And now for something completely different: This week the IDGI team looks into the recent and sudden release of Citie Ballet‘s artistic directors, Francois and Laurence Chevennement. We talk to a number of people—including Citie’s Chair Trudy Callaghan, current Board member and former dancer Peter Akai, past board member Kathy Metzger-Corriveau, and former Citie Ballet dancer Danica Marlow—for perspectives on what this restructuring means for the company.
You can also find the official press release from Citie Ballet here.
We wrap up our time at Expanse 2015 with a round-up of reflections, reactions, and musings about Edmonton’s only multi-day movement arts celebration. Talk about the body, the feminine, and the abundance of soloists abounds.
A busy Day Four at Expanse features the Alberta Grown showcase, and we catch up with Parts+Labour Danse, Freya Olafson, Krista Posyniak, and Tony Tran, who gives us a lesson in vouge. Then we cap off the night with Rebecca Sawdon and her Fabulous Beast.
Day three at Expanse sees Anastasia Maywood, winner of the Good Women Dance New Work Award, visit the coat check. Then we catch up with Christine Frederick of Alberta Aboriginal Arts for a conversation about indigenous representation in arts, liberal sensitivities, and the complicated lines that art sometimes has to cross.
Expanse Day 2: We track down Lara Kramer and the cast of Native Girl Syndrome to talk about realism in performance, and Kate Stashko visits the coat check hot off the heels of her premiere showing of The Matryoshka Series in the East Meets West program.
The Expanse Festival is upon us! Join us for the next four days as we record from the coat check of the ATB Financial Arts Barns. Day One: We chat with Festival Director Murray Utas, Lobbyist cat-wrangler (ie: Stage Manager) Julie Ferguson, the cast of Nancy’ McAlear’s The Contract, and visiting members of Washington DC’s The Dance Exchange.
Paul and a 10-year-old boy declare their favourite show of the year (so far) while Fawnda explains just who Marie Chouinard is. That’s right: IDGI covers the relentless, sexy, and overall fascinating return of the Montreal dance savant’s intrepid Compagnie to #yeg after nearly 20 years.