One of the best compliments I’ve heard about the Salt Truck Follies from peers & colleagues who also do fundraising activities is: “We may make more money than you, but yours is waaaay funner”!

While the goal of the Salt Truck Follies is definitely to raise funds to supplement our annual programming activities, putting on a great show is integral to the equation! Luckily, Halifax is chock full of amazingly talented (and generous) individuals willing to donate their time and energy. This really helps put the fun in fundraising!

This year’s edition is no exception and we are super excited to count on the incomparable Cathy Jones as our Maîtresse de Cérémonie! Opening acts by Maria Osende Flamenco, Hot Mess, and Greg Thomey will warm up the audience for the highly anticipated Dancing with the Halifamous. This reality tv spin-off connects 4 local celebrities with some talented dance artists to produce a series of short numbers. This year’s brave contestants are (drum roll please!!): composer/musician, Dinuk Wijeratne, CTV host, Maria Panopalis, vocalist extraordinaire, Heather Rankin, and Fid chef, Dennis Johnston. With choreographic contributions from the Halifax Salseros, Concrete Roots, Veronique MacKenzie and Sara Harrigan, the show will be rich in talent!

A competition is not complete without judges! Adjudicating this year’s performances will be the wonderfully insightful Chris Shore, Greg Thomey, and Laura Penny!

O my!

Not to be missed!

Salt Truck Follies goes live Saturday March 5th at 8:30PM at the Meinertzhagen Theatre (945 Tower Rd, Halifax Grammar School, doors open at 7:30)

Paul-André Fortier and company arrived in Halifax last night and are set to transport their Cabane to three different performance sites in Halifax. While using three locations triples the work for Live Art and Fortier’s crew, it also becomes a bit of a game for audience members… each new location provides a unique perspective through which to watch the fun unfold and stimulates specific reactions to the environment.

Fortier appears as a the straight man to Rober Racine’s comic. Not that this is a comic duo, but it does suggest a little Beckett here and there, with their sense of play and deliberate mocking of each other. There’s a great interview with Paul-André in yesterday’s Chronicle Herald, check it out here!

I also just read a great preview in The Coast. Both provide excellent background on the motivation behind the creation of this work.

As the Canada Games get set to kick off in Halifax, Live Art Dance is leading the charge for the cultural component. No, I”m not talking about the National Artist Program that is affiliated with the games, but Cabane, a site-specific performance installation performed by the totally delightful duo of Paul-André Fortier and Rober Racine. Their quixotic relationship evolves throughout the 50 minute work (anchored in, on, and around a portable shack) and provides each with their moments to shine. Fortier is as elegant and energetic as ever (which is thoroughly impressive given he surpassed 60 years of age a few years ago), and Racine is quite simply mesmerizing. They have a wonderful Straight Man/Funny Guy/Potso & Lucky thing going on… as if they”ve forgotten about waiting (for Godot, or anyone else) and are captivated with living life as one moment of creation after another.

Inspired by ideas of shelter, Cabane was created to be performed in site-specific locations… and Live Art Dance chose to push the idea a little further: each of the three performances in Halifax will be performed in a different location! Talk about micro/macro organisation!!

For a (sur)real good time come join us Feb 17-19!

As the Canada Games get set to kick off in Halifax, Live Art Dance is leading the charge for the cultural component. No, I”m not talking about the National Artist Program that is affiliated with the games, but Cabane, a site-specific performance installation performed by the totally delightful duo of Paul-André Fortier and Rober Racine. Their quixotic relationship evolves throughout the 50 minute work (anchored in, on, and around a portable shack) and provides each with their moments to shine. Fortier is as elegant and energetic as ever (which is thoroughly impressive given he surpassed 60 years of age a few years ago), and Racine is quite simply mesmerizing. They have a wonderful Straight Man/Funny Guy/Potso & Lucky thing going on… as if they”ve forgotten about waiting (for Godot, or anyone else) and are captivated with living life as one moment of creation after another.

Inspired by ideas of shelter, Cabane was created to be performed in site-specific locations… and Live Art Dance chose to push the idea a little further: each of the three performances in Halifax will be performed in a different location! Talk about micro/macro organisation!!

For a (sur)real good time come join us Feb 17-19!

As the Canada Games get set to kick off in Halifax, Live Art Dance is leading the charge for the cultural component. No, I”m not talking about the National Artist Program that is affiliated with the games, but Cabane, a site-specific performance installation performed by the totally delightful duo of Paul-André Fortier and Rober Racine. Their quixotic relationship evolves throughout the 50 minute work (anchored in, on, and around a portable shack) and provides each with their moments to shine. Fortier is as elegant and energetic as ever (which is thoroughly impressive given he surpassed 60 years of age a few years ago), and Racine is quite simply mesmerizing. They have a wonderful Straight Man/Funny Guy/Potso & Lucky thing going on… as if they”ve forgotten about waiting (for Godot, or anyone else) and are captivated with living life as one moment of creation after another.

Inspired by ideas of shelter, Cabane was created to be performed in site-specific locations… and Live Art Dance chose to push the idea a little further: each of the three performances in Halifax will be performed in a different location! Talk about micro/macro organisation!!

For a (sur)real good time come join us Feb 17-19!

As the Canada Games get set to kick off in Halifax, Live Art Dance is leading the charge for the cultural component. No, I”m not talking about the National Artist Program that is affiliated with the games, but Cabane, a site-specific performance installation performed by the totally delightful duo of Paul-André Fortier and Rober Racine. Their quixotic relationship evolves throughout the 50 minute work (anchored in, on, and around a portable shack) and provides each with their moments to shine. Fortier is as elegant and energetic as ever (which is thoroughly impressive given he surpassed 60 years of age a few years ago), and Racine is quite simply mesmerizing. They have a wonderful Straight Man/Funny Guy/Potso & Lucky thing going on… as if they”ve forgotten about waiting (for Godot, or anyone else) and are captivated with living life as one moment of creation after another.

Inspired by ideas of shelter, Cabane was created to be performed in site-specific locations… and Live Art Dance chose to push the idea a little further: each of the three performances in Halifax will be performed in a different location! Talk about micro/macro organisation!!

For a (sur)real good time come join us Feb 17-19!

There are two dance events going on in Halifax this week that merit big attention: on Wednesday evening, Jacinte Armstrong unveiled her latest work (Falling off the Page) at the Bus Stop Theatre, and on Thursday, George Stamos premiered his latest work, Troglodyte Plastique, created for Montréal Danse, at the Sir James Dunn Theatre.

Both works remind me what I love so much about dance, that being its ability to stimulate the imagination on very personal levels. Both works are gorgeously danced (Suzanne Chui and Armstrong in the former, and Elinor Fueter, Rachel Harris, and Stamos, joined onstage by musician/composer Jackie Gallant, in the latter), and both take the audience on dreamy, physically charged rides into the abstract.

Time figures prominently in both works. While Stamos grapples with themes of evolution (in a broad stroke kind of way, ie. how HAVE our primal instincts developed over the years) and loss, Armstrong reminds us that dance happens in fleeting moments, that once it stops the only residue left behind is what we carry in our memories.

I want to see both shows again… I want to relive those dreamy landscapes before they’re gone for good.

Both shows run until Saturday night – catch ’em while you can!

The stage is set for George Stamos’ return to Halifax and I for one am really excited to see where his latest work is taking him.

In the close to 15 years that I’ve been following this wonderfully talented artist’s choreographic evolution, movement invention has always been one of the most exciting facets of his work. While this may sound strange – dance IS movement after all – the point is that this invention happens at different levels… and George goes deep!

Where some choreographers can blaze off enchaînments (in my dancing days I was one of many to experience Grant Strate’s seemingly effortless streams of free flow step creation), others find inspiration going inside the steps, delving into the impulses that ultimately define an individual choreographer’s signature. While movement invention is not the only factor that contributes to defining a signature style, it is certainly a strong suit for Stamos.

George’s movement research usual reveals an organic nature combined with a curiosity about pop culture and our increasingly mediated world. His work is not so interested in lines as it is about presence, and the revealing of innate human emotions and states of being. Interesting then that his new work for Montreal Danse, Troglodyte Plastique, blends ideas of primal impulse with the superficial (or at least so the work’s title implies).

As has been the case with most of his repertoire, the abilities of his performers play a pivotal role in bringing the work to stage. Created on dancers Rachel Harris, Elinor Fueter, and Stamos himself, the work also features an original sound score performed live by Jackie Gallant. Based on the photos and studio clips I’ve seen, not to mention this particular cast’s collective talent, I strongly suspect the work will be muscularly visceral, sonically rich, and full of darkly humorous dramatic tension.

There’s one way to find out I suppose… the World Premiere of Troglodyte Plastique goes live at the Sir James Dunn Theatre January 20-22, 2011!Elinor and Rachel revealing their inner selves

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