Writers Reflections

Gorging on madness – Greg Bruce on The Instrument’s Night Glass Day Mirror

Gorging on madness – Greg Bruce on The Instrument’s Night Glass Day Mirror

Posted by on October 08, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gorging on madness – Greg Bruce on The Instrument’s Night Glass Day Mirror

Watching Maya Carroll -The Instrument perform Night Glass Day Mirror is like watching two people move in and out of a nightmare or bad trip. The soundscape is created on stage by Roy Carroll and consists of a cacophony of loud pops, feedback, scrapes, and other distorted percussive gestures. Maya moves in precise spasms as she seems to interact with the visions of a […]

The Motif of the Ageing Dancer – Gloria Hickey on Sara Porter and Joe Ink.

The Motif of the Ageing Dancer – Gloria Hickey on Sara Porter and Joe Ink.

Posted by on October 08, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Motif of the Ageing Dancer – Gloria Hickey on Sara Porter and Joe Ink.

Joe Ink.’s performance of 4OUR admirably accomplished its goal of expressing the “intriguing paradox that as we mature into the height of our artistic abilities, our bodies begin a slow deterioration, leaving our emotional lives and memories more vivid and potent than ever.” In addition was the consistent, palpable and poetic sense of relationship on stage. From the opening notes […]

Amusement, honesty, and integrity – Greg Bruce on Sara Does a Solo

Amusement, honesty, and integrity – Greg Bruce on Sara Does a Solo

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Sara Porter’s Sara Does A Solo gives an intriguing look into the inner and outer life of an artist. Using movement, song, and spoken word, Porter portrays the often confused persona of someone who identifies as a mother, daughter, writer, dancer, and musician. She exposes the audience to the bare truth that life, as in art, is filled with everything […]

Gloria Hickey on If a Place Could Be Made

Gloria Hickey on If a Place Could Be Made

Posted by on October 06, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gloria Hickey on If a Place Could Be Made

If a Place Could Be Made tells the true story of Kitty and Daniel Daly of Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay and their sprawling family of twelve children born between the years of 1913 and 1934. The storyline has the makings of a Newfoundland fable– for six of the children were very tall and six had achondroplasia, or dwarfism. The Daly […]

Lost and found at the same moment – Mack Furlong on Joe Ink.’s 4OUR

Lost and found at the same moment – Mack Furlong on Joe Ink.’s 4OUR

Posted by on October 06, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lost and found at the same moment – Mack Furlong on Joe Ink.’s 4OUR

A horrible thing for a bloggist to admit, a loss for words. But here I am, following Joe Ink.’s presentation of 4our.   I felt like I did after first seeing a symphony orchestra live, or listening to the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra or Ornette Coleman; after reading James Joyce or Doris Lessing; hearing Nina Simone sing or walking […]

Gloria Hickey – Julyen Hamilton Lures Us Into His Immaterial World

Gloria Hickey – Julyen Hamilton Lures Us Into His Immaterial World

Posted by on October 06, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gloria Hickey – Julyen Hamilton Lures Us Into His Immaterial World

With a title like The Immaterial World it begs the question, “what is an immaterial world?” When the audience streamed in Hamilton was already seated on stage on a stool in the shadows, back to the audience. Soon we heard a series of familiar but indistinguishable vocalization from him. Like voices overheard in a multitude of languages, the babble of […]

Yes to everything – Mack Furlong on Julyen Hamilton’s The Immaterial World

Yes to everything – Mack Furlong on Julyen Hamilton’s The Immaterial World

Posted by on October 04, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Yes to everything – Mack Furlong on Julyen Hamilton’s The Immaterial World

Heading to the performance by Julyen Hamilton of his piece The Immaterial World, knowing nothing of Julyen Hamilton or his piece, I find many associations rushing to mind.   Does he mean immaterial in the sense of not tangible, of being spiritual? Or flimsy? Or does he suggest meaninglessness? Something being not relevant or unimportant?   Or is he suggesting […]

Change, gender and vulnerability – Bryhanna Greenough talks to Sasha Kleinplatz, choreographer of Chorus II

Change, gender and vulnerability – Bryhanna Greenough talks to Sasha Kleinplatz, choreographer of Chorus II

Posted by on October 03, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Change, gender and vulnerability – Bryhanna Greenough talks to Sasha Kleinplatz, choreographer of Chorus II

In anticipation of this year’s Festival of New Dance, I had the opportunity to speak with Montreal choreographer Sasha Kleinplatz who will debut a new version of Chorus II on October 7 at LSPU Hall. I caught up with Kleinplatz over Skype on a grey Saturday morning in Portland, to hear her story of inspiration behind the piece, and to […]

THURSDAY NIGHT: When the FACETS Come Together we Have a Gem by Gloria Hickey

THURSDAY NIGHT: When the FACETS Come Together we Have a Gem by Gloria Hickey

  10 Gates Dancing Inc, October 8 — a facet (of FACETS) We were especially lucky to have this one-time version of FACETS, featuring Riley Sims as the “guy in white underwear”, Charles Quevillon as “the musician” and Tedd Robinson, who stole the stage as “the guy with things on his head”. Another version of this mash-up was performed in […]

THURSDAY NIGHT: When Angels Become Real, Lisa Porter’s Future Perfect

THURSDAY NIGHT: When Angels Become Real, Lisa Porter’s Future Perfect

  Lisa Porter is to be commended for assembling such a talented crew. Lori Clarke was both a collaborator/performer and was responsible for the score. Her fellow collaborator/performer was Andrea Tucker. Now, who was the human and whom the angel? They were both lyrical and yet strong—an aspect that was enhanced by Kelly Bruton’s timeless costumes. I was reminded of […]