Seismic Shift Launches Contemporary Dance Series

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With Catalyst funding of $30,000, Seismic Shift embarked on the first year of a Contemporary Dance Series at the Vancouver Playhouse in the 2008-09 season. This followed previous Catalyst funding of $4,400 to explore the feasibility of a large-scale dance series in Vancouver. The DanceHouse series addressed a specific void in the Vancouver cultural landscape – the lack of large-scale contemporary dance companies presenting their works while on tour. The series has had a positive impact on local artists by exposing them to high-calibre work, and has offered greater access to master classes, workshops, and/or discussions. The series has allowed for arts organizations to partner with DanceHouse to present works normally out of reach for any single arts organization. Vancouver audiences now have access to large-scale contemporary dance not seen in this city for more than a decade. Plans for next season are already under way.

Catalyst invests in BC arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to enhance their artistic, administrative and organizational capacities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.