4 Picks by Sylvie Desrosiers
Sylvie Desrosiers is the Director of Contemporary Dance Studies at The School of Dance
Canada Scene, in collaboration with the Canada Dance Festival, are offering an array of wonderful dance events for everyone to discover. The selection represents the variety of our cultural heritage and its contemporary expressions. I am asked to pick… but everything will be AMAZING. Personally I wish to attend as many as possible… Okay, okay, back to the task.
What drew my eye at first was…
Fortier Danse-Création, 15 X AT NIGHT
July 2–16 @ Various locations
Paul-André Fortier has been creating these marvelous series of moments in time in which the repetition of the event becomes its unicity. The public witnesses a dance that is a ritual influenced by the specificity of the space and integrated in city life. For 15 consecutive nights, a single silhouette will render a specific space mysterious, transformed and serenely alive. After witnessing SOLO 30X30 that was performed worldwide by stunning artist and choreographer Paul-André Fortier, I am very much looking forward to witness this particular solo he created for another stunning dance artist, Naishi Wang.
Then I know I look forward to seeing…
Anne Troake’s OutSideIn
July 15–16 @ Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St)
Anne Troake is a Newfoundland artist whose dance, film, or stage work I always really enjoy. Earthy and clever, she is in constant exploration for renewed expressions of a profound connection with our environment. In this case, a 3D film will immerse us in a journey where human and nature are intertwined and profoundly united. This film, a collaboration with striking dance artists Carol Prieur and Bill Coleman, promises to be engaging and transformative.
Being curious about the expressions in our whole country and looking for a family activity…
Dakhká Khwáan Dancers
July 2 @ NAC Atrium (1 Elgin St)
I actually don’t know their work, but when I read that the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers were from Whitehorse and that they perform a blend of dance, music, and storytelling, I was sold. What better way to learn about your country? This is the group that actually performed at the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver, in Taiwan, in New Zealand and across Canada. The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers aim for “cultural revitalization and social transformation within their communities.” That statement talks to me. They seem invigorated, and invigorating.
Now for a more formal stage presentation I will go to…
Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights
July 14 @ NAC Theatre (1 Elgin St)
Her latest full ensemble choreography brings us in the very mysterious imagery of Hieronymus Bosch. The Garden of Earthly Delights will be brought to life. From the whimsical to the grotesque, Marie Chouinard will explore the danger of complete liberty and temptation in the core, transcending from paradise to damnation, animalistic humans distort – good, frugal, evil. Exploring the body’s instinctual expressions, we find ourselves spectator, witness, and voyeur of our own inner expressive potential. (Note: partial nudity.)
For the full Canada Scene lineup, visit www.nac-cna.ca. The festival takes place from June 15 to July 23 at numerous venues. Prices vary and a great deal of the programming is free or pay-what-you-can.