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Just back from a bit of a trip!
First I was in St. John's Newfoundland with my dance presenter colleagues including fellow Edmontonian Gerry Morita for our annual conference. While there, our host Neighbourhood Dance Works presented their Festival of New Dance, with works from across Canada and Europe. I think it's impossible to be in St. John's and not have a wonderful time!
For me the highlight of the festival was Sara Porter's performance of her work Sara Does a Solo. She danced, she told stories, she sang and she wore so many fabulous pink and red gowns, I thought I was in a world candyfloss! Sara is so articulate in every way, but I already knew this as when I created and edited the book, The Dancing Body, she was one of the writers. She is fully in charge of every aspect of her performing body. WOW! I know I will present this beautiful and moving work as soon as possible here in Edmonton.
I also saw my good friend Anne Troake who has become a very fine filmmaker. She presented the premiere of her new film, OutSideIn. Great work! We had two meals together where we caught up about making art and life. Too much fun. I also hung out with Bryar, daughter of BWDC chairperson, Deborah McElrath. She is the hippest doctor I know!
One of the things that struck me so clearly is how artists in St. John's, and there are many of them, deal with similar challenges as artists in Edmonton - underfunded, isolation, feeling that as Canadian artists, we are often times on the outside looking in. I think it's amazing what artists do in our regional communities to keep going. BRAVO to all.
By the way, Amber Borotsik's new work, The Moon at Midnight, was a big hit in Winnipeg last weekend. I'm proud that we presented its world premiere performance!
From St. John's I went across the pond to London since I was already more than half way there! I saw two permanent and new video installations by my favourite artist, Bill Viola. Imagine, two video works in a cathedral. They are powerful and for me, inspirational.
Next month the BWDC will present another world premiere performance, The Dress Writer by Robin Poitras and Rober Racine, two of Canada's most exceptional performance artists! So stay tuned.
On October 14, the Brian Webb Dance Company and Mile Zero Dance will host a community dance meeting regarding FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL FUNDING. This is being done in coordination with Calgary who will hold the same meeting. We will present you with statistics regarding funding and a plan to create change.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
October 14, 2016
Mile Zero Dance/Spazio bPerformativ0
10816 95 Street
SEE YOU THERE!
This is our future!
I've had some really fine dance experiences in the last couple of weeks. First at Mile Zero Dance, I was really quite moved by the Butoh performance of Diego Pinon of Mexico. It was subtle and mature. No showing off. Just a very honest expression of a man's spiritual journey.
Then I was off to Banff for the Banff Festival's Transformation: Indigenous Dance. Some wildly beautiful dancing! Dancers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand gathered to explore new dance in an international Indigenous context. There were so many riveting performances. Saskatchewan, Metis dancer, Graham Kotowich is one to watch. His humble presence is beautiful and Maori dancer, Nancy Jo Wijohn's performance was 100% mesmerizing!
I am so excited to begin this season of dance. I hope by now you've all received the gorgeous season brochure and have gotten your tickets for The Moon at Midnight. This world premiere is not to be missed. It's the adventure of the new!
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