Dance Machine

Lee Su-Feh, battery opera performance

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Photo: Yvonne Chew

Photo: Sophia Wolfe

Photo: Jason Macnair

Conceived by Vancouver’s renowned choreographer Lee Su-Feh, Dance Machine is a kinetic sculptural installation that transforms when bodies move within it. Sixty-four pieces of bamboo are suspended from a central copper disk and are moved independently by artists and audience members to create an immersive experience. The public is invited to enter the Dance Machine and share tasks, play, rest, and converse with a small group of artists who act as guides. The installation imagines dance-making as a communal process – the act of being together, woven into the fabric of labour, rest, and play – but it is also a beautiful, dynamic object to witness from multiple perspectives.

Founded in 1995, Vancouver-based battery opera performance supports the work and projects of Lee Su-Feh and David McIntosh, producing box-defying projects that take place in the theatre, on the streets, in hotel rooms, and in print, across Canada and internationally.

July 12:  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
July 13:  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM to 10:15 PM
July 14:  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
July 15:  3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Presented by the Canada Dance Festival and the NAC’s Canada Scene.


  • Dance Machine Excerpt


  • Conceived by Lee Su-Feh
  • Assisted by Justine Chambers
  • Design Jesse Garlick
  • Guests artists Yvon Soglo, Natalie Gan, MC Forte, Christine Friday, Brian Solomon, Jerry Longboat

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12 Jul

  • 5:30 PM

13 Jul

  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:30 PM

14 Jul

  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:30 PM

15 Jul

  • 3:30 PM

16 Jul

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