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Free Flow Dance Theatre Update - May 2006

Hello Dance Fans!
Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! We have had a busy successful spring season

Recent Events:

March 31st marked the second annual Saskatoon Dirty Bingo and the event was a rollicking success all around! Held at the Dance Saskatchewan Centre, over 100 people came out armed with bingo dabbers in hand to help us raise funds for the Vaudeville Dances project. A special thanks goes to our sultry volunteers: Jessi, Dorion and Meagan. We would also like to thanks this years sponsors for the event:
Lil’ Devil Adult Toy and Video
Harlequin Romance Industries
Positive Passions
For Lovers Only
White Cat Books
AKA Gallery
Paved New Media
Saskatoon Symphony
Paschal and Dahl
Refinery Theatre
Broadway Theatre
Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company
25th Street Theatre

Weekend of Contemporary Dance

We would also like to thank the many individuals who also donated prizes to the event. Special Guest Bingo Callers included the infamous “Dover Brothers” Drag Kings and guest appearances were made by “Queen” Crystal Clear and the “Gold Diggers” Who looked suspiciously like members of Free Flow….
All in all BINGO was shouted and fun was had by everyone. The event is sure to be bigger and better next year!

Modern Dance 101 – A Beginners Guide by Free Flow Dance Theatre and Side Show by FadaDance of Regina were presented at the Refinery Theatre on April 21 and 22. The weekend of contemporary dance introduced Saskatoon audiences to an excellent array of dance pieces.

Modern Dance 101 featured dancers Kelly Van Damme, Sylvia Gibson and Jasmine Randall along side of actress Michelle Fisher who played Professor Ruby Von Laban in the signature piece. Complete with power point presentation this fun faux lecture dabbled in the elements of Space, Time and Force while the “TA's” demonstrated live examples. The work was followed by two new works, 3-2-1 and Vertical/Horizontal.

Vertical/Horizontal was created as a hommage to the methods of famous collaborators Merce Cunningham and John Cage. The music and the dance both stand alone as they were created separately. The music by local composer Allan Parson was not used in the choreographic development or in early rehearsals. Both music and dance take up the same space and time and thus coexist in an often unusual and sometimes surprizingly cohesive manner. Their relationship is the shared subject matter; the vertical and the horizontal.

FadaDance directed by Misty Wensel presented a vaudevillian style program featuring a number of repertoire works and pieces that will be featured this summer at many folk festivals acoss Canada.

We would like to express our thanks to the Refinery Theatre for their continued support of the Saskatchewan Dance Scene!

International Dance Day Celebration

On Saturday April 29th Free Flow Dance Theatre joined thousands of other people around the world in celebrating the art and passion of dance. This year was the 3rd annual event hosted by Free Flow Dance Theatre in Saskatoon at the Dance Saskatchewan Centre. Over 100 different dancers took part in the performance and the audience was full and appreciative! The two hour program featured the following dance groups:
Sonechko Ukrainian Dancers
Def Sol Productions
Free Flow Dance Theatre
Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre
Tilinko Hungarian Folk Ensemble
International Folk Dance Club
German Junior Folk Dance
City Center Cloggers
India School of Dance

Performers were presented with the Lieutenant Governors Arts Celebration Pins for their contribution to the development of dance in Saskatchewan. The space for the event was generously sponsored by Dance Saskatchewan Inc. We thank them for their ongoing support of this annual event.

Upcoming Events:

The final presentation of the works developed for North Park Wilson School's Arts Smart Grant will take place at the school on Friday May 26th. Jackie has been working with students to help them create their own original pieces of choreography based on the celebration of various aspects of the Saskatoon 100 Year Centennial Anniversary.

Eco Fair

Free Flow will demonstrate and lead audiences in Medival Dances at the annual Eco Fair held on June 3rd at the Mendel Art Gallery Grounds. This is a FREE Out door event and it begins at 2pm and will go on well into the evening.

Broadway Arts Festival Gala

The 2nd annual event takes place at the Off Broadway Arts Centre (formerly Off Broadway Dinner Theatre) at 7pm on Saturday June 3rd. Free Flow will present 3-2-1 and Conjoined ( the infamous siamese twins duet). The event will feature a variety of performances. Stay tuned for Ticket information.

Progressions – Presentations

This short series is a co-production between the W.I.P. New Dance Series and ZenPrairie of Montreal. The series will feature new works from a variety of choreographers on June 9th at 8pm at the DSI Centre 205A Pacific Ave. Saskatoon and on June 10th at 8pm at the University of Regina Theatre. Tickets $5-$10 scale.

Choreographers will also participate in a one on one 3.5 hour individual workshop with mentor choreographer Marie-Stéphane Ledoux following the Regina showing on either June 11, 12 or 13. Marie-Stéphane Ledoux is currently Academic Head (acting) and Artist-in-Residence at the Department of Dance at Concordia University in Montreal. In addition to her own 20+ years of dance creation, Marie-Stéphane has been involved with Montreal’s internationally renowned contemporary dance company Compagnie Marie Chouinard for over ten years. Marie-Stéphane has been rehearsal director, artistic director on tour, and most recently assistant choreographer of the latest work “Body Remix/Goldberg Variations.”

Finished works will be presented in Saskatoon and Regina in September 2006 at a Gala event.

The series is still accepting choreographers. Please email freeflowdance@hotmail.com for application information.

Class Information:

Four Day Summer Dance Intensive for Adults


Refinery Theatre 609 Dufferin Ave. Saskatoon
June 26-29 2006
10am-3pm daily (1 hour lunch – please bring a healthy bagged lunch)

Fee: $120.00 per student – Only $30 per day!
Drop in Fee - $40.00 per day
Cheques payable to: The Refinery

We are offering a four day intensive program for adult dancers who are interested in jump-starting their career in the field of dance performance or just in enhancing their current abilities. Students will learn contemporary dance techniques, develop their artistic and intellectual aptitudes and improve their proficiency in solving choreographic problems through creative improvisation. Focusing on blending Limon, Humphrey, Horton and Graham techniques, this class makes dance fun and accessible in a relaxed, non-competitive professional environment. During the afternoon period we will be working towards presenting an original piece of choreography (by the end of the last day). Students are encouraged to invite friends and family for the last half hour of the final day to view the piece. The work will be videotaped and copies distributed to the Students.

Students should be a minimum of 17 years of age and should have basic knowledge of dance techniques. Please bring suitable dance clothing for hot weather, a water bottle and a bagged lunch. A refrigerator will be available for lunches. Students must register with the Refinery by Monday June 19th. Call 306-653-3549 to register. Students who register before June 5th will receive $10 off their registration fee.

Please see the upcoming events section of the web site for more details on the program.

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.

Things to note:

The Tableau Vivant project “Double Date” that Jackie is working on with local artists in conjunction with Toronto Artists from SAVAC will be presented on June 23 and 24th at the AKA Gallery. Further details will be announced shortly.

Free Flow dance Theatre is available to perform at your event or festival! Please contact us at freeflowdance@hotmail.com for proposals and fee information.

Vaudeville Dances

We are still actively fundraising for the Vaudeville Dances project and now have an entire section of the web site dedicated to this initiative. Check it out by clicking on the Vaudeville Logo at the bottom of the menu bar on the home page of our site.

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.

Burning Man 2006

Jackie Latendresse will be producing a large scale version of “a small piece of sky” at Burning Man in Nevada this summer. If you are interested in going and participating please check out the piece online by clicking on the Man Icon on the bottom of the Free Flow Dance Theatre web site.

On a Personal Note:

Summer is a fairly slow time of year for us but this year is already shaping up to be a good one! We are looking forward to presenting work around the province and hope to see you out and about! We will not be presenting work at the Fringe this summer but we will be working on developing a brand new program of works for the next season. So be sure to keep in touch and check back for updates often. Enjoy the nice spring weather after a long hard winter, get outside and do something in the fresh air and of course keep dancing across the universe!
Jackie Latendresse

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