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Dance Victoria Stats + Facts
Dance Victoria aspires to be:
–Fresh, savvy and innovative –Collaborative, generous and engaged –Inclusive and welcoming
By the Numbers:
Vision: Bringing the World’s Best Dance to the Stage
3Dance Victoria Stats & Facts
5Welcome from the Board
7Executive Director’s Welcome
–Total audience (all programs): 23,000+
–Number of participants in Dance Days free classes: 3,000
–Rough Cuts presentations: 25
–Total number of studio hours provided through Dance Victoria’s Free Studio Access program for local dancers making new work in 2022/23: 600+
–Full time staff: 4
–Contract staff: 3
Dance Victoria Studios:
–A hub for dance training and creation in our community
–12,000 square feet over two levels
–3 fully outﬁtted studios equipped for live and livestreamed classes
–Recent upgrades to the Vernon Studio make it fully adaptable for use as a ﬁlm/television studio
–With seating risers and chairs installed, the studios can be transformed into a black box performance space that accommodates 100
–Three ofﬁces: Dance Victoria, Suddenly Dance Theatre, Protégé Dance Project
–Between 4,000 and 5,000 dance students, parents and dance makers visit Dance Victoria Studios monthly
16Royal Winnipeg Ballet with Victoria Symphony
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31Pay Your Age
34Dance Theatre of Harlem
38Ballet Edmonton with Victoria Symphony
44Malpaso Dance Company
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Photos (clockwise from top left): BODYTRAFFIC in Baye & Asa’s The One To Stay With by Steven Pisano; BalletX’s Skyler Lubin by Vandy Photography; Dance Theatre of Harlem by Christopher Duggan Courtesy of Jacob ’s Pillow Dance Festival; Malpaso Dance Company in woman with water by Ivo Roberto Baelli
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Welcome from the Board A Season of Firsts
The board welcomes you to the Royal Theatre for Dance Victoria’s Season of Firsts: our ﬁrst full season in-theatre since COVID-19, showcasing four dance companies performing for the ﬁrst time in Victoria, and the ﬁrst season with our new Executive Director, Gillian Jones. To say the board is excited is an understatement!
In our goal to bring the World’s Best Dance to the stage, Dance Victoria strives for excellence in programming that is inclusive, celebrates diversity, and exempliﬁes our passion for the art form. We want to engage our audiences, artists, and community in an ongoing conversation because it is through respecting and honouring others’ perspectives that our foundation for excellence is established.
Along with our presentation of the Royal Series, Dance Victoria champions support for local and international dance artists through residencies, the Chrystal Dance Prize, and involving the community in the celebration of dance through the annual Dance Days festival.
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None of the above would be possible without our small and dedicated staff. The Dance Victoria team works very hard to ensure our experience with dance is an enjoyable and satisfying one. The board extends our gratitude and appreciation to each staff member.
We want to thank our sponsors, donors, season subscribers, and ticket buyers. Your support is what makes this wonderful experience of dance possible. If this is your ﬁrst time at a Dance Victoria presentation, welcome and thank you for being a part of our Season of Firsts
Enjoy the show!
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It’s wonderful to welcome you back to a LIVE season of dance after COVID-19 wreaked havoc over the past few years. You are our enthusiastic supporters who appreciate the ingenuity and energy of the Dance Victoria team that kept productions running smoothly throughout unusual times.
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There was an “a-ha!” moment in the DV ofﬁce realizing the symmetry of this year’s theme — A Season of Firsts — coinciding with my joining the team. All four companies you’ll see in the Dance at the Royal Series are performing in Victoria for the very ﬁrst time. For my family, it is our own season of ﬁrsts. This summer, we packed up our house, our baby and dogs, and made the move from Seattle to Victoria. Having grown up here, I know how lucky we are to be part of this beautiful community, and to raise our son here. (Speaking of: On one of the days that I was fortunate to spend with Stephen White before his retirement, he proclaimed, “Dance Victoria has our ﬁrst baby!” Another ﬁrst.)
Stephen and Bernard Sauvé curated this season with great care. To have booked this calibre of artists, during the past year when the health of international touring companies and travel infrastructure were so uncertain — is nothing short of extraordinary. You and I have the pleasure of experiencing this season, and these artists, together. At BalletX, we’ll feel the energy build towards a stunning ﬁnale, EXALT, by Canadian choreographer Jennifer Archibald We’ll move in our seats to BODYTRAFFIC and the rhythms of Micaela Taylor’s SNAP, “inspired by the ethnically-diverse, yet isolating crowds of Los Angeles.” We are going to witness the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Cuba’s
Malpaso Dance Company — a group sought-after by the world’s top choreographers.
Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre will perform Bygones, an imaginative new work cocommissioned by Dance Victoria at the McPherson Playhouse. Our team is also thrilled to co-produce Ballet Edmonton’s Music in Motion with the Victoria Symphony. It is the ﬁrst such creative collaboration between our organizations. (You won’t want to miss the work of visionary choreographer Wen Wei Wang, including a new commission of Ian Cusson’s instrumental telling of the legend Le loup de Lafontaine, set in a northern Ontario community and exploring the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures.) I can’t wait to experience these performances with you. A Season of Firsts and yet, a season of returning to what we know, as we once again gather in the theatre.
By the time you read this, Bernard and I are already planning the 2023/24 season! My wish is to build on the foundation of artistically excellent, boundarypushing artists presented over Dance Victoria’s history, while continuing to champion innovation, and a diversity of voices and perspectives onstage. Access is a passion of mine. As we dream together of Dance Victoria’s future, I am excited for our next steps in creating welcoming and inclusive entry points for everyone to enjoy dance. Who is not in the audience, and how do we invite them in? Perhaps more importantly, where (and how) can we share dance so all can access it? DV initiatives like Pay Your Age, our free and subsidized Studio Access Program, and Nutcracker Kids and Dance Is For Everyone have laid the groundwork for opening our doors even wider. As we forge new connections with those who have not yet accessed Dance Victoria’s programs, I encourage you to support our efforts in whatever way is meaningful to you.
Thank you for being here for what is A Season of Firsts in many more ways than one. I look forward to meeting you.
–Gillian Jones, Executive Director email@example.com
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X Marks the Spot
In 2005, Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan “decided to go on an adventure together,” Cox says. They were colleagues at Pennsylvania Ballet, and both had an afﬁnity for working with new choreographers and developing new work. “It felt like the form of ballet could really use a little bit of liberation,” Cox says. “We loved ballet, but the X was the adventure. The X was expressing ourselves, exploring, experimenting. The Ballet was the past and the X was the future…trying to open up the view of what ballet can be.”
Fast forward 17 years and BalletX now creates six to eight world premieres a season and has commissioned over 100 since its inception. Working with different choreographers means dancers must be technically versatile in ballet, contemporary, hip hop and more, depending on each choreographer’s vision. For Cox, the company’s Artistic and Executive Director, she feels it’s important “to continue to create a platform where we can hear new stories. The X is so important. X marks the spot. We need to keep going to the spot of our differences and celebrate our uniqueness.”
The X factor seems to be working. The company has put Philadelphia on the map as an international destination for contemporary ballet and its Dance Exchange in-school education program has reached 2000+ Philadelphia public school students. The X-Process features open rehearsals and talkbacks with renowned choreographers and guest artists, engaging countless patrons. In 2018, the Center for World Premiere Choreography was launched, a beautiful, 5,000-square-foot studio and administrative headquarters designed by Philadelphia’s ISA, earning an AIA Merit Award for Interiors. The Center offers evening and weekend community dance classes for all ages and experience levels to learn ballet, contemporary, and hip hop with company members and professional teaching artists.
BalletX continues to innovate and reach new audiences. BalletX Beyond Premieres is a virtual subscription to world premiere ballet and behind-thescenes dance ﬁlms. The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship unites an emerging choreographer each season with a distinguished choreographer who serves as a mentor, as they both create World Premieres on BalletX. Mentors have included choreographers Trey McIntyre; Cayetano Soto; Matthew Neenan; Nicolo Fonte; John McFall and Dwight Rhoden. BalletX’s Pop Up Program, a series of 10 free pop-up performances across Great Philadelphia, reaches 2,500 community members at venues like 30th Street Station, Love Park and the Free Library. BalletX opens our season — their ﬁrst time in Victoria — with this program of ﬁve incredible works. DV
THE X IS EVERYTHING
"The core foundation of the company is ballet, but the X is everything. The X is a dancer who can experiment, explore, express themselves.”
— Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director
Photos: (facing page): Dancers Andrea Yorita and Richard Villaverde by Alexander Iziliaev; (right) BalletX dancers Ashley Simpson & Richard Villaverde by Gabriel Bienczycki
Matthew Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School. From 1994 to 2007, he danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he was also named Choreographer in Residence. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, among others. He has received numerous awards and grants and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award. He is the co-founder of BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox.
CHOREOGRAPHER, Fancy Me
Caili Quan is a New York-based choreographer who danced with BalletX from 2013 to 2020. She has created works for BalletX, Owen/Cox Dance Group, UC Santa Barbara, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and Ballet Academy East. With BalletX she performed new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Gabrielle Lamb, Penny Saunders, and Trey McIntyre, among others. Mahålang, a documentary, weaving conversations of her ChamorroFilipino upbringing in Guam, with scenes from BalletX’s Love Letter, was accepted into the Asian American International Film Festival and Center for Asian American Media Festival.
CHOREOGRAPHER, It’s Not a Cry Amy Seiwert enjoyed a 19-year performing career dancing with the Smuin, Los Angeles Chamber and Sacramento Ballet, and became Smuin's Choreographer in Residence from 2008 until 2018. Seiwert was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, is the recipient of the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography and of a “Goldie” from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her ballets are in the repertory of Ballet Austin, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and many other companies. Seiwert served as Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet from 2018 to 2020.
Jamar Roberts is the Resident Choreographer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he has created acclaimed works on the company such as Don’t Get Weary, Ode, A Jam Session for Troubling Times, and Holding Space. Roberts is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and the Ailey School and has danced for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and Complexions. He won the 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer and has performed as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet in London. Roberts joined Alvin Ailey in 2002 and retired from dancing in 2021.
Jennifer Archibald is Founder/Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and many others, and worked for Tommy Hilﬁger, NIKE, MAC Cosmetics and chart-listed singers and actors. She is the ﬁrst female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history.
MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
Photos: Matthew Neenan courtesy of BalletX; Caili Quan by Gabriel Bienczycki; Amy Seiwert by Keith Sutter; Jamar Roberts and Je nnifer Archibald courtesy of BalletX
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Nutcracker Story Synopsis
Christmas 1913, in a large Canadian home. It’s a prosperous time in a prosperous city whose population has swollen with new arrivals.
‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house, everything and everyone is stirring — even the mice! The people inside are getting ready for the big Christmas party. Outside, boys play hockey on the street. Friends and family start to arrive.
ACT I SCENE 1 (CLARA’S BEDROOM)
Twelve-year-old Clara is dreaming in front of the mirror, practising her ballet steps. She wants to be perfect when she dances for her Aunt Josephine, a singer who has traveled from Montreal on the train. Mama interrupts. “Where is the bow that I made for your hair?” she demands. “And where is Dieter?” Clara’s younger brother leaps out of a large armoire, brandishing a toy sword. Grandmother Marguerite comes into the bedroom and calms everyone down. Things aren’t the way Mama planned; not even the Christmas tree has been delivered. She runs downstairs while Grandmother shows the children photographs of Christmas past.
SCENE 2 (THE CHRISTMAS PARTY)
Mama, Papa and the butler are looking at the space in the living room where the tree should be. Among the guests arriving is Aunt Josephine. Resplendent in furs, she makes her entrance with ﬁancé, Edouard, dashing in his uniform. At last! Mr. Drosselmeier carries in a tree. Clara is introduced to his grandnephew, Julien. In no time at all, the tree is decorated, and Clara puts the star on the very top. Suddenly, the ﬁrst-ever electric Christmas lights illuminate the tree! Mr. Drosselmeier hands out presents. Dieter’s army of toy soldiers is augmented by Mounted Police. Mr. Drosselmeier’s masterpiece goes to Clara — a beautifully handcrafted Nutcracker. During Christmas dinner, Clara slips away to admire her Nutcracker and imagines that he comes alive to dance with her. The doorbell rings and a bear scurries in, admires the tree and dances happily with the Christmas toys. The party breaks up in a ﬂurry of dancing.
SCENE 3 (BEDTIME)
Clara falls asleep but is soon awakened by the terrifying Mouse King who is about to steal her beloved Nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight.
SCENE 4 (THE LIVING ROOM)
Suddenly the room starts to shift into something strange and new. Mr. Drosselmeier assures Clara she has nothing to fear. Yet, before her eyes, the Christmas tree begins to grow. Clara, surrounded by scurrying mice, tries to save her Nutcracker. The Nutcracker comes alive and chases the mice away. Dieter’s squadron of toy soldiers and Mounted Police
spring to life and battle the mice with cannons and swords. The battle takes a turn for the worse. Mouse King shoots the Nutcracker.
SCENE 5 (A MAGICAL FOREST)
Clara defeats the Mouse King and begs Mr. Drosselmeier to help her wounded Nutcracker. It’s only after Clara professes her love for Nutcracker that Mr. Drosselmeier can bring him to life again. The Nutcracker was Julien all along and he is now a handsome prince. They walk hand in hand into a magical pine forest, dancing under a sky ﬁlled with the Northern Lights. Snow begins to fall.
ACT II SCENE 1 (THE KINGDOM)
The Nutcracker Prince and Clara travel to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s kingdom, where angels help Mr. Drosselmeier with the preparations for their arrival. The Sugar Plum Fairy gives Clara and Prince Julien a warm welcome and a ceremony ensues to honour them. Wonderful dances from different lands are performed, reminding Clara of the many people arriving every day to their country. In a beautiful pas de deux, the prince has the honour of dancing with Clara. In a farewell gesture, all the inhabitants of the magical land gather to bid Clara a happy journey home.
SCENE 2 (EARLY MORNING)
When Clara awakes, she is happy to be in her bedroom. The Nutcracker stands proudly next to her. Remembering her dream, she’s relieved to see her big brother striding into the room, alive and well, and announcing, “It’s snowing!” They bundle up, go outside and watch the snow ﬂuttering down. DV
Photos: (facing page): RWB dancers Yosuke Mino, Chenxin Liu & Liam Caines by David Cooper; (this page): Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Yosuke Mino with RWB School Students by David Cooper
THE VERY FIRST NUTCRACKER
The ﬁrst performance of the Christmas ballet was held as a double premiere with Tchaikovsky’s last opera, Iolanta, around the Christmas holiday season on December 18 [O.S. December 6] 1892, at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Lev Ivanov, Second Balletmaster to the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres, worked closely with Marius Petipa, widely regarded as the Father of Russian Ballet.
Tchaikovsky accepted the commission from director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, to compose music for the charming Christmas story.
Tchaikovsky is said to have argued with a friend who wagered that the composer could not write a melody based on the notes of the octave in sequence. Tchaikovsky asked if it mattered whether the notes were in ascending or descending order and was assured it did not. This resulted in the Grand Adage from the Grand Pas de Deux of the second act where Clara/Masha dances with her magical Christmas present, the Nutcracker Prince. Among other things, the score of Nutcracker is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser-known symphonic ballad, The Voyevoda (premiere 1891).
With the generous support of many donors, Dance Victoria can provide free Nutcracker tickets to children and their caregivers of Victoria Women’s Transition House, military families, and the InterCultural Association of Greater Victoria. A big thank you to Julie Rust, a REALTOR® with Engel & Völkers. Julie has been the Campaign Chair of Nutcracker Kids for several years now. Thank you also to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund who surprised us with a donation so we can offer even more Nutcracker tickets to families and children who normally would not be able to attend! Thank you to everyone who joined us in making Christmas bright for lots of Nutcracker Kids
SUGAR PLUM PARTY
New this year is a Sugar Plum Party in the lobbies of the Royal before all ﬁve performances of the Nutcracker. Join us for fun family activities and lots of photo opportunities.
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Photos: (from top) Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s (RWB) Chenxin Liu with RWB students by David Cooper; RWB's school students by David Cooper; RWB school students with the Mouse King by Daniel Crump
NUTCRACKER CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE
The scale of Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker is enormous: approximately 27 dancers from RWB; 45 members of the Victoria Symphony; 72 local children; 35 backstage crew; and countless volunteers come together for every performance. That’s over 180 people behind and in front of the scenes! It takes a whole community of people pulling together to make magic happen and to make it look effortless for your enjoyment.
We were elated to return to auditions in September for the company’s Children’s Ensemble — an opportunity for local dancers to perform with professional dancers on the Royal stage. Dancers from 13 different studios in the region are part of the Ensemble: Allegro Performing Arts Centre; Arabesque Dance Studio; Carlson’s School of Dance; Dance
Unlimited; Dansko Studios; Karen Clark Dance Studio Inc.; Paciﬁc Dance Centre; Pirouette Dance Studio; Protégé Dance Project; Vertical Performing Arts; Veselka Dancers; Victoria Academy of Ballet; and Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts.
They have been rehearsing their roles under the guidance of local ballet teacher KerryLynn Turner, Bridge Program Director at Victoria Academy of Ballet. Thank you, KerryLynn, for coaching these dancers so they were physically and mentally prepared to perform on the Royal stage with the Victoria Symphony. And thank you to the dancers’ parents and caregivers who encouraged them to participate and audition. We are sure that their involvement in this professional production at the Royal Theatre will live in their memories for years to come. DV
of RWB’s 2018 Children Ensemble at the Royal
Theatre by Tracy Smith
January 13–22, 2023
Each winter, Dance Victoria produces a free, ten-day community celebration of dance called Dance Days. We share free classes, workshops and studio showings at local dance studios, and present works-in-progress (Rough Cuts) by some of the west coast’s hottest dance artists and choreographers at DV Studios. As a longstanding community collaboration, Dance Days engages the community in diverse and accessible dance forms, while advancing Dance Victoria’s mandate to promote dance appreciation.
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
JANUARY 13, 2023 • 7:30 PM ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Tickets: 250-386-6121 or DanceVictoria.com
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre kicks off Dance Days on January 13, 2023 with Bygones at the McPherson Playhouse. Creators David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen have performed for Victoria audiences before with their popular creations Me so you so me and Major Motion Picture, and of course, in Kidd Pivot’s award-winning Betroffenheit and Revisor Now they are bringing a work, co-commissioned by Dance Victoria through the Chrystal Dance Fund, that premiered at Bulgaria’s One Festival, and toured Europe. Bygones is a gem of dance theatre with full production value: compelling choreography; inventive lighting; ghostly architecture; and imaginative props that create magical illusions. Tregarthen explains that the work celebrates how we are shaped by what we overcome, and how something challenging can lead to something beautiful.
“…some of the city’s most exciting, ambitious dance theatre work right now, and the trip they’re offering is a rush — even if you don’t trust your eyes.” GEORGIA STRAIGHT
Join us at the McPherson Playhouse for a free, pre-show chat with a company member.
Also, as part of Dance Days, local studios are offering an array of free adult dance classes in all kinds of styles all over town. Have you ever wanted to try modern dance, ballet, ﬂamenco, ballroom, dance roller skating and more? Well, get out your dancing shoes! Now, is your chance — for free! Look for the online calendar at DanceVictoria.com in early January 2023.
IN THE COMMUNITY
It’ll move you for 10 days in January!
Photos provided by Dance Days participants
One of the highlights during Dance Days is the opportunity to see new works-in-progress (aka Rough Cuts) by some of the west coast’s hottest dance artists and choreographers. All performances are followed by informal discussions where the artists answer your questions about the work that they’re creating. Rough Cuts performances are free and accessible to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. Want to attend one of the works below? Visit DanceVictoria.com (Dance Days) to RSVP and reserve your seat.
Photos (from top): Mouth to Mouth courtesy of Luciana Freire D’Anunciação & Kelly McInnes; Visible Bodies Collective in Bury the Hatchet by Dean Kalyan, and Kemi Craig by Cedar Coast Photography. Photos (bottom): Rough Cuts from 2022 at Dance Victoria Studios with FakeKnot; Kemi Craig and Kayla Henry by Tracy Smith
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Mouth to Mouth
Choreographers: Luciana Freire D’Anunciação & Kelly McInnes
A work-in-progress duet celebrating our animality, sensuality, biological cycles and interdependence with all living beings. Inspired by symbiosis, interspecies kinship and reciprocal ecology, the duo unfolds through ongoing encounters and evolutions; becoming other; becoming-with.
Choreographers & Performers: Visible Bodies Collective
Visible Bodies Collective, founded by Lindsay Delaronde (Kanienkehaka) and co-founders Cheryl Henhawke (Kanienkehaha, Seneca), Elowynn Rose (Metis), and Nicole Mandryk (Anishinaabe, Ukrainian), is an intercultural, inter-generational group of BIPOC artists and dancers, who come from many nations and places across Turtle Island. Their core value is creating safe spaces for Indigenous women to research, create, and perform. They will share a new work that weaves story and rhythm to heal past, present and future, and to orate their experiences.
Choreographer: Kemi Craig
Bearing Witness uses choreography, improvisational dance, sensory responsive technology, and audience engagement to amplify the connection between spectatorship and performativity (the interdependent relationship between certain words and actions — as when a word or sentence implies an action). During her Dance Victoria residency, Kemi Craig collaborated with multimedia artist/entrepreneur Justin Love to learn coding electronics which respond to movement and sound, and these technologies inform her work.
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A Will of Their Own
Ominous, spooky, and uncertain, Bygones by Vancouver-based contemporary dance company, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, immerses you in a haunting supernatural universe of pseudo-things, keeping you on the edge of your seat. A teacup scoots across a table on its own; dancers appear mid-air, falling; an umbrella stalks a dancer around the stage… inanimate objects seem to have a will of their own. The plotless, 70-minute work creates visual magic as objects, dancers, and scenes seem to exist on the margins of form and formlessness.
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre has dedicated over 10 years to creating extraordinary and integral dance experiences. Its vision is jaw droppingly original and the company is committed to creating abstract, visceral, challenging work. It’s no wonder: founders David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen have been dancers with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot company since 2013. They run a pre-professional contemporary dance training program called Modus Operandi in Vancouver, and their works have toured nationally and internationally with companies like Ballet BC, Netherlands Dance Theatre 2, Hessisches Staats Ballett (Germany) and LUCODA Collective (Luxembourg). For Bygones, they explore “domestic objects as psychic tuning instruments and darkness and light as thresholds” as well as “the pact between creation and destruction.” Tregarthen says, “The saying related to the title ‘let bygones by bygones’ was a way for us to also consider how allowing things to be, however terrible or unwanted they might be in the moment, is a thing to celebrate.”
We’re thrilled to present Bygones at the McPherson Playhouse, after cocommissioning the work in 2018/19 through the Chrystal Dance Fund. It’s been torturous not presenting it in Victoria until now! Bygones premiered at Bulgaria’s One Dance Week festival, followed by performances in Germany, Quebec and Vancouver. We think it’s worth the wait! In fact, the timing is perfect, as Bygones reﬂects a time of rapid change, of evershifting boundaries, and of conﬂict and hope. It considers how we are shaped by what we have overcome, and how something challenging can lead to something beautiful.
Note: Bygones contains strobe lighting, sudden sound effects and haze. DV Photos: (facing page and this page, bottom right): Out Innerspace Dance Theatre in Bygones by Alistair Maitland; (this page, top right): Out Innerspace Dance Theatre’s Tiffany Tregarthen in mask by Lyle Reimer by David Raymond
MIXED MEDIA MASK
BY LYLE REIMER
Look for the incredible mask designed by Lyle Reimer worn by a character in Bygones that acts as an epiphany, calling to the performers to repurpose what is unresolved or lost and to make something beautiful out of what was difﬁcult.
Born in Penticton, B.C., David Raymond began as a tap dancer, later forming the hip hop collective Over the Inﬂuence. His early career took him to Brazil, Belgium, Italy, The Czech Republic, and The Netherlands before returning to Vancouver to co-create Out Innerspace. Raymond is the 2010 Isadora Performance Award winner, creates video design for dance, has toured internationally with numerous Canadian companies and he is currently performing with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot.
Born in Prince George, B.C., Tiffany Tregarthen’s early career began in New York and Seoul followed by two years in Antwerp training, performing and creating in Belgium, Italy and The Czech Republic. Alongside co-directing Out Innerspace and Modus Operandi, she has created a work for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens through their National Young Choreographer Competition, and toured internationally with numerous companies including Wen Wei Dance, Justine Chambers, Company 605, and Beijing Modern Dance Company. She has been a member of Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot since 2013.
Photos: (top left): David Raymond and all others by Alistair Maitland
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Dance Awards for Independent and Emerging Artists
The Chrystal Dance Prize helps keep creativity alive and well on the west coast, thanks to Dr. Betty “Chrystal” Kleiman, who left a bequest to Dance Victoria in 2009 held at the Victoria Foundation. The Chrystal Dance Fund is valued at more than $1.6 million, with annual interest supporting Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize. Dance Victoria will award over $50,000 in 2022/23 between two annual awards.
The prizes are open to artists living and working primarily in western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon). The Projects award for independent dance artists supports exceptional projects with an international artist (choreographer or interpreter). The Training award supports emerging western Canadian dance artists continuing their full-time training at an international institution.
In 2022/23, the winners of the Projects award were Kevin Fraser of Immigrant Lessons and Kayla Henry of Noble Riot Dance Theatre. Winners of the Training award were Robin Butterﬁeld and Isabel Tornqvist while Kiana Bell was the recipient of both the Training award and the Arabella and Robert Award for Dance
The Arabella and Robert Award for Dance for emerging artists is conferred annually in the spring through an application process in conjunction with the Chrystal Dance Prize — Training. Applications are open to dancers from across Canada who are continuing their training at an international dance conservatory or institution. Winners are selected by a committee of dance professionals.
Applications for the Chrystal Dance Prize — Projects are due in October while the deadline for the emerging artists applications is in April. Visit DanceVictoria.com for details. DV
Community Dance Archives
Dance Victoria’s online Community Dance Archives celebrates our region’s rich dance history. We’ve been collecting images, stories, proﬁles, videos and making podcasts of dancers, teachers, and productions and sharing them in the archive at DanceVictoria.com. You can participate too! The archive is interactive, which means you can upload and share images, stories, videos and more. You’ll want to check back often as we continue to add new blog posts and stories to the site for years to come.
Photos: Kayla Henry by Andrew Wierzbicki Realtor YYJ; Kevin Fraser by Yohan Kim; Kiana Bell by Andreas Zihler; Robin Butterﬁeld by David Cooper; Isabel Tornqvist by Dan@TDFoto.ca
IN THE COMMUNITY
BODYTRAFFIC LOS ANGELES // CONTEMPORARY A Million Voices CHOREOGRAPHY Matthew Neenan MUSIC Robert Sour AND OTHERS The One to Stay With CHOREOGRAPHY Baye & Asa MUSIC Russian Brass Band, Bèla Bartók & Georgy
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For the Love of Dance
Los Angeles contemporary dance company, BODYTRAFFIC, has a mission of delivering performances that inspire audiences simply to love dance. “Something we’re really committed to is a program that will make dance lovers love dance more, and that will make people who are new to dance build their love for it,” says Artistic Director/Founder of BODYTRAFFIC Tina Finkelman Berkett.
“Being a Los Angeles-based company, we’ve always had a commitment to a sense of entertainment — I think it’s something about being in the land of Hollywood and having this understanding that dance can be something that enlivens you and lifts your spirit and says, ‘It’s okay to leave the theatre feeling good.’ We love participating in the dance world in that way like — ‘Wow, that really lifted my spirits’ — especially coming out of such a challenging time.”
Finkelman Berkett’s dance career began at Aszure Barton & Artists where she was a featured dancer and Barton’s assistant. She was also a founding member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance touring internationally with him. In 2007, she relocated to Los Angeles and launched BODYTRAFFIC, devoted to sharing dance with people of all ages, demographics, and abilities. The company provides safe learning
environments for individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, down syndrome, and autism; seniors in assisted living facilities; at-risk youth; and individuals with mobility challenges through their various outreach initiatives. Classes are geared towards building conﬁdence, self-awareness, and the ability to communicate through dance.
The company has toured to more than 20 cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and The Hague, and has served as United States cultural ambassadors through DanceMotion USA in the Middle East, South Korea, Algeria, and Indonesia. The dancers are widely acclaimed for “doing it all from hip hop to ballet” (LA Dance Chronicle), and the company has established an international reputation, working with famous contemporary choreographers Kyle Abraham, Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Victor Quijada, Arthur Pita, Fernando Magadan and Micaela Taylor. This combination of superb dancers and accomplished choreographers led the Los Angeles Times to describe BODYTRAFFIC as “one of the most talked about companies—not just in L.A., but nationwide.” We’re thrilled to welcome BODYTRAFFIC to Victoria for the ﬁrst time with a selection of their signature works. DV
Photos: (facing page): Joan Rodriguez in PACOPEPEPLUTO by Tomasz Rossa; (this page, clockwise from top left): Chris Kendig; Rob Latour; Tomasz Rossa
CHOREOGRAPHER, A Million Voices
A Million Voices is inspired by the great music of Peggy Lee. Lee’s music, in response to the political climate of her time, reminds us that even during dark times, life is worth enjoying.
Matthew Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School. From 1994-2007, he danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he was also named Choreographer in Residence. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, among others. He has received numerous awards and grants and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award. He is the co-founder of BalletX with Christine Cox.
Baye & Asa
CHOREOGRAPHER, The One to Stay With The One to Stay With was created in response to Patrick Radden Keefe’s Empire of Pain. Keefe’s book chronicles the Sackler family’s rise to power and their central role in the opioid crisis.
Baye & Asa’s movement art projects are directed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington & Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt. Individually they have performed with Akram Khan Company, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Abraham in Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Gallim, Kate Weare Company and The Francesca Harper Project. They’ve presented their stage and ﬁlm work internationally and they are one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2022. They are currently artists in residence at the 92nd Street Y and working on commissions for Pioneer Works and The Martha Graham Dance Company.
SNAP is inspired by the ethnically diverse, yet isolating crowds of Los Angeles. It urges audiences to “snap out of” social pressures to conform, and to connect with their individuality as well as with people around them.
Micaela Taylor is a dancer, choreographer, and the Artistic Director, Founder, and Choreographer of the TL Collective. Trained in hip hop and ballet, she has created her own dance genre called Expand Practice, exuding emotion from the core, and creating varied physical shapes and textures as expressions of one’s authentic self. Her quirky style of exaggerated facial expressions, gesture, and athletic theatricality sets her work apart. A millennial, Taylor is a role model and inﬂuencer to aspiring BIPOC artists and is creating ground-breaking work that introduces commercial styles to concert dance. She has been commissioned to choreograph and teach by Rambert Dance Company, The Getty Museum, BODYTRAFFIC, Springboard Danse Montreal/Gibney Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, B12 Festival Berlin and Carlos Acosta’s Acosta Danza.
Alejandro Cerrudo is a Chicago based choreographer born in Madrid, Spain. His professional career includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), Paciﬁc Northwest Ballet, and New York City Ballet. Cerrudo became HSDC’s ﬁrst-ever Resident Choreographer in 2008 and held that position until 2018. He is currently Paciﬁc Northwest Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, the ﬁrst artist in the company’s history to have the honour of holding that title.
Photos: Matthew Neenan courtesy of the company; Baye & Asa by Umi Akiyoshi; Micaela Taylor courtesy of the company and Alejandr o Cerrudo by Jeff Cravotta
CHOREOGRAPHER, SNAP & BODYTRAFFIC Artist in Residence
Alejandro Cerrudo CHOREOGRAPHER, PACOPEPEPLUTO
MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
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Empowerment Through the Arts
Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969 at the height of the civil rights movement. Mitchell was the ﬁrst black principal dancer at New York City Ballet in 1955 and the famed protégé of George Balanchine. His catalyst to start Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) is said to have been spurred by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968.
Mitchell began by teaching dance in a converted garage in Harlem. He would leave the doors open so passersby could see what was going on. He relaxed the dress code to encourage enrollment by young men who preferred to dance in jean shorts and T-shirts. As the school grew, he partnered with his former ballet master, Karel Shook. In 1971, they launched DTH as a neo-classical ballet company, debuting at the Guggenheim Museum to great acclaim. Later that year, Balanchine and Mitchell co-choreographed Concerto for a Jazz Band and Orchestra, which offered an unprecedented platform for the emerging company. After a prize-winning television special, Rythmetron, choreographed by Mitchell, DTH had its ﬁrst full season in New York in 1974. Balanchine gave Mitchell the rights to a repertoire of recognizable modern classics for his programs, which was invaluable, and by 1979, DTH was touring internationally with a repertoire of 46 ballets.
Budding ballerina, Virginia Johnson, met Mitchell while a student at the NYU School of the Arts, and became a founding member and eventually Artistic Director in 2013. “In that ﬁrst company we were an extremely diverse group of people,” Johnson says. “We were Asian, Mexican, black… I think the ﬁrst white dancer didn’t come until 1970. But it wasn’t about making a black ballet company. It was to make people aware that this beautiful art form actually belongs to and can be done by anyone. Arthur Mitchell created this space for a lot of people who had been told, ‘You can’t do this,’ to give them a chance to do what they dreamed of doing.”
At a time when homogeneity was the goal of ballet companies, Johnson recalls, “Right from the beginning it was about diversity in the richness… Arthur Mitchell was creating the chance for people who had the skill—and the training—to perform, to keep challenging themselves, and to grow into world-class artists, which was not something that was happening in many other places.”
Today, DTH is legendary for its impact on international politics, challenging antiquated racist constructs through the simple act of practising and sharing art, and is an elegant example of what is possible when an inclusive approach to art is allowed to evolve and thrive. We couldn’t be more excited for this premiere of DTH in Victoria! DV
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Dance Theatre of Harlem dancers
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MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
CHOREOGRAPHER, Allegro Brillante
George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. He gained notoriety as a young choreographer and cofounded the American Ballet. Balanchine was the co-founder, artistic director and chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet, and nearly every ballet company in the world has performed his work. He produced more than 150 works for New York City Ballet including The Nutcracker. He was known for his plotless ballets and neo-classical style, distinct to the 20th century. Balanchine served as the artistic director of the New York City Ballet until his death in 1983.
CHOREOGRAPHER, When Love
A former dancer with Ballett Frankfurt, Helen Pickett earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University, and has created over 40 ballets for companies like American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Semper Oper/Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera and Scottish Ballet. From 2012 to 2017, she was Resident Choreographer for Atlanta Ballet. She was named co-director for Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary program in 2021. The Crucible, her full length for Scottish Ballet, won the UK Theatre Critics Award and the Herald Angel Award. In 2020, Pickett created Home Studies I, II, III, a Zoom Choreography Triptych with dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Les Grands Ballet Canadians de Montreal and Royal Swedish Ballet which was shown at the Virtual Pathways Dance Festival.
CHOREOGRAPHER, Barre Project (Blake Works 4)
William Forsythe is “recognized as one of the most important choreographers working today.” (The New York Times) His works have reoriented classical ballet repertoire into a dynamic 21st-century art form. Forsythe’s Blake Works are all set to the poetic ballads of Grammy-nominated British musician James Blake. Raised in New York, he danced with the Joffrey Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballett Frankfurt before establishing The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005 to 2015. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and holds an Honorary Doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York. Currently, Forsythe is Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Robert Garland CHOREOGRAPHER, Higher Ground
Robert Garland was a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem. After creating a work for the DTH School Ensemble, Arthur Mitchell invited him to create a work for the company and eventually appointed him as Resident Choreographer. He was also Director of the Professional Training Program of the DTH school.
He has created works for New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, Oakland Ballet and many others. His commercial work includes music videos, commercials and short ﬁlms. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. He is currently the Dance Theatre of Harlem School Director.
Photos: George Balanchine courtesy of DTH; Helen Pickett courtesy of the artist; William Forsythe by Kayana Szymczak; Robert Garland courtesy of DTH
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Music in Motion
The Four Seasons CHOREOGRAPHY Wen Wei Wang MUSIC Antonio Vivaldi Ma mère l’oye suite MUSIC Maurice Ravel Le loup de Lafontaine — Suite for orchestra in three scenes CHOREOGRAPHY Wen Wei Wang MUSIC Ian Cusson
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Although we regularly collaborate with the Victoria Symphony for our annual Nutcracker production, Music in Motion marks Dance Victoria’s ﬁrst coproduction with the Symphony. We are thrilled to share the artistic visions of composer Ian Cusson and choreographer Wen Wei Wang, who have created, literally, a moving program of music, marrying Wang’s compelling choreography to the emotional, intricate musical composition.
The teams at Dance Victoria and Victoria Symphony had the pleasure of attending Zoom meetings with Cusson and Wang when planning the co-production. Cusson shared the story of Le loup de Lafontaine by Thomas Marchildon, part-legend and part-history, set in the small French-speaking Ontario community of Lafontaine in 1902 — and the inspiration for the music.
Lafontaine was a meeting place of diverse peoples with various settler and Indigenous communities living in close proximity, but rarely intermixing. Each had a deep mistrust of the other. With the arrival of a wolf, they unite with the common goal of ridding their community of the intruder. However, the wolf isn’t quite the monster they make it out to be. It is gentle with children, keeps to itself, and except for killing sheep for food, it does no harm.
The wolf tests the community’s fears, rivalries, and hatred. It is a feared and hated outsider whose expulsion from the community is a means to the restoration of the divided peoples. The wolf becomes
the ultimate scapegoat: it is hunted and killed, its body is strung up in the town square, and the community comes together to celebrate a Mass in honour of its death. The community is rid of this intruder and is united — but at a cost. In the ﬁnal moment, Cusson’s musical landscape of private and public moments come together. The townspeople enter the church to participate in a Mass celebrating the death of the wolf. Outside we see the child, the wolf’s only friend, crying at the foot of the wolf’s body.
When Cusson recounted Le loup de Lafontaine to the group gathered on Zoom, we fell silent, touched by the emotional intensity of the story. Then Wen Wei Wang explained how he would put this music in motion in a “contemporary and abstract way” with duets, solos and group work, incorporating masks to veil and subsequently reveal the emotions of the community, culminating in a ﬁnal tableau that left us speechless… for a minute…and then asking Wang, “how are you going to do that?” To say we left the Zoom call buzzing with inspiration is an understatement.
We hope that you enjoy your experience of Music in Motion with this new choreographic commission of Le loup de Lafontaine, Wang’s The Four Seasons to Vivaldi’s timeless composition, and the instrumental performance of Ravel. A special thanks to the Victoria Symphony for being such great co-producers. We look forward to future collaborations! DV
Photos: (facing page):
Ballet Edmonton by Cooper and O’Hara;
by Nanc Price
MEET THE ARTISTS
COMPOSER, Le loup de Lafontaine
Ian Cusson is a composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. Of Métis and French-Canadian descent, his work explores Canadian Indigenous experience including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures. He studied composition with Jake Heggie (San Francisco) and Samuel Dolin, and piano with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School. He was also mentored by Johannes Debus. Cusson is the recipient of the Chalmers Professional Development Grant, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award, and grants through the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. He was an inaugural Carrefour Composer with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Composer-in-Residence with the Canadian Opera Company. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers. He lives in Oakville, Ontario with his wife and four children.
Wen Wei Wang
Wen Wei Wang began dancing professionally in China in 1978. He came to Canada in 1991, where he joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, followed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Ballet BC. In 2000, Wen Wei received the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and the Rio Tinto Alcan and Isadora Awards for Choreography. In 2003, he formed Wen Wei Dance which has presented his work across Canada and internationally. He has choreographed 11 full-length works for Wen Wei Dance, and original works for Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jőrgen, Ballet BC, Ballet Kelowna, Northwest Dance Project, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Arts Umbrella, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Opera and the San Francisco Opera. He was awarded the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. In 2018, Wen Wei was invited to be a choreographer with the China National Center for the Performing Arts in Bejing for its production of Hamlet Wen Wei assumed the role of Artistic Director of Ballet Edmonton in 2018.
Photos: Ian Cusson by John Arano; Wen Wei Wang by Cooper & O’Hara; Ballet Edmonton by Cooper and O’Hara
CHOREOGRAPHER, The Four Seasons, Le loup de Lafontaine
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MALPASO DANCE COMPANY HAVANA // CONTEMPORARY Carrying Floor CHOREOGRAPHY Abel Rojo MUSIC Erik Satie woman with water CHOREOGRAPHY Mats Ek MUSIC Flesh Quartet (Fläskkvartetten) Indomitable Waltz CHOREOGRAPHY Aszure Barton MUSIC Alexandre Balanescu, Michael Nyman AND Nils Frahm Tabula Rasa CHOREOGRAPHY Ohad Naharin MUSIC Arvo Pärt APRIL 28 + 29, 2023 • FRI + SAT • 7:30 PM • ROYAL THEATRE RUNNING TIME: 1 HOUR 36 MINUTES (INCLUDING ONE INTERMISSION) • AGE GUIDE: 12 YEARS+ SEASON SPONSOR LEAD RECEPTIONS SPONSOR RECEPTION CO-HOST PRE-SHOW CHAT CATERING FLORALLEAD SPONSORS
A Slice of Havana
Cuba’s hottest contemporary dance company shares a little slice of Havana in this Victoria Premiere featuring works by company dancer Abel Rojo, Canadian Aszure Barton, Swiss superstar choreographer Mats Ek, and renowned Israeli dance creator Ohad Naharin.
Malpaso Dance Company, founded in 2012, is the country’s ﬁrst independent dance company. In its short history, Malpaso has distinguished itself as an exceptionally versatile ensemble dedicated to showcasing the work of both Cuban and international choreographers. Founders Osnel Delgado and Daileidys Carrazana stepped away from the state sanctioned Danza Contemporanea de Cuba to create Malpaso. Over the last 10 years, they have been striving to remedy an underdeveloped style of Cuban dance: contemporary choreography.
With loss of government funding and warnings from friends that it was a misstep, Delgado and Carrazana took a giant stride right into the world of raising their own funds and nursing a new company into existence. Ironically, they named their company, Malpaso, which is Spanish for “misstep.”
The company has been anything but a misstep, becoming Cuba’s most popular contemporary company, selling out theatres internationally. This evening’s works, spanning exuberance, loss, power and our bodies’ innate need for connection, give you a
glimpse into what the Los Angeles Times calls “a pinchme moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning.”
Malpaso makes you feel like you’re watching something completely new. Works are grounded to the ﬂoor like Martha Graham but built on the backbone of ballet. Its repertoire nods to the classics while seamlessly incorporating Afro-Cuban social dance, blossoming new ideas about movement, dance and relationships. Plus, the dancers can execute any type of movement and make it look easy.
Malpaso’s partnership with its ﬁscal sponsor, Joyce Theater Productions in New York, has been instrumental to its success in North America. The Joyce covers the costs of commissioning new work from renowned choreographers and pays for costumes and lighting design. Malpaso relies on its own fundraising and grants from other U.S. non-proﬁts to assist with cultural exchange initiatives. Since it is illegal for Cuban citizens to receive a fee or salary for their performances in North America, these grants help to provide a small per diem.
“We don’t want to develop a dance factory, a place in which dancers come and go,” Executive Director Fernando Sáez says. “We want dancers to feel they can be part of this enterprise, so they have a sense of belonging.” DV
Photos: (facing page): Malpaso Dance Company in woman with water by Ivo Roberto Baelli; (this page, clockwise by top left): Malpaso Dance Company in Carrying Floor & Tabula Rasa by Nir Arieli; The company in Indomitable Waltz by Judy Ondre
Abel Rojo graduated from the National School of Modern Dance in 2010. He has been a member of companies such as Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, DanzAbierta and the theatre ensemble El Ciervo Encantado. He has worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, and Susana Pous, among others. He is a full-time company artist with Malpaso, joining the company in July 2016.
Mats Ek danced with Cullberg Ballet, Düsseldorf Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theatre (NDT) and choreographed his ﬁrst work for Cullberg Ballet in 1976. He became co-director of Cullberg Ballet (alongside his mother) from 1978 to 1985, and sole director from 1985 to 1993. He left Cullberg Ballet in 1993 to become a freelance choreographer.
Ek has choreographed works for major companies like NDT, Hamburg Ballet, Cullberg Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. He has won the Prix Benois de la Danse and has been awarded several Emmys for TV adaptations of his ballets.
CHOREOGRAPHER, Indomitable Waltz
Aszure Barton, an award-winning Brooklyn-based choreographer, was born and raised in Canada. She has created many works for her own company, Aszure Barton & Artists, in addition to works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, The National Ballet of Canada, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and Ballet du Rhin, among many others. Other works include choreography for the Broadway revival production of The Threepenny Opera directed by Scott Elliott and over a dozen international ﬁlm projects. Barton is an ofﬁcial Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Canada and has received numerous accolades including Canada’s prestigious Arts & Letters Award. Her works have been performed on prestigious stages including Palais Garnier, The Kennedy Center, The Stanislavsky Theater and Sadler’s Wells.
Ohad Naharin is a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. Born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel, he began his dance career with Batsheva in 1974 and made his choreographic debut in New York in 1980. In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company and established its junior division, Batsheva — the Young Ensemble. He has created over 30 works for both companies and set pieces on other companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. In addition to his stage work, Naharin developed GAGA, the innovative movement research and daily training of Batsheva’s dancers that has spread globally among both dancers and nondancers. A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.
Photos: Abel Rojo by Todd Rosenberg; Mats Ek courtesy of the company; Aszure Barton by Kampnagel; Ohad Naharin by Bruce Long
CHOREOGRAPHER, Carrying Floor
Mats Ek CHOREOGRAPHER, woman with water
CHOREOGRAPHER & LIGHTING DESIGNER, Tabula Rasa
Photos: Kathy Lang; Aiden Cass by Sarah Hutton; Sarah Hutton by Richie Lubaton; David Ferguson by Miles Lowry; Kelly McInnes; L uciana Freire D'Anunciação; Jordan Dalley by Jason Niles; Amber Downie-Back by Niks Vignal; Kiera Shaw by Natalie Shaw; Constan ce Cooke; Kemi Craig by Cedar Coast Photography; InterdepenDANCE courtesy of the Company; Lee Ingram; Kayla Henry by Andrew Wie rzbicki @RealtorYYJ
Dance Victoria Residencies A nationally recognized centre for dance creation
Dance Victoria is best known for its Dance at the Royal series bringing the World’s Best Dance to Victoria, but the heart of what we do is at Dance Victoria Studios.
Dance Victoria Studios have become a valued community asset. Offering access to our studios and ﬁnancial support to independent dance artists is an opportunity to contribute to the vitality of the sector in a time of rebuilding.
In 2022/23, Dance Victoria will offer dance residencies to local and visiting artists, furthering its mandate as a creation hub for new dance works. We welcome Amber Downie-Back, Constance Cooke, Luciana Freire D’Anunciação and Kelly McInnes, Jordan Dalley, Kathy Lang, Kayla Henry (Noble Riot Dance Theatre), Kemi Craig, Kiera Shaw, Lee Ingram, Sarah Hutton and Aiden Cass (Generous Mess Dance), and David Ferguson (Suddenly Dance Theatre). We’ll share the works of these artists throughout the year at live presentations in our studios and online. DV
Dance Victoria Studios are located at 2750 Quadra Street in Victoria and are available to rent for dance classes, rehearsals and dance related events. With support from the City of Victoria, we have created a ﬁlm-ready studio with new LED lighting and curtains to transform it to a black box for enhanced ﬁlming and live presentations. Our mandate is to rent our three studios to local dancers and dance professionals, but we also rent to ﬁtness instructors and other arts organizations in the community. Dance Victoria supports the work of local dance artists through its Studio Access Program. Visit DanceVictoria.com for more information.
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ABOUT Board of Directors
Dance Victoria is mandated to enhance the appreciation of dance in the Capital Region by presenting and developing professional dance, supporting emerging artists and choreographers, and engaging the community in the experience and celebration of dance. Meet the dedicated board of directors that support the organization in realizing its mandate. DV
As of November 13, 2022 prior to our Annual General Meeting
DANCE VICTORIA’S RESOURCE COUNCIL
(As of October 15, 2022)
Dance Victoria is fortunate to have the support and advice from a unique group of highly skilled community leaders in Victoria. They comprise our resource council to assist staff and our board in multiple ways. We applaud their service to our organization. Thank you to council members Franc D’Ambrosio, Mary Desprez, Gwen Howey, Dr. Allana Lindgren, Kari McLay, Bob Milne, Lynda Raino, and Kirsty Thomson.
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At the heart of every community, you’ll ﬁnd organizations fueled by committed people who are passionate about building a better future for us all. We are inspired by our friends at Dance Victoria Society and their continuous efforts to showcase the world’s best dance at the Royal Theatre while supporting the development of new dance from its professionally outﬁtted studios in Victoria’s Quadra Village.
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We are pleased to recognize the individuals who have named Dance Victoria in their wills and estate planning. Over the past few years, Dance Victoria has been very fortunate to receive bequests and funds that will ensure the long-term sustainability of our organization and important programs in our community including support from friends like Betty Wilkinson, Hugh Macpherson, and Dr. Betty “Chrystal” Kleiman. In recent years, three people have stepped forward to establish funds at the Victoria Foundation with speciﬁc initiatives in mind. The annual disbursements from these funds are managed by Dance Victoria to bring the donors’ initiatives to fruition. We thank donors Arabella Martin, Robert Britten and Patricia Pitts for their insight, innovative thinking, and their desire to bring beneﬁt to the local and national dance community.
The Arabella and Robert Award for Dance is conferred annually and began in the Spring of 2022 through an application process managed by Dance Victoria. Applications are open to dancers across Canada who are continuing their training at an international dance conservatory or institution. Winners are selected by a committee of dance professionals.
The Patricia Pitts Dancer Access Program will support adult dancers (18 years +) in the community who face ﬁnancial barriers that prevent them from purchasing tickets to dance performances. Working in consultation with one or two of the region’s adult dance instructors, students will be selected annually by Ms. Pitts in consultation with Dance Victoria Society. DV
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAVE A LEGACY?
When you make a bequest to Dance Victoria, you are contributing to Victoria’s vital cultural sector, enhancing the quality of life in our region, and ensuring dance artists continue to have a home where they can research, create, and perform both here and around the world.
To speak about leaving personal legacies, please contact Dance Victoria Executive Director Gillian Jones at 250-595-1829 or email@example.com.
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Would You Like to Establish a Donor-Directed Fund?
Arabella, Robert, and Patty recognized a need in services for young and mature dancers and, in conversation with Dance Victoria, they devised a program administered by our organization to address the gap. All three of these donors established funds at the Victoria Foundation knowing that their contribution would not only be held in perpetuity, but that it would be invested and grow over time. Secondly, Canadian Heritage has a program whereby Dance Victoria is eligible to apply to match (dollar for dollar) any contribution to these funds, which means the value of the fund, and thus, the value of the disbursement, grows quickly over time. Do you have an idea? Contact Dance Victoria Executive Director Gillian Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-595-1829. DV
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Designing the Future
For over 25 years, Dance Victoria has presented the World’s Best Dance, bringing internationally acclaimed companies, new commissions, and innovative, diverse emerging artists to the stage. At the same time, we are deeply invested in this community. No other dance presenter of our scale invests close to $100,000 annually to support advanced training and residencies for local artists that provide vital space for exploration and growth.
What the Dance Victoria team has accomplished during its history — and particularly through the challenges of the past two years — is truly remarkable. Last season, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dance Victoria launched a virtual “Home Season” with the aim to keep audiences inspired, artists working, and our staff engaged. We strengthened our support of local residency artists, seeking out grant opportunities that allowed us to renovate DV’s studios and provide state-of-the-art equipment for livestreaming and the creation of dance ﬁlms. Last, but certainly not least, we forged new connections in the community, sparking creative partnerships to further our mission (including the popular Dance Video Contest with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria!)
We could not have accomplished any of this without the support of people like you. As we imagine Dancer Victoria’s next 25 years, I’d like to make two requests. To the amazing donors and sponsors who so generously support Dance Victoria: ﬁrst of all, thank you! I hope you will consider renewing your gift in 2022/23. Your support is critical as we continue to rebuild in the wake of the pandemic — and as we design the future of this organization together.
To those who are newer to Dance Victoria (or perhaps attending a performance for the ﬁrst time): I invite you to consider how engaging with Dance Victoria could be most meaningful to you. There are many ways to get involved including volunteering, board service, community engagement, or applying for an artist residency, to name a few. I encourage you to approach me, our staff or board members if you’re interested in getting involved, or if you have another idea for supporting this work. We’d love to meet you.
With gratitude, Gillian Jones, Executive Director Dance Victoria
About Dance Victoria
Dance Victoria is dedicated to bringing the World’s Best Dance to Victoria and supporting the development of new works from its beautiful studios in Quadra Village. As a non-proﬁt charitable society, Dance Victoria operates with the mission to promote the appreciation of dance by developing and presenting diverse local, Canadian, and international artists, and by engaging the community in the celebration of dance. Charitable Registration #87377 5522 RR0001
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ALL OF OUR DONORS RECEIVE:
–Acknowledgement in Dance Victoria’s house program
–A charitable tax receipt (for donations $10 or greater) in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency
–Voting privileges at the Society’s Annual General Meeting
All of the above listed beneﬁts plus: –Three issues of our popular Footnotes newsletter
All of the above listed beneﬁts plus: –Invitations to post-show receptions at the Royal
All of the above listed beneﬁts plus: –Invitations to exclusive studio showings of new works, or other events, including artist conversations and receptions
President’s Circle ($1,000–$2,499)
All of the above listed beneﬁts plus: - Invitation to backstage tours (when available) Invitation for you and a guest to attend an exclusive dinner event
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