Brian Webb Dance Company 2011 – 12 Season
Canadian contemporary dance
Edmonton – In its 33rd season, the Brian Webb Dance Company (BWDC) celebrates the diversity, power, and imagination of Canadian contemporary dance, presenting five works that embody our national creative dance collective featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated choreographers and contemporary dancers.
The season opens with Performing Book, a collaboration of dance, visual art, and music September 16 & 17 at the Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square).Three internationally acclaimed artists: dancer Lin Snelling, visual artist Shelagh Keeley, and musician Michael Reinhart present an “intimate archive”…the culmination of an eight day residency at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) in which the synergy of the three artists amalgamates their art forms into a fresh experience - one that blurs the boundaries between media. After viewing Shelagh’s drawings and watching Lin ‘perform’ the book in tandem with the musicians, the audience is invited to an informal conversation with the artists.
Next, BWDC hosts iconic dance legend Louise Lecavalier, October 7 & 8 at the Timms Centre for the Arts (87th Avenue – 112 Street). Along with members of her dance company Fou Glorieux, Louise Lacavalier performs the duets Children, by British dance/theatre legend Nigel Charnock, and A Few Minutes of Lock, two updated duets by the Canadian master, Édouard Lock. Described as “the most tragically brilliant dancer alive today, a flame on legs” (Melody Maker, London), Louise Lecavalier has not only inspired these great choreographers, she transforms audiences with her radiant performances. Lecavalier’s formidable dance career spans 34 years garnering a Bessie award on Broadway; the Jean A. Chalmers National Award, Canada’s most distinguished dance prize; and being named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. A silent auction of lifestyle items will also be featured by BWDC during Louise Lecavalier performances.
The Prairie Dance Circuit brings together five Artistic Directors who create, perform, and present contemporary Canadian dance in four prairie cities. Calgary’s Nicole Mion and Davida Monk, Brent Lott of Winnipeg, Robin Poitras of Regina, and Edmonton’s own Brian Webb join forces to define the prairie region as a place of distinctive contemporary expression. Presented November 18 & 19 at the John L. Haar Theatre (10045 – 155 Street), this bold collaboration of dance made from the prairie community for the prairie community will tour all four western cities.
La La La Human Steps presents New Work, January 18 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 – 87 Avenue Northwest). Édouard Lock creates two works separated by composer, era, and theme weaving a story about the shadow… the ending of love rather than its romantic phase. Performed by Lock’s ensemble of magnificent dancers, New Work grabs each audience member and takes them on a wild journey. An officer of the Order of Canada, two time winner of the Chalmers choreographic prize, and recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Lock transformed Canadian modern dance and made it contemporary. And, now through New Work he has radicalized Canadian ballet making it equally contemporary.
BWDC closes its season with Fragments –Volume 1 - coproduced by Sylvain Émard Danse and Canada Dance Festival - presented March 9 &10 at the Timms Centre for the Arts (87th Avenue – 112th Street). Choreographer Sylvain Émard composes three solos and a duet inspired by the notion of urgency. Four dancers: Monique Miller, Laurence Ramsay, Manuel Roque, and Catherine Viau open their hearts and themselves to us - who witness the opening up of their souls. This acclaimed piece premiered at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, June, 2010 and will tour Canada and France throughout 2012.
In addition to the season’s five shows, BWDC will host its annual fundraiser to foster the growth of the company, as well as ensure its continual operation as the largest contemporary dance presenter in Western Canada. The 28th Annual Art Auction and Brunch will feature fine art by many of Edmonton’s most exciting artists February 26 at The Sutton Place Hotel.
•Individual show tickets are priced at $35 ($20 for student/senior).
• Tickets for La La La Human Steps are $36-$55.
• All tickets are available at TIX on the Square: 780-420-1757 or www.tixonthesquare.ca except tickets for La La La Human Steps which are available through Ticketmaster: 1-855-985-5000 or www.ticketmaster.ca.
• Discounted season subscriptions are available at TIX on the Square.