Free Flow Dance Theatre Update March 2003
Hello everyone it is that time once again! Yes I know it has been a while but when you find out how super busy I’ve been you will understand!
First of all I am pleased to report that the insane minus forty and beyond weather we have been having all month has taken a turn for the better! Yes I have been out and about without a hat and mitts several times now! I think that it just may be spring poking her head out here in the prairies. YES!
I am also very happy to announce that I now have some furniture! It took a while and let me tell ya the people at IKEA heard it from me a few time about the delay, but I now have a bookcase/CD storage, kitchen table and chairs, wardrobe, lamp, computer desk and I even splurged and bought a TV and VCR. Needless to say my entire life savings has dwindled away to a pittance………. But hey I think it was worth it!
So here is the news on the DANCE front…
March 9th I co-presented FUSION and evening of contemporary dance with choreography by me and Misty Wensel of Regina at the Her-icane Ethel festival of women’s art. The weather wasn’t with us (minus 47) but we actually had a decent sized audience turnout! One of the best selling shows of the festival I believe! The show featured a 25 min work by Misty called "Make your own damn dinner" It is a humorous look at women of the 1950-60’s and their obsessions with electrical appliances. There was a beauty pageant, and a terribly funny and twisted cannibalism scene involving an electric carving knife.
I presented two new pieces. The first "La Chaise Fatales" is a very very funny dance that was performed by Chelsea Vols. It is inspired by my need/lust for furniture! Danced to 1940’s female jazz singers and clad in a red sequin gown, Chelsea charmed the whole audience with her mad love affair with a chair. The second work I presented was "There once was a Ball…". This piece has been in development for a while and the first section was shown at the Dare to Dance event in Saskatoon in the fall. It was also presented at the Enter the Beet festival Fundraiser in Regina in February. "There once was a Ball… is a fusion of contemporary, modern, and ballet with Medieval flare. Kind of a little bit of all of my dance background. It consists of 3 sections titled, Glee, Contentment, and Ecstasy. The work was performed by Misty Wensel, Monica Dalidowicz, Fran Gilboy, Jesssie Nicholson, and Jessica Hung.
"There once was a Ball…" will be presented at Stream of Dance Festival with New Dance Horizons in Regina on April 24th . Unfortunately, Misty will be away but she will be replaced by dancer Tanya Dahms. I will also be presenting my new solo work "home" at the festival. It is featured in the program called & Minutes Max. and is performed on April 25th at the Mackenzie Art Gallery Theatre. It is very thrilling to have been invited to show my work at this festival as it is the only one of it’s kind in the province!
March 22nd was the opening night of the W.I.P. (works in progress) New Dance Series. It was a tremendous success! Featured choreographers included myself, Krista Solheim – Regina, Nadine Bemis – Moose Jaw, Deanne Underwood- Saskatoon, and Patricia Colbert-Houle – Moose Jaw. The event was very well attended and there was hardly a chair to spare. (There weren’t many whipped treats left over at the concession afterwards either!) The participants had a chance to speak about their work, present it and then the audience was given time to write down their feedback and comments. This info is being copied and distributed so that the artists can use it to continue to develop their work. A special thank you must be extended to my W.I.P. volunteers Sara Ezzat, Jessie Brown, Justin Gladue and Calvin MacGilliray! You guys are terrific and I couldn’t have done it without you! Also Thank you to Tammy at Studio One for the use of her Video Camera and to Kathy at Saskatoon Pilates for rehearsal space! I am extremely pleased with the opening night and have a very good feeling about the upcoming showings on May 3rd and June 28th. There will be a gala of finished works at the end of September to close the series. I do plan to reapply for funding to keep this series running next year as well.
Speaking of applications… I have been working hard to finish my Canada Arts Council application for grants to dance professionals. It is almost complete and just going through the last rounds of proof reading. I am applying to create a new full-length work called tentatively "the Home project". As most of you well know I have been seeking a home base for many years now and have traveled consistently for the past three years living all over the place. Needless to say I have a lot of "home" issues and experiences.
I am also organizing a Celebration of Dance for International Dance Day on April 29th! I am hoping to get as many different types of dance as possible involved in the show! Calls have been put out and people are starting to get back to me so wish me luck! The show will be at 8:30pm at 205 A Pacific Ave DSI Centre Saskatoon and admission is by donation. All proceeds will go towards the W.I.P. New Dance Series.
Well I know this is getting a little long now so I am going to finish off by saying that I am enjoying my new home and looking forward to all of the dance possibilities that it has! My new students are terrific and I am very happy. I miss everyone back home a lot and love getting your letters and emails. Remember to keep Dancing Across the Universe!
Dancing across the Universe,
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