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Creating a Sense of Occasion 

By Kaija Pepper “The Four Seasons” John Alleyne, Ballet British Columbia

Ballet British Columbia was once a serious little company that prided itself on its spare black-on-black repertoire, but these days it aims to create a friendlier sense of theatrical occasion.  

 

Peter Chin: ethno-choreographer  

By Megan Andrews “Transmission of the Invisible” Peter Chin, Tribal Crackling Wind

The inimitable Peter Chin is known for his multi-disciplinary work and particularly for his interest in Asian cultures and dance forms. The Jamaican-born, Toronto-based choreographer’s latest work, “Transmission of the Invisible”, carries this interest forward.  

 

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 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”.  

 

Intertwining Difference 

By Janelle Hardy “Uqquaq, The Shelter” Geneviève Pepin, Laurentio Q. Arnatsiaq

After purchasing tickets, we stand in the hot sun in an alleyway outside an abandoned warehouse next to the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Whitehorse. As the first sounds of music snake out from under the closed doors, we are let into the building. Entering a dark cavernous room, our attention focusses on the floor-level stage, set in the round, with a row of chairs on each of four sides.

 

Festival de theatre des Amériques 

By Philip Szporer "100 Rencontres", "In Side" & "Aura" Benoît Lachambre, Par B.L.eux, Stéphane Gladyszewski

“100 Rencontres” by Benoît Lachambre, Par B.L.eux May 25-29, 2005 Société des arts technologies (SAT) “In Side” & “Aura” by Stéphane Gladyszewski May 30-31, June 1-2, 2005 Tangente  

 

"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.

 

Multimedia Metamorphosis 

By Garth Von Buchholz "Diving Girl"  Karen Kuzak

What happens when you take 1950s-style, post-modern idealist icons of bathing beauties and synchronized swimmers, then deconstruct them to create a sinewy, subversive dance that transforms the women into something more primal and mythical? 

 

A Spirited Portrait 

By Kathleen Smith "Tziganes" Serge Bennathan, Dancemakers

Family and home are usually equated with security, grounded in a place with four walls and a roof. For much of the world however, family and home might mean something much more ephemeral. The tone for such musings is set in the opening moments of Serge Bennathan’s newest work for Dancemakers, “Tziganes”. 

 

Wrestling with Memory 

By Bridget Cauthery Autobiography: Chapters One through Five Gerry Trentham

Gerry Trentham is a creator of moments. One of my all-time favourite moments in contemporary dance came courtesy of Trenthams 1998 work “Cathedral”. And so I went to “Autobiography: Chapters One through Five” expecting moments. I was not disappointed. 

Alchemy of a Dance Festival: FIND-Lab Part 2 

By Kathleen Smith Festival international de nouvelle danse  Festival international de nouvelle danse 

The second part of this year’s edition of FIND was characterized by unusually fine weather outdoors, uneven programming indoors and an absolute obsession with technology everywhere you looked. Could these three elements possibly be related? 

 

Faces of Memory 

By Philip Szporer Cinq voix, cinq visages Jane Mappin

In “Cinq voix, cinq visages”, choreographer Jane Mappin conjures up a whole community of dancers, singers, storytellers and a mixed-generation cast, in a ninety-minute medley of stage performance along with video interviews and moving images. Mappin says she’s fascinated by the idea of memory. 

Dance and Biology 

By Kathleen Smith Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science 2  Shared Habitat Festival of Art and Science

Its always cause for celebration when artists look beyond their own navels for inspiration. 

 

A Bazaar of Impressions 

By Philip Szporer Schatje George Stamos

George Stamos is the kind of choreographer that can’t make tidy dances, but that’s not to say he doesn’t use his material judiciously. In “Schatje” (the affectionate Dutch word “honey”, which, according to Stamos, is used by gays, prostitutes and drag queens), he’s feeding on club and strip joint behaviour in a theatrical setting, and everything and everyone is open to scrutiny – the manipulator and the manipulated, the subject/object and the viewer/viewed.

 

Still-Life Inspires Motion 

By Philip Szporer elles Louise Bédard

Choreographer Louise Bédard’s deep respect for Modotti has inspired her new production, “elles”.

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