As the Vancouver landscape is constantly shifting, we ponder what history is lost and forgotten. Through SOTTO 51, we research, remember, and celebrate Block 51, 61, and 71, commonly known as Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Provincial Law Courts–an area of the unceded Coast Salish territory and the City of Vancouver that is significant to the street dance community and personally to OURO members.

With SOTTO 51 we are considering how changes in our urban landscape effect personal memory and cultural amnesia, and how an erased past effects future generations. Our research starts with the indigenous history of Robson Square (through consultation from Sky Spirit Consultation), followed by the history of the colonial site that Robson Square represents to present day and also looking at what the future holds for the site. We have and will be talking to various historians, dancers, architects (Arthur Erickson Foundation), and various shop keepers in the area and invite you to share your stories and any information that you would like to share by sending us and email at: info@ourocollective.com

Research for SOTTO 51 started in the spring of 2019 and will continue until its premiere at Robson Square in May of 2021, with a cast of 5 dancers.

This page will give you updates on our project, which will include interviews, photos, rehearsal footage and various dates on workshops, work-in-progress performances and the final presentation.

If you are interested in donating to this project or would like more information, please email us at info@ourocollective.com or click on the donate button below.

Photo: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

If you would like to donate to this project, please use the button below! If you’d like to discuss any other opportunities related to it, please contact us at: info@ourocollective.com