Winter's Dance 2018

It’s not in a theatre. It’s accessible to everyone who wants to see dance.
— Julie-anne Saroyan, small stage creative producer

about the show

Small Stage started off this holiday season with a fusion of live and digital performances that brought a little holiday magic to the hustle and bustle of Vancouver. On December 1 + 2, 2018, Winter’s Dance took center stage on Robson Street, bringing art and performance to anyone who wanted to see it.

Inspired by music boxes, each dancer based their performance on one of three Music Box Dance Characters: A Steam-Punk Hip Hop Dancer; a Gramophone Tap Dancer; and a Ballet Jewelry Box Dancer. Dancers performed their music-box show in a snowglobe, delighting audiences with their live dance shows. To bring the magical performance to life, audiences used the Small Stage App on their smart phones to see digital elements dance along with performers. This app combined the fun of a live performance with the excitement of augmented reality, and gave anyone participating a memorable experience!

In addition to the live performances, Winter's Dance featured a non-linear dance narrative on a 15-minute loop that ran continuously from 6-9pm each night #OnRobson Street. A feast for the eyes and ears, the short, whimsical story was projected onto the façade of the John Robson Building (1155 Robson Street) amid the hustle and bustle of Robson Street. Audience members were invited to walk around and experience the large-scale projection piece, our Snow-globe Music Box Dancers, and Small Stage Mobile App.

Check out the recap video here to experience a taste of the magic!

works by

dancers: Alex Clancy | Devan Genereux | Hannah Henney

composer:  Patrick Pennefather

animator: Seán Conroy

video:  Russell Lee

snowflake design:  Rachel Kane

digital lead: Lee Rosenbaum

photographer: Tonino Guzzo

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