Le Patin Libre (QC) 
Vertical Influences

Le Patin Libre at Alexandra Palace, part of Dance Umbrella 2014.

Le Patin Libre is a contemporary ice skating company from Montréal, Canada.  Using ice, skates and glide as medias, their work is a form of contemporary dance on ice. The first Patin Libre collective was founded in 2005 par by ex high-level figure skaters united with the intention of transforming their athleticism into a means of free artistic expression, and their shows began as a series of demonstrations on frozen ponds. Far from sparkles, stereotypes and champions’ demos, the creations of Le Patin Libre propose real works of art exploiting the amazing choreographic and theatrical potential of glide.

At the base of their work is the question: “What is skating?”  Their research projects always bring them back to the same answer: glide.  Glide is the possibility to imprint movement on immobile bodies.  It is the uniqueness of their dance.  It is the magic they play with, until it becomes a vertigo, for their own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the public.

Vertical Influences
Vertical Influences is a contemporary ice-skating double-bill. Through ice-skating virtuosity, ‘Influences’ explores the human inter-relations between individuals and the groups they are part of.  Leadership, bullying, individualism, rivalry…  A group going through obvious tensions is seen evolving toward a new harmony.

In ‘Vertical’, a superb group of five liberated individuals challenges the audience.  Through an almost vertiginous rhythmic and choreographic essay, a new audience-performance relation is explored: the spectators are sitting on the ice, very close to an exciting show moving lots of air.  Literally.

Dancers: Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Taylor Dilley, Jasmin Boivin
Technical Director: David Babin

Le Patin Libre perform Vertical Influences as part of the Festival of New Dance on Saturday, October 8th at 7:00pm at the Jack Byrne Arena. Please bring skates and helmets in order to participate in the skating party which follows their performance. Click here for tickets.


Julyen Hamilton (Spain)
The Immaterial World

Julyen Hamilton

Julyen Hamilton
is a dancer, choreographer, poet, teacher and musician. He has been making and performing dances for 40 years throughout the world. Born in England, he trained in London in the 1970’s, a time of radical experimentation. He has been an exponent of innovative performance since that time. 
His work is mostly improvised: he composes dance works instantly, as well as the texts which often accompany them. His work with text is unique. It fuses naturally his long-term writing practice with his refined skills in dancing.

He is at present performing the solos The Immaterial World, The Forerunner and LANDSCAPE PORTRAIT; performing with bass player Barre Phillips and in productions of The Wheel in Brussels and The Needle in Berlin. His first poetry/music album ‘The Edge of Letters’ was released in 2011 and his new album ‘Even Storms Break’ with bassist Wilbert de Joode comes out in 2016.

The Immaterial World
This is my take on the beyond

as it resides right in the here and now.
It is both eerie and assuring; it wavers calmly on the edge

of perception and understanding.

It provides little reference except
the movement of
and the sounds from
the body.

“Welcome to the Immaterial World.”

Julyen Hamilton is both a poet and a world-renowned improvisational dancer. Over the past decades, the spoken word has factored prominently into his dance work, with the sounds and forces of his spoken words playing equal role alongside his improvised dancing and directions on stage. The Immaterial World, he says, is his take on the beyond, as it resides right here and now. Here we find words disintegrated, with sense and structure in another realm, leaving behind only traces of sound and voice. The soul and tangibility of the piece is driven by the sound, by the body and by their spontaneous interaction with one another.

Julyen performs The Immaterial World at the Festival of New Dance on Monday, October 3rd at 8:00pm at the LSPU Hall.Click here for tickets.

Joe Ink. (BC) 

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Led by Artistic Director Joe Laughlin, Joe Ink. was founded in 1995. Described as “wickedly sophisticated,” “unusual,” and “daring,” this Vancouver dance company speaks in a movement language all its own. With a reputation for versatility, Joe Ink. creates provocative, witty and lyrical work. Since its inception, Joe Ink. has balanced local performances and projects in partnership with national and international artists and organizations.

The company’s mission is to engage and inspire people through the medium of dance, pushing the edge creatively and artistically as professional artists while strengthening community through dance. In addition to a large portfolio of successful works, JOE INK has also produced multiple public performances in the context of the community-based dance program Move It!

It’s an 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. 4OUR echoes the evolution of life’s journey, from our early days through adulthood, including those who influence, support, protect, and ultimately leave us. 4OUR examines the power of memory as we navigate through life.

Laughlin began choreographing this piece as a solo for dancer Gioconda Barbuto when, as he told Janet Smith of The Georgia Straight, “Something in me said, ‘I’m a dancer. I love this, I miss this.’ ” It had been a decade since he had last danced and with 4OUR, now a piece with four dancers, all of whom are of varying ages but all of whom are very close friends, Laughlin finds a new way of moving in a more mature body, which he uses to explore life, aging and the moments that shape our journey.

Joe Ink. performs 4OUR as part of the Festival of New Dance on Tuesday, October 4th at 8:00pm at the LSPU Hall.Click here for tickets.


Maya Carroll – The Instrument (Berlin) 
Alkaline Birds
Night Glass Day Mirror

Maya Carroll - The Instrument

A Berlin based company formed by choreographer and dancer Maya Matilda Carroll and composer and musician Roy Carroll, The Instrument makes dances, music and experimental research guided by the collision of their individual artistic fascinations. Maya Matilda Carroll is an independent choreographer, dancer and teacher, based in Berlin since 2004. She has created with performers from diverse backgrounds – classical and contemporary dancers, poets, musicians, actors, opera singers and amateurs – and traveled to work in many different continents, absorbing their cultural contexts. Roy Carroll is a composer and musician born in Dublin, living in Berlin, making performances, recordings and compositions. His work explores the physicality of music through provoking kinetic interactions between materials such as denuded loudspeakers, resonant objects, textured materials, feedback loops, the moving body, and acoustic spaces.

Alkaline Birds
Alkaline Birds exist in a paradise-ruin; a place for those whose tribes have gone extinct. An existential pulse of survival; primal and delicate. Displaced bodies in an ageless arc of time, moving within a dream, hungry, joyful, obscure. Abandoned and unrestrained, two figures play variable roles; traveling in time as adults, infants, animals. A cave of sounds and stories brings the past back to life, welded into a piercing, demanding present.

Direction: Maya M. Carroll
Choreography and dance: Julyen Hamilton, Maya M. Carroll
Sound installation: Roy Carroll
Light : Emese Csornai
premiered at Plateau Gallery, Greenhouse Berlin, December 14, 2014

Night Glass Day Mirror
Reflective layers of thoughts, movements, interactions; take place between two inhabitants of a concrete raft. The room is a compressed island, a window overlooking anomalies of humans and nature.

Idea / direction / performance : Maya M. Carroll and Roy Carroll
Choreography, dance: Maya M. Carroll
Electro-acoustic media: Roy Carroll
Sculpture installation: Maya M. Carroll
Lights: Emese Csornai
premiered at Improvisation Xchange Festival Berlin, July 19 2016

Maya Carroll – The Instrument performs Alkaline Birds and Day Glass Night Mirror as part of the Festival of New Dance on Thursday, October 6th at 8:00pm at the LSPU Hall. Click here for tickets.


Sasha Klienplatz (QC) 
Chorus II

Sasha Kleinplatz

Sasha Kleinplatz is a contemporary dance choreographer living and working in Montreal. Since graduating from Concordia University she  has developed and choreographed a total of 15 works involving some 40 interpreters and other artistic collaborators.  Sasha has shown her work in Montreal at  Usine C, Espace Tangente, Theatre d’Aujourd’hui, 5ieme Salle, and Studio 303. Her choreographies have also been shown at Kinetic Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, and at the Fredericton Playhouse in New Brunswick.

Chorus II
Heralded a Kleinplatz’ breakthrough work, the movement of Chorus II is inspired by the memory of her grandfather swaying or davening as he recited the Sabbath prayers. It’s an exploration of masculinity that evokes strength and tenderness, performed by 6 athletic dancers with strong personalities and a riveting multi-instumentalist. The piece suggests a physical, cathartic ritual tinged with nostalgia. A spiritual quest, a connection to a greater power and a metaphor for getting beyond the self.  Originally created for 7 men, Sasha has recently chosen to ask women to perform Chorus II as a way of highlighting the fluidity and malleability of gender as a performance of the self.

Choreographer: Sasha Kleinplatz
Dancers: Ellen Furey, Anouk Theriault, Nathan Yaffe, Lael Stelleck, Justin Da Luna, Arthur Portugal

The Festival of New Dance presents Sasha Kleinplatz’s Chorus II on Friday, October 7th at 8:00pm at the LSPU Hall.Click here for tickets.

Sara Porter (ON)  
Sara does a Solo

Sara Porter, Sara Does A Solo 2016

Sara Porter trained in an array of performance techniques including acting, singing, voice, clown and a range of contemporary dance styles in Montreal, Toronto, Edinburgh, England and New York. She holds a BA (Honours) in Fine Arts from Acadia University, where she graduated as Student of the Year. She completed an MA (Dance Studies) at University of Surrey, England, where she studied choreography under Emilyn Claid and wrote history, dance analysis and criticism. Sara Porter is a member of the Intergalactic Arts Collective based in Toronto’s cultural hub Artscape Youngplace. She is Associate Artist at pounds per square inch performance, and a long-standing member of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA).

Sara does a Solo
Celebrated on both sides of the border, called “soulful”, “urgent” and a “tour de force” by New York presenters, Sara does a Solo is a fearless account of aging and the reflective mind. After 25 years writing on the works and lives of other artists, Porter turns her pen on herself to present a collision of dance, storytelling, poetry, stand-up, singing and visual design in an inter-play of fact and fiction, memoir and fantasy, confession and caricature.

Sara does a Solo is about becoming a mature artist – with all the richness and the loss. It is a funny, fantastical, yet sober (and sometimes drunken) account of middle-age, a kind of self-deprecating look at how we perceive ourselves as we age, what we are capable of, and how having children enhances our creativity and yet also costs us something very real. With a strong visual design and through humour and humility, Sara does a Solo shares a strident personal message of survival, struggle, and the value of being an artist.
Sara Porter will perform Sara does a Solo as part of the Festival of New Dance on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:30pm at the Masonic Temple. Click here for tickets.