Live Art Dance is pleased to announce that effective immediately Randy Glynn will become its new Artistic Director, succeeding Paul Caskey who served at the helm of the organization from 2005 until Spring of this year. The announcement by Board Chair Sheila Strong and Vice Chair and Hiring Committee Chair Seth Levinson ends an extensive nine- month search.

“We are delighted to welcome Randy Glynn to Live Art” said Ms. Strong. “He is an artist of the highest calibre and a recognized leader in his field. We believe that he has the essential combination of vision, experience and artistry that will not only enrich our own organization but contribute to the vibrant cultural life of Halifax and the region of Atlantic Canada as well.”

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Watch as Outreach and Development Coordinator Emily Pettet and Dancer/Choreographer Lydia Zimmer chat with Morning News Anchor and Salt Truck Follies Reigning Champion, Crystal Garrett!

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Live Art Dance is excited to host Frédérick Gravel and collaborators, Dec 4-6, 2014 with Usually Beauty Fails, a searing and insightful look at human dynamics as influenced by the relatively new world of social media.

This work has been touring the world with great success, but not without a bit of controversy. Yes, there’s full frontal nudity from both genders, but it’s not so much this as it is the content that accompanies it. Using the ubiquitous presence of beauty/fashion/seduction/sex, Gravel’s proposition almost comes across as an antidote to the need to please.

beauty_fails_flat 300 Back in the summer, when we were looking for our primary marketing image for this show (yes, the one to the left) we polled friends and colleagues for reactions. Our concern was that people would find it offensive or it would resonate negatively with viewers. What we found was that, regardless of gender, those polled loved its downright cheekiness and all the metaphor and suggestive narrative contained within. Given the current media furor surrounding JG and violence against women, we have a heightened sensitivity to this image and have been second guessing our choice to use it. More polling for reactions, more discussion about content and intent.

One of the most interesting conversations I had revealed the layers present in Usually Beauty Fails. I was talking about the artist’s dislike of gender clichés and how his dancers – male and female – took turns being dominant, vulnerable, desired, and desiring. At this my colleague remarked on the contradiction inherent with this image, which itself presents a bit of a cliché. And therein lies point: Gravel is not trying to avoid clichés but to stimulate dialogue around them. in this Usually Beauty Fails is a jewel of provocation. It’ll make some people squeamish while thoroughly resonating with others.

Which camp will you find yourself in? There’s only one way to find out: join us December 4-6 at 8pm in the Sir James Dunn Theatre.

Live Art Dance is seeking an Administrator to help guide us into the future. This is a full time position that comes with a dynamic level of responsibility and involves working within a creative hub. The successful candidate should be able to start the week of September 15, 2014. Please email a cover letter, up to date CV, and references to Paul Caskey at: paul@liveartdance.ca by September 3, 2014.

Download the job description here.

 

Live Art Dance is just over five weeks away from opening our season (today is the deadline for the  Early Bird Special!!) but that doesn’t mean that great dance performance isn’t already upon our doorstep! On Thursday August 21, the latest edition of Prismatic festival opens with a number of dance activities worthy of your attention and, for those from the Valley (or escaping to it!), the inaugural edition of the Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal also kicks off.

For those taking in Prismatic, be sure to check out Santee Smith / Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s production, NeoIndigenA on the 23rd. Santee Smith is a riveting performer whose work explores the intersection between Indigenous culture and contemporary dance. Her roots within the Mohawk Nation combined with classical dance training gives Smith a wonderfully unique capacity as a performer. One performance only!

For those wishing to maximise your dance card, shoot out to King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal for two programs that alternate days between Thursday and Sunday. Featuring Company of Angels’ acclaimed Dancing in the Third Act, Mocean Dance’s wonderful Canvas 5X5 (premiered by Live Art in Jan 2012), and a pair of works by Toronto-based JD Dance, this is an excellent opportunity to whet your palette for the season to come.

Vive la Danse libre!

(Kahnyen’kehàka – Mohawk Natis a riveting performer

One of the most popular conceptions I am greeted with these days is that summer time = quiet time on the dance front… While there is a grain of truth in this (it’s true, we are NOT racing in production mode), summer time is when we get caught up on all of last year’s loose ends while also nailing down the foundation for the coming year: artist contracts, hotel reservations, subscription packages, ideas germinated for the pre-show talk series… Urban Foragingoh my, how that quiet summer time list of things-to-do gets long fast! Happily, Live Art Dance’s core staff has been bolstered with a pair of summer staffers, Hannah Harper and Karen Gross, who’ve been a great aid in helping coordinate the many pieces that need to be in place before that aforementioned production mode kicks in to high gear. If you’ve received a Spam consent form, our subscription package, notification of the PINK pass, or some other recent communication, chances are good that Hannah or Karen is behind it.

In between a little urban foraging (check out those red currants we stumbled upon!) and beach visits with my grrls, the pieces are slowly falling into place for a kick@ss new season of dance. We have a really exciting group of artists due in town, a superb roster of sponsors in place (their support is inspiring us to raise the bar this year), and are finally comfortably settled into our new suite of offices with our friends at 2b theatre. With one more month of summer time we should be more than ready to welcome the public to our 32nd season!

One of the most exciting developments carrying us forward is our freshly rejuvenated website and I’d like to give a big shout out to our geekgoddess, Ms. Jennifer, for her constant presence and creative input. Please take some time to wander around our site and let us know what you think.

 

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