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“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff.”                   -Carl Sagan

VAST premieres March 1-3, 2018 in a co-presentation with the 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival.

For tickets visit or call the VIDF Box Office at 604-662-4966

Choreographer/Performer: Amber Funk Barton
Set Design: Andreas Kahre
Styling and Costumes: Jean Okada
Lighting Design: Mike Inwood
Original Music and Sound: Marc Stewart
Dramaturg: Heather Laura Gray
Rehearsal Direction: Lina Fitzner
Production Manager: Philomena Sondergaard

The rhythm of the body is relentless and its relationship to the universe is constant. The properties found in our blood and bones are also present in the stars. Inspired by personal travels and universal space, VAST is an ode to the explorer that resides in all of us, the traveler and the dreamer who wonders what resides beyond the edge.  It is a singular expression of an individual’s choice to be by oneself, a meditation on our limitations as human beings and how despite these limitations we still desire to propel ourselves forward into unknown territory.

The development of VAST has been supported by The City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, New Works, The Landing Dance Centre, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Arts Umbrella, Electric Aura and Dance Victoria.

The Response Dance Society would like to thank all those that contributed to the premiere of VAST: