Pelican Project

Pelican Project – Photo Credit

The Pelican Project at Scotiabank Dance Centre
August 18-26, 2018


The Pelican Project is a unique creative project that explores the relationships between art and nature through sound, movement and visuals. Conceived and designed by NDH/Rouge-gorge Co- Artistic Directors Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras from Saskatchewan, it features guest artists Yvonne Chartrand, Marcus Merasty, Kana Nemoto, Krista Solheim, and I-Ying Wu. Website:

It’s all about free workshops, classes + parade through a partnership with partnership with The 27th International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver International Bird Festival and The Dance Centre


Free community workshops + parade

These interdisciplinary workshops offer a fun-filled exploration of song, dance and visual art, working toward a poetic processional performance as part of Birds on Parade: joining feathered friends from across Canada for the official opening of the Vancouver International Bird Festival and Ornithological Congress!

Saturday August 18, 4-5pm Introduction to the Pelican Project
Monday August 20, 9.30am-12.30pm Dance rehearsal and costume creation workshop
12.30-4.30pm Birds on Parade (at Coal Harbour Community Centre)

Suitable for participants aged 5 and up. No previous experience required.

Free community classes

Sunday August 19, 9.30-10.45am Introduction to Tai Chi with Ronnie Yee
Tuesday August 21 9.30-10.45am The Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method with Kana Nemoto
Tuesday August 21, 4-5.30pm Introduction to Métis Jigging & Square Dance with Yvonne Chartrand and Marcus Merasty
Wednesday August 22, 9.30-10.45am The Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method with Kana Nemoto
Thursday August 23, 9.30-10.45am Introduction to Tai Chi with Ronnie Yee

The Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method focus on the alignment and mechanics of the skeletal system. The classes use simple movements such as sitting, standing and walking, teaching participants to release into the natural state of the body with floor and chair exercises. The exercises are all gentle and suitable for every body at any age.

Chen Tai Chi is the original style of Tai Chi, a martial art and system that utilizes the laws of physics and scientific methods to provide a means of self defence, and also embodying correct body mechanics to enhance natural movement for the improvement of internal and structural health.

Classes are introductory level and suitable for participants aged 5 and up. Drop-in: pre-registration not required.

Free performance

Sunday August 26, 6.30pm The Pelican Project artists perform the Great Blue Heron Dance as part of the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver International Bird Festival.

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The Pelican Project is supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Government of Canada




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