Free Flow Dance Newsletter - June 2006

Welcome to spring; warm days, crisp breezes and of course rain…
It has been unusually wet in Saskatoon this year but on a good note my garden plot is flourishing! Fresh greens, peas, nasturtiums and rutabagas are on their way to my table soon!

Recent events:

Free Flow has had an extremely active month, taking part in a variety of events.

June 3rd was a busy day chock full of dance as we took part in the
Eco Fair – Living Artfully hosted at the Mendel Art Gallery. We provided an array of Medieval dance performances and had a lot of fun teaching some of them to eager audience members. Performers included: Jackie Latendresse, Kelly Van Damme, new company member Ashleigh Clark and student dancers, Blythe Polley, Chelsey Jersak and Sapna Wei. Thank you to the Mendel staff and organizers for inviting us to be part of this lovely event and for the best hospitality room we have been in for quite some time!

Later that evening we rushed off to the Broadway Arts Festival Gala Event, held at the Off Broadway Arts centre, where we performed 3-2-1 and Conjoined – the infamous Siamese twins piece to a large crowd of arts supporters and community business people. A special thank you goes to Tanya from the BBID for putting on such a great event and for asking us to perform.

The next weekend I finally met Adam and Miki from Zenprairie dance, who I felt I had already known for years from co-producing the event by email. The weekend began with a performance of 3-2-1 as a part of the Progressions: Presentations Dance Series at the DSI Centre in Saskatoon and was followed by a quick road trip to Regina where we performed the next evening at the University of Regina. The series featured talented choreographers including: Miki Nishida, Rae Ann Neilson, Dominique Chartrand, Kyle Syverson (formerly of Free Flow Dance Theatre) and Robert Regala and Joelle Arnusch. Both showings were attended by small but highly appreciative crowds.

On Sunday I had my workshop with Marie-Stephane Ledoux. With over 20 years experience creating dance and mentoring dancers and choreographers considered amongst the best in the world, Marie-Stéphane has just finished two years as Artist-in-Residence at Concordia University’s Dance Department in Montreal. Her unique experience includes touring her own dance works in North America and abroad, as well as theatre, song, and recently acting as assistant choreographer and rehearsal master for Compagnie Marie Chouinard on their most recent work BODY REMIX – Goldberg Variations. I found the work-shopping process to be an invaluable tool in bringing the work to a new level and both Kelly and I are looking forward to where it will take us next. Gala performances of all finished works are planned for September 2006.

As June draws to a close the Tableau Vivant project also draws near. “Double Date” will feature a live version of Fragonard’s The Swing by the AKA artist group and SAVAC’s “The Lady Excuses her Love Bites as Cat Scratches”. The event is free and takes place at 2pm at the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon. Come down and join us for Double Date!

Upcoming Events:

June 26-29 - 4 Day Modern Dance Intensive with Jackie Latendresse at the Refinery Theatre. Call 653-3549 to register today!

July 22nd – Back Alley Antics
Free Flow is hosting a guerilla art event which will take place in various locations along the back alley ways of the Broadway area in Saskatoon. We are still accepting groups that are interested in presenting site specific works. The event is free and audience members should congregate on July 22nd at 8:00pm in the Broadway Café Cul de Sac where they will receive maps directing them to the performance locations! Donations will be accepted at the end of the alley crawl. Come on out and be adventurous with us. Back alleys have never been so interesting!

August 31st – A small piece of sky – Burning Man performance
This year Free Flow Dance Theatre will coordinate a large scale dance performance of the repertoire work “a small piece of sky” as a part of the interactive art gathering in the Black Rock Desert Nevada. If you are attending the event please join us on August 31st at 6pm at the Temple for a rehearsal and be a part of the performance that evening at 8:30pm. Instructions on the dance are available on the site. Go to the Free Flow Dance Theatre homepage and click on the “man” icon to view the information.

September- November 2006 – SCES Workshop Tour
Jackie will be touring for 7 weeks with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society as the dance artist. We will be visiting 34 schools and teaching 4 workshops per day during the tour.

November 2006 – January 2007 – Vaudeville Dances Project
Jackie will be living in Toronto for two months while working with a variety of past Free Flow Dance Theatre members on the development of several Vaudeville inspired pieces. She is very excited about this opportunity which has been funded in part by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Thanks to Alan Page for hosting her during her stay in Toronto!

Fundraisers
Keep your eyes peeled for a Fish and Chips nite coming soon to a restaurant near you! Details will be available soon! Proceeds to the Vaudeville Dances project.

Daily Technique Classes:
Jackie Latendresse is teaching the open daily technique class every Thursday from 3:30-5pm at the DSI Centre 205A Pacific Ave. Contact the DSI for payment info at 931-8480. Drop in Rates and member discounts are available. All dancers with backgrounds in different styles are welcome to attend classes.

Company Classes
Advanced Dancers are invited to attend Company classes with Free Flow Dance Theatre on Fridays and Sundays 5:30-7pm at the Saskatoon Pilates Training Centre 610 Broadway Ave. Saskatoon. Drop in Fee: $10 *Please call or email to confirm as the summer schedule does vary sometimes.

Mentorship/Training Program
We are no longer accepting applicants for the program for 2006/07. Please see our guidelines for the program on the upcoming events page of the web site for more details.

Moving Pictures – A FUNdraising Event
The company is seeking donations from visual artists. We are looking for works of art that are inspired by Contemporary Dance to auction off in the spring of 2007. The event will be in conjunction with the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon and will take place at their gallery on 20th Street. Interested artists are invited to contact us regarding their work. We welcome painters, sculptors, drawings, photographers and mixed media artists of all kinds to submit work. Artists may attend Free Flow Dance Theatre classes and rehearsals to find inspiration for their work and may request company dancers as models.

Modern Dance 101 – A Beginners Guide
Free Flow now has information packages and sample dvds of their new show Modern Dance 101 available for Schools! If you would like to see us performing at your school please contact us to receive your package.

On a personal note:
Things have been very hectic around here over the past month but it feels like it is all really starting to come together. I would like to thank all of you who have been there supporting me along the way. I also appreciate all of the musical suggestions people have made to me in regards to the new program I would like to work on next year. I feel very fortunate to be able to spend so much time working in a field that I love and I am grateful for that.

Keep Dancing across the Universe,
Jackie Latendresse

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