Free Flow Newsletter November 2004
On October 22 and 23 the W.I.P. New Dance Series Gala of finished works was held at the Refinery in Saskatoon. It was really nice for both the choreographers and dancers alike to have the opportunity to present their work two nights in a row. Audiences were large and appreciative of the work. In fact I believe it was an exceptional show myself. Presenting choreographers included: Paula Skotnitsky, Tanya Dahms, Sarah Nolan-Downs and myself. Over a dozen different dancers were also involved in the performance.
The new season of the W.I.P. will begin again in March 2005 so keep your eyes open for upcoming information on how to apply as a choreographer or for audience information. Volunteers are always needed so if your pocket book has been emptied but you would still like to attend please feel free to contact me. We are currently seeking funding for the series and are accepting donations.
I would like to say thank you to Alan Page for his donation, Kathleen Oudit for the poster, Calvin, Jim and Cynthia at the Refinery, Justin Gladue for Video taping the performance and to Tina Bertoncini for acting as the M.C. for the event. I would also like to recognize our advertisers Saskatchewan Contemporary Ballet Company and Saskatoon Pilates. Thanks also go to Paved for their support in attaining technical equipment.
Recently, Frank Engel and I had the pleasure of traveling to Middle Lake Saskatchewan to teach as guest artists at the elementary school. It was a treacherous drive out in the snow but well worth the time. We provided the students with workshops based on the principles of Rudolph Von Laban and also included exercises from the new book “Dance on the Move” written by Ann Kipling Brown of Regina. The children had a wonderful time and are all very enthusiastic to learn more about dancing.
Now that the Gala is finished I am looking forward to having some time to work on new choreography. Free Flow is holding auditions on Sunday November 14th at 2:00pm at the DSI Centre in Saskatoon. The address is 205A Pacific Ave.
Please be on time to audition.
I am also looking forward to producing new works for the Her-icane festival of art this March. Details will be released closer to the time of the performances.
Happily, a few of us have formed a small “club” of independent dance artists here in Saskatoon. The current members are: Sarah Nolan-Downs, Frank Engel, Tina Bertoncini, Rachel Neville and myself. We have already met twice and are looking forward to the endless opportunities that our collaborative efforts may reward us with. There are rumors of a real “Dance Season” in Saskatoon rumbling around within our group. We hope to make this a reality within the next year or two.
I have also joined a team of artists who are interested in creating an arts awards ceremony to recognize Saskatoon Artists. We also plan to present various local artists in conjunction with the provinces Centennial event next May.
My Modern Dance classes are being held on Tuesdays at the DSI 205A Pacific Ave, Saskatoon at 8:30pm. The cost is $60 for 6 weeks and the drop in fee is $15. This is a mixed level class and all are welcome to come out to try it out.
Modern Mime classes with Frank Engel are also held at the DSI on Sundays at 7:00pm. The cost is $10. Drop in classes will be held for the month of October and a regular session will be offered soon.
Drop in Ballet classes with Sarah Nolan-Downs are offered on Sundays at 1:00pm at the DSI Centre as well. The cost is $10.
Happy New Year! Yes, Free Flow Dance Theatre will be hosting another of its infamous parties again this year! As many of you know this year marks the 10th anniversary of Free Flow. Whew we made it! In honor of this milestone we would like to invite you to attend a Hollywood Style new-year extravaganza. Formal wear is required at this event. Performances and an awards ceremony will take place recognizing past company members and their accomplishments and contributions to the company. A retrospective film of the company’s work will be shown. The event will take place at 263 Adelaide St. W. Studio 212 Toronto. The doors open at 8:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $10.00. Please R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend. It should be a fabulous event so remember to bring your cameras! As always volunteers are needed so contact me if you are interested in helping out or performing.
Stay tuned for a full listing of dance events which will be presented at the Her-icane Festival this March. The festival runs for 2 weeks and will present a number of different artists working in different mediums.
Applications to present work at the W.I.P. New Dance Series will be accepted as of January 2005. Please see the company website for more information on how to submit an application.
Work on the Vaudeville/Follies project will begin shortly, pending funding. Auditions will be held for positions in the performance. Keep your eyes on the site for further information.
We are planning to produce a brand new show for the Saskatoon Fringe theatre festival this August. Information will be posted as it becomes available. There are no plans as of yet to tour the work this year.
Letter from the Artistic Director
As the 10 year mark quickly approaches I am filled with a variety of emotions and thoughts. It is hard to believe how far Free Flow Dance Theatre has come. We began as a gaggle of gals in Kitchener/Waterloo so long ago and have since presented work across Canada in four separate tours and even performed in the UK. Our repertoire has spanned from the comedic to the serious and has included a plethora of subject matter. We have shown our pieces in night clubs, parks and bus terminals as well as at festivals and in theatres. I feel very lucky to have had such a fulfilling job over the years.
When I think of the devotion of our supporters over the years I feel overwhelmed. Many of you who are reading this have been with us since the beginning, and those who have found us along the way have stayed by our sides through it all. I want to reach out and thank each one of you personally. You helped us make it this far.
I am really looking forward to the New Year party and hope that it will be a real reunion of sorts. Over the years I have lost touch with many people however; I hope that many of them will find their way to the event. If anyone knows how to find any of them please do get in touch with me. I will see you all very soon.
Still Dancing across the Universe,
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