Contest! Danse Lhasa Danse – January 18, 2014
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present the Vancouver premiere of Danse Lhasa Danse, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. This exquisite multidisciplinary evening – created by artistic visionary Pierre-Paul Savoie of PPS Danse – lovingly honours the life and work of Montréal-based singer-songwriter, Lhasa de Sela (also known by the mononym, Lhasa), who lost her battle with breast cancer at age 37 on New Year’s Day 2010.
“I have personally been moved by Lhasa’s music over the years, particularly after seeing her perform live,” said Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “I applaud Pierre-Paul’s commitment to extending Lhasa’s luminous career trajectory posthumously through the development of Danse Lhasa Danse. Norman Armour, Artistic & Executive Director of the PuSh Festival, and I were eager to bring this work of humanity to Vancouver – where Lhasa has so many devoted fans – since it has rarely toured outside of Eastern Canada.”
The husky-voiced singer-songwriter was American-born and raised in Mexico and the United States, later dividing her adult life between Canada and France. After Lhasa’s passing, Savoie was inspired to gather an esteemed group of Canadian choreographers, visual artists, dancers, and musicians, including the members of Lhasa’s original band, to collaborate on this beautiful, poetic work co-produced by PPS Danse and Coup de Coeur francophone. Danse Lhasa Danse has been performed throughout Québec and most recently at Toronto’s 2013 Luminato Festival. The work features seven dancers, four singers, and five instrumentalists together on one stage and seamlessly melds concert and dance performance, alongside poignant audio clips of Lhasa herself, into a powerful tribute for the world music dynamo.
Despite being cut short, Lhasa’s career earned tremendous critical acclaim, through the release of three celebrated albums and extensive touring that brought her to hundreds of cities, from Mexico City to Istanbul. Singing in Spanish, English, and French, Lhasa reached a wide audience and won multiple JUNO Awards as well as being named “Best Artist of the Americas” by the BBC World Music Awards in 2005.
While conducting research for Danse Lhasa Danse, Savoie connected with Lhasa’s way of questioning love, time, death, and the meaning of life through her profound lyrics. The piece uniquely conveys mortality in a very hopeful and beautiful way that will be universal to all, even those who are yet unfamiliar with Lhasa’s music.
Danse Lhasa Danse
Date: Saturday January 18, 2014 at 8pm
Ticket prices: From $36
Address: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
University of British Columbia
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Box Office: Ticketmaster – by phone 1.855.985.(ARTS) 2787, or
Website: www.chancentre.com | www.ticketmaster.ca
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