Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed videos on our Facebook page for the Migration Dance Film Project, presented by Sandy Silva Dance, in collaboration with filmmaker Marlene Millar. The dance film project is a series of vignettes that explore the universal theme of migration, as performed by artists from various disciplines in dance and music. Artmistice’s very own Sonia Clarke has been involved with the project as a dancer-interpreter, rehearsal coach, assistant choreographer and producer.
Two vignettes, Lay Me Low and Migration, have been completed and have been selected by various film festivals around the world, where they have garnered fantastic reviews, with Lay Me Low winning Best of Fest at the Utah Dance Film Festival.
Check out www.sandysilvadance.com/migration.html for more information on the Migration Dance Film Project and stay tuned for more updates here.
Cannibal The Musical opens February 10th at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto for a 3-week run. Trey Parker originally wrote, produced, co-scored, directed and acted in the musical as a film, prior to co-creating South Park and The Book of Mormon with regular collaborator, Matt Stone. Loosely based on the true story of Alferd Packer and the journey from Utah to Colorado that found Packer’s fellow travellers inextricably dead and partially eaten, the movie has since been adapted for the stage with new jokes and songs, and is now launching its world premiere.
The 16th edition of Montréal en Lumière, the annual winter festival offering extensive programming in performing arts, gastronomy, and free outdoor activities will run from February 19 to March 1st. Every year, the festival closes with the ever-so-popular Nuit Blanche on February 28, an entire night (from sunset to sunrise) of discoveries in music, art installations, exhibitions, dance, and more. All activities are free and linked by free shuttle service. Check out the Montréal en Lumière website for more information.
Can’t make it to Broadway to catch a musical? Not a problem! Both Wicked and The Book of Mormon have returned for a limited time this Fall at the Ed Mirvish and Princess of Wales Theaters. Wicked runs until November 2nd, and after multiple runs in the city over the last few years, The Book of Mormon is back from September 16 to November 30. For tickets and more information on current and upcoming shows, go to theatre website.
A conference on dance for young adults – the first of its kind – will be held on September 25th and 26th at the dance pavilion of the University du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). The two-day event is a collaboration between the university’s dance department, and dance companies Cas Public, PPS Danse, and Bouge de là. The conference is open to everyone and will bring together artists, educators, presenters, cultural workers and other industry professionals and students. Click here for more information about the conference.
Summer and its infinite amount of outdoor cultural festivals might be drawing to an end, but there’s still plenty to see before Fall begins to creep in. Here is just a glimpse of some cultural events worth exploring.
– Festival Quartiers Danse: September 12-20
– Leonce and Lena: September 18-27
– Trois décennies d’amour cerné: September 23-26
– Elsewhere: October 1-4
– O Vertigo – Soif: October 2
Make the most of it before it’s too late!
Les Belles Soeurs, the iconic Quebec play turned musical, will be presented in English as part of the Segal Centre’s 2014-2015 season. The French musical, based on the play by Michel Tremblay, debuted in Quebec in 2010 and its success launched it to Paris in 2012. Original director of the French musical, René Richard Cyr, will return to direct the English production. While there is immense challenges in translating Quebecois slang to English, Cyr promises that the essence of the story will maintain its integrity. Belles Soeurs: The Musical opens at the Segal Centre on October 19, 2014.
There’s no shortage of things to see this month, as the Place des Arts full calendar alternates between an eclectic lineup of local works and the stellar international offerings of the Danse Danse program. Consider these for your calendar:
- Norman (Tribute to Norman McLaren): March 27 – April 12
The Montréal en Lumière festival may be all about culinary delights and signature dishes, but there’s still something for dance fans to sink their teeth into. The Out Innerspace dance theatre brings us Me So You So Me – a dance duet said to pepper their performance with ‘absurd humour and dry wit’ on the 20th and 21st of February. You can also catch the legendary Margie Gillis –who’s celebrating a 40-year career – and a selection of her choreographies at the Festival the 26th to 28th. Both are performing at the Agora de la Danse and you can get your tickets here: http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/arts-en/shows-serie.aspx?categorie=danse
We would like to wish you all a very warm and happy holiday season. Thank you to all our dancers, clients, and friends for making this yet another wonderful year for Artmistice. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!