Choreographed by: Vibes x Family Business Music Credits: After Hours – Troyboi Wine up Bad! – Nic Luis Dahlin Gage – Big Cassava Beats Antique – Three Sisters ft. Tatyana Kalmykova A-Star – Balaya Project Length: 10 minutes
VIBES was created with the intention to grow the dance community here in Regina. It was our love of dance brought us together. Through different workshops, street cyphers and battles, we were able to strengthen that bond. Versifying a range of styles like bboy, urban, afro, animation, locking, old styles and new, we look to continue the movement of dance.
Choreographed by: Meghann Michalsky Performers: Sylvie Moquin, Valentina Dimitriou, and Katherine Semchuk Music Credits: Original composition by Nathaniel Schmidt & David Burnett Other Credits: Costume Designer: Myah Van Horn Presentations: Fluid Festival 2018 Invited Outside Eyes: Davida Monk, Mike Czuba, and Linnea Swan Supported by/thanks to: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, University of Calgary Dance Alumni Residency Program, W&M Dance Projects - Artist in Residence and Artist Support Programs, Dance Explosions, Ruth Levin, and Canada Council for the Arts Project Length: 20 minutes
ReAWaken is the process of rediscovering the power of the primal female body. ReAWaken draws inspiration from one of the most devastating forces on earth, a Volcano. It simmers intensely beneath the earth's skin, always volatile, always on the verge of breaking through.
Ms. Michalsky is an independent dance artist residing in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her BA in Contemporary Dance, with a concentration in Choreography and Performance, at the University of Calgary. She is the co-creator of Project InTandem and YYC Contemporary Technique Training, two programs that offer support and opportunities to emerging artists in Calgary. She was awarded the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions - she is the first Dancer/Choreographer to receive this award. Michalsky has worked with an array of artists, including Dancer Studio West, Linnea Swan, Davida Monk, Cloudsway Dance Theatre, kloetzel&co, Dancing Monkey Laboratories, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and J-Sik Movements, amongst others. Her most recent choreographic works have been presented at Fluid Festival, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Project InTandem, Convergence, and abroad in Helsinki, Finland. Her supplementary knowledge in Hip-Hop and Krump movement principles has influenced her to highlight isolated, rhythmic, bound, and fast-twitch movement qualities into her contemporary choreographies. Currently, her work focuses on primal movement aesthetics, exploring the power of the female body through a state of nature (not tamed or domesticated). Thank you to New Dance Horizons for providing the opportunity to be able to share ReAWaken again. Sylvie Moquin is a Calgary based dance artist, performer, choreographer and educator. She received her BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University in Toronto and has since extended her studies through the Professional Training Program with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Impulstanz (Vienna) and TransFormations (Montréal). She has worked extensively with Rock Bottom Movement, Corps Bara Dance Theatre, Pam Tzeng, Dancing Monkey Laboratories, Meghann Michalsky, kloetzel&co, and has performed in shows such as Dance: made in Canada, CrossCurrents, Ignite! Festival, the Annual Alberta Dance Festival, the Dance Action Lab (Dancers’ Studio West), Fall of the Leaf (J-Sik Movements), Brian Webb Dance Series, and Fluid Festival.
She has showcased her choreographic works in a variety of festivals and also co-created and co-produced Project InTandem. Most recently she has been engaged in a mentorship exchange with Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance, and received her certification as a Kaeja Elevations teacher. Valentia Dimitriou, born and raised in Calgary, is a 2014 Alumni of the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, with distinction, concentrated in Choreography & Performance. With a background focused on Ballet, Contemporary and Physical Theatre, Dimitriou has also trained at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center New York, Toronto Dance Theatre, Transformations Danse Montréal and ImpulsTanz International Dans Festival Vienna. Valentia has been seen performing with Corps Bara Dance Theatre, J-SIK Movements, Dancers’ Studio West and many individual dance artists in and around the city. Miss Dimitriou most recently danced in DSW’s Physic/Alchemy Production, three choreographic works done by Davida Monk (2018), and Meghann Michalsky’s ReAWaken in Calgary’s International Fluid Festival (2018). Katherine Semchuk developed a passion for contemporary dance at Victoria School of the Arts. She is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she was the recipient of the Kathryn Ash Leadership award and had the privilege of working with many artists including Kate Alton, Peggy Baker, Robert Desrosiers and James Kudelka.
Katherine continues to work and perform in both Toronto and Alberta, collaborating regularly with Nostos Collective (Toronto), Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton), Toy Guns Dance Theatre (Edmonton), Meghann Michalsky (Calgary) and Sasha Ivanochko (Calgary). Katherine has participated in numerous workshops including PART's Summer School in Brussels and Shay Kuebler's Radical System Art Summer Intensive this year. With a growing interest in choreography, Semchuk has been working to develop her own artistic practice. Most recently, she was the recipient of Good Women Dance Collective’s 2017 New Work Award and a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to develop her work “I can't sit still".
Choreographed by: Rosanna Terracciano Performers: Rosanna Terracciano with Vincenzo Terracciano (on film) Project Length: 15 minutes
Napoli explores a duet between Terracciano (performing live) and her dad (projected on video), propelled by the interplay in language and gesture between Naples and southern Spain. It forms part of a trilogy of solos (currently in development), where Terracciano takes hold of three cities with significant personal and professional impact — Napoli, Calgary, Sevilla — including commissioned works by Montreal's Myriam Allard and Barcelona's Juan Carlos Lérida.
Rosanna Terracciano experiments within and around the boundaries of flamenco, dance, contemporary performance and short film, driven by an urgency to expose the vulnerable and introverted aspects of flamenco dance. Her work has been presented throughout Canada and Europe, including: performances of her solo works at the Bienal de Flamenco (Seville), Coetani Experimental Flamenco Festival (Athens), Flamenco Empirico (Barcelona), Expanse Festival (Edmonton), Fluid Festival (Calgary) and an intimate studio tour to Berlin, London and Vienna; and film screenings at the Âjagemô art space at the Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa), Reeling Dance on Screen (Edmonton), Prairie Tales (Alberta), Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (Calgary), Festival of Recorded Movement's Moving/Forward (Canada tour), Festival of Flamenco Short Films (Madrid/Brazil), Athens Video Dance Project (Greece) and the Breaking Boundaries in Flamenco Symposium at Oberlin College (Ohio). Her writing has been published in The Dance Current online, and she has participated in individual creation residencies at The Banff Centre, Dancers' Studio West (Calgary) and Studio Pleamar (Montreal). In 2018, she began the ongoing online short film project, a quiet flamenco (http://www.aquietflamenco.com). Most recently, in 2019, she was invited to the Dusseldorf Flamenco Festival to lead workshops and to participate as a dancer in a new research/creation project led by Barcelona-based Juan Carlos Lérida. She is the 2017 recipient of the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize for dance from the Canada Council for the Arts. http://www.rosannaflamenco.com
Choreographed by: Jolene Bailie Company: Gearshifting Performance Works Performers: Warren Mcclelland and Carol-Ann Bohrn Project Length: 12 minutes
Schemas, 1-5, dances between intuition and desire. The dance is constructed in five schemas, and as each schema unfolds, the dance re-maps itself. Schemas, 1-5 is inspired by the repetitive and cyclical fleetingness of desire to express deeply felt emotions through movement. Using tension and decision making, the dance brings an immediacy that is simultaneously direct and open-ended. Each schema is linked through an abstract narrative that transforms, evolves, and accumulates to reveal perspectives on humanness, agency, power, neutrality, and support. Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, showcases the versatility, artistry, and uniqueness of the ensemble cast. Schemas, 1-5 brings to the stage a new choreographic direction for Jolene, one that interweaves pure physicality with simple, yet stunning scenarios that are mobile and reflective of the dance. A showcase for the work of Jolene Bailie, Gearshifting Performance Works’ annual feature presentation is an anticipated and celebrated event year after year. Schemas, 1-5 marks Jolene Bailie’s 19th consecutive season of self-producing dance in Winnipeg and is her tenth full length work. As always, Bailie shift gears with each production. Lighting by long time collaborator, Hugh Conacher. Dancers: Carol-Ann Bohrn, Hélène Le Moullec Mancini, Shawn Maclaine, Warren McClelland, Aaron Paul, Sam Penner, Camila Schujman. Gearshifting Performance Works gratefully acknowledges the support of The Manitoba Arts Council and The Winnipeg Arts Council. Schemas 1-5 is also marking the end of an era. In the fall, Jolene will take on the full time Artistic Director position at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Canada’s oldest and longest running contemporary dance company.
Jolene Bailie is a choreographer, director, and producer of contemporary dance. Her work expresses a deeply human experience that is honest, complex, and thorough. She has created 39 original works, including ten full length works, holds a Masters of Fine Art in Dance from The American Dance Festival/Hollins University, a BA Hons degree, a Teachers Certificate with Distinction, and has over twenty years of professional performance experience. Bailie has presented multiple shows annually since 2000 and toured her work extensively to national and international critical acclaim. Select credits include: Today Art Museum (Beijing), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an), The Joyce SoHo (New York City), The National Gallery of Canada, The National Arts Centre's Prairie Scene, International Solo Dance-Theatre Festival (Stuttgart), The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and collaborative projects with Visual Artist, Wanda Koop. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works and Interim Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. In fall 2019, Jolene will take on the Artistic Director position full time at Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, Canada's oldest and longest running contemporary dance company. Warren McClelland has worked with Winnipeg and international choreographers. Select credits: Jolene Bailie, Stephanie Ballard, Brent Lott, Christina Medina, Gaile Peterson-Hiley, and Tedd Robinson. Most recently he performed in Jolene Bailie’s full length work, Schemas, 1-5. Previously he performed Bailie’s work for Daphnis and Chloe, The Judgement of Paris, and now again for Schema 4. Warren is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers (Winnipeg) and a former dancer with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Carol-Ann Bohrn has worked with choreographers in Winnipeg and beyond. Select credits: Sick + Twisted Theatre, Gearshifting Performance Works, Ming Hon, and White Birch Ballet. Last month she performed in Bailie’s full length work, Schemas, 1-5. Previously she performed in Bailie’s work for Lost, Game On, Daphnis and Chloe, Dancing Bodies, Phase Wash, Altered Aspects, Feedback, Mini Vignettes on Life and Love and now Schema 4. Additional credits include: Gearshifting Performance Works’ presentations of petites danses (Ch: Marie-Josee Chartier) and Sending Love (Ch: Rachel Browne, staged by Bailie). Recent professional development include: Cartae Open School, the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA.
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