Vital Few

Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley
Lighting Design:
Robert Sondergaard
Stage Design:
Jesse Garlick
Wardrobe Design:
Leah Weinstein
Rehearsal Director/Dramaturge:
Susan Elliott
Technical Director:
Graham Ockley
Laura Avery, Hayden Fong, Josh Martin, Renee Sigouin, Jessica Wilkie, Sophia Wolfe
Maya Tenzer
David Cooper, Rita Taylor

Vital Few is a new work created with and for six unique performers; a collaborative undertaking utilizing mechanisms of constant codependence and interrelation between the dancers. Each performer’s own distinct expression, movement, and choice making weaves together to collectively build the moving sculpture of the group body, the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Acknowledging both an autonomy and responsibility to the group, the struggle of coexistence within the set parameters and finite space continuously informs the content of this hyper-connected dance. The work pushes the company into new physical territory to further explore the essence of unison and togetherness, the negotiation of group dynamics, and the preservation of self inside the collective consciousness. 

Vital Few is a co-production of the CanDance Network Creation Fund, The Banff Centre, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Victoria, DanceWorks, and supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Company 605 received residencies towards the creation of Vital Few through The Dance Centre’s Dance Lab Program, Dance Victoria, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, The Banff Centre, and the Vancouver International Dance Festival. 

Company 605 acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Hamber Foundation, and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.


Vital Few Tour Dates

March 5, 2016 – Avant-premiere
The Banff Centre | Banff, AB

March 17 – 19, 2016 – World Premiere
Vancouver International Dance Festival | Vancouver, BC

April 5, 2016
ArtSpring | Salt Spring Island, BC

April 9, 2016
Capitol Theatre | Nelson, BC

April 14, 2016
Kicking Horse Culture | Golden, BC 

April 16, 2016
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre | Vernon, BC

April 20 – 22, 2016
L’Agora de la danse | Montreal, QC

April 26, 2016
Théâtre Hector-Charland | L’Assomption, QC 

April 28 – 30, 2016
La Rotonde | Quebec City, QC

May 6 – 7, 2016
Fleck Dance Theatre | Toronto, ON

May 26 – 27, 2016
Brian Webb Dance Company | Edmonton, AB 

June 4, 2016
Festival de Danse Encore | Trois Rivières, QC 

June 9, 2016
Canada Dance Festival | Ottawa, ON

In-studio rehearsal footage by David Cooper.