Free Flow Newsletter #6
July Edition 1998
We are the Free Flow Dance Company. Our studio is located at 50 Noble St.
Toronto Ontario, M6K2C9.
The studio phone number is (416) 539-0869. You can e mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our web site at: http://freeflow.home.ml.org
Artistic Director: Jackie Latendresse
Full Company Members: Lucy Rupert, Rebecca Carney
Part Time Members: Susan Main, Kari Isaacson, Kathleen Oudit
Itís time to renew your newsletter subscriptions!
A Free Flowing Thanks to all our new Supporters and Subscribers!
Subscribers: Ellen Coutts, Angie Achtemichuk, Mary Ellen Hebb, Steveo Herz
A Fundraising Update!
Thanks to: Steveo Herz for his Silver Star donation!
Mary Ellen Hebb for her Bronze Star donation!
You still have time to make a donation to the Free Flow Cross Canada Fringe Theater Festival Tour!
Gold Star - $300 - $500, Silver Star - $100 - $299, Bronze star $50 - $99,
Platinum Star - $10 - $49
Please make all checks payable to Jackie Latendresse and
do not send cash in the mail!
Donations of all sizes are welcome! Thank You!
The Studio Update
Summer classes are running in Ballet, Modern, Creative, and Stretch and Strength. Summer courses are being instructed by Kari Isaacson and Kathleen Oudit. Fall class schedules are available now! Free Flow is holding itís Fall Class pre-registration day on Sunday September 13th between 1 and 4 pm. So come on down to the studio and join us! We are still seeking full length mirrors so keep your eyes open at garage sales! The Studio is available for rentals. Small companies and Solo Choreographers are welcome! Rental fee is $10 first hour and $5 each additional hour.
For class or rental
information please call 539-0869.
Whatís on the go for Free Flow?
Free Flow has just begun itís summer tour! See the special article by Lucy Rupert to hear all about our time in Ottawa the nationís capital! We are officially IN to the Winnipeg fringe festival. We will be arriving there on July 15th, next comes Saskatoon, Edmonton and Victoria!
Free Flow will be presenting Carving Mother on Saturday July 11th at the Waterloo Community Arts Center, 25 Regina St. Waterloo Ontario. The show begins at 8 pm so be there by 7:30 to get a good seat.
Students/Seniors/Subscribers $8.00 Adults $10.00. We are looking forward to our hometown return!
Company Member News
Kari Isaacson is taking over the Stretch and Strength classes at the Free Flow Studio this summer while Jackie is away with the Company. She is looking forward to the new fall season..
Kathleen Oudit is taking over the Ballet, Modern, Creative classes during the summer months. She will also be accompanying the cast of Carving Mother to Kitchener to help out behind the scenes as a hair and makeup specialist.
Rebecca Carney is quite excited to be heading out on the Cross Canada tour. She has given up much but has no regrets. She terminated both of her jobs and moved out of her comfie two bedroom apartment to free herself up for the summer. She has since been keeping in shape by couch hopping. Thanks to the couch owners you know who you are!
Lucy Rupert Lucy has completed her first year in the Professional Training Program at TDT, attempted another upgrade of her grade ten piano exam (results still unknown), recorded another demo-tape (10 new songs) and was featured in the July issue of JUMP magazineís article "The Day that Changed My Life"(young women overcoming adversity) She is working on a new piece of choreography 4 stories from 3 cities. Lucy is enthralled with the cross Canada Tour but has Venice on the brain.
Kasia Kord is definitely returning to the company for the fall season, as a part time member. We all look forward to working with her again! We are also looking forward to getting some massage therapy! (Thatís where sheís been hiding out, Sutherland and Chan)
Susan Main was finally spotted downing a beverage at the infamous Free Flow Fund-raiser . Yay! Susan we thought you were lost in the Jungle we call Toronto somewhere. Glad to have you back and nice hair cut!!! We will be seeing more of you in the fall.
We performed recently, June 6th, at the Parkdale Now and Then Festival. Lucy and Jackie each presented solo dance works which were met by a small but highly appreciative crowd. Thanks to Phil Anderson, gallery director of Gallery 1313, for inviting us to dance at their exhibit.
Jackie also presented her newest solo (a rather dark and slightly scary piece done with a black shroud and a chair) at the 8:08 series, sponsored by the Dance Umbrella of Ontario. Her performance art/dance style was met with great enthusiasm by the crowd and she is waiting to receive the written comments from the coordinators.
The preview of Carving Mother was held on Sunday June 7th at Debbie Wilson Studio and was attended by a good sized crowd of friends and peers. Questionnaires were handed out to the viewers and we received many helpful and insightful comments. Thank you to all of you who attended. We really appreciate your comments and questions!
The final Free Flow Fund-raiser for the Summer tour was held on Friday June 12th at the studio. A lot of alcohol was consumed and a great time was had by all!! Thanks to Nicole and Ryan for working the door! A HUGE thanks to Misha for being our Bartender. But I must say those GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE, RED, YELLOW and ORANGE drinks ( some flaming and some not ) were the cause for many a head ache the next day! Mo (Moira) was the winner of the 50/50 draw and Nicole won the consolation prize (5 free dance lessons)Thank you to all of you who came out to support us on the Free Flow Summer Tour!
W e are collecting Airmiles if you would like to donate yours to us please give us a call!
The Way We Run
Free Flow is a self supported organization. We do not receive any government funding at this point. We rely heavily on creative fundraising and on you our audience members and students to keep our company going. We try to continuously offer a variety of exciting events, classes and performances for you to attend. we are always looking for volunteers, new students and patrons.
Please tell a friend about us and pass on this newsletter as we rely on word of mouth to expand our classes and audience range.
A big thank you to all of you who have supported us in the past and continue to support us now in our new endeavors!
YES ITS THAT TIME!
Yes it is time to renew your newsletter subscription!
This marks the second year of Publication for the Free Flow Newsletter!
For the low price of $10.00 you will receive a newsletter approximately every two to three months.
You will be kept up to date on the company and itís members as well as receive information on upcoming shows in your area.
You will receive information on social gatherings and events at Free Flow.
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This is a great way to support the arts and itís independent companies in this time of cut backs.
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The publication year runs from March 1998 to December 1998.
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Please do not send cash in the mail.
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Lucyís Ottawa Fringe Festival Journal:
June 18 on the train to Ottawa, leaving late, off to a phenomenal start. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.... Arrived in Ottawa about an hour late, which means credit towards our next VIA Rail trip. Iím currently in the Academic Hall at U of Ottawa. There are beautiful panels of tissue paper collage in burgundy and blue, the theater has a familiar smell. Chandeliers and red velvet looking carpet and old wood paneling. Weíre a bit early for our tech rehearsal. Itís going to be strange this year considering how much Free Flow has changed. Luggage on public transit is not fun I discovered that about half and hour ago. Note: (future goal) private jets and taxis! I canít wait to get into the theater and to start performing and to leave behind the ghosts of last year. Any way we are here, itís beautiful, itís hot as hell (literally).
Day 2 Woke up incredibly sore. Had a good tech rehearsal yesterday. The theater is great but the floor is strange. It feels like cardboard. We went to the press party and Rogers Cable invited us to do a live snippet on Wed. We seem to have a reputation for being goo or.... well lots of people said they are looking forward to seeing us. We postered the city, it was hot I got sunburnt. Not good! Tan lines look pretty tacky on stage. Now we are hanging out at Grandmaís place, feeling positive. We met a lot of wonderful people ! Signing off feeling pretty good about whatís going to happen tomorrow.
Day 3 Had our 1st show last night. Lots of little technical problems but we covered them up and feel OK with the on with the show thing and all that jazz. Weíre heading over to seethe guys from Orlando in their show and then we do ours at 9.
June 23 Had a phenomenal show finally! a lot of people said they adored it. Someone from my home town was there. The audience was really into it!
June 24 Our day off. We did the live TV show at Rogers. Jackie sounded so mature in her interview. Later we had an interview at CHUO radio. He asked some strange questions about the differences in training and experience outside of Free Flow but it was good. Becca and I have a lot of respect for the differences in our performing instincts. We are going to strategize with the girls from Peel My Skin and the guys from Full Frontal Them to make this fringe a more positive experience. Tomorrow I am going to get up early and go down to the market to write in a cafe. Bon Soir.
June 25 Small show today. A mother and daughter came and loved it. They bought us each a glass of wine after the show and we sat and chatted until we did a performance on the outdoor stage which included a huge improv with the girls from Peel. It was one of the best I have ever been in! My costume is disintegrating in the rear. Iím a little concerned about it while I am dancing but everyone is very sympathetic.
June 26 More people at the show, a friend from high school, my cousin, the Peel girls. We saw their show today and it was awesome. Tomorrow is our last performance here. Winnipeg tally-ho. Geronimo, Napoleon, Elvis, Pierre Trudeau. Letís get moving.
June 27 Our last show was just fabulous, unfortunately no body saw it. OK there were some people there. But it was really, really, really good. There was a massive storm. We thought weíd be blown away to Oz or Kansas or someplace worse. It cleared and we danced a bit at the Atomic Club. Now we are very glad we are leaving
Closing night party: It was rather tame until it ended. Then Scott from A Company of Fools and Then decided to learn to do contact improv dance and began flinging us around. (Amazingly capable dancers!) I was dropped only a couple of times and never on my head. After some random acts of uncharacteristic abandon (some committed by me which Jackie the lone witness will never forget) we tumbled into some loaned beds in town for a couple of hours before relocating to the fold our beds of Mr. and Mrs. Latendresseís new camper when they came to drive us back to Toronto. The generosity and the extra down time was so very precious. You too can help by chanting our mantra: private jets and taxis, private jets and taxis .....oh yeah private jets and taxis, baby carrot and Grandma Roseís peanut butter cookies. Nothing but the best for Free Flow.
By Lucy Rupert
Letter from the Artistic Director
Hello everyone! I have been extremely busy these past couple of months getting everything ready for the summer tour, but now things seem to be mostly in order. I am extremely proud of both Lucy and Rebecca. They have worked very hard to bring "Carving Mother" to fruition.
My head has been spinning, full of administration, fringe forms, phone calls and faxes!!! It will be nice to finally get on the road and to be able to enjoy the actual performances. I am very grateful to Kari and Kathleen for taking over the classes at Free Flow this summer. (You guys are terrific!) Also, my sister Lou (the goddess) has been an angel! She is taking care of business , as well as the cats, while we are off having what promises to be the time of our lives this summer!
I will be sad to leave my students for so long and I do look forward to returning to teaching this fall, but an opportunity like this just has to be taken when we have the chance. I would like to once again extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped make this summer tour possible, by making donations, sponsoring, subscribing to newsletters, and attending fundraising events and performances. We simply could not have done it without you. Thank you!
Please keep sending your letters and comments! We look forward to hearing from you!
Artistic Director: Free Flow Dance Company
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