SOCIAL life WINE TASTING IN SUPPORT OF LIVE ART DANCE By Melanie Furlong Photos Bruce Jollimore
Halifax wine enthusiasts supported Live Art Dance Productions by taking part in a Victoria Day afternoon wine tasting at Seasons by Atlantica. The event offered participants the chance to learn about eight wines. These were complemented by some extraordinary amusebouches, prepared by Seasons’ chef Luis Clavel, a member of Culinary Team Canada. It was also the first opportunity for Halifax audiences to learn about the seven new shows scheduled for Live Art Dance next season and purchase subscriptions at early bird prices until July 15.
The money raised from this event helps support Live Art Dance, which brings worldclass dance companies — such as Ballet BC, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and others — to Halifax. “This was a wonderful way to celebrate what we do and what’s coming up next year,” says spokesperson Emily Pettet.
Live Art Dance Productions will launch its 33rd season in September with works from some of the top dance makers in the world. One of the anticipated highlights is November’s unique Rendez-vous: 40 Silver Dart Dr. by Montreal’s 2ième Porte à Gauche, which brings the audience behind closed doors at the Alt Hotel and into the lives of four fictional couples to achieve a level of intimacy that’s virtually unattainable in a traditional theatre. Pettet says they are thrilled to have Frédérick Gravel, who brought last season’s hit Usually Beauty Fails to Halifax, back again. “He is really breaking the boundaries between audience and artist!” For more information about Live Art Dance Productions, visit liveartdance.ca.
1) Paul Caskey, Live Art Dance executive producer; Kevin Schwenker, event host and owner of Wine Horizons; Bonny Lee, Dance Nova Scotia administrator; Deb Twohig, Live Art Dance administrator; Susanne Chui, Mocean Dance artistic director; Susan Lee, Bonny Lee’s sister. 2) Kevin Schwenker, speaks at the wine tasting. 3) One of the silent auction items kindly donated by Bishops Cellar. 4) Cecilia Moisio and Erin Harty, in Moisio’s Juxtapose, produced by Dansmakers Amsterdam and playing at the Sir James Dunn Theatre Jan. 14-16, 2016. 5) Emmanuelle LêPhan and Elon Höglund, Tentacle Tribe’s artistic directors and performers, in Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, playing at the Sir James Dunn Theatre Dec. 10-12, 2015. 6) Emily Pettet, outreach and development coordinator, and Erica Allanach, box office assistant.
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