Mainstage Program Two

One Step at a Time

King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

Friday, July 19 / 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20 / 7:30pm

Choreographer/Dancer: Travis Knights

One Step At A Time is a celebration of Jazz culture.  Tap dance and Jazz music are inextricably linked. The piece is lineage, tradition in conversation with the contemporary.

“In the midst  of a social reckoning in Canada, tap dancer Travis Knights challenges audiences to ask themselves, ‘Who are we to each other?’” The Dance Current (October 15, 2021)

Blur

King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

Friday, July 19 / 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20 / 7:30pm

Choreographers and Dancers: Marrin Jessome & Isaac Abriel

Blur began as an exploration of gender neutral partnering, to find ways in which lifting and weight sharing is balanced regardless of gender. From a simple contemplation of the architecture of two bodies - to the inevitable reflections of our personal lives. Combining love, trauma, power and softness, the work hones in on connection that can be felt by the dancers and audience. Blur serves as not only emotional processing, but also as expansion of contemporary movement language creating new potential in partnering repertoire.

“Artistic collaboration is what most excites Marrin. Her work gathers from the multifaceted influences of film, music, and dance - she is always looking for new ways to experiment with diverse artists and mediums of expression.” Thrive - Artwork

What We Carry

King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

Friday, July 19 / 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20 / 7:30pm

A’nó:wara Dance Theatre
Choreographer/Dancer: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo’s great-grandmother made a dress about 60 years ago; it was passed down to Barbara by her grandmother. This dance will explore her relationship with her “Tota” (grandmother), how her DNA runs through her, and how this dress still honors her. How do love and stories transcend time and space?

"Once the curtain was opened, I was completely absorbed in this 65-minute production (Sky Dancers) as there is a great deal to see, to experience and to appreciate with open eyes, open ears, and open hearts." - Joe Szekeres, Our Theatre Voice

The Man in Black

King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

Friday, July 19 / 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20 / 7:30pm

Citadel + Compagnie
Choreographer: James Kudelka
Dancers: Miyeko Ferguson, Tyler Gledhill, Sully Malaeb Proulx,  Connor Mitton

The Man in Black is a celebration of American working-class grit and of the man whose gravely voice embodied it so well, Johnny Cash. James Kudelka takes six Cash songs – all covers from the later part of his career. His celebrated gift for inventive partnering and sculptural groupings generates a stream of arresting images as he transforms outwardly simple yet choreographically sophisticated dances for an ensemble of three men and a woman, all in cowboy boots. The movement inventively riffs off several popular American country-western dance styles generating imagery that subtly amplifies the songs’ emotional undercurrents. Formations stomp decisively or seem to glide across the stage in cowboy boots creating an ode to the human spirit, proud and resilient. ​

“Only such a master of his craft as James Kudelka could draw from the vernacular of American country-western dance styles to create a work so inventive, so alert to the music and their lyrics, and so deeply moving” - The Toronto Star (2013)