Browsing: Dance

On October 28 and 29, Toronto audiences had the privilege of seeing performances of Echo Chamber Ensemble’s latest work, “A World Transformed.” The piece is a seamless combination of dance, piano repertoire, spoken narration, and classical vocal music, assembled to tell the story of the murder of Matthew Shepard, who was killed for his sexuality when he was a university student in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. Programmed by tenor Marcel d’Entremont, and choreographed by William Yong and Laurence Lemieux, A World Transformed featured dancers Evan Webb, Zachary Cardwell, Brayden Cairns, and Johanna Bergfelt; violinist Aaron Schwebel; pianists Dakota Scott-Digout and…

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Joy and excitement ! The Harbourfront Centre welcomes the incomparable United Kingdom-based Hofesh Shechter Company and its highly anticipated Double Murder for the opening of the 2022-2023 international contemporary dance series Torque. October 27–29, at Fleck Dance Theatre  There is no doubt that universally celebrated choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter is the prince of the contemporary dance. Raised in Israel, Hofesh Shechter was first introduced to music and folk dance. He later became interested in contemporary dance, under the influence of the great Ohad Naharin and subsequently some European companies (Nederlands Dans Theater, Sadler’s Wells). Established in London since 2008, he now…

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Montreal September The visceral contemporary dance of Sabor de mi Corazón, Chapter 1: Cumbia, by Vías and Nicholas Bellefleur’s idealistic A Safe(r) Space are in a ­double program. Sept. 8-11. www.tangentedanse.ca. Zab Maboungou gathers 20 artists to think about the cultural industry and the wandering event Hâltérité. Sept. 21-23. www.agoradanse.com. In aWokening, Winnie Ho explores her distant relationship to Hong Kong. Sept. 21-25. www.danse-cite.org. The butterfly effect theory inspires Papillon by Helen Simard. Sept. 22-24. www.mainlinetheatre.ca. The double program of contemporary ballet The Four Seasons and Symphony No. 7 combines finesse and musicality. With the Grands Ballets Orchestra. Sept. 22-24.…

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Montreal, July 15, 2022 – We’re back! Consult our website for all the details of the program, now available online! https://www.italfestmtl.ca/calendar/ July 17 to August 11 Antonia Di Cecco Abruzzes photography Photographic exhibition by Antonio Di Cecco. A journey to discover Abruzzo, the author’s native region. Antonio Di Cecco’s images rest on very thin, evanescent entities, forcing the viewer to search with his eyes in the midst of what appears indistinct, mobile, without matter. A constant work of exploration and narration of the landscape, to enter the territory at the center of the celebrations of 29th edition of the ItalfestMTL.…

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After surviving the pandemic, the Stella Musica Festival, which is dedicated to showcasing women in music, will host its seventh edition in-person at KIN Experience on June 3 and Gesù Théâtre on June 8. In 2015, artistic director Katarzyna Musiał, founded Stella Musica because of a lack of attention paid to female musicians. “I had the aim of showcasing women artists and giving them a platform to highlight their talent, since such a festival did not exist in Montreal,” Musiał says. “Every year it seems to be better, [but] there’s still a low percentage of female composers which are presented…

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Canadian pianist Minna Re Shin’s multimedia video reimagination of Alain Payette’s 1998 solo piano work, Sonate Tableaux, has won her Best Classical Music Video Award at the 5th Music Film Festival (Buenos Aires), the Jury Diamond Award for Best Short Music Video at the March 2022 edition of the Europe Film Festival U.K., and the Judge’s Choice Award for Music Video at the 2022 Winter session of the World Premiere Film Awards (Los Angeles). “I have performed and recorded Payette’s work in the past and really found a deep ­connection to his compositions,” Shin said. “His music is very sensual…

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After two long years, the new co-artistic directors of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), Martine Dennewald and Jessie Mill, announced a renewed international festival will be held in Montreal from May 25 to June 9. The two women, who have crossed paths at various festivals for several years, wanted to build on exchange and dialogue. Well-known to Montreal festivalgoers, Jessie Mill worked as artistic and dramaturgical advisor while Martin Faucher was head of the festival. Martine Dennewald, a born Luxembourger, directed the Festival Theaterformen in Brunswick, Lower Saxony (Germany) for six years.  “We have to think about where we are today,…

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Montreal, October 6th 2021 – Danse Danse is proud to announce an innovative partnership with Scènes Interactives Technologiques (SIT), a support program for digitally adapted works that will benefit the dance community. Designed and developed by artist-researchers Nicolas Berzi and Armando Menicacci, the program has received a $700,000 grant from Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. SIT represents a major advance with implications for the entire dance creation chain, right up to the audience’s experience of the work. The program is intended to be unifying, adaptable and sustainable. More than a technological toolbox, SIT is a complete digital reinforcement…

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September The great Louise Lecavalier opens the season at the new Usine C with the very demanding Stations, a solo of physical states at the frontiers of intimacy, briefly presented as part of the FTA. Lecavalier at her best. Sept. 17-25 https://usine-c.com. In Camille Lacelle-Wilsey’s Come a Bit Closer, four naked bodies and a musician frolic in a garden full of plastic sheets, as if there was no climate change. At the Wilder, Sept. 23-26. www.tangentedanse.ca Sébastien Provencher presents a new version of Children of ­Chemistry for 12 performers, inspired by the stereotypes of women and men in popular culture.…

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Montreal, May 18, 2021)- Hot off the immense success of Dance Me, dedicated to the works of Leonard Cohen (which, itself, generated 150,000 tickets sold, 160 performances in 11 countries) director Eric Jean returns to BJM for a new show featuring the music of yet another renowned Montreal composer: VANISHING MÉLODIES – Music by Patrick Watson is a contemporary ballet that finds its roots at the heart of the music of the celebrated musician, composer and performer whose poetic evocation is hailed on all stages of the world. With an exciting new season upon us, it is a tremendous pleasure…

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