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Creative Convergence 

By Philip Szporer “Lifelines” Gioconda Barbuto, Emily Molnar, Michael Slobodian

Expectations were high. Gioconda Barbuto and Emily Molnar are both celebrated dancers and have the kinds of credentials most artists dream about.  

 

An Intuitive Connection 

By Philip Szporer “Confort à retardement” John Ottman, France Geoffroy, Corpuscule Danse

“Confort à retardement” is John Ottman’s choreography created for France Geoffroy, a dancer and choreographer gaining recognition in Canada and abroad. The fact that Geoffroy is paraplegic defines the production, produced by her company Corpuscule Danse.  

 

New Hybrid Equations 

By Lys Stevens “Sit back ya’ll”, “pi.r.squared”, “Text Messaging…” Julia Gutsik, Raul Guevara, 4EverFresh, Rebecca Halls, Arcus Intorchao Hula Hoop Duo, Patricia Iraola

Génération bigarrée: a new title for a favourite series within Tangente’s programming. What does this new name suggest? Formerly Danses urbaines (an ambiguous title that became politicized as some artists resisted the fit), this series highlights artists working with high-energy movement forms referencing youth culture.  

 

A Missed Opportunity 

By Philip Szporer “Décompte” Zab Maboungou, Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

It’s not surprising to report that Zab Maboungou, the Congo-raised Montréal-based dancer-choreographer and philosopher, has devotees who speak about the transformative effects of her dance.  

 

A Certain Selection of Dance 

By Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques  Festival TransAmériques 

This May marked the inaugural program of the Montréal-based dance and theatre event, Festival TransAmériques. To cover the dance programming at this year’s premiere event, The Dance Current invited writers Marie Claire Forté (Ottawa) and Philip Szporer (Montréal) to exchange their views in an e-mail conversation. Here are their evocative and emphatic impressions.  

 

Dance As a Metre of the Times 

By Philip Szporer "Amjad" Édouard Lock

Édouard Lock’s new revisionist ballet, Amjad, has a way of messing with our heads. Those who mistakenly expect that Lock’s current choreography draws on the signature barrel turns and the sexual ambiguity of his work in the 1980s will be sorely disappointed. And for those interested to see how he has continued his exploration of the classics of the ballet repertoire, there will be expectation. 

 

Reconnections 

By Philip Szporer A mixed progam by Gaétan Gingras  Gaétan Gingras

Iroquois-Mohawk by ancestry, but cut off from his roots for most of his life, at fourteen Gaétan Gingras learned that his maternal grandparents were aboriginal. The truth had been hidden for many years.  

 

Keeping It Real at 48 

By Michèle Moss Mixed program by Louise Lecavalier  Louise Lecavalier

Seeing Louise Lecavalier dance is a trip of sorts: a fairground ride through time and space, a wonderland tour across a history of body politics and the ideals of nationalism, the excess of the 1980s, the exuberance of the 1990s.  

 

An Unwieldy Opus 

By Philip Szporer “Bas-reliefs” Marie-Josée Chartier

It all began from a fascination with pioneering visual artist Betty Goodwin’s “Swimmers” series from the 1980s. From this source, in which Goodwin drew, using graphite, charcoal and oil pastels, on a kind of translucent paper, dancer-choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier conceived a multi-disciplinary mega-production, “Bas reliefs: un dyptique”.  

 

Doubles territoires 2/Split Stage 2 

By Philip Szporer New works by Peter Trosztmer and Ségolène Marchand  Peter Trosztmer, Ségolène Marchand

The performance began outside the theatre. Conceptual pieces of printed, bent metal stuck on wooden planks were suspended along the corridor walls leading to the theatre. Inside, bent bicycles in tormented shapes hung from the walls and ceiling.  

 

Artist and Critic in [Virtual] Dialogue 

By Philip Szporer, Pamela Newell “Being Susan Sontag” Pamela Newell

A conversation between critic Philip Szporer and choreographer Pamela Newell about her recent work “Being Susan Sontag”. With all due respect, they didn’t hold back. 

Meditative Abstraction 

By Jill Goldberg "Anatomies" José Navas, Compagnie Flak

Dancers in nothing but boy-shorts, minimalist lighting, an empty stage. Much has been made of José Navas’ transition from a choreographer who crafts dance with a theatrical aesthetic to a more mature artist whose work is subtle, even ascetic.  

 

Two Takes on the Same Show 

By Philip Szporer, Lys Stevens “Take it Back” Solid State

Solid State’s new work, “Take it Back”, is a dance that crosses boundaries, re-sourcing the language of hip hop and the Lindy, presenting elements of street dance and swing in a theatrical setting.  

 

A Flamenco Transposition 

By Philip Szporer “Azafran Or Rouge” Ballet Flamenco Arte de España

What happens when a Québécois play is transposed into the language of flamenco? For Laura Lynne McGee, the result is “Azafran Or Rouge”. The latest show by Montréal’s Ballet Flamenco Arte de España, “Azafran Or Rouge” recently played the long and narrow Club Soda nightclub, a renconverted old movie house with floor and balcony seating, that these days mainly books music concerts.

 

Intersections, Overcrossings 

By Philip Szporer “The Part” Antonija Livingstone, Edgy Women International Festival

Lean, bleached-blond, with legs that go on and on, Antonija Livingstone cuts a striking figure. The Part is a work that she’s currently touring.

 

The Sight (Site) of Motion 

By Philip Szporer "Vortex 1"

Van Grimde Corps Secret’s latest production, “Vortex 1”, is just the latest in a series of Montréal dance concerts that have featured live musicians onstage, and in close proximity to the audience.  

 

Rhythmic Confrontation 

By Philip Szporer “Exit” Dominique Porte, Système D

Confrontational and contained, Dominique Porte’s Exit, features music compositions by four Canadian composers – James Harley, Nicolas Gilbert, Michael Oesterle and Howard Bashaw – with Véronique Lacroix of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal directing the live performances of percussionist Philip Hornsley and pianist Pamela Reimer.  

 

Pushing Past the Comfort Zone 

By Philip Szporer “Lost Pigeons” David Pressault Danse

For David Pressault’s Danse-Cité production, “Lost Pigeons”, the dancer-choreographer uses the symbol of the sexy pigeon as his central image to probe today’s lost generation of lovers who see relationships slipping away.  

 

Moments Apart, Together 

By Philip Szporer “Au coeur de l’inconnu/At The Heart of The Unknown” Andrew de L. Harwood, Kirstie Simson

A couple of comments linger long after watching the performance of Andrew de Lotbinère Harwood and Kirstie Simson, both accomplished dancer/improvisers. Prior to attending the concert, which occurred during the recent CORD (Congress on Research in Dance) conference in Montréal, one of the speakers, an academic from the United States, asked what was playing in town that night, and I mentioned the show at Studio 303. Her response was curt: “Oh, is [Harwood] still doing that?” That not-so-gentle put-down was countered by a woman who exited the show, remarking, “[Simson] has managed to take him far beyond what he normally does.”  

 

Physical Resonance 

By Philip Szporer “Play It Again!”   Danièle Desnoyers, Le Carré des Lombes

Danièle Desnoyers’ new work, “Play It Again!”, is detached from narrative. Well mostly: there’s the resonance of tough guy Humphrey Bogart’s famous line in the film classic Casablanca, indelibly linked to tinkling the ivories.  

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