and on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016, at 11:00am at the foot of the #4 Trail at Wreck Beach.

Kokoro Dance’s Wreck Beach Butoh performances are performed with set, costumes, and lighting provided by Mother Nature. Each year, we create a new dance that embraces the sand, water, and air at this beautiful location with its views of the Howe Sound and mountains to the north and the skyline of the city to the east.

 Kokoro Dance workshop in Japan

August 1, 2016

Kokoro Dance headed to Japan for an 8 day workshop in Hakuba with Dairakudan.

Dinner with Kokoro

August 27, 2016

Our friends Peter Eastwood and Phillip James Seth hosted a Kokoro Dance fundraising dinner.

Kokoro Heads to Cuba

October 30, 2016

Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi went to Havana, Cuba from October 30 to November 8 to give a butoh workshop to Danza Teatro Retazos and to perform ( ) on November 5th.

Broken Merchandise featuring Kokoro Dance

December 13, 2016

Kokoro Dance at the Golden Saucer December 13th with the faboulous Broken Merchandise ensemble featuring musicians:  Tony Wilson – Electric Guitar, Josh Zubot – Violin  and Kenton Loewen – Drums.

inDANCE, Holy Cow(s)! with Jay Hirabayashi

March 23 – 27, 2017

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Bessie and Dora nominee, Hari Krishnan, co-creates an evening of solos and ensemble work in collaboration with guest choreographers Sean Curran (New York City), David Brick (Philadelphia), and Jay Hirabayashi (Vancouver), performed to a commissioned world music score by Niraj Chag (UK).

Holy Cow(s)! run rampant, toppling taboos of gender, identity, sexuality and cultural (mis)appropriation, provoking desire and derision through humor and eroticism infused, confused and diffused via a global dance lens.

Kokoro Dance at Wise Hall with the Inhabitants and Yves Candau

March 30, 2017

Sawdust Collector and Live @ The WISE presents:
Leah Abramson: Songs For a Lost Pod
with special guest dancers Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, and Yves Candau

Kokoro Dance performs at the Roundhouse 20th Anniversary Celebrations

May 13, 2017

Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi will perform Moan (1997) Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:55pm on the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall stage as part of the Roundhouse 20th Anniversary Celebrations. Choreographed 20 years ago, it seems appropriate to perform this piece, with music by Ani DiFranco and Jan Garbarek/Hilliard Ensemble, at the Roundhouse’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.