Writers Reflections

CLOSING NIGHT: Epic Performance of Eunoia Crowns Festival Finale by Gloria Hickey

CLOSING NIGHT: Epic Performance of Eunoia Crowns Festival Finale by Gloria Hickey

  Choreographer Denise Fujiwara‘s introductory comments were most welcome.  She took us into the deliciously clever poetry of Christian Bok that inspired her with its manipulation of systematically deleting vowels.  Fujiwara then explained how she applied the concept of artful elimination or constraints to her choreography, avoiding the customary repertoire of dance forms and ensemble dancing.  As a result, I […]

OPENING NIGHT: Fou Glorieux by Gloria Hickey

OPENING NIGHT: Fou Glorieux by Gloria Hickey

  I have been a long time fan of Édouard Lock’s  LaLaLa. And that came with an undying devotion to the talents of one of his favourite troup dancers–Louise Lecavalier. So, last night you know I was going to be there for the opening night of FND (Festival of New Dance), which featured the talent of that woman who sprang […]

THURSDAY NIGHT: 10 Gates Dancing Inc: a facet (of FACETS) by Emily Deming

THURSDAY NIGHT: 10 Gates Dancing Inc: a facet (of FACETS) by Emily Deming

Thursday’s show (the third night of the festival) brought the piece I didn’t know I was waiting for. There is always one each festival that exhilarates me. This year it was the buoyant disco-ball vibrations of 10 Gates Dancing Inc. It reminded me so thoroughly and happily of the Egill Sæbjörnsson multi-media exhibit which I saw at the Reykjavik Art […]

FRIDAY MORNING: Window Dances by Joanna Barker

FRIDAY MORNING: Window Dances by Joanna Barker

  Friday Morning Window Dancing at Johnny Ruth + Living Planet Because of work commitments, I’ve never had a chance to take in Festival of New Dance daytime events. This year, it was my day job as a Nanny that allowed me to change that! Myself, a wagon and two very excited three year olds made our way to Johnny […]

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Kate Story by Joanna Barker

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Kate Story by Joanna Barker

  About halfway through her performance last night, Kate Story said “there’s nothing like music to bring back a memory”. As a teen, I too was a fervent fan of Glenn Gould. I thought I discovered him, even though it was my own Mother who first played me his cassette tapes. As Kate began describing her relationship with Glenn Gould […]

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Corpuscule Danse: Jamais Seule by Joanna Barker

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Corpuscule Danse: Jamais Seule by Joanna Barker

  When I first heard about this performance, I was immediately intimidated. I think that feeling was rooted in the sheer volume of power held by a quadriplegic dancer. The top of the show introduced the audience to dialogue, sampling life as it is day to day for France and her caregivers. As she made her way across the stage […]

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Performance May be Permanent by David Thompson

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Performance May be Permanent by David Thompson

The performance begins with a startlingly tall figure in a long coat, lit from within, from underneath. The dancer — Kate Story — ruminates (the whole piece is very verbal) about her mother’s memories of Story’s reaction to Bach’s music while still in the womb. Story then lists the pros and cons of remaining in a relationship, her arms swinging […]

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Programming Genius by Mack Furlong

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Programming Genius by Mack Furlong

Programming genius. Two autobiographical performances that celebrate life through disaster and through death; that get straight to the heart of loss with tenderness, humour, love, and an unwavering view of reality that leads to a ferocious desire not to let the loss define or defeat who you are. France Geoffroy suffered a horrendous accident in her youth that left her […]

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Resonance by Emily Deming

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Resonance by Emily Deming

Festival of New Dance: Diversity of programming deepens resonance of audience reactions “We want the festival to be accessible, even if there’s just one show […] for everybody. I’m not saying everything would appeal to every person and I don’t think it should […] if you’re programming to a community you’re programming […] divers[ity]” says Lachance. As promised, the Festival […]

OPENING NIGHT: So Blue by David Thompson

OPENING NIGHT: So Blue by David Thompson

Louise Lecavalier’s So Blue played to a full house, primed with high expectations. Lecavalier did not disappoint. She gave a mesmerizing, incredibly energetic performance that captured everyone’s unwavering attention. She danced on a stage lit by simple but changing geometric, blue and white shapes appropriate to the title of her work. The absence of red or yellow contrast was striking. […]