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Robert Halley: Shift Happens

By Julye Huggins

Just around the corner, on March 1st, the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver presents the 2012 LOLA Projects, a programme of works created through collaborations between Victoria- and Vancouver-based dance artists. The concept of the project involves the development of new works by Victoria-based artists under the mentorship of an invited senior Vancouver-based choreographer. This opportunity for artistic growth was triggered by the late choreographer Lola MacLaughlin and Dance Victoria Producer Stephen White. The event has now grown to include performances in both Vancouver and Victoria, with works by artists from both cities, as well as a biennial $10, 000 Lola Award, supporting mid-career and senior artists. This inaugural award will be presented at the Vancouver show March 1st - Lola’s birthday. The Victoria show took place February 5th.That all being said, this year’s programme includes pre-existing works by choreographers Anne Cooper and Iris Wing-Chi Lau from Vancouver, and new works created in response by choreographers Robert Halley and Treena Stubel from Victoria, a process guided by the mentorship of Joe Laughlin, artistic director of Joe Ink. This video highlights studio excerpts of Halley’s solo work Shift Happens, which he describes as “a transformative ceremonial dance” arising from “a variety of common self-therapeutic, even ritualistic physicality.”
Learn more:LOLA Projects

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