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Free Flow Newsletter #3

October edition, 1997

Welcome to the third official Free Flow Newsletter

We are the Free Flow Dance Company. Our studio location is 50 Noble Street, Toronto Ontario

M6K 2C9. The company phone number is (416)539-0869. You can e mail us at: lou@worldy.com

Jackie Latendresse - Artistic Director and Choreographer

Company members - Rebecca Carney, Trina Spiller, Lucy Rupert, Kasia Kord

Free Flowing Thanks to our new supporters!

Subscribers: Jackie Elleman, Douglas Spiller( sorry we forgot you last time ), Catherine and Michael Heal, Florence and Percy Eady

Donations: Jackie Elleman $30.00 donation

Anonymous $30.00 donation

Anonymous $300.00 donation

Patronage for Fey and Fish Tales Kincardine Performance:

The Kincardine Theater Guild - loan of lighting and sound equipment

Alex McQuilkin - donation of lighting design and technical work

Gymbags - donation of rehearsal space

Baxter’s Row Fashions - ticket sales and display

Mr. and Mrs. Latendresse - donation of refreshments and the post show party!

Vicki McDonald - refreshments and ushering services

Robbie Howard - Graphic design

Thank you all we couldn’t have done it without you!

Free Flow will be making a donation of $70.00 to the Kincardine Theater Guild’s piano fund in appreciation of all the equipment and time donated for our "hometown appearance"

The Studio Update

September has been a busy time for Jackie and we are pleased to say that Free Flow classes are rapidly expanding with an influx of new students! Classes offered include: Stretch and strength, Ballet Modern Creative, Tap and Ballet private lessons, and bi-monthly sessions in Medieval dance.

The studio is still in need of full length mirrors so if you see any at yard sales or have a few in the basement let us know and we will take them off your hands!

The studio is available for rent!

Small groups or solo choreographers - Rental fee of $10.00 first hour and $5.00 each additional hour.

Rental is available for classes at $10.00 per hour.

For class or studio rental information contact Jackie at 539-0869

What’s on the go for Free Flow?

We are currently working on our new season of choreography. The company is preparing for their exciting Cross Canada Fringe Tour next summer! Please take a look at our Sponsorship/Donation form which has been included in this issue of the Free Flow Newsletter.

Any and all donations to aide us in our upcoming tour are most appreciated!

Free Flow has applied to perform at First Night, the city wide New Years Eve program here in Toronto and anxiously awaits their reply.

Remember the International choreography festival? Well, We have made it through the first round and now wait to hear if we will get a platform on which to present our work in the second round.

We will be Performing on Wed. Oct. 22nd at 8:00pm at the Comfort Zone (480 Spadina at College)

The event is called the Experiment and features Dance, Music, Fashion and Visual Art.

Company Member News

Trina Spiller and Lucy Rupert are both attending the Toronto Dance Theater Professional Training Program this fall.

Trina is relieved to be returning to work after her summer intensive courses in Dance.

Lucy is thriving on the new hard work at TDT as well as the beginnings of Free Flow’s 1998 feature work. She finished three seasons as a solo artist with Kitchener’s Choreographer’s Collective to go on to produce her own endeavors in Toronto instead. At the In the Raw (October) Lucy performed yes, a happy piece and debuted "Why beauty was sleeping" after four years of incubating and never hatching. She will also be restaging "Me, myself and the Ides of March" for the student show at TDT in November.

Rebecca Carney has become the assistant manager at the Bloor St. Futures Bakery and we are all looking forward to her bringing us some real bread! She has also been performing in a innovative movement theater piece called Assembly. Part of this work was featured at the Theater Center earlier this month..

Kasia Kord is in the thick of her studies at Massage Therapy college. Kasia has had to resign as a full company member due to her studies. We will miss her dearly, but don’t despair she will be participating in the February show of new works at Damn Straight Studios in Toronto with us!

Recent Events!

Free Flow held a successful performance of Fey and Fish Tales at the Waterloo Community Arts Center on July 12th. Thank you to all the friends and family for supporting us in our return to Waterloo!

A special thanks goes out to Kevin Williamson for all his help with the technical set up! Great job Kevin!
It was really nice to see some familiar faces there!

On July 25 and 26 we performed at the Kaleidoscope festival of the arts at the Kitchener city hall. Although it was a long wait until our performance time things went well and we received much positive feed back!

The Kincardine home town show took place on Sat. Sept. 6th. It was a terrific weekend mixed with fun and work! Jackie’s parents out did them selves again with their rampant hospitality and seemingly endless supply of food and wines! The show sold well but we did not reach our anticipated "SOLD OUT" crowd. Despite the long and grueling technical rehearsal we all pulled together and produced a great show! Many of the audience members were present at the post production party at the Latendresse’s and all of them had a thing or two to say to us. continued...........................

We received much positive feedback and were frankly pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm in which the small town audience members expressed their opinions. Quite a change from the audiences in Toronto!

Thanks go out to everyone who made the weekend so great! You all know who you are! A special thanks go to Jack and Dorothy Latendresse who gave up their house for a weekend to accommodate the pack of us. I do believe we’ll be back again soon!

Free Flow performed at In the Raw’s first showing of the new season in Toronto.

For more info on In the Raw contact Sarah Gagnon at 532-7100.

Auditions for new company members were held on September 14th at the studio. Jackie and Lucy held a successful audition class where they set pieces of repertoire and asked for creative projects based on photographs. After four hours the auditions and interviews ground to a halt. Jackie was so exhausted that she basically just fell onto the couch and became a potato. She is currently in the process of selecting 3 sub company members who will learn and understudy past repertoire, and participate in new works for the Free Flow Toronto show in the upcoming season.. New members will be posted in the next edition of the newsletter.

The Masked Ballwas held at the Studio on Sat. Sept. 20th and was met with a small but highly costumed crowd. Kudos go to Arijanna Bacalo for her amazing dress and mask! (our costume designer check her out on our web site at- http://www.worldy.com/~lou/)

Thanks to everyone who made it a fun and exciting evening! And whoever has those incriminating photos (you know who you are) please send me a copy!!!

Upcoming Events

Free Flow is currently working on their new show for Feb. next year. The show will be held at Damn Straight Studios in Toronto and will run the week of Feb. 9th. Keep your eyes and ears open for more info about this exciting new show which will include some "back by popular demand" works!

Plans are in progress to collaborate with the Parahumans Dance Theater on a show. There is a possibility of a venue in Hamilton. Dave Wilson of the Parahumans is currently looking into it.

Free Flow will be performing on the Canadian Fringe Theater Circuit during the summer of 1998.

They will perform in venues including: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. Please help us attain our fundraising goals! See our special insert for more information on the Fringe and how you can help get us across the country.

The Way We Run

Free Flow is a self supported organization. We do not at present receive any government funding. We rely heavily on you our audience members and students to keep our company going. We try to continuously offer a variety of exciting events, classes and performances for you to attend. We are always looking for volunteers, new students and patrons.

 

Please tell a friend about us and pass on this newsletter as we rely on word of mouth to help expand our classes and audience range.

 

 

 

 

Would you like to Receive a Regular Newsletter?

Benefits include:

You will receive a newsletter approximately every three months for the low low price of $10.00 per year. The publication year runs from April 1997 to March 1998. You will be sent back issues of the newsletter upon request. The fee is to help cover the cost of mailing and printing.

You will be kept up to date on the company and it’s members as well as receive information on upcoming shows in your area.

You will receive information on social gatherings and events at Free Flow.

You will be recognized in the next newsletter as a subscriber.

This is a great way to help support the arts and it’s independent companies in this time of cut backs!
Buy a subscription for a friend!
Please make all checks or money orders payable to Jackie Latendresse.
Please do not send cash through the mail.

Thank you for supporting Free Flow!

Would you like to make a Monetary Donation?

Cash donations are greatly needed to help us survive. We currently need to purchase materials and services for costumes. We also use the donations to help get us from venue to venue. Administrative and advertising costs and dancer honorariums are supplemented by your generous patronage. Your donation will be recognized in the newsletter and in any adjacent program.

Sponsor a dancer! (as many times as you wish) for $20.00. (please select a dancer)
Sponsor a dance piece! for $50.00 (call for more info on works.)
Sponsor a performance! for $100.00 (call for info.)

We are currently seeking to raise $4000.00 for our Summer Fringe Tour! Please take a look at the enclosed Donation/Sponsorship form in this newsletter.

Donations of all sizes are most appreciated as the all do add up!
Checks payable to Jackie Latendresse please!

Needful Things

Costume materials or used costumes or clothing - computer paper, ink cartridges

dance wear including tights, bodysuits, unitards etc. - Marley flooring

Compact disk player (ours is on it’s last limbs!) - Electronic doorbell

Classical and new age or instrumental CD’s , blank cassette tapes and VHS tapes

Full length mirrors

Lighting and sound equipment - picture frames for 8x10 photos of the company to put up in the studio

long pieces of lightweight or gauzy material

anything else you think we may need!

For info on newsletters, classes, donations or volunteering please call the studio at 539-0869

Mailing address:

Free Flow Dance Company

50 Noble St.

Toronto ON

M6K 2C9

Email freeflowdance@hotmail.com

fax is available but please call first.

Web site http://www.freeflowdance.com

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