Compagnie Marie Chouinard: Radical Vitality: two dancers are in motion in the right side of the image. One dancer stands leaning to the right with their arm raised and their head turned looking behind themself. The second dancer crouches in front of the first with their legs bent and their arms mirroring the angles of the other dancer. The background is in shadow and the floor is a glossy white. The dancers are wearing grey-scale loose clothing.

Liz Kinoshita

Photo Credit: Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker

You Can't Take It With You

Liz Kinoshita’s You Can’t Take it With You is inspired by her relationship to necessity vs. waste and the weight it bears upon us, physically, mentally and emotionally. In addition to this presentation, Liz has choreographed a solo piece for local dancer Jacinte Armstrong called 5 Standards.

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Liz Kinoshita

You Can't Take It With You

November 9-10, 8:00 PM
Danspace on Grafton – 1531 Grafton St, Halifax
General Seating

$25.00 Adults; $22.50 Seniors; $15.00 Students / Arts Worker / Underwage 

You Can’t Take It With You

Liz Kinoshita is inspired by her relationship to necessity vs. waste and the weight it bears upon us, physically, mentally and emotionally. In You Can’t Take It With You she investigates within dance and musicality, what we need to survive, and what we need to discard in order to sustain ourselves and our environments. The weight and momentum of the piece are driven by dancing, singing performers: by pushing the tempos, tensions and expectations in the room, they provoke possible new angles and energy to explore problems.

Liz Kinoshita has been working on her own choreographic proposals with Justin F. Kennedy, Clinton Stringer and Salka Ardal Rosengren since 2013, and with Vincent Jonsson and Bryana Fritz since 2016.  They work very collaboratively and Liz is honoured to spend time with these performers in both the creation process as well as on stage.   As such, they are excited to share the creative ideas this cast brings with them as well as the performance You Can’t Take It With You on this transnational tour of Canada in 2022, presented by a special network of partners including Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival in Calgary (AB), Art Holm and Young Lungs Dance Exchange in Winnipeg (MA), The Toronto Dance Community Love – In in Toronto (ON), and Live Arts and SiNS in Halifax (NS), and we acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts.

Running time 50 minutes.

 “Kinoshita explores what we need to survive in a sustainable manner, […] she makes our behavior palpable and tangible.”

– Audience Testimonial.

Liz Kinoshita

Liz Kinoshita was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Europe in 2002. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium between 2004 and 2008. Liz has since worked with ZOO/Thomas Hauert, Tino Sehgal, Good Move/Eleanor Bauer, Hiatus/Daniel Linehan, among others, as well as making her own work with collaborators such as Clinton Stringer, Justin F. Kennedy, and Salka Ardal Rosengren. In 2013 she started her research into the mechanisms of the musical. In 2014 she created VOLCANO, a contemporary dance backstage musical performance. In 2017 Liz premiered Radical Empathy (commissioned by Den Danske Scenekunstskole) and You Can’t Take It With You, an in-the-round performance about waste vs necessity. Liz was part of the artistic team for West Side Story on Broadway, choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and directed by Ivo van Hove. Liz’s new creation 11 O’clock is set to be shared on stage and screen in 2021-2023.

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Liz Kinoshita

5 Standards

Created by Kinoshita for K’jipuktuk/Halifax-based artist Jacinte Armstrong, this dance is a mature conversation between dancer and music, drawing on the structure of jazz standards while using contemporary movement vocabulary. Set to recorded music played by the iconic Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, Kinoshita has crafted a rich work that moves Armstrong through both conflict and convergence. The piece’s approach to rhythm and improvisation is demanding and rigorous, with an intricate and musical physicality that is exhilarating for both performer and audience. The work beautifully showcases Armstrong’s maturity as a dancer and this project provides the opportunity for Halifax audiences to see it fully staged in the context of another international-calibre dance.

Jacinte Armstrong

Jacinte Armstrong (she/her) is an artist based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, NS. She is Artistic Director and co-founder of SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance. Her work explores embodied practice through performance, choreography, collaboration, and curation, communicating the experience of the body in relation to objects, materials, and people. Receiving her early training at Halifax Dance, she went on to study at Dalhousie University and at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, and received her MFA from NSCAD University in 2020.

Running time 21 minutes. Running time 71 minutes for both shows. Accessibility Guide coming soon!