Science Friction: Something(s) Relative [dance]

While I have a much more reduced blogging schedule, I am a big fan of the Dance Centre, so when they told me about emerging Vancouver choreographer Shannon Moreno and her company Science Friction’s most recent work, I thought I should write about it. Shannon is from BC originally but has combined periods of activity in Vancouver with working extensively in Europe, most recently in Germany; she returned about a year and a half ago, had a baby, and resumed her work here; last year she received the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, which supports BC choreographers who show exceptional promise, and this piece is the result of that Award. The work is loosely inspired by Alan Lightman’s novel Einstein’s Dreams and explores themes of dreaming, time and space; it’s a quartet performed by a stellar cast – Justine Chambers, Alison Denham, Billy Marchenski, and Farley Johansson.


Photo credit: Chris Randle

Dreams, time and space inspire Something(s) Relative, an exciting new ensemble work created by Shannon Moreno, Co-Artistic Director of Science Friction and an emerging choreographic voice in Vancouver. Known for her theatrical and entertaining style, Moreno takes Alan Lightman’s bestselling novel Einstein’s Dreams as a starting point for exploring whether dreams can truly help us understand ourselves. The outstanding cast features dancers Justine Chambers, Alison Denham, Farley Johansson and Billy Marchenski, with lighting design by Rob Sondergaard, music by Marc Stewart, and dramaturgy by Ruth McIntosh. Something(s) Relativeis presented through The Dance Centre’s fourth Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, which is awarded every two years to a young choreographer who shows exceptional promise, with support from the Artist-in-Residence programs of The Dance Centre and Dance Victoria.

The world premiere of Something(s) Relative is presented through The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award and will take place Thursday-Saturday February 16-18, 2012 at 8pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver. Tickets: $25/$18 students and seniors from Tickets Tonight or by calling 604 684 2787 or through the Dance Centre website.

To enter my giveaway all you need to tell me is an anecdote about your most vivid dream. I do remember my dreams quite frequently, and more often than not, they’re about having my PhD revoked (which is bad!). To earn a second entry (for a total of 2) you can also tweet the following:

Shared a memory of a vivid dream with @hummingbird604 to enter to win tix to Something(s) Relative at @dancecentre

I will draw a winner from all Twitter and comment entries, randomized, on February 13th at 7pm. The tickets will be available during the run, but I strongly recommend that you attend opening night.

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  1. Come and Dance (Nov 16-19): An Aboriginal Dance Festival
  2. The 8th Biennial “Dance In Vancouver” (win tickets)
  3. Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House (giveaway)
  4. International Dance Day (Apr 29th)
  5. JC Dance Co at The Dance Centre (Discover Dance! Noon Series) [win tickets]

Comments (11)

Denise NFebruary 10th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I had a dream someone was stealing my purse so I walked downstairs and turned on the house alarm. I have a habit of walking in my sleep.

MarinaFebruary 12th, 2012 at 9:30 am

On Friday night I had a dream that Vancouver was taken over by another riot. But this time it was over the Davis Cup. I think I can blame watching the news right before going to bed.

CarissaFebruary 12th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Friday night I had a dream a friend of mine was pregnant – totally showing without question, in my dream she’s pregnant.

Over the holidays, I made a comment to a couple (we share mutual friends) given they purchased a townhouse and moved in together when they were going to have kids. I remembered they were a more traditional couple, and would likely get married first before having kids. It turns out, they just got pregnant (and I am not sure they knew it yet).

Now I need to be careful if I start getting a sense or have dreams that I am pregnant.

DeidreFebruary 13th, 2012 at 9:52 am

vivid childhood dream: large creature coming out from the trees to take me away….! I think I used to watch to much twighlight zone!

SanazFebruary 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am

I once had a dream that I was walking on water and started walking from San Francisco and ended up in Tokyo! One can dream, eh?

VinceFebruary 13th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Dreamed my dog was licking my face – woke up to find out it was true.

Alex TamFebruary 13th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I had a dream that I was camping with a bunch of my friends; there was a small cabin next to a lake. The landscape was a typical BC back-country terrain, rocky, evergreen trees but surprisingly sunny with few clouds. The next day half of the group including myself went for a hike around to the other side of the lake where from its high elevation made it ideal for a look-out point. A few hours past as we noticed the water had suddenly risen. The lake was flooding covering up the trail, path ways and all. The lake grow at least twice in size, how all this water got there, I have no clue. There was no way of getting back before dawn. Luckily a few of my friends had these super awesome backpacks that popped open in to some kind of lime green futuristic tent with a sleeping pad and bag. One of my favorite features is that it had no aluminum poles to support the free standing structure and it was really easy to put up. Finally I awoke.

LoisFebruary 13th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

A recent one: I got some text messages, went back to sleep, dreamed my friend was sending me more text messages with photos, but then I awoke, and the messages weren’t there!

EvaFebruary 13th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I dream about falling…

Christina ChenFebruary 14th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I dreamt last night about forgetting to prepare for an immunopathology seminar, running in panic through the wormy cold rain to UBC, and upon arriving, finding not the plush red interior of the Woodward lecture hall, but a wasteland like the surrealist landscape, “Dawn,” by the painter, Odd Nerdrum. It became apparent that I had to forgo my notes and deliver my topic by means of extended yoga poses and symbolic gestural sequences. I wanted to protest that I hadn’t formatted it correctly, but proceeded to make a flailing attempt. Needless to say, it was not the most restful night.

RaulFebruary 15th, 2012 at 10:10 am

UPDATE – The winner of my tickets is Alex Tam – congratulations! Shoot me an email ASAP at raul(@)hummingbird604(.)com

Thanks! And enjoy!

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