INK returns to Vancouver with Inside Creation


A beautiful work of dance that debuted at the Firehall Arts Centre a decade ago is being revisited once again, this time at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

From the creators:

In 2003 choreographer Andrea Nann collaborated with pottery artist and Chinese ink painter Wayne Ngan (Hornby Island) and contemporary dance artists Alison Denham (Vancouver) and Kate Holden (Toronto) to create INK, a 40 minute dance performance inspired by Wayne Ngan’s holistic and embodied creative process of ‘making the invisible visible’.  The piece was conceived on the beaches of Hornby Island, but has always been presented in theatrical venues.  Now, 10 years later, the artists re-open the creation process during a 5-day artistic residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  Here they will explore the deeper connections to nature and culture that are embedded in the work, excavating intersections where dance, visual art, classical landscapes and contemporary culture can interconnect and transform. 

On July 25th, Dreamwalker Dance will dive deeper into INK, featuring the work of Wayne Ngan, Kate Holden, and Alison Denham.

Tickets for this event are $25.00, and can be purchased either by phone (604-662-3207 ext. 200 or 206 ) or online (click here).
Admission is free for Dreamwalker Dance members who renew their memberships, and for new members.

You can learn more about this piece on the Dreamwalker Dance website:

Firehall Arts Centre & Red Cedar Theatre present Theatre Camp for First Nations/Aboriginal Youth

The Telus Community Foundation recently awarded the Firehall Theatre Society/Firehall Arts Centre $20000 to host a Theatre Camp for First Nations/Aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 and 26.  Announced at the opening of the premiere production of Drew Hayden Taylor’s GOD AND THE INDIAN,  the grant will also fund a mentorship program for camp participants upon completion.

The camp will be held at the Firehall Arts Centre from August 12th to 23rd and teachers will include recognized First Nations artists Columpa Bobb, Russell Wallace and Michelle Olson as well as Firehall Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer.  Participants will explore both traditional First Nations dance and music alongside work on contemporary First Nations scripts and voice and movement skills.

Space is limited to twelve individuals and those interested can apply by downloading the application (click here) and forwarding it to the Firehall Arts Centre.  All applicants will be contacted to discuss their application.

Applications can be forwarded either by standard mail, or by filling out the PDF electronically and sending it to

Mailed applications can be addressed to:

Firehall Arts Centre
Attn: Theatre Camp
280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1L3