Photo by Jeremy Mimngah
Photo by Raphsel Titsworth-Morin
Photo by Deanna Musgrave
Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival 2015
Schedule of Events
Friday, June 26
5:30pm King’s Square | FREE
Rothesay Ballet School 5:30pm & 6:00pm
Contemporary dance students from RBS perform Displacement and Alegria. Choreography by Marcia Dysart. *Dances will be repeated again at 6:00pm
American Tribal Style® Certified, Modern Bellydance & finger cymbals inspired by Salimpour Format and rock ‘n roll. *Nawal will perform at 5:45pm & 6:15pm
7pm Buckland Gallery | 35 Duke St | FREE
Join us at the Peter Buckland Gallery for the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival Kickoff Party! The party gets started with a special performance by Meagan O'Shea.
7pm Meagan O'Shea We Don't Need Another Hero
We Don’t Need Another Hero began as an experiment at Connection Dance Works’ Perspective project in 2013, and has since been performed in Finland and Greece, as well as at The Theatre Centre in Toronto as a DanceWorks CoWorks event. Inspired by the Occupy movement and wanting to examine the paradox between belief and action versus convenience and complacency, Meagan questions how we decide to make choices and engage in our world.
Ever After will be joining Meagan for this performance! In May, 2014, the girls recorded their first original song "Say Don't Speak". The album, This is Where We Play, was released through InterAction School of Performing Arts.
Saturday, June 27
11-11:30am King’s Square | FREE
Meditation in MOVEment
Kelli Wray will be offering an outdoor session for everyBODY, young and old!
A playful experience where no steps are taught and no experience is required. Let the music be your guide as you enjoy the freedom and spontaneity of the dance!
Noon King’s Square | FREE
Votive Dance VERGE: a collaboration of dance and music. 12:00pm
VERGE was co-created by Votive Dance Artistic Director Kathleen Doherty and saxophonist Andrew MacKelvie and it is the product of over two years of study on integrating their respective mediums. Through a mixture of collective improvisation and set pieces the VERGE ensemble examines the qualitative similarities between music and dance. The ensemble also features performances by some of Halifax's new and exciting improvisers.
1:30pm King’s Square | FREE
Kelli Wray 1:30pm & 2:00pm
Kelli Wray's passion for the arts and for dance flourished while working as a street performer in Ottawa. Her journey took her to Halifax where she further developed her artistry studying African and Modern Dance, to the fluid motions of yoga and tai chi, gaining a sense of her own unique style of interpretive movement . *Piece will be repeated again at 2:00pm
InterAction School of Performing Arts 1:45pm & 2:15pm
Unsweetened - student musicians and dancers collaborate on an original piece. Under the direction of Chuck Teed and Sarah Power. *Piece will be repeated again at 2:15pm
Sunday, June 28
11am-12:30pm 228 Germain St | Third Floor | Cost: $10
Kathleen Doherty (Votive Dance) will lead a jazz workshop, which will allow dancers to explore many traditional aspects of jazz dance including swing, classic and other eras.
This workshop will include discovering jazz music through improvisation and set centre work. Participants will also gain a comprehensive working knowledge of existing jazz artists and the development of jazz as a music and dance art form.
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