Southern California’s Backhausdance to Visit Vernon Stage


Our exciting 2013/14 Dance series begins on Saturday, September 28 at 8:00pm with the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society presentation of Southern California’s Backhausdance. This extraordinary evening will feature two visually stunning contemporary pieces:  Incandescent and The Elasticity of the Almost.

This diverse contemporary dance company from Southern California, recently named the Arts Organization of the Year by Orange County, has just come from touring in New York City and North Carolina and is set to tingle senses in the North Okanagan with their performance at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre this fall.

Powerful and emotionally charged choreography is demonstrated through incredible athleticism, combined with breathtaking sets and costumes. This 8 member ensemble is well known for using a diverse vocabulary of movement to entertain audiences through the artistry of concert dance.

For the first piece of the evening, excerpts from Incandescent will see company members illuminated under a canopy of hundreds of light bulbs. The dancers will interact with each other and their glowing environment to create an ethereal and magical display for the eyes.  Playing with light and shadow, the dancers test the limits of their bodies while taking us on an inspiring journey from dark to light, teasing the viewer’s eye with the wonderful use of what is seen — and what is not.

“The human spirit glows when it is ignited by self-awareness, creativity and the connection to others,” says founding Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus.

A visual treat awaits with the evening’s second piece The Elasticity of the Almost.  Stunning impressions are created when literally thousands of red balls cover the floor.  Sleek, toned dancers negotiate their way across the stage creating lines and images for onlookers to feast upon.  Encapsulating both structure and chaos this piece explores the human ability to navigate unstable surroundings.

“The dancers use the progression of movement to demonstrate how we live our lives; how we manage,” adds Backhaus.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: FairView Family Law, Valley Medical Labs, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Regional District of the North Okanagan, Made in BC Dance On Tour, the Vernon Morning Star and the Okanagan Advertiser.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Brian Van Wensem
Audience Development
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
3800 – 33rd Street
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 5T6
p. 542 9355

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