Prairie Dance Circuit November 18 & 19 in Edmonton

From a media release:

Canadian contemporary dance
November 18 & 19, 2011
John L. Haar Theatre - Edmonton

Edmonton –
The Brian Webb Dance Company (BWDC) continues its 33rd season with Prairie Dance Circuit, November 18 & 19 at the John L. Haar Theatre (10045 – 155 Street). A bold collaboration of dance made from the prairie community for the prairie community, Prairie Dance Circuit brings together five Artistic Directors who create, perform, and present contemporary Canadian dance in four prairie cities. The production will also tour these four western 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.  CanDance Creative Exchange / CanDanse: échanges en créations is a co-presentation of The CanDance Network, Brian Webb Dance Company, Dancers’ Studio West, Springboard Performance, New Dance Horizons, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and supported by the Dance Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

Brian Webb | Brian Webb Dance Company
30% gone
Choreographer & Performer: Brian Webb
Composer: Dave Wall
Musicians: Thom Bennettt, Daniel Davis, Dave Wall
Lighting Design: David Fraser
Costume design: Sheena Haug

30% gone is about the heart attack I had last October. It is about the reading I have been doing since then and the music I have been listening to. It is certainly informed by the shock I felt from having the attack, about my recovery and about my defiance of it [not my denial of it]. It's also about the fact that I'm not very comfortable with being 60 YEARS OLD!!! It's even about how much I love dancing.

Robin Poitras | New Dance Horizons
soft foot

Ursa Major is well known in the prairie sky. Her mythological inheritance lingers on the horizon. soft foot draws from a body of work that began many years ago, including an Ursa character created for Ziyian Kwan in Rouge-gorge's recent group work, in fur till spring. soft foot, a term coined by prairie movement maverick Amelia Itcush, is a constellation of images and actions in an inter-play of myth and body memory. This work is an ode to Amelia, choreographed by Robin Poitras, commissioned and performed by Ziyian Kwan.

soft foot is made possible with support from New Dance Horizons, Rouge-gorge, Saskatchewan Arts Board and the City of Regina.

Brent Lott | Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers
The Occasion of our Passing
Dancers: Brent Lott, Sarah Roche

This duet reveals Brent Lott recalling the body of his youth through his interactions with Sarah Roche. He reconciles that with how he now sees his body.  His experience is contrasted with Sarah's growing awareness as she interacts with Brent and begins to understand of body and what the future holds.

The Occasion of Our Passing is funded by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Davida Monk | Dancers Studio West

Under Cover of Darkness (2009)
Choreographer: Davida Monk
Dancer: Hilary Maxwell
Music: Habil-Sajahy
Composer: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Under Cover of Darkness was commissioned by Land’s End Chamber Ensemble and premiered in November 2009. It was performed with Beth Root Sandvoss on cello and Elizabeth Bergmann on piano.

Nicole Mion | Springboard Performance
Quiver (premiere)
Choreographer: Nicole Mion
Interpreters: James Gnam (Vancouver), Jenn Jaspar (Calgary)
Music:  Kimmo Pohjonen
Lighting Design: David Fraser

On first look quiver is a physical experience. But it is also the name of the container that holds arrows or a musical instrument. The choreography is the quiver for holding both sharp and beautiful experiences and a map to be navigated in performance, bringing to life internal and external worlds in a series of carefully considered frames and containers. Quiver is a solo set on two performers, where the choreographic material is traded back and forth in creation. It has been a fun way to create, consider transmission, and look at creation with fresh eyes in new frames with the two interpreters.

Quiver was made possible with support from the Alberta Creative Development Initiative (CC/AFA), Alberta Foundation for the Arts and a Burnaby Arts Centre Creation Residency.

• Performances begin at 8pm. Tickets ($35; $20 student/senior) are available at TIX on the Square: 780-420-1757 or