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Danielle Baskerville, Bee Pallomina
A Canadian modern dance classic, this work was choreographed in 1986 by David Earle who describes it as “a poem of grief and compassion”. Set to the first movement of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s magnificent lament Stabat Mater, the work follows two women, constantly moving, yet confined by sorrow. Over the years Sacred Garden has evolved to become a depiction of Mary arriving at the site of her son’s crucifixion.
“This is the opening section of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which he composed in a Franciscan monastery in the final weeks of his life, dying of tuberculosis. It is considered one of the most beautiful compositions history has bequeathed to us.” – David Earle
INDIGENOUS HOOP DANCING
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Emily Kahente Diabo
Indigenous hoop dancing is a form of story telling that traces its origins back many centuries. It is still used in traditional healing ceremonies by many First Nations across North America. Over the years the hoop dance has evolved and now often incorporates new movements and intricate footwork.
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is a professional dancer and choreographer performing and creating in many genres for over 25 years. She currently specializes in merging traditional First Nation’s dance with contemporary styles.
Maria Osende, Megan Matheson Hamilton
Perhaps Spain’s most popular export, flamenco dance is the product of countless generations and many cultures centred in the country’s Andalucian region. Combining acoustic guitar with singing, chanting, dancing and staccato clapping, flamenco dancers perform with a passion and energy that captivates audiences.
Choreographer Randy Glynn worked Atlantic Canada’s celebrated flamenco artists Maria Osende and Megan Matheson Hamilton to create El Reto (The Challenge), which has its world premiere at FODAR 2017.
“…(Megan Matheson La Azulita) is nubile and sexy. She can cut the footwork.” The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“With the Maria Osende Flamenco Co. art illuminates and ennobles a dark world…Maria Osende is spellbinding as she takes flamenco dance to a high art form.” The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
BOYS WILL BE MEN
Michael Caldwell, Louis Laberge-Côté
Boys Will Be Men is an absurdist work about the ways that masculinity, with its power relationships, and its competitiveness, obstructs the attempts men make to communicate.
That out-of-control competition takes the form of a pas de deux, centering around a card table and a duel. The work is performed by two of Canada’s finest contemporary dancers and showcases their skill in executing challenging choreographic technique.
“What strikes me most…is the connection between the two dancers, their chemistry and movement symbiosis.” – The Dance Current
Adult Content. Some offensive language used within the context of the work.