Vital Few by Company 605

Crossing the country to Montreal, Vancouver’s own Company 605 was at the Agora de la danse last week presenting brand new work. Premiering at the Vancouver International Dance Festival in March, they performed their latest piece, Vital Few, across western Canada before embarking on the eastern phase of this country-wide tour. Company 605, previously Collective 605, is know for blending urban and contemporary dance to create athletic work that uses the body language of the millennial generation. They make no exception in Vital Few, inspiring themselves from break dancing that blends seamlessly with the dancers’ more formal dance training.

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Somewhere Between Dance and Movie, Maybe

From before you even enter the theatre it’s obvious this is not your conventional dance performance. Climbing high up the back stairs at the Agora de la Danse in Montreal, spectators are led to enter from the topmost point of the sharply sloping rows of seats. One does not simply assist Somewhere Between Maybe – you must peer down into it, the space between stage and spectator put in stark evidence. This is how choreographer Dana Gingras designed the piece to be seen and, as we soon discover, her way is the imposed way of viewing.

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