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July/August 2012

2012 has been a wonderful year at Free Flow! We would like to welcome our newest administrative assistant Lissa Robinson on board.

Recent Performances

The Free Flow troupe has been busy this year performing at our International Dance Day event at the Free Flow Dance Centre as well as at the International dance day event at the Dance Saskatchewan Centre. We also presented a special performance and talk back at the AKA gallery annual members “Art Walk” this summer. The piece was very well received and the audience asked some great questions! Thanks to the staff at the AKA for having us at their wonderful event this year!

Company dancers Kelly VanDamme, Erica Jacks, and Jen Neudorf are currently working on Crave – a 30 minute long intensive work by Jackie Latendresse. It was presented in part at the June W.I.P. New Dance Series showing along side of new works by Johanna Bundon- Regina, Sasha Amaya- Winnipeg, Tina Bertoncini – Saskatoon and Free Flow Dance Theatre company dancer Erica Jacks!

Free Flow was pleased to present a short excerpt of Crave at the Dance on the Saskatchewan events on three consecutive Mondays this summer. The event takes place at the lovely Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan outdoor tented facility on the river.

Choreographer, dancer and instructor Graham McKelvie is working with the company to create a new work comprised of 5 “Postcards” or sections inspired by memories.

Guest Biography

Graham McKelvie was born and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan where he began his training with Hazel Ann Olson at the Saskatoon School of Ballet. He continued his training as a scholarship student at the National Ballet School of Canada and then in the professional training program at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. In 1988 he joined the Toronto Dance Theatre as a full company member, quickly establishing himself in the company's repertoire, dancing in works by choreographers such as David Earle, Trish Beatty, James Kudelka and Christopher House. He became recognized for his expansive lyricism and exotic masculinity earning critical acclaim both at home and abroad. In his last appearance at the Joyce Theatre in New York City he was reviewed by the New York Magazine as “the most gorgeous person onstage….he is a cross between a wild animal… and a lush exotic flower…”.

Post Toronto Dance Theatre, as an independent artist, he has worked with choreographers both nationally and internationally, most notably with Kate Alton in Volcano Theatre's production of “The 4 Horsemen”. Based on the revolutionary poetry of the Toronto group of sound poets of the same name, “The 4 Horsemen” was the recipient of four Dora awards and continues to tour internationally and garner critical acclaim most recently at the Dublin International Fringe Festival and the Berlin Poesie Festival.

Graham McKelvie was, until 2011, a principle dancer with Coleman et Lemieux et Compagnie. One of Toronto's foremost contemporary companies, C.L.C is dedicated to producing the works of Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, founders of C.L.C and of James Kudelka, formerly director of the National Ballet of Canada. The Kudelka Project, focus of the 2009/2010 season, featured revivals of James Kudelka's best known contemporary works, “15 Heterosexual Duets” and “In Paradisum” and toured nationally and internationally.

Graham continues his longstanding relationship of over 25 years with Toronto Dance Theatre co founders David Earle and Trish Beatty, pioneers of modern dance in Canada. Graham continues to be inspired by the ideals of the founders, rooted in modernism and exemplified the work of their great mentors, Martha Graham and Jose Limon.

Other choreographic notables McKelvie has worked with include Roberto Campanella's “ProArteDanza”, D.A Hoskins, Holly Small, Naoko Murakoshi, Doug Verone, N.Y.C, Vancouver's Judith Marcuse and Toru Shimazaki of Japan.

His own choreographic endeavours have been presented in Canada and Japan including works appearing in the Dance in Canada Festival, Ottawa, Spring Rites, produced by Nenagh Leigh, Toronto, Toronto's Fringe Festival of Independent Artists in which he won the Paula Citron Award for best choreography and in Kobe, Nagoya, Fukushima and Tokyo. He was on faculty in the professional training program at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and has taught at Canada's National Ballet School and York University and teaches master classes in Toronto and across Canada. Internationally, McKelvie has become a popular guest teacher in Japan teaching in studios across the country. In 2009, he was a visiting professor at Kobe College where he was rehearsal director for the mounting of an extant work by David Earle. He recently set his own work on the 2010 graduating class at Kobe College.

Having completed his training at the Stott Pilates International Certification Centre, Graham McKelvie also works as a fitness trainer, blending his knowledge and experience to cultivate mind body awareness, helping people to realize their physical potential. His work with non-dancers has in the end, contributed to his insight as a dance instructor and his classes have become known for an intelligent integration of body mechanics, liberation of the spirit and authentic experience. Graham McKelvie is currently professor of modern dance at Kobe Jogakuin University.

Upcoming Events

September 22nd: Funkadellic Dance Party/ Fundraiser $5 at the door! 9pm Free Flow Dance Centre. Free Hustle lesson, Dance contest with prizes! DJ Ace Souls

September 29th: The 2nd showing of the W.I.P. New Dance series featuring work by Kykle Syverson, Rae Ann Neilson, Graham McKelvie and more! Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm $10. Free Flow Dance Centre.

October 5th : Dr. Sketchy-Sketchy School house of Horrors!! Live models and entertainment are featured in this “anti-art” event. Bring sketching materials and come join the fun!

October 20th: Free Flow Dance Theatre Fall Concert. Troupe Du Jour Theatre, Saskatoon. Tickets and more info TBA shortly!

Thank you for your interest in and support of Free Flow Dance!

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