25 Gestures for Dancing on the Edge


Site-Specific - Gastown Historic Steam Clock

Thurs, July 4 - Sat, July 13, 2013 12:00pm Gastown Historic Steam Clcok FREE

25 minutes to mark 25 years. In celebration of the Dancing On The Edge Festival’s 25th anniversary, Vancouver choreographer Alvin Tolentino creates and performs a new site-specific duet with critically acclaimed dancer Alison Denham.

Composed of 25 gestures, the dance will be performed and situated around Vancouver’s Gastown historical steam clock. At noon daily throughout the festival, the duet will move in accordance with the clock’s signal, beginning a ritual comprised of distinct ‘gestures’ and dance.

Just as in live performance where each second, each minute and each show is different, so is each year of the festival unique in its own way. Movements illuminate and observe the minute hand of the clock and establish a daily ritual that pays homage to the legacy DOTE has given shape to over the years.

Internationally acclaimed dance artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s work has spanned close to three decades of interpreting, creating and contributing contemporary dance for Vancouver and touring internationally. He founded Co.ERASGA in 2000 and since then has created a substantial body of full-length memorable works, most recently EXpose and Colonial. Tolentino’s dance pieces reflect on identity, gender, interculturalism and cross-cultural collaboration. In 2010 he received the Vancouver’s Mayor Arts Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Dance. Tolentino is currently working on Shifting Geography, a German/Canadian collaboration that will premiere at the Cultch in February, 2014.