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Free Flow Dance Theatre May Update 2004

Hi There! I have had a busy month since I last wrote but also very productive. April was a month of many performances, marking of exams and papers and marked the start of my new job.

Past Shows

The company performed Dancing on the Edge at the Saskatchewan Native Theatre company April 16-18 and the show went very well. The audiences were not as large as we had anticipated but it was nice to see that we have developed a core of avid supporters here in Saskatoon! We received much positive feedback about the work and really enjoyed the performing opportunity. Thanks go out to Shelly from 25th Street Theatre for the poster and flyer design, the staff at the SNTC and to Justin Gladue for working as our ASM. We really appreciate your help!

The International Dance Day Celebration, which was a fundraiser for the W.I.P. New Dance Series was a huge success again this year! Performing groups included: Kids in Motion wheelchair dance, Spirit Flyers, University of Saskatchewan Dance School, Saskatoon Highland Dance Association, Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Company, Sonechko Ukrainian Dance, Danca Moreno, Blakey school of Irish dance, Juliettes Dance Centre, Saskatoon Scottish Country Dance and of course Free Flow Dance Theatre. Thanks to all of the groups for making it such a wonderful event! Approximately 250 people were involved in the event either performing or as audience members. Look for pictures from the event coming soon in our photo gallery. Thanks also to Dance Saskatchewan and to Canadian Heritage for their support and to my fabulous box office woman Sara Ezzat! The staff and board members of the D.S.I. were also on hand to help out and show their support for this event. Chairs were generously donated by The Partnership! This event is getting bigger and better each year and I am looking forward to next year already.

What’s Up with Work?

While the University teaching job has just finished up, I have already started yet another dance job. After a frenzy of paper grading and exam marking I finally got the final marks submitted to the University. I have reapplied to teach the course again this fall.

I am currently working at North Park Wilson Public School as a guest artist. The project is a multi disciplinary one and I am to help teach dance to Kindergarten to Grade 3. The goal is to create a dance piece for each class in conjunction with the student’s input for a big show which will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The school has a very unique natural garden full of native prairie plants, which is the subject of the performance. I am now into the project full swing and am enjoying working with the different grades and helping them to learn about choreography. The performance is scheduled for June 4th and will take place at the school with one showing in the morning and one in the afternoon.

I also had the opportunity to teach creative dance workshops at the 1st Nations Song and Dance Camp in April. It was the first program of this type offered at the DSI centre and about 40 children attended.

My research project on dance in the Vaudeville/ Follies genre has generated quite a bit of interesting material so far. I am thoroughly enjoying the subject and am amazed with the amount of material available on the dance forms. I am starting to focus on a few key people including Loie Fuller and her skirt dances, Josephine Baker, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, The infamous Sally Rand and the controversial Barrison Sisters. There are sooooooooo many interesting people that it is very hard to narrow it down! I would like to bring it to a focus on approximately 10 different groups or individuals so if you have any favorites or suggestions please send them to me and I will take a look at them. I have submitted a grant request to the Canada Council for the second tier of the project and will be submitting to the Sask. Arts Board again this October. The project is currently set within a three year time frame. I am also very interested in speaking with and interviewing real people who lived and performed during this time period so if you have any connections with anyone who may be interested in talking with me please let me know.

What’s on the Go?

Upcoming events include the second showing of the W.I.P. New Dance Series on June 19th at the DSI Centre – 205A Pacific Ave Saskatoon at 8:00pm. Tickets are $5 DSI members and $6 non-members. Featured choreographers include: Misty Wensel – Regina, Sarah Nolan Downs – Saskatoon, Tanya Dahms – Regina, Paula Skotintski – Regina, Noam Gagnon and Dana Gingras – Vancouver and Myself. It should be a fabulous show so come check it out if you are in the area. This year’s season of the W.I.P. has been very popular. So many choreographers have applied this year that not everyone could be accommodated. Perhaps next year we will try to expand the season to fit everyone in!

Free Flow will also be performing at the Saskatoon Fringe from July 31st to August 8th. The show dates and times are not yet available. We are sharing a show with choreographer Tina Bertoncini. So keep your eyes and ears open for Triptych, at the Saskatoon Fringe this summer!

Well that is the update for now. I hope to hear from you soon and wish everyone a terrific summer!
Keep Dancing across the Universe!
Jackie Latendresse

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