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I hope you had a great long weekend. I'm headed into a really busy week !
I'm excited to be performing on Thursday evening at Mile Zero Dance's SubArctic Improv. I'm going to do several sequences playing with friends old and new including Dave Wall and Russell Whitehead, both of whom are fantastic musicians. Others on the lineup include Stacey Cann, John Waldron and Jody Hegel. I think we're going to have a great time playing with new ideas and with each other. Come and see what transpires!
I think Friday is going to be so much fun. I'm giving the pre-show chat for the Alberta Ballet's presentation of Life by the acclaimed BalletBoyz. This is a show not to miss...serious kick ass dancing!
And finally, I'm performing in Marilene Oliver's Melanix at Ted Talks on Saturday. The piece is a duet. I can honestly say I've never done a duet before with a virtual body that transforms from the nude, to muscles, to the skeleton! It's pretty fantastic.
Hope to see you this weekend,
BWDC and Citadel Theatre present Kidd Pivot in 2018
We're already planning our next season - 39 YEARS! What better way to celebrate than to announce a BWDC and Citadel Theatre co-presentation of Betroffenheit, the praised Canadian creation by Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre.
Betroffenheit is a hit! A fantastic collaboration between Canada's most celebrated choreographer, Crystal Pite and theatre creator, Jonathan Young, Betroffenheit brings together an amazing ensemble of performers. It has been performed all over the world and I'm thrilled to be bringing it to Edmonton audiences. The show always sells out, so mark it on your calendar!
"Betroffenheit is a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art."
- Martha Schabas, The Globe and Mail
Stay tuned for more about our 39th season.
With Big Excitement,
Episode 2: Creation
"What is this dance about? Why am I dancing? What am I dancing today? This is the creative process and the studio, this floor is where it really happens." - Brian Webb
A special thank you to Shumka Dance Centre for allowing us to use your beautiful space.
Video by Les Sereda, Blue Toque Productions.
Brian Webb Dance Company is very excited to welcome 2017 with two performances of Van Grimde Corps Secrets' Symphonie 5.1. This is the second time we've presented this very engaging company. The first was two summers ago for The Body In Question[s]2. This exhibition was an amazing amalgamation of the performing body, visual arts and new technologies. I am excited to say that their new work, Symphonie 5.1, takes the intersection of live performance and contemporary technologies to an even higher level!
SYMPHONIE 5.1 immerses the audience in an environment created by new technologies in sound, image creation and projection. It is out of this world. When the Globe and Mail's Robert Everett-Green reviewed it, he was ecstatic about it. Check out the review here!
Four dancers participate in the performance. Two are long time Van Grimde Corps Secrets' interpreters and two are youth from L'ecole Superieure de Montreal. The bringing together of diverse dance generations is very strong and beautiful.
Isabelle Van Grimde is a true risk taker. Her dances are rigorous and demanding. They are also powerful statements on the human condition. Having had the pleasure in performing in The Body In Question[s]2, I can easily say that the experience for dancers and audience members alike is really powerful. She takes you on an unforgettable journey.
I can't think of a better way to start the new year than by celebrating the adventure of the new.
Let's go for it together.
I guarantee, IT WILL BE A WILD RIDE.
I'm very sorry to report that due to serious illness in Rober Racine's family, we must postpone our December presentation of Rouge Gorge's, The Dress Writer.
This is the first time that we have found ourselves in this position in our history of presenting contemporary Canadian dance, but I'm excited that we can still present the piece during this season...
If you've already purchased tickets, they will be honoured at the rescheduled performance. If you wish to receive a refund contact Tix on the Square, (780) 420-1757.
Rober Racine, who won the Governor General Award for Visual Art and Regina's amazing Robin Poitras are two of Canada's most celebrated performers. I guarantee that when we present their new work you will be amazed. It is fearless and most powerful.
In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and that you join us January 20 & 21, when we present Van Grimde Corps Secrets' celebrated SYMPHONIE 5.1. This will be a true artistic adventure that integrates contemporary technology in a beautifully seamless way.
Please keep these dates in mind for the rescheduled world premiere of Rouge-Gorge's, The Dress Writer:
April 28 & 29, 2017
Timms Centre for the Arts
Ever wanted to know more about Brian Webb? What inspires him, what challenges him and what drives him? This season we're pleased to present a short documentary series on Brian. A special thank you to Credo for allowing us to use their space for this segment.
Episode 1: Community
"Bringing people to my community... to broaden and create a bigger and bigger sense of community, to me that's what it's really about."
Video by Les Sereda, Blue Toque Productions.
Hey You Guys,
I was in LA last weekend and had an amazing time. I had three powerful art experiences, which was almost overwhelming!
First, I went to the ballet on Friday evening...
It was three ballets choreographed by the best contemporary ballet choreographer in the world, William Forsythe. Each ballet was danced by a different company, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet. WOW, those American dancers are magnificent! I particularly enjoyed PAS/PARTS 2016. The choreography and the dancing amalgamated into a very beautiful experience.
The next night I hooked up with my best friend from high school who I had not seen in 30 years. We went to the LA Philharmonic and heard Gustavo Dudamel conduct Mahler's Symphony #9. DOUBLE WOW! First of all, it was in the Disney Concert Hall by Frank Ghery. Secondly, it was performed by the best orchestra in North America. Thirdly, Dudamel is a genius.
The next day I was off to the Geffen Temporary Contemporary for a video installation retrospective of Doug Aitken. Song1 is the most powerful installation I have yet experienced. I swear that movies are over and that it is the immersive multi-screen experience is where it's at. This is an artist that all should encounter.
So that was my weekend and now it's intense grant writing. That's life.
But, I am so inspired.
Back to work Webb!
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!