Dance: World Premier of ‘Passages of Rhythms’

Passages of Rhythms is a hybrid full-length evening of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration.

In this much anticipated world premiere, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino takes centre stage; presenting an evening of three dynamic duets, featuring three diverse artists, showcasing three different genres – Flamenco, Bharatanatyam, and voices for the body – Passages of Rhythms is a hybrid full-length evening of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration.

In this unique fusion of tradition and contemporary movements, Passages of Rhythms blends cultures enabling the body to move and transform through complex rhythms, sensation, shapes, and voices.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino brings together some of Canada’s finest and most diverse artists, to join him on stage for the highlight of Co.ERASGA’s 19th dance season. This production is a collaboration with Vancouver’s Chinese-Canadian Flamenco artist Kasandra “La China”, Indo-Canadian Bharatanatyam dancer Sujit Vaidya, and Montreal voice artist phenomena Gabriel Dharmoo.

Tolentino exposes his choreographic and performance signature style through inter-generational exchanges and sharing the different practices of Pan-Asian rigor across dance disciplines.

Passages of Rhythms awakens, provokes and celebrates the contemporary body and interconnections with cultural rhythms and sounds to distill the complexity of movements to pure expression.

Wednesday to Saturday, November 6-9, 2019 at 8pm

Presented at The Nest on Granville Island 

(Festival House, 1398 Cartwright St, 3rd floor), Vancouver

Box Office Info: $30/$20 Adults/Students and Seniors

Tickets: or 604.684-ARTS (2787) ext 2 


CHOREOGRAPHY and Performance:  Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Kasandra “La China”, Sujit Vaidya and Gabriel Dharmoo

Live Percussion Music: Davide Sampaolo and Ronald Stelting

LIGHTING: Jessica Han

About Co.ERASGA Dance

“contemporary, progressive, and provocative” – Georgia Straight 

Entering its 19th season, Co.ERASGA Dance is led by critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino. An international dance company that supports and contributes to the development and enhancement of contemporary dance globally, Co.ERASGA continues to seek new and challenging projects that provide opportunities and cross-cultural issues in today’s society. Among its memorable and critically acclaimed dance productions presented in Vancouver includes SOLA, BATO/Stone, MINORI, Volt, She Said, Field, OrienTik/Portrait, BODYGlass, PARADISE/Paradis, ADAMEVE/Man-Woman, Expose, Colonial, Shifting Geography, Unwrapping Culture and most recently Collected, Traces and Still Here. To date, Co.ERASGA has visited over 60 diverse cities and communities outside of Vancouver to share the art of dance.

Passages of Rhythms is made possible and generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, BC Gaming Commission, City of Vancouver, The Georgia Straight, Citytv/OMNI Television, East Van Graphics, Co.ERASGA’s individual members, donors and sponsors.

Media Contact: Jodi Smith, JLS Entertainment 604.736.4949

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