Farewell David Y.H. Lui

Message from the Chair of the Board of the Canadian dance assembly and Excecutive director of Ballet BC

The passing of impresario David Y.H. Lui will be sorely felt by the arts and culture community in Canada, and particularly in Vancouver. A recipient of the Order of Canada, David was a founder of Ballet BC, the director of the cultural component of Vancouver’s Dragon Boat Festival, and a founding member of the BC Arts Council.

His 40-year career in the arts and was largely responsible for ushering in the dance boom of the 1970s, when he introduced Vancouver audiences to some of the world’s great dance companies, and inspired a generation of artists and viewers. Vancouver once boasted of the exciting David Y.H. Lui Theatre on Richards Street. He was the man behind the popular Dance Spectacular, later replaced by the Dance Alive series. He loved ballet, music and dance with a passion and knowledge that made him a great presenter, or as David would have rightly preferred, an impresario.

David was a flamboyant force in Vancouver, but also a thoughtful and wise counselor.  There was no one else like David Y.H. Lui.  He will be missed.

Jay Rankin

Source: CDA Press Release

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