KOKORO Dance | Canada
Kokoro Dance fuses the aesthetics of East and West in programs of dance. When Kokoro Dance formally formed in 1986, Barbara Bourget brought to it her years dancing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Grands Ballets Canadiens, and Jay Hirabayashi drew upon his experiences dancing with the Paula Ross Dance Company, and studying Buddhism. Kokoro Dance creates a Canadian hybrid butoh aesthetic that marries kinetic and visual elements from Japan and the West. Kokoro Dance has produced over 900 performances and created more than 150 dance works that have been performed across Canada, in the United States and in Europe, and is the founder and curator of the Vancouver International Dance Festival.
Barbara Bourget was born in Port Alberni, BC. Her early dance training was under the tutelage of Mara McBirney under whom she passed the advanced exams of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. At the age of sixteen she became a scholarship student at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School that she attended for two years and performed with the RWB in works by Agnes de Mille and José Ferran among others. From 1969 to 1972, Barbara performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. From 1974 to 1978, Barbara was the resident artist of Mountain Dance Theatre. In 1979, she joined the Paula Ross Dance Company where she met Jay Hirabayashi. After working again with Mountain Dance Theatre. Barbara received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2003.
Jay Hirabayashi graduated school at the University of British Columbia where he received a Masters Degree in Religious Studies in 1978. He began to dance at the age of thirty to rehabilitate his knee after surgery for a ski-related injury. In 1982, Jay was one of the original members of the Karen Jamieson Dance Company and also became a founding director of EDAM. With Barbara Jay has studied with many of the leading butoh artists of the world. In 1995, Jay won the Canada Council’s Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and was given a grant to study in Japan with butoh founder Kazuo Ohno.
To-Morrow, & To-Morrow, & To-Morrow...
Combining the talents and resources of two of Western Canada’s most celebrated companies (Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), */To-Morrow, and To-Morrow, and To-Morrow/* presents universally-accessible choreographic motifs (from grief to jubilation to fairies) against the backdrop of rich, evocative original symphonic music. There are moments of stillness, moments of fierce activity, moments of play, moments of contemplation, and moments of madness – human moments that are accessible to everyone.
Choreography: Barbara Bourget & Jay Hirabayashi
Performers: Barbara Bourget; Carolyn Chan; Holly Holt; Molly McDermott; Jennifer McKinley; Kristine Richmond
Music: Idées fixes, reminiscences et résidus by Nicolas Gilbert; Daydream Mechanics III by Michael Oesterle; In Memory by Joan Tower; Monday and Tuesday by Michael Torke
Costume designer: Laura Bartlett
Light designer: Gerald King
More information: www.kokoro.ca