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ISSUE 51 • SPRING 2016 • Kidd Pivot + Electric Company Theatre + Royal Winnipeg Ballet + 2016/17 Season + more
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Tiffany Tregarthen and Jonathon Young in Betroffenheit. Photo © Wendy D. Photography
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THERE’S NO QUESTION WE’RE BREAKING THE RULES. When you program a performance season, the rule is to always start with a high energy, audience favourite, stuff the challenging work in the middle of the season, and go out with a bang! In 2015, we started on a high note. Ballet BC was stunning, technically awesome and high energy. The same can be said for Les Ballets Jazz: a tight ensemble, crazy energy. Les Ballets Jazz is all about exuding positivity. It’s part of the reason they’ve been around so long. They have the “oooh – aaah” factor; it’s in the Company’s DNA. But here’s where the rules get broken. The last two pieces on our current season could both be considered downers. The first, Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre’s Betroffenheit, is about the state of shock and total bewilderment that you feel after a traumatic event: something that is so overwhelming, you don’t have the capacity to deal with it and move forward. While it is based on a devastating tragedy in actor Jonathon Young’s personal experience, choreographer/director Crystal Pite and Young have succeeded in making the personal universal. This is why it is on our season. It’s a profound work about the human condition. It speaks to all of us. We live in a world where people face traumatic events everyday: the devastating, messy wars in Arab countries displacing millions of people; hardship and struggle in the Third World and in developing economies; and gun violence in the U.S. For many of us living in this oasis on the West Coast, the Garden City, it’s easy to become complacent or to stake out positions over dinner with friends, and at the end of the evening, thank our lucky stars that we live in a compassionate city. Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation challenges our complacency with its focus on Canada’s long history of institutional abuse at Indian Residential Schools across the country. Once again, the personal story by award-winning author Joseph Boyden, reflects the experience of a people. We are only beginning to understand the consequences of our ancestors’ actions. The hope is that telling stories like Going Home Star will bring us to reconciliation. So there are no fireworks at the end of our 19th season. Instead, there are two important works that Victoria needs to see. In fact, in this year where we are celebrating Canadian dance companies, I’m proud that we can dazzle each other with technique and inject a little fun into our lives — and that we can also take the time to consider important subjects and walk out of a performance with a fresh perspective. Thanks for being with us this season. It has been a privilege to share these brilliant Canadian companies with you. Stephen White, Executive Producer
On the left: Company artists in Betroffenheit. On the right: Company artists in Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation.
Company artists in Betroffenheit. Photo © Michael Slobodian. Company artists in Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star. Photo © Samanta Katz.
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2016/17 The World’s Best Dance I’M NOT SURE DANCE VICTORIA FULLY UNDERSTOOD what it was doing a few years ago when it adopted the tagline, “The World’s Best Dance.” While it was an apt choice for the 2013/14 Season (and continues to be appropriate), we have learned that although it is a way of describing what we do, it has become the yardstick we use to measure each choice that we make when programming a season. This year, I have been very pleased to work closely with Dance Victoria’s General Manager, Bernard Sauvé, to develop a great season to celebrate Dance Victoria’s 20th Anniversary. Bernard brings his many years of experience working as a dancer, dance administrator and dance agent/manager. He knows the national and international scene and its players as thoroughly as I do. We’re like the Clintons that way, but a lot less rich and a little less strident. If there is one thing that unites all of the companies in 2016/17, it’s their unique and highly refined aesthetic. Watching Jessica Lang Dance is like watching a painting come to life. Her composition is breathtaking and her dancers are up to the challenge, creating meaningful images that emerge beautifully and stay with you well after the performance. The Victoria program includes five of Lang’s works — a sampler, if you will — from an artist who has recently hit her stride with commissions pouring in from prestigious companies across the continent. You’ll be part of the crowd that “discovers” her in the company’s Canadian Premiere! We’re very excited about the return of BalletBoyz®. When they were with us in November 2014, they impressed through their artistry. They continue to work with choreographers who are drawn to the Company because of the dancers’ virtuosic physicality. Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to the Royal Theatre for the third time in the past eight years (previous appearances were in 2008 and 2012). LINES continues to tour the world with sell-out performances
Subscription Renewals Renew your subscription for Dance Victoria’s 2016/17 Season by 5:00pm, Saturday, March 19, if you want to retain or upgrade your current seats. Phone 250-386-6121 or visit the McPherson or Royal Box Office, Monday through Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30pm. (The Royal closes for lunch from 1:30 to 2pm.) After March 19, your seats will be released and available to the general public. If you did not receive your renewal form at Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (February 26 and 27), give us a call at 250-595-1829. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need to renew.
Pre-Show Chats Presented by
Kidd Pivot + Electric Company Theatre Meet director/choreographer Crystal Pite in the lobby of the Royal Theatre before the show on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 6:50pm for a lively conversation about the making of Betroffenheit. Pite will be interviewed by Dr. Allana Lindgren, dance historian, and Chair of the Theatre Department, University of Victoria.
in 2014/15 at prestigious festivals in Mexico, Brazil and 25 other world cities. There’s a great Victoria connection too. Dancer Robb Beresford, who has been with the company since 2013, was with Ballet Victoria for a few seasons. Welcome home, Robb! Finally, we end the season with one of Canada’s finest, large-scale “ballet” companies, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. LGBC is part of the fabric of Dance Victoria, appearing in our second season in the fall of 1997. The program they’re performing in 2017 is the same program that they performed 14 years ago in 2003. What a program it is, choreographed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Israel’s Bathsheva Dance! And of course, we are pleased to once again feature Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker in December, a presentation that broke all box office records for us in 2014. It’s fitting that in our 20th season, we welcome the return of recent acquaintances and old friends, and welcome a new company, Jessica Lang Dance into our fold. You won’t be disappointed! We’re offering you the World’s Best Dance this season and next! I hope you’ll join us. Stephen White, Executive Producer
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Subscriber Exclusive Reception Thursday, March 31 • 7:30pm Luxe Home Interiors 2655 Douglas Street at Hillside (free parking at rear) You’ll soon receive an invitation by mail to a very special event on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30pm at Luxe Home Interiors (2655 Douglas Street at Hillside). Join us for a glass of bubbly, light catering, and conversation with André Lewis, Artistic Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, about the historic making of Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation. In addition, you can enter a contest to win your 2016/17 subscription and tickets to other cultural events in the city, and pick up your tickets for the 2016/17 season. Mark your calendars and expect an invitation soon!
Events at the Royal during RWB Paintings made by students at the Alberni Indian Residential School in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s will be in the lobbies at our Going Home Star performances. In 2013, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission repatriated these paintings to Survivors who had painted them as children. The paintings, along with the stories of Survivors who created them, will become part of a new permanent exhibition on Indian Residential Schools in Canada at the Canadian Museum of History in 2017.
Pre-Show Chats Dance Victoria is pleased that Yuxwelupton (Bradley Dick) who is Lkwungen, Ditadaht, Mamalilikulla will make a traditional welcome before both performances at 6:50pm each evening.
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CONTEMPORARY BALLET // NEW YORK
November 18 + 19, 2016 • 7:30pm Royal Theatre Lines Cubed Among the Stars Commissioned by TITAS Command Performance Gala Mendelssohn /Incomplete The Calling (excerpt from Splendid Isolation II) Commissioned by Ailey II Thousand Yard Stare Premiere (2016) “Lang’s work is like a stylish appetizer at a fine dining restaurant….” L A U R E N WARNECKE, ART INTERCEPTS
A Canadian Premiere! Called a ‘master of visual composition’ by Dance Magazine, Jessica Lang is Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Jessica Lang Dance Company, a troupe of 10
dancers that approach her choreography with surgical precision, dancing with artful physical intellect and meticulous technical adeptness.
CONTEMPORARY // LONDON
January 20 + 21, 2017 • 7:30pm Royal Theatre Life A Double Bill of bold new works
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ALONZO KING LINES BALLET CONTEMPORARY BALLET // SAN FRANCISCO
March 10 + 11, 2017 • 7:30pm Royal Theatre New Works
Alonzo King Lines Ballet – Shuaib Elhassan. Photo © RJ Muna. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal – Company artists in Minus One. Photo © John CS Hall. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet – Company artists in Nutcracker. Photo © VVince Pahkala.
“King’s dancers are virtuosos of control, so much so that every movement looks as if it’s being experienced, perfectly, for the very first time.” C E L I N A R U S S E L L , O R E G O N L I V E
The long awaited return of one of Victoria’s favourite dance companies! Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer whose pieces are in the repertoire of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance and
many, many more. His 12 dancers are renowned for their long lean lines and explosive athleticism. King’s works are inspired by music and infused with refined aesthetics. This program promises to be the show of the year!
LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL CONTEMPORARY BALLET // MONTRÉAL
April 7 + 8, 2017 • 7:30pm Royal Theatre Minus One Choreographed by Ohad Naharin Special 20th Anniversary Presentation
When Les Grands Ballets Canadiens brought this intensely physical work by choreographer Ohad Naharin to Victoria in 2003, it was met with an overwhelming response. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’ve invited this company back to The Royal 14 years
later! Naharin, considered one of the world’s leading contemporary choreographers, is Artistic Director of Israel’s fabled Batsheva Dance Company. Les Grands rarely tours to western Canada. When you see them, you’ll want them to return again and again.
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BALLET // WINNIPEG
December 2 + 3, 2016 • 7:30pm December 3 + 4, 2016 • 2:00pm Royal Theatre Nutcracker Choreographed by Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon Composed by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky “…the most visually stunning Nutcracker I’ve ever seen… it’s worth catching the RWB’s Nutcracker, one of the most memorable to visit our city.” A D R I A N C H A M B E R L A I N , T I M E S
A Canadian classic! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, this production begins with a hockey game on a frozen pond and features RCMP officers in a battle with the Rat King. Technically stunning dancers and gorgeous costumes and sets make this
Canadian production memorable. RWB’s 2014 production remains Dance Victoria’s top-grossing production of all time. Subscribers can buy the best seats at early-bird prices before they go on sale to the general public in mid-August.
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Dance Days 2017 – It Moved You! Notable Investments in Creative Process A special thanks to donors Gordon Fulton, Gordon Gunn, Bob Milne and Janete Vanderveen who underwrote Dance Victoria’s commission of Betroffenheit, now touring around the world. D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism and Fisgard Capital Corporation offered strong support to Out Innerspace Dance Theatre’s creative process for Major Motion Picture, which premiered during Dance Days and will embark on a Canadawide tour in 2016/17.
Help us Reach Our Goal WE’D LIKE TO THANK those of you that have supported Dance Victoria this season. We still have $40,000 left to raise before June 30 so that we can continue to bring the World’s Best Dance to Victoria. The low loonie has had an impact as most international companies are paid in US dollars. Despite that, we have taken a leap of faith because of our commitment to Victoria that we will bring the world’s best. Help put the wind in our sails. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support. If you’d like to have more information about where you might direct your donation, please give me (Stephen White) a call at 250-5951829. Your donation will be acknowledged with a charitable tax receipt, in the Dance Victoria 2016/17 House Program, and in our hearts. Thank you.
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Ziyian Kwan in Mars Hotel. Photo © David Cooper
OUR 7TH ANNUAL DANCE DAYS FESTIVAL (January 22 through 31) was the biggest ever, with sold out shows at the Metro Studio and Dance Victoria Studios, packed classes, and capacity crowds in our studios during Rough Cuts. We welcomed a dozen colleagues from across the country. One of the highlights was a roundtable at the McPherson Playhouse that included the visiting dance presenters and our local dance community. The conversation about the state of the art in Canada was rich, deep and rare. Mark your calendar for the 8th annual Dance Days, January 20 through 29, 2017, and while we’re still some months from confirming all the details, we are very excited to announce that we will be presenting The Mars Hotel from Vancouver’s dumb instrument dance & Handmade Blade. Many of you saw Ziyian Kwan perform still rhyming during our most recent Rough Cuts. Created by Kwan in collaboration with composer Peggy Lee, author PW Bridgman, dance artist Noam Gagnon and musicians Aram Bajakian and JP Carter, The Mars Hotel is a meeting of five elite performers from Vancouver’s contemporary dance and music scenes. Interconnected episodes unravel the word “love” and explore human relationships. Look also for an exciting announcement about a second presentation at the Metro Studio during Dance Days.
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Iceland. Photo © Lacey Creighton
At the Studios in 2016/17 WITH EACH PASSING YEAR, our residency program grows. The artists that we welcome from around the world continue to make works that play stages in Canada and back in their home countries. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Canada Council for the Arts, and from our own Chrystal Dance Prize, Dance Victoria is investing $126,000 into the development of new work next season. First up, we’ll be welcoming Vancouver dance artist Amber Funk Barton and her team in late September/early October as she builds a new solo work, VAST, that will premiere in Vancouver in 2017. David Ferguson and Justine Chambers, winners of the 2016 Chrystal Dance Prize, will also have residencies. Victoria’s favourite, Company 605 (formerly 605 Collective), will be in residence in November working with Spanish choreographer German Juaregui. Juaregui has had a distinguished career as an interpreter with the cutting-edge Brussels-based company Ultima Vez. Dance Victoria is working in association with The Dance Centre (Vancouver) to produce a summer choreographic lab that will employ dancers and emerging choreographers in two two-week intensives in Victoria and Vancouver. The project has choreographer Wen Wei Wang as its Artistic Director. Finally, dancers/choreographers Ziyian Kwan and Noam Gagnon will have extra days in Victoria to prepare for the presentation of their new work, The Mars Hotel, during Dance Days 2017.
Catch the SPARK! Each March, the SPARK Festival fills the Belfry with performing artists and theatre companies from across Canada. The best in the country gathers for two short weeks — your opportunity to experience award-winning, cutting-edge works by both international and local artists. Dance Victoria patrons get 25% off tickets to any SPARK Festival production when they use the promo code SPARK2016. Enjoy free events, play readings, works-in-progress, and some of the hottest actors in Canada in Betroffenheit. It’s all at SPARK 2016.
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New York, London, Paris… need we say more? DANCE VICTORIA WILL BE on the road again with 28 subscribers and supporters led by Trips Coordinator Bill Hamar and Dance Victoria’s Executive Producer, Stephen White. Highlights of their 16 nights in these three exciting world capitals includes a tour of the Whitney Museum of American Modern Art; a boat tour around Manhattan; American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Season Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House; Liam Scarlett’s story ballet, Frankenstein, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden; a production of The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre; Christopher Wheeldon’s A Winter’s Tale performed by the Royal Ballet company; Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Opéra Bastille and a performance of the Pina Bausch company. Wow! How much culture and fun can you pack into 16 nights!? These tours, aside from being a whole lot of fun, are fundraisers for Dance Victoria. This year, they contributed more than $11,000 to the organization’s operation. In Spring 2017 look for two trips: five nights in San Francisco and 16 nights in Scandinavia. Bill and Stephen will be researching the Scandinavian tour after the completion of this year’s tour in Paris.
Update on the Chrystal Dance Prize For the first time since it began awarding the Chrystal Dance Prize in 2011, Stephen White assembled an international jury to consider proposals submitted by western Canadian dance artists. One early morning in February, using Skype, Stephen connected colleagues in Götberg, Sweden; Prague, Czech Republic; and Vancouver, BC to discuss the proposed international projects. After some discussion, the committee selected two for support: • Victoria dance artist, David Ferguson (Suddenly Dance Theatre), received $10,000 to support the We Are Diamonds project that will take Ferguson and contributing artist Miles Lowry to South Korea to work with dancers Jung ah Chung and Hyoseung Ye. The Company will have development time at Dance Victoria Studios, most likely this summer, and will perform at the ROMP! Festival and Nanaimo's inFringing Festival. • Vancouver-based dance artist, Justine Chambers, was awarded $20,000 to support a project that will take her to Berlin to work with dance artist Laurie Young. Chambers and Young will also have residencies in Victoria and Vancouver. Watch for Rough Cuts showings of these two commissions next season. In May 2016, Dance Victoria will award $5,000 to a student continuing his/her studies at an international training institution. The application form will be available at DanceVictoria.com in April. In the fall of 2016, we will be inviting a new round of proposals for international collaboration from western Canadian artists. $35,000 will be awarded for this competition.
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Proceeds from our raffle support many community projects that take place in our studios. Tickets are now on sale and will be available at all Dance Victoria presentations this season or you can call 250-595-1829 to order by phone. The amazing prizes include:
On March 15, Dance Victoria will draw and award a lucky winner of a night on the town for two which includes a $75 gift certificate for dinner at Vista 18, two best seats at Pacific Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an overnight stay in a deluxe room at Chateau Victoria. Tickets are $10 each or a book of five for $40. With fewer than 2,000 printed, your odds are great, plus you’ll enjoy knowing you’re supporting Victoria’s vibrant dance community. The raffle will be drawn at Dance Victoria Studios at 2:00pm on April 20, 2016.
• 1ST: Travel for five nights with Dance Victoria to San Francisco (May 2017). Package includes return air, accommodation, daily breakfast, walking tours, a day in the Napa Valley, a dance performance and more. (Value: $2,900) • 2ND: A full year’s membership at Victoria’s premiere fitness facility, the Victoria Athletic Club which includes a 25-metre lap pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and more. (Value: $1,000) • 3RD: Vancouver getaway. Return flights for two on Helijet, stay at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, and enjoy two tickets to any Ballet BC production in 2016/17. (Value: $2,590)
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Dance Victoria's Footnotes 51 features Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre "Betroffenhelt" + Royal Winnipeg Ballet "Going Home Star-Truth...
Published on Mar 15, 2016
Dance Victoria's Footnotes 51 features Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre "Betroffenhelt" + Royal Winnipeg Ballet "Going Home Star-Truth...