Exclusive screening: Vincent Warren: A Man of Dance (a documentary by Marie Brodeur)
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Join Dance Nova Scotia and Halifax Public Libraries for this exclusive FREE screening of the documentary A Man of Dance: Vincent Warren by Quebec filmmaker Marie Brodeur. We are thrilled that director Marie Brodeur will be in attendance to introduce the film and will answer questions after the screening.
Man of Dance
At the top of the main staircase leading to Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montreal’s Place des Arts is an imposing tapestry by Louise Lemieux Bérubé. A large work depicting a scene from the dance piece Ceremony by Fernand Nault. What strikes the viewer at first gaze is the extraordinary beauty and elegance of the man at the centre of the image. That man is dancer Vincent Warren.
An artist who has witnessed memorable eras from 1950 to the present, Vincent Warren started his dance career with the Old Metropolitan Opera in New York, inspiring a number of painters and poets who were part of the abstract impressionist and pop art movements. He was muse to Frank O’Hara who wrote many poems about his love for him. Vincent participated in the birth of post-modern dance in the U.S. and Canada, kept company with the anti-establishment Judson Church Group in New York and the Refus global artists of Quebec. He was principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for eighteen years and guest stared for many renowned companies all over the world. He was unforgettable as Tommy, the first ballet set to rock music, which was performed internationally. He danced in Norman McLaren’s Oscar winning film Pas de Deux. Acting as a dynamic ambassador for Canadian dance the world over, he also created the largest dance library in Canada which, since 2010 is named the Bibliothèque de la Danse Vincent-Warren, a tribute to his years of dedication to both the library and the school.
From his début at the Old Metropolitan Opera and all throughout his career, he established a reputation as a formidable dancer, historian and curator. The recipient of several awards including the Dance in Canada Service Award (1985), the Prix du Québec/Prix Denise Pelletier (1992) and the Order of Canada (2004), Vincent Warren has, to a certain extent, incarnated great social and artistic trends both in Canada and in the United States. His is a tale worth telling, the story of a man and the road he travelled, recounted in a documentary that by extension will celebrate important and compelling moments of our recent past.
About the director:
Marie Brodeur studied in visual arts, dance and theatre. She studied with a number of renowned visual and theatrical artists such as Irene Whittome, Gilles Maheu, Linda Rabbin, Martine Epoque, Jean Asselin, Merce Cunningham and Jean-Pierre Perrault. Following a brilliant 10-year dance career in modern ballet in Canada, the United States and Europe, Marie Brodeur takes on a new career in 1985 as a documentary filmmaker, specializing mostly in art and dance. She is honoured with two UNESCO prizes, recognizing her films for their exceptional contribution to the conservation of our world cultural heritage.
Many of her films are now part of the permanent collections of esteemed institutions such as the Lincoln Centre Performing Arts Library in New York and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.
Please check out the trailer: A Man Of Dance
The screening will be preceded by a beautiful short film The evening will open with a short d titled: In the Heart of Vivianne Gauthier, a beautiful and inspiring 12-minute film highlighting the extraordinary work of the Haitian dance teacher who brings dance to the people of Haiti.
This is a joint project of Dance Nova Scotia and the Halifax Public Libraries. It is free to the general public!!