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Mocean Dance presents Sable Island and Canvas 5 x 5


Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS


Thursday, February 23 at 8:00pm - 11:00pm


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To celebrate Canvas 5 x 5 winning the Lieutenant Governor's Masterworks Award, we're bringing this thirlling piece by Tedd Robinson back to the Halifax stage for the first time since its 2012 premiere!
Rounding out the programme is another crowd favourite, Serge Bennathan's Sable Island! 

Double Bill runs February 23 & 24 at 8PM at Alderney Landing
Tickets: Adult $25, Student/Senior $20, Groups of 6 or more $18, Dance Students or Children under 10 $15

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Canvas 5 x 5:
Choreography: Tedd Robinson
Performance: Jacinte Armstrong*, Rhonda Baker*, Susanne Chui•, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson
Lighting Design: Leigh Ann Vardy
Costume Design: Rachael Grant

* Member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists

In a timeless world of grace and wonder, Canvas 5 x 5 is a masterful intertwining of the familiar with the excitingly new. Combining a traditional maritime soundscape with striking contemporary imagery the dancers manipulate over-sized canvas into whimsical and profound designs. The juxtaposition of the calming Celtic rhythm and the contagious kinetic movements is interplayed with Robinson’s acclaimed signature use of elegance and beauty.
-2013 Dora Nomination for 'Best Ensemble Performance'
-Winner of 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award

Tedd Robinson, Choreographer:

Tedd Robinson is best known for his idiosyncratic solo dance works, including the ChalmersAward winning Rokudo: six destinies in three steps. Born in Ottawa, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University (Toronto). He studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and with eminent British visual theatre artist Lindsay Kemp. Robinson first rose to prominence as Resident Choreographer (1982-1984) and subsequently ArtisticDirector of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (1984-1990).Robinson returned to Ottawa in1990 to pursue a solo career and study with Peter Boneham at Le Groupe Dance Lab.

He is now firmly established as a choreographer,educator, a mentor, and performer whose dance creations are both critically acclaimed and popular with audiences. He has received a multitude of commissions, and his collaborators include such artists as dancer-choreographers Louise Lecavalier (2003-2006), Margie Gillis (2003-04 and 2012-14), Ame Henderson (2011-15), and composer/performer Charles Quevillon (2010-16).

In 2005 Tedd took up residence in the Pontiac region of western Quebec, where he created a rural venue for creation, residencies, and performance. Tedd Robinson’s innovative work at La B.A.R.N. won le Prix en art de la scène l’Avant-Première at the Culturiades de l’Outaouais in 2009. In 2013, he established Centre Q: A Centre for Questioning, a research space for dance and music in Canada’s National Capital Region. Tedd has been consulting with choreographers since he was resident guest artist with le Groupe Dance Lab (1990-1992). He has lead choreographic labs in Ireland, Scotland, Australia and across Canada. He has been consulted on the work and work practices of over 45 choreographers.

Tedd Robinson is a founding member of Projet bk and a National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist. He is recipient of the 2014 Walter Carson Award for “artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement in dance”. Most recently his work for Nova Scotia’s Mocean Dance, Canvas 5 x 5 was awarded the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Arts Award.

Sable Island (2015)
Choreography: Serge Bennathan

Performance: Jacinte Armstrong*, Rhonda Baker*, Gillian Seaward Boone, Sara Coffin*, Susanne Chui•
Text: Serge Bennathan
Music composed and performed by: Bertrand Chénier
Lighting Design: Stephane Menigot, adapted by Marcel Boulet
Costume Design: Rachael Grant

* Member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists

Choreographer’s Note: There is nothing to understand but everything to feel.

Contextual Note about Sable Island from Mocean Dance: 175 kilometers from shore, 13 square miles of windswept sand and grass is home to a herd of wild horses. Sable Island has long been famed for its treacherous history: pounding storms and rolling fog have taken down over 350 vessels on its shores. The wild horses of this mysterious isle have taken on a mantle of tenacity, resilience and perhaps a shroud of magic; they live as both fact and legend in the hearts of Maritimers. It is the spirit of these horses, and their relationship to their small scrap of powerful land, that serve as the driving force of Bennathan’s fierce and moving choreography in Sable Island. He taps into the mystery, isolation, and beauty of the horses to build a work that has deep roots in Nova Scotia and grows into an exploration of the survival of the artist committed to a sense of place.

Serge Bennathan, Choreographer:

Serge Bennathan was the artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers from 1990 to 2006. The French-born choreographer trained in Paris in classical and modern dance before working professionally with Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseille. Prior to his arrival in Canada in 1985, he directed his own company in Cannes for four years. He now resides in Vancouver, where he formed Les Productions Figlio in 2007.Twelve works of Serge's for Dancemakers received Dora Mavor Moore nominations, with both Sable/Sand and The Satie Project receiving the award for Outstanding New Choreography. Serge’s independent commissions include Teatro San Martin Ballet Contemporaneo in Buenos Aires, Le Jeune Ballet International de Cannes, the Canada Dance Festival, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Ballet British Columbia, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Canada Japan New Creators Series. Also known within the opera community, his collaborators include the Flanders Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Metropolitan Opera Company, and the Canadian Opera Company (COC). His direction and choreography for John Blow’s Venus and Adonis earned Serge two Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. In 2005, Serge directed his first mainstage opera, Rossini’s Tancredi at the COC. He is also the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Alcan Rio Tinto Performing Arts Award.

Serge is also a writer and painter who has written and illustrated three books: Julius le piano voyageur, published by the French-language publishing house Le GREF (Toronto), The Other Moon of Mr. Figlio, and A Few Thousand Miles, a collection of poems about dance, dancers and the dance of life. His paintings reflect the poetry of the human soul, its dreams, imagination, and humour.