Atlantic Dance Showcase Artists

Candice Pike (NL)
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Candice Pike
is a dance maker and teacher based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, whose creative work is rooted in building communities and encouraging empathy. In 2016 she created a series of site-specific community-engaged performances pieces, facilitated an ArtSmarts project at Elwood High, and presented her recent work coeurPulse throughout Atlantic Canada.

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hearTea debuted at the Festival of New Dance in 2014 as an improvised exploration of stories and photographs from St. John’s history. Since that time, Candice has focused her creative efforts on devising site-specific performances by responding to photographs, heartbeats, family stories, and inherited objects, creating pieces based on the subtleties and stories contained in intergenerational (genetic) memory. From this has emerged the importance of drinking tea, reading and writing letters, and generating empathy by literally and metaphorically getting to the ‘heart’ something. This performance attempts to weave these elements together to tell stories shared with me in downtown St. John’s. These window dances can be watched in detail, or just viewed at a glance, in passing.

Candice Pike will perform Window Dances as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Wednesday, October 5th at 12pm at Rocket Bakery; and on Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th at 5:30 at the Johnny Ruth storefront at 181 Water Street as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase.Click here for tickets.

 

La Azulita (NS)
Zapatañuela

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Born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Megan “La Azulita” Matheson Hamilton has become one of the most renowned flamenco dancers in Eastern Canada. Learning the stage at a young age, she grew up singing in her musical family and performing around Nova Scotia. In early 2002, while attending school at Dalhousie University, Megan discovered flamenco and began studying under Evelyne Benais of El Viento Flamenco. After completing her degree in neuroscience and contemplating attending medical school, she shifted her focus to pursue a career as a professional flamenco dancer, heading to Spain to study under some of the top dancers in the world. Upon returning in 2005, she joined El Viento Flamenco. As a member of El Viento she toured across the country, and in 2007, won an ECMA award for Best Traditional Group Recording. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Dianne Moore Scholarship for her work with renowned flamenco dancer Rafael de Carmen.  

In 2010, Megan founded her own company, Compañía Azul. She has since performed across Canada including collaborations with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Victoria Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she was invited to the Calgary Flamenco Festival to open for one of the most highly regarded flamenco dancers of our time, Olga Pericet.

Zapatañuela is a percussion focused, solo flamenco dance piece. The title is a hybrid of the words “zapateado,” meaning  footwork and “castañuelas”, meaning castanets. The piece combines foot percussion and castanets, performing them together simultaneously. The result is a unique and complex marriage of rhythms. I began experimenting with this idea shortly after my son was born as a way to accompany myself dancing (castanets being a percussive instrument). I created Zapatañuela as my one-woman flamenco show, if you will. Zapatañuela exposes the soul of a flamenco dancer: a stand-alone performer teetering on the edge of the rhythm she creates. 

La Azultia will perform Zapatañuela as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Tuesday, October 4th at 3:30pm at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.

 

Lesandra Dodson (NB)
In two days a man can change

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Lesandra Dodson
, currently living in Fredericton and originally from Vancouver, began her formative training in Dance Studies at Simon Fraser University. In 1990, after graduating from the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, she danced with Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa. Lesandra returned to Winnipeg in 1991 to become a company member with Dance Collective, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and Trip Dance Company, of which she is a founding member. In 2000, she moved to Toronto to work independently as a choreographer. Over the next few years she participated numerous times as a choreographer at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under Artistic Director, Peter Boneham, an experience integral to her choreographic education. Lesandra has performed and created in Asia, Europe, Mexico, the United States and Canada. 

In Two days a Man Can Change
In Two Days A Man Can Change received glowing reviews from The Globe and Mail when first presented in Toronto in 2010. Highly characterized and dramatic, the duet deals with struggles between nature and nurture. Throughout the piece, the dancers transform themselves through movement, gesture and prosthetic additions, underscoring the foibles of humankind.

Creation for ‘Part 2’ of this piece will begin in 2017 – to craft a new section about the making of the original, which will be part commentary, part reality show – a duet that highlights the real-life personal dynamic between the two artists in response to making the original work. We will be shedding the layers of a crafted piece and delving into the intricate personal relationship between these two artists.

“It’s a strange thing how in two days a man can change from a 30 a month rider to an outlaw and not even feel it. Almost like the man has nothing to do with it. Just like a rope pulling you into things.”

“Within a world of bleakness, the one who wins will choose the light.” – Elmore Leonard

Choreography: Lesandra Dodson
Performers: Ric Brown and Darryl Tracy
Composition/Sound Design: Christine Fellows
Video Concept: Images of Monument Valley
Text: excerpts from “The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard” and original text by Darryl Tracy and Ric Brown

Twigs
Lesandra Dodson & Christine Fellows: Over our 22-year friendship, we’ve worked together on several projects, mainly in our roles as choreographer and composer. In recent years, our workshops and creative processes have taken a more exploratory form. Twigs was conceived with the goal of breaking out of our traditional creative roles, creating a truly fluid, conversational performance work.

Our conceptual starting-point began with the relationship between Lesandra and her younger brother, Ryan. Sixteen years ago, Ryan lost the ability to move and communicate in conventional ways. Though these two siblings have vastly different ways of experiencing the world, they share an unbreakable bond. We asked ourselves to view the world from both these perspectives, and moved forward from there, bringing dancers Ali Robson and Aaron Paul in to join us on this exploration. The generosity and depth these two dancers brought to the process was incredibly moving. We think of Twigs as a duet within a duet. We dedicate this piece to our families.

Choreography: Lesandra Dodson
Songwriter/Performer: Christine Fellows 
Dancers:  Ali Robson and Aaron Paul 

Lesandra Dodson will perform In Two days a Man Can Change and Twigs as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Tuesday, October 4th at 3:30pm at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.

 

Mocean Dance (NS)
Standing alone facing you 
Our Unfortunate deaths 

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Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mocean Dance creates and performs athletic, vibrant contemporary dance. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, Mocean commissions Canadian and international choreographers to create dance that is highly physical, collaborative, and technically and emotionally rich. Founded in 2001, Mocean Dance is nationally recognized as a leading company from the Atlantic region. A resident company of Halifax Dance since 2002, Mocean is committed to its home base in Nova Scotia, contributing to the province’s dance and arts community by providing opportunities for creation, performance, collaboration, development and education. The 2016-17 Season Mocean Dancers are: Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Sara Coffin, Sarah Rozee, Gillian Seaward-Boone, and Elise Vanderborght.

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If you could face yourself what would be revealed? Curious about the equation of two, this is a duet not about two people but a solo that explores the internal and external self. The physical reality and the mirror of who we want to be. A physical interpretation of the state of mind that we all experience; “Is this enough? Am I enough?” If you could extract yourself from your own body, what would you tell your present day self? In this journey of reflection we eventually realize we are our own heroes and life will not go as expected. The best way to help yourself is to show your own vulnerability. Life is an improv – Just get up and dance.

Choreography: Sara Coffin
Dancers: Sara Coffin & Gillian Seaward-Boone
Music Composition and Set Design: Brian Riley
Lighting Design: Stephane Menigot
Costume Design: Rachael Grant
Commissioned by Mocean Dance

Our Unfortunate Deaths
In a desperate grasp to invigorate their dwindling lives, three women (once a royal sisterhood) use their beauty, prowess and brutal force to stay alive. Each strike, each breath, each deliberate move to persist wraps them further in an entwining nightmare. Their only escape is the passion in which they take part in their old world games and long ago manners. Part fable, part murder mystery, part physical marathon “our unfortunate deaths” is a story of survival…however messy that may be.

Choreography: Sharon B. Moore
Dancers: Rhonda Baker, Sarah Rozee, Gillian Seaward-Boone
Music: Bach – Concerto in D minor; Beethoven – Piano Sonata #13 in E flat and Piano Sonata #15 in D
Lighting Design: Martin Saintonge
Costume Design: Rachael Grant
Commissioned by Mocean Dance

Mocean Dance will perform standing alone facing you and Our Unfortunate Deaths as part the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Wednesday, October 5th at 3:30 at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.


SINS (NS)
Waiting for Bardo(t)

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(Sometimes in Nova Scotia) Dance is a collective of contemporary dance artists that strives to create and bring exciting contemporary dance work to Nova Scotia. SINS was established in 2005 by three co-founders: Jacinte Armstrong, Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, and continues under the Artistic Direction of Jacinte Armstrong. Sometimes in Nova Scotia, and sometimes not, SiNS endeavours to build collaborative opportunities between Nova Scotia and abroad -and for other artists who are interested in the area. Since its inception, SINS has created 10 works in Nova Scotia by artists Jacinte Armstrong, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Susan Lee, Daelik, Thomas Lehmen, Kelly Keenan, and Denise Fujiwara. SiNS has been presented by Live Art Dance, Kinetic Studio, and the city of Halifax, and has toured the Maritimes and across Canada including performances in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Jacinte Armstrong trained at Halifax Dance and went on to study at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, and Dalhousie University. She co-founded and currently directs SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) Dance, and is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio. She performs regularly with Mocean Dance, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaboration with architects, visual artists, radio producers, filmmakers, and musicians. She has worked with Cory Bowles, Veronique MacKenzie, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Thomas Lehmen (Schreibstuck), Phin Performing Arts, Gwen Noah Dance, Secret Theatre, Sarah Chase, Denise Fujiwara and more. Jacinte is a Dora Award nominee for best ensemble performance in Tedd Robinson’s Canvas 5×5, along with the cast from Mocean Dance. The Canvas 5×5 ensemble is also a finalist for the 2016 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award. Jacinte is a two-time recipient of the Diane Moore Creation Scholarship awarded by Live Art Dance Productions, and a 2016 recipient of the Established Artist Recognition Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. She is a member of CADA, the CDA, and the DTRC.

Elise Vanderborght studied ballet in Belgium with Piotr Nardelli then in Paris with Monica Arabian. While in Paris she worked with Les Ballets Jazz Arts. In 1997, Elise moved to Montreal to study at École Supérieur de Danse du Québec. In Montréal, Elise worked with Marie Chouinard, Isabelle Van Grimde, Howard Richards, Jean Grand-Maître, Lucie Grégoire, Pigeons International, la Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, and Montréal Danse. In 2005, Elise moved to Halifax where she has danced with Lisa Langley, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Gwen Noah, Veronique MacKenzie, Mocean Dance, Verve Mwendo, SINS Dance, as well as in Live Art Dance Productions’, “Ear I am” with Belgium-based choreographer Barbara Mavro Thalissitis. She is now sharing her work life between Halifax and Montreal where she is currently collaborating with Deborah Dunn and Danièle Desnoyers. Elise is a member of CADA, the CDA, the DTRC, and UDA.

Denise Fujiwara is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. EUNOIA, a multimedia work based on Christian Bök’s Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, premiered at World Stage in Toronto and was named one of NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014. It toured to Halifax and across Canada in October. Live Art Dance has also presented her works, NO EXIT, Lost & Found and Sumida River, and been an appreciated proponent of her artistic development. International commissions include Cuenta las Estellas, for the Compania Nacional de Costa Rica and Broelliner Geists for eXit’11 in Germany. In 2015 she was a soloist in the Luminato Festival's Apocalypsis under Lemi Ponifasio.  Fujiwara has loved working with SiNS, Live Art Dance and all of her very creative collaborators on this work in Halifax. 

Waiting for Bardo(t)

In Waiting for Bardo(t), two young women, Jaja and LiLi, find themselves entangled in Godot, Bardot, the bardo and butoh, as they search for the ineffable. Waiting is a kind of limbo, a space-time of in-between- ness. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s characters live in a state of not knowing, where famously, ‘nothing happens, twice’. Brigitte Bardot found the life of a celebrity, in-between multiple husbands and lovers, pleasure and excess, to be profoundly dissatisfying. In Japanese aesthetic terms, the in-between known as ma, is embodied in the dance theatre form of Butoh as strangely elastic space-time. Bardo is the Tibetan Buddhist term for the state between death and re-birth as well as any experience of in-between- ness, all of which hold possibilities for freedom.

For this work we constrained ourselves to using only the stage directions from Beckett’s most famous play. Not surprisingly this created choppy, non sequitur action. The many gaps or bardos could be viewed as problems for the dance, but we saw them as open invitations to create new material and add text that could give the old stage directions alternate meanings and contexts. Creating a script entirely out of bits and pieces of Brigitte Bardot’s movie dialogue and interviews seemed like an unlikely way to find solutions for the fractured structure, but I found that her characters often made existential statements and queries that gave life to our characters. Creating this work required meticulous attention to myriad details and the performers are required to assimilate these into layers of complex physical, vocal, and improvisational scores in an intricate structure. The world of Bardo(t) is further expanded by our team of creative collaborators. Like Godot’s characters, LiLi and Jaja contemplate open-ended questions about life, the kind that enrich life even if they do not find answers or solutions. -Denise Fujiwara

Director/Choreographer: Denise Fujiwara
Performers: Jacinte Armstrong (JaJa), Elise Vanderborght (Lili)
Sound Designer/Composer: Phil Strong
Lighting Designer: Roelof Peter Snippe
Voice Director: Gerry Trentham
Video designer: Laurel MacDonald
Costume Designer/builder: Carly Beamish
Technical Director/Stage Manager: Marçel Boulet
Props: Henry Jackson

SINS will be performing as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Wednesday, October 5th at 3:30pm at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.

 

Sarah Joy Stoker (NL)
The worth of
Our heart breaks

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St. John’s, NL native Sarah Joy Stoker began her dance training as a child and graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in 1996. She went on to work as an independent dance artist for David Pressault Danse, Pigeons International and Lynda Gaudreau’s compagnie de Brune, among others, performing throughout Canada, Europe, and in Brazil. Her own work has been presented throughout Canada, in New York and Italy.

Our heart breaks
Our heart breaks looks at the interplay between ecology and inhabitance, greed and entitlement, consumerism and convenience, and the resulting loneliness and emptiness we see throughout history. It highlights the non-humans that continue to be devastated in and by our world. It looks at the planet as a moving piece in the puzzle that is our evolution and the challenge to stabilize the fury of speed at which it has and continues to change.

Choreographed by Sarah Joy Stoker, featuring Peter Trotszmer, Caroline Niklas, Jennifer Lynn Dick, Tammy MacLeod, Andrea Tucker, Lisa Porter, Neil Conway and Sarah Joy  Stoker. Score created by Jonathan Swyers with Lori Clarke, Sarah Joy Stoker and Neil Conway.

The worth of
A duet between dance artist Sarah Joy Stoker and composer Lori Clarke, incorporating live streamed and recorded video, The worth of, cries out for a deeper connection to the planet that supports us. It is an expression of mourning and loss in the face of such an aggressive economically driven world, one with seemingly little sense of the value of ecology, nor the disconnect so much of the world has to the fundamental systems that afford us life.

Created and performed by Sarah Joy Stoker
Sound composition and live performance – Lori Clarke
Light design by Robert Gauthier
Outside eye – Anne Troake
Video by Sarah Joy Stoker in collaboration with Lori Clarke, Phil Winters and Robert Gauthier
Midway Island Bird photographs – Chris Jordan

As part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase, Sarah Joy Stoker will perform Our heart breaks on Wednesday, October 5th at 8:00pm at the LSPU Hall and The worth of on Thursday, October 5th at 3:30pm at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.


Lisa Porter (NL)
Future Perfect

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Multidisciplinary artist Lisa Porter has made a significant contribution to dance in St. John’s both as an artist and curator. Her award winning TV miniseries Above and Beyond and her short films have screened internationally. Lisa holds a BA (English) and an MPhil (Humanities).

Future Perfect
How do our actions create the future? How do we understand what philosopher Ernst Bloch dubbed the not yet conscious, that is, a future that not mired in a static past or a murky unconscious, but is open, surprising and indescribable? We were sparked by Paul Klee’s painting Angelus Novus. Walter Benjamin envisioned its ephemeral subject as the Angel of History who “would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise [that] irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned…”

Choreographer: Lisa Porter
Performers: Andrea Tucker, Tammy MacLeod
Score: Lori Clarke
Costume Design: Kelly Bruton
Original Lighting Design: Phil Winters

Andrea Tucker is s a St. John’s – based dancer, improviser, teacher, and choreographer.  A graduate of the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, she has trained and worked with various local and international artists, including a variety of workshops and somatic intensives. Andrea holds a BA (Linguistics) and BEd (Primary/Elementary).

Tammy MacLeod  is a dance artist trained at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Maindance. She most recently worked with Eryn Trudell, Liz Solo, Andrea Tucker, Louise Moyes and Sarah Joy Stoker. The St. John’s dance community has nurtured her dance life and continues to support her from her home in Nova Scotia.

Lisa Porter’s Future Perfect will be performed by Tammy MacLeod and Andrea Tucker as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Thursday, October 6th at 3:30 at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.

 

Louise Moyes / The Daly Family Collective (NL)
All Zoos Everywhere
If a Place Could Be Made


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Louise Moyes performs docu-dances: shows she researches, choreographs, and performs, working with the rhythm of voices, language, and accents like a musical ‘score’. Moyes studied at Studio 303 in Montreal. She has performed throughout  NL and Canada and in Germany, Italy, Iceland, New York, Australia, France, and Brazil. Louise’s version of  the Lisa Moore story All Zoos Everywhere was named one of the Top Three Performances in 2013 by The Overcast, St. John’s. Louise Moyes and Paul Rowe’s interactive show Francophone Newfoundland and Labrador was awarded a Manning Heritage Award in the Provincial category, 2014. Louise is the recipient of The Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award 2016 for Innovation in Dance by a mid-career artist.  

All Zoos Everywhere
A gorilla, a child, a man and Heidegger cross paths one day in a zoo in Rotterdam, trying to “break through that retaining wall of time”  – and other enclosures, real or imagined. Are we ready for the onslaught when the barriers break between animal and human, time and being? And who will forgive us?

Concept, choreography, costume: Louise Moyes in collaboration with Anne Troake 
Performance: Louise Moyes
Music: UAKTI’s Bolero
Sound Design: Lori Clarke
Lighting Design: Robert Gauthier

All Zoos Everywhere appears in the book The Selected Short Fiction of Lisa Moore (2012) and is used with permission from House of Anansi Press and Lisa Moore. Performed to date in St. John’s, Toronto, Eastport and New York.

If a Place Could Be Made
Kitty and Daniel Daly of Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay, had 12 children, six of whom were very tall and six of whom had achondroplasia, formerly called dwarfism, and now known as people of short stature. Their great-granddaughter (and great-niece), singer-songwriter Diana Daly, dancer-actor Louise Moyes, and director/ collaborator Anne Troake have been asked to tell their stories.

In a journey of friendship and song, Diana and Louise bring the Daly family’s memories to life through powerful images, tales, songs, dance, laughter, and a bit of Carlton Showband! If a Place Could Be Made is a story about family, strong personalities, great faith, inclusion, expansion, and making the best out of what we have been given.

Created by The Daly Family Collective: Diana Daly, Louise Moyes, Anne Troake Performers-Writers: Diana Daly and Louise Moyes
Director-Dramaturge: Anne Troake
Original Songs: Diana Daly
Dancers: Louise Moyes and Anne Troake
Composition for Ann Daly Dance: Lori Clarke
Edit Audio Interviews: Anne Troake
Sound Mix: Lori Clarke
Lighting: Flora Planchat and Robert Gauthier
Folk Song: Who is by my window weeping
Mary and Cack’s Dance: Carlton Showband – Nothing like a Newfoundlander
Interviewees: Kay Haynes (Daly), the Daly Family and the Bishop Family.

As part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase, Louise Moyes will be performing If a Place Could Be Made on Wednesday, October 5th at 8:00pm at the LSPU Hall and All Zoos Everywhere on Thursday, October 6th at 3:30pm at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.

 

Idealicious (NL)

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Idealicious
is a 35-minute contemporary dance performance that explores word play and the alphabet. Choreographed by Montreal-based dancer, choreographer, and educator Eryn Trudell, it is presented by Tammy MacLeod, Andrea Tucker and Calla Lachance who perform a combination of solo, duo, and trio pieces. Idealicious is a playful and accessible performance that mixes spoken word with movement to explore fun extrapolations on the letters of the alphabet.

Idealicious performs as part of the Atlantic Dance Showcase on Thursday, October 6th at 3:30pm at the Masonic Temple.Click here for tickets.

 

Anne Troake (NL)
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is a multi-disciplinary artist from Twillingate, Newfoundland. Her practice has its roots in choreography and dance but often utilizes filmmaking. Troake’s short film Pretty Big Dig won The CGI Jury Prize at Montreal’s Festival International du Film sur L’Art. Her work has been shown at The Canada Dance Festival, the Soho 20 Gallery (NYC), Artist’s Television Access (San Francisco), the Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the Goethe Institute. In 2005, Troake completed her ethnographic documentary My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers for the National Film Board of Canada, which garnered rave reviews by the public and press across Canada and launched Ms. Troake into research and exploration of the human body’s relationship to nature as manifested in physicality, morality and beliefs. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Anthropology at Memorial University

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Two mammals move through the boreal forest.

Species: human.

An arresting experiment in 3D cinema, OutSideIn ventures into the woods to investigate our primordial relationship with the natural world.

Reframing the human presence within nature, filmmaker and choreographer Anne Troake turns her gaze on familiar terrain — her own rewilded family farm – and reveals a sublime and unsettling new universe. Joining her on the outing are Carol Prieur, premier dancer with La Compagnie Marie Chouinard; and Bill Coleman, founding member of Coleman Lemieux & Cie, renowned for its innovative, unbridled artistic vision.

The spacious soundscape, designed by Ross Murray, features music by avant-garde luminary Jim O’Rourke and original compositions by Murray himself. Stereoscopic photography is directed by Alain Baril. OutSideIn is co-produced by Galin Productions and Coleman Lemieux & Cie, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation.

Anne Troake presents OutSideIn as part of the Atlantic Dance showcase on Friday, October 7th at Sobeys Square Cineplex, Mount Pearl. Click here for tickets.