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Rosanna Terracciano

Last weekend, Rosanna Terracciano presented work with Myriam Allard and company La Otra Orilla in Calgary and Edmonton.

Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company

Earlier this fall, three of Canada’s premier Ukrainian dance choreographers collaborated to create and present Razom.

Jolene Bailie

Tomorrow at the Gas Station Theatre, the choreography of Anna Sokolow (New York), Deborah Dunn (Montreal), Denise Clarke (Calgary), and Jolene Bailie (Winnipeg) will be featured in a mixed program entitled Love and War.

Ukrainian dance companies collaborate on diverse show

The Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company of Edmonton, the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Calgary and the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance …

DSW launches new initiatives to develop Alberta choreographers

Calgary's Dancers' Studio West (DSW) is gearing its 2009/10 season towards developing choreographers with three newly envisioned p...

Husky Energy donates $1-Million to the Banff Centre

Husky Energy Inc. made a $1-million donation to the Banff Centre for the Arts. The donation will be directed to continued support…

Fluid Movement Arts Festival celebrates physical performance

Calgary’s Fluid Movement Arts Festival wrapped up its fourth year on October 25th. The week-long festival presented by Springboar…

Thrill the World

Numbers and videos are still pouring in, but so far it looks like approximatley 23,000 zombies from around the world simultaneously danced Michael Jackson’s Thriller this weekend in the record breaking attempt Thrill the World.

 

Aboriginal Summer Dance Events

This summer saw the launch of two new contemporary Aboriginal dance events and the return of an Aboriginal arts festival. In June,...

 

Whirlwind Celebration 

By Salena Kitteringham Shumka at 50 … An Anniversary Concert  Shumka

Shumka means “whirlwind” and the Ukrainian dance company appropriately took the sold-out Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium by storm for its 50th Anniversary Concert with a truly memorable celebration filled with swirling colour, thrilling spectacle, powerful athleticism and genuine heart.  

 

A New Era, Not Unlike the Old 

By Michael Crabb Banff Festival Dance  Banff Festival Dance 

Music by Jonny Greenwood might seem an unlikely candidate to accompany a dance but as it turns out the Radiohead guitarist/composer’s orchestral score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-acclaimed 2007 movie, “There Will Be Blood”, provided just the propulsive energy and suspenseful mood Toronto-based choreographer Robert Glumbek needed for his unsettling new work, “Prefigured Effect”.

 

Dancing to Save Paradise 

By Kaija Pepper Dancing Joni & Other Works Alberta Ballet

The press interest in “The Fiddle and the Drum” by Alberta Ballet’s artistic director, Jean Grand-Maître, and legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, surprised everyone – but probably not Mitchell, the cause of it all. Though apparently reclusive, she must be used to attention after four successful decades in the music business and, in order to publicize the ballet, was willing to hold court.  

 

The Force of Water (unsolicited submission) 

By Sherry Dawn Knettle “Swept Away” Mari Osanai, Mile Zero Dance

Mile Zero Dance’s annual Dance Lab Performance had an unexpectedly large audience for its informal showing of “Swept Away”, choreographed by Japan’s Mari Osanai. The result of a one-month workshop, this Dance Lab was exceptional because the work developed into a completed piece rather than the intended work-in-progress. 

 

"I was looking at the ceiling and THEN I SAW THE SKY" 

"I was looking at the ceiling and THEN I SAW THE SKY" Nicole Mion

Nicole Mion’s latest work, “I was looking at the ceiling and THEN I SAW THE SKY”, is at once a musing on flight, performance, fear and exhilaration.

 

Interior Worlds 

By Pamela Anthony "I'm Standing Here Before You", "Still" Brian Webb, Tania Alvarado

It’s characteristic of Brian Webb to offer the complex contradictions of his work with extreme simplicity. This quality is particularly evident in his latest performance, “I’m standing here before you”, a modern and highly theatrical event that involves spoken text, extensive video art, five on-stage musicians and a very tall red ladder.

 

Pages from a Storybook Ballet 

By Pamela Anthony "Cinderella" Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet

In his new full-length “Cinderella” for Alberta Ballet, choreographer and artistic director Jean Grand-Maître’s vision is of a young woman more concerned with the daunting task of survival than with snaring a prince.

 

Questions of Contrast 

Asht Nayika: Eight Different Heroines Usha Gupta

Usha Gupta’s “Asht Nayika” was the first performance in the 25th anniversary season presented by the Brian Webb Dance Company in Edmonton. This fusion exploration brought together kathak dance, Usha Gupta’s South Asian form, as well as flamenco and modern dance to explore the central theme translated as “Eight different states of women.” 

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