Free Flow Update October 2005

What’s on the go for Free Flow?

Hello everyone!
It has been a while since the last update and the summer was good to us. Now that autumn is here and the leaves are turning color we are settling into our busy schedule of training and rehearsals.

Past Events

At the end of July we presented Dreamscape in Regina at the new space of New Dance Horizons. The whole company pulled their weight by helping with the set up of the small theatre space, rolling out dance floor, hooking up lighting and sound equipment and setting up the backdrop. What a terrific team! Thanks to Karla, Kelly and Allison for all their hard work. I would also like to send out a special thank you to Don Stein who was terrific and very helpful. Thanks also go to Tanya Dahms for volunteering to work the door.

The performance itself was our way of warming up for the Saskatoon Fringe festival. We had a small but appreciative house and a lovely article in the Regina Leader Post. It was a good way to get our show ready for the upcoming festival and we managed to work out a few of the technical glitches.

Next up was the Saskatoon Fringe Festival. This year we performed in the nicely renovated Broadway Theatre. The last time we had performed in this venue was in 1999 with the Adventures Of Izzy Scorpio! (well before the renovations) It was wonderful to be in this venue this year and the 6 performances went very well. We were pleased to have the youths from the Leave a Legacy Program at Dance Saskatchewan attend one of our matinee shows. They seemed to really have enjoyed the performance and I hope it inspired them to keep on dancing. We were reviewed by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and although they did not enjoy all of the performance they did have this to say about our work.

“Conjoined wherein two dancers were held together with a two person leotard, was quirky, funny and quite delightful.” “In a burst of energy dancers Karla Kloeble, Allison Knight and Kelly Van Damme sprang into an exciting work entitled Navras. Turbulent, with unique poses and an unexpected throw, this work showed the dancers’ power and connections with one another, as well as explosive choreography.”

The Quest for New Talent – and where they are now.

Auditions were held for new company members this fall and we will be featuring a new line up of performers this coming year.

Kelly Van Damme remains to continue her 2nd year with the company. New Dancers include: Jasmine Randall, Barbara Mysko and Sylvia Gibson. We have also accepted a new mentorship/training student. Congratulations to Kristi Derrick! I am really looking forward to working with you all and am excited to see what the new season brings us in terms of choreography! We are also hoping to do some work with past company member Sabrina Schoenfeld this season.

Past company members Karla Kloeble and Anastasia Tataryn have both left the province to study at The School of Dance in Ottawa, Ontario. We wish both of you the best as you further your careers in the field! Dancer Kyle Syverson has had her 2nd knee surgery and will not be dancing this season while she is on the mend. Allison Knight has decided to focus on school this year and has become involved in school politics.

Classes

Currently classes are being held on Monday nights at the Refinery 609 Dufferin Ave. in Saskatoon. Level 1 is at 6:30pm and level2 is at 8:00pm. Students are still being accepted for these classes. The cost is $80 for 8 weeks.

Company classes are held on Sundays at 2:30pm and Fridays at 5:30pm. These classes are for professionals only and are held at 610 Broadway Ave. (the Saskatoon Pilates Training Centre). Drop in fee is $10.

What is on the go for Free Flow?

It is grant writing season so we are floating on a sea of paperwork and financial reports right now…. We hope to have the office back on the ground by the end of October.

Vaudeville Fusion

We have just begun our sponsorship campaign for the Vaudeville Fusion project. This year marks the third year of the project and the production phase of the work. We are accepting cash and in kind donations of all sizes to help get this production off the ground!

In 2003 Free Flow began to research the history of Vaudeville and “Follies” (review shows) to become expert on the popular live entertainment of that period. By the autumn of 2004 we had collected enough material to create a successful first draft of a new production fusing distinct historical styles and personas with contemporary subjects. Over the past two years this project has been a key focus of Free Flow and we are very much looking forward to bringing it to fruition! As we move into the third year of the Vaudeville Fusion Project we ask you to consider helping us make this production come alive. Please join us in the creation of an innovative and highly entertaining production that blends our history with our futures!

Vaudeville was always entertainment for the “common man” – satirizing current events with comedy sketches in one moment, and next, astounding the audience with virtuoso acrobatics. Saucy chorus dancers might have the audience cheering and jeering – till a sentimental song had them weeping. In its day, Vaudeville had everything to offer that network television has now – but it was presented with the immediacy of a live performance. All the considerable skills available in an ensemble company were brought to the public night after night, but it was never a highbrow affair. Likewise, Free Flow plans to create a professional and varied review for the entertainment of all – affordably and accessibly. Our ambition is to entertain so well that it spurs people’s interest and knowledge of dance in general and contributes to the development of a healthy and active dance (and live entertainment) community.

This is the largest scale project that Free Flow Dance Theatre has undertaken since its inception in 1995. We are seeking private donations and corporate sponsorship to help cover the costs of the production. All cheques should be made out to Jackie Latendresse and sent to 2B 305 26th St. E. Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L9. A receipt will be issued for all donations. Every contribution is appreciated - no matter the size.

Please check out the web site for more details on the project and ways to contribute coming soon!

Free Flow is also beginning work on a brand new production of original contemporary dance pieces with the new company members which we hope to present in the spring of 2006. Keep yours eyes open for more details on the upcoming production.

Fantastic Fundraiser Fete!

We will be hosting “Table Dances” a FUNdraiser on November 19th at 8:00pm at the Saskatoon Pilates Training Centre 610 Broadway Ave. Saskatoon. Tickets will be available for $10 advance or $12 at the door. We will be auctioning off dances of various styles that involve a table somehow in the choreography. Dance Styles include: Ballet, Latin, Hip Hop, Modern, Belly Dance, Hula Dance and more! So come out for an evening of music and dance and watch us get our feet off of the floor! Highest bidders will get a front row seat for the dance and their pictures taken with the table dancer! All proceeds go towards the production of our new Vaudeville Fusion show.
Musical Guests include Suzanne Paschall and Jay Hails
Limited seating - For advance tickets call 665-5998

On a Personal Note:

As a new season of dance begins I am once again filled with anticipation for the season to come. It is sad to see old company members go but also thrilling to see new members arrive on the scene. I am really looking forward to creating a brand new program with the dancers this year and also hope to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and creativity. I want to welcome the new members to the Free Flow family and I hope you all look forward to getting to know them both as artists and people.

Dancing across the Universe,
Jackie Latendresse
AD Free Flow Dance Theatre

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