Free Flow Newsletter March 2004
Hello everyone! It has been a very busy new year for Free Flow Dance Theatre so far. At the end of January auditions were held for new dancers in Saskatoon and a new company base has been formed. The new members include: Karen Polowick, Sabrina Schoenfeld, Frank Engel, Lori Rebalkin, Tina Bertoncini, Jillian Kerry and Kimberly Bird. Their pictures and bios can be found on the member page of the company site. The group is as usual a very mixed combination of personalities and backgrounds. They have all been an absolute joy to work with over the past few months. Anastasia Tataryn will also be returning to understudy some parts and Chisa Seniuk has moved back to town and is interested in rejoining the group.
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?
We set to work immediately after the auditions on “Dancing on the Edge”, our newest show program. For those of you who have been around for a while I have remounted some old favs from the Free Flow file. Remounted are: Laughing, Lotus and The Harridan Plexus. I am currently working on a part 2 for Laughing that should compliment it well. A new short humorous duet “I won’t dance” was also featured in the program
We just finished up a busy week at the Her-icane Festival in Saskatoon where we performed for the Gala opening, International Women’s Day at the Mendel Art Gallery as well as two full length shows of our own. All of the performances were very well attended and we have received many positive comments from our audience members about the work. . The shows went smoothly with a few quirks including Frank losing his pants and a certain dancer kicking herself in the nose, and we won’t mention the near episode of underwear forgetfulness. My lovely sister Lou was here visiting and she got overloaded with dance on her trip as I was a part of the organizing committee for the festival (hence volunteer hostessing shifts and tribute luncheons etc. not to mention seeing shows…) We did managed to get out to Karaoke and for Margarita nite tho!
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR THEIR HELP!
WHAT IS COMING UP?
Dancing on the Edge will also run for three more shows at the Sask. Native Theatre Company on April 16th and 17th at 8pm and the 18th at 2pm. Anastasia Tataryn will be understudying for this show. If you missed us at the Her-icane then here’s your chance to catch us in action again! Contact us by email for more information.
The opening night of the 2nd season of the W.I.P. New Dance Series is on Saturday March 27th. Four choreographers will showcase works in progress. The line up includes: Alana Volp – Vancouver, Tina Bertoncini – Saskatoon, The Saskatoon Improv dance collective and Anastasia Tataryn – Saskatoon. The event happens at 205A Pacific Ave. the DSI centre Saskatoon at 8:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $5 DSI members $6 non-members. The audience will be asked to write anonymous feedback in order to facilitate the development of the work. The second showing will take place on June 19th and will feature a whole new group of choreographers. A Gala event of finished works will take place in the fall.
I am hosting a Celebration of Dance event on International Dance Day, April 29th 2004. It will take place at the DSI Centre at 8:30pm and tickets are only $2.00! There will be a variety of dance styles showcased including: Highland dance, Middle Eastern, Musical Theatre, Wheel Chair dance, Ukrainian, Latin, Irish, Cabaret, Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Scottish Country dance. Please come out and help us celebrate dance in all of its forms on this day! All proceeds will go towards the WIP New Dance Series.
This summer Tina Bertoncini and I will be co-producing a fringe show for the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival. I am very happy to be splitting this show with Tina and am looking forward to the new 3 person version of The Belly’s Tongue. I will be auditioning for dancers shortly and hope that many of the current contracted dancers will continue to perform with Free Flow on this project. Unfortunately due to lack of funds I will not be touring a show across Canada this summer. But keep buying those lottery tickets! You never know right?
THE JOB SCENE.
I am almost finished my first year of teaching at the University of Saskatchewan and I have enjoyed it immensely! I hope to return next year as well and will be sure to submit an early application for the position and possible another dance course as well. So wish me luck on securing the jobs next year.
In April I begin 3 months of research on Dance in Vaudeville/Follies/Burlesque genres. I received a small subsistence grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to enable this research. I am really excited about doing this research and have no doubt it will be full of strange and wonderful information! If you have any videos, books or ideas for me please send them to me and I will seek them out. This is the 1st tier of a 3 tier project that will culminate in a show which will combine the traditions of the historical genre with contemporary theatrical aspects. The project is set out on a three year time line so the final product won’t be available for a while but when it is…..watch out! It’s going to be a damn terrific show! I am seeking private funding for the 2nd tier of the project, to help supplement the money I am asking for from the granting bodies, which will begin in October 2004. If you would like to make a donation please do! I can use all the help I can get to afford to pay dancers etc… oh yeah and me too…
I have also been offered a job as the guest choreographer for a special project at North Park Wilson School in Saskatoon. I will be helping the students to create dance pieces for a celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary. The work will be based on stories generated about their natural habitat garden. The position runs from April to June and will be the perfect job to help supplement my research period income! I am really looking forward to this collaborative process.
Studio One RP Dance has asked me back this year to create a couple of Modern Dance pieces for their students. It is always nice to get out into the community and work with local studios. My own adult class has been rapidly expanding and has become very popular. It still runs Monday nights at 8:30pm at the DSI Centre. The fee is $60.00 for 6 classes.
On May 8th I have been asked to speak at the Arts Congress being held at the Odeon Club in Saskatoon. It should be a great weekend of connections and hanging out with other artists! I am thrilled to have been asked to attend.
This year I am sitting on the Board of Directors for Dance Saskatchewan Inc. and am the Zone representative for Saskatoon. It is a volunteer position but the board is very important to dance in this province. It is great to be involved directly with what is happening and I will be able to attend many conferences and dance events. If you have any dance news in Saskatoon to report please let me know and I will try to attend your event.
There are a few other great job positions coming up shortly that I am being considered for but you will have to wait till I hear back from them before I can say much more.
On a personal side, I haven’t had much time for extra curricular activities but am still managing to find time to have a bit of fun. Karaoke night at the “Famous Cheese Toast Lounge” is great, seeing the occasional movie (Triplets of Belleville was terrific!) and martinis at Bacchus are a nice get away! I will not be getting back to Toronto any time soon but I am very excited to say that I will be attending Burning Man this summer for the first time!!!! Yay Brian for getting me a ticket! I am sure it will be hugely inspiring!
This is a long winded letter but a lot has happened recently. I hope to hear from you by email or cards and letters and that you all are doing well.
Dancing Across the Universe, Jackie
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