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La Démarquise

Louise Bédard Danse By Mark Mann La Démarquise

Rite of Spring makes an appearance in Louise Bédard’s new work La Démarquise. It’s a small reference, delivered with a wink about a quarter of the way through the 110-minute performance – one of a handful of references to canonical works of art woven into this show.

 

The Beauty of Life in Progress

Program 2 by Ballet BC By Pia Lo Program 2

Ballet BC’s Program 2 featured two world premieres by choreographer Medhi Walerski. Both exemplified the poetic beauty of life in progress.

 

Avec Pas d’Coeur

Maï(g)wenn et les Orteils question intellectual disability and sexual intimacy as a human right By Lucy Fandel Avec pas d'coeur

One of the greatest strengths of Maïgwenn Desbois’ new choreography with her company Maï(g)wenn et les Orteils is that it provokes a level of nuanced and lingering reflection from audiences about their own roles and assumptions.

 

Finding Balance: Text, speech and audio, oh my!

By Kallee Lins Audio Guides

This mixed program featured three choreographies, each one exploring the relationship between movement and language, and the interplay between the sonic and the visual.

Funny/Funeral

Sabina Perry, with Molly Johnson, makes a mixtape of the past – the good and the bad.

 

Sounding Off

Broken Sound2 by Brian Webb Dance Company By Jennifer Mesch Broken Sound squared

In Broken Sound2 by sound and visual artist Gary James Joynes and dancer/choreographer Brian Webb, the entire audience is invited onto the proscenium stage. The audience sits on benches and cushions around the performers and become enclosed within the stage space and the projection panels as the curtain closes.

 

Footsteps Across Canada

A Journey Across Canada's African Diaspora By Colleen Snell Footsteps Across Canada

While the choreographic work varied drastically from one piece to the next, universal themes of loss, tradition, internal struggle, displacement and the challenges posed by communication wove the dances together.

 

Skating on the (B)rink

By Philip Szporer

With their daring innovations and flair, and an undeniably egalitarian mode of presentation, Montréal’s Le Patin Libre is gliding its way onto the world stage, continually igniting and spurring on new support and interest for the work and the group’s ambitions.

 
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

My Moves Choreographic Workshop

Workshop | Classe

Barrie ON
August 23 août 2016
Various

A Case Of You

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Sony Centre in Toronto.

Foutrement

Infidelity, love, seduction, temptation and the the weight of love’s disillusionment – all themes in Montréal choreographer Virginie Brunelle’s Foutrement, on this week at the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

 

Exchanging Gaze

Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard at PuSh By Brittany Duggan Relative Collider

Relative Collider by New York- and Paris-based Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard of Paris begins quietly and doesn’t stray far from the casual and meticulous vibe it sets up. What this seemingly simple work lacked in dynamism, it gained in space to receive and absorb imagery and connections between the dancers, Godard and the open space.

 

Major Motion Picture

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre By Robin J. Miller

It’s hard not to expect a lot from Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. Their last piece, Me So You So Me, knocked the socks off critics and audiences alike across the country. Major Motion Picture does not feel as integrated or complete, but it has enough moments of breathtaking originality to make it a must-see.

 

Telling Histories in Present Tense

Royal Winnipeg Ballet By Emma Doran Going Home Star - truth and reconciliation

I attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s latest commission, Going Home Star, with eagerness and a drop of apprehension. How do I “judge” or describe the representation of this history that is so integral to present lives, policies and dialogues? Who am I to do this?

The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers

Peever discusses her connection to choreographer Moore, the creative process and character work in this dynamic solo.

 

Van Grimde Corps Secrets

Symphonie 5.1 By Philip Szporer Symphonie 5.1

Multimedia experimentation is the driving force behind Symphonie 5.1, a platform for applying video projections as a light source, working to reveal dancers’ bodies, or a sense of them, rather than showing other pre-recorded images alongside them.

 

Rock Dance Returns

The Holy Body Tattoo and Godspeed You! Black Emperor at PuSh By Brittany Duggan monumental

monumental by The Holy Body Tattoo was a major highlight at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. It grapples with contemporary themes such as the anxiety of urban life – modern society’s persisting anxiety – and an increasing interaction and dependence with technology. And though not narrative, the social and political threads root the work, making it relevant and relatable.

CPA [Consistent Partial Attention]

CPA presents digital dances for the camera that are expressions of the contemporary self and that are used in the construction and representation of the self in the digital community.

 

Urban Myth

Next Stage Theatre Festival By Christina Strynatka URBAN MYTH

The only dance highlight at this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival was Urban Myth, brainchild of York University grad Deanne Kearney.

 
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

First Steps

Performance | Spectacle

Winnipeg MB
February 9-13 février 2016
7:30 | 19:30
Ballet, Contemporary

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