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  • Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears

    WCD is proud to present this duet in our final show of the season ANYTHING BUT ABSOLUTE ZERO -April 27-29th at WCD.

    A premiere of an enigmatic duet choreographed by Walter Carsen Prize winner Tedd Robinson, performed by Winnipeg’s own Robyn Thomson Kacki and Dora Award winner Susie Burpee. Encounter worlds within worlds and experience the ritual and the magic of Cotton Handkerchiefs and Dog’s Tears.

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    Photo: Mark Dela Cruz

    Source: Inbox – communications@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca – Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Mail

  • WCD Announces new show sponsor!

     

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    is very pleased to announce

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    SHOW SPONSOR!

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      WCD IS GRATEFUL TO

    The King’s Head Pub & Eatery

    for their very generous sponsorship

    of the final show of our season,

    ANYTHING BUT ABSOLUTE ZERO

     

    THE KING’S HEAD PUB & EATERY,

    a family owned restaurant and bar

    that has been in the Exchange District

    for 30 years!

     

    Featuring delicious English pub and Indian food, this mainstay of the

    Exchange also has a fully stocked bar and a large range of craft beers on tap!

     

    Check them out before our shows for a fabulous meal and/or for a drink

    after our shows to discuss what you just experienced at WCD.

     

     

     

  • “Falling” at WCD and Dance Matters 

    Anything But Absolute Zero at WCD April 27-29th 8pm.

    Falling explores the pleasure and the pain, the suffering and the euphoria of love. It follows the trajectory of a couple who journey from total vulnerability to complete estrangement, from naked trust to layers of barriers between them. Using music from Vivaldi’s  The Four Seasons, we see all seasons of the couple’s relationship. Moments ranging from the elation of infatuation, the symbiosis of partnership, the absurdity of sex, and the necessary back and forth struggle to remain together makes this new dance work a beautifully tragic take on love and loss.

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    page_1Source: “Falling” at WCD and Dance Matters | Fund What You Can

  • WCD ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE -Thank you for making this event a success!

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    Dinner and Dance  at The Peasant Cookery ~ April 2nd 6pm

    Tickets $90 (includes $40 charitable tax receipt)

    Tickets can be purchased at wcdancers.ca or call 204 452-0229

    MENU

    First Course

    Israeli couscous salad, arugula and spinach, goat cheese and toasted walnuts

    Chicken and zucchini noodle soup

    Second Course

    Steelhead trout, wild rice pilaf, green beans, champagne buerre blanc

    Flank steak, braised Brussel sprouts, brown butter whipped potatoes, red wine jus

    Pork tenderloin, crispy parmesan potatoes, green beans, almonds, roasted red pepper relish

    Vegetarian Option

    Quinoa, almond-current vegetable pilaf with smoked zucchinni

    Third Course

    Profiteroles

    Crème Brule

     

     

  • Artistic Residency Opportunity

     

    CANADA-WIDE

    CALL TO ARTISTS

    from WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS

     

    Artistic Residency and Commission Opportunity

    OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS OF ALL DISCIPLINES: Request for expressions of interest

    DEADLINE: 1 May 2017 at 4 pm

    BUDGET: $50,000-$60,000 (includes artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodations)

     

    ARTISTIC RESIDENCY OVERVIEW:

     WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS invites artists working in all disciplines to submit an Expression of Interest to be our Artist-in-Residence for 2017/18. This opportunity is open to individual artists or collaborative teams at any phase of their career, emerging or established. The selected artist or artistic team (the ‘Artist) will research and create a new full-length performance work at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), to be premiered at the final show of our 2017/18 season.

     

    This is not a live-in residency. It is a two-phase residency hosted by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Phase 1 (research, creation) will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba beginning in Fall 2017. Phase 2 (rehearsals, production) will culminate in a presentation of the commissioned performance work in Spring 2018.

     

    Specific dates and number of weeks to be determined and agreed upon by Artist and WCD as required, with a work period spanning a maximum of 6 months. The total budget for this project will not exceed $60,000, and will be paid in instalments to the Artist over the span of the residency. The budget includes Artist/commission fees, production costs, dancer’s fees, accommodations and travel. Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate.

     

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Artists wishing to be considered for this residency are requested to submit the following:

    • A brief proposal (750 word maximum), outlining your vision for the creation and presentation of the proposed performance work, along with a draft timeline and schedule
    • A one-page CV that focuses on activities of the last 5 years, demonstrating the Artist’s field of interest and creative direction
    • Support materials (video, audio, still images—see specifications below)

     

     

    WCD is looking for proposals that:

    • Further the possibilities of performance work
    • Stimulate conversations between fellow artists and audiences
    • Fulfill WCD’s mandate
    • Expand our view of dance and the performing arts moving forward

     

    OUR ORGANIZATION                                                                                                                                                                      

    Established in 1964, WCD is the longest continuously running contemporary dance company in Canada. The power of contemporary dance is inherent in the fact that it requires presence, which has become increasingly important in contemporary culture. Contemporary dance thrives on exploration and cross-pollination. It asks us to recognize and respond to the humanity in one other. At WCD we recognize that some of the most original and intriguing work being produced today results from artists collaborating and experimenting across conventional boundaries. Moving forward, we aim to expand our mandate and explore avenues for the future of contemporary dance and for performance work in general.

    OUR MANDATE

    WCD strives to create a place on the local, national and international arts landscape to enable vital intersections, linkages and exchange among dance creators and interpreters, interdisciplinary artists, spectators and communities. Our values, programs and activities are based on respect for our history, the ongoing development of our artists and to our place in the community.

     

    We are an evolving, responsive arts system. We act as a springboard for the presentation of new and existing dance work. This fosters and advances artistic vitality and excellence in dance.

     

    We create, produce, mentor, present and promote professional contemporary dance with a view to championing and furthering the art form for artists and audiences alike. We aim to provide a forum for exploration, originality and invention.

     

    SELECTION CRITERIA

    • Artistic merit of the Artist and proposal
    • Conceptual clarity and vision of the proposal
    • Demonstrated ability of the Artist to produce performance work in a way that respects and challenges participating artists and audiences alike

     

    Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate

     

     

    SELECTION PROCESS

     

    Round 1

    Proposal deadline: 4 p.m. on 1 May 2017

    The Board of WCD will select a short-list of applications for consideration by a selection committee. The selection committee comprises 3 senior artists from the Canadian artistic community, appointed by WCD’s Managing Artistic Director, Brent Lott.

     

    Round 2

    Deadline: 4 p.m. on 31 May 2017

    Selected artists from Round 1 will be asked to submit a detailed project description, one-paragraph biographies for their creative team (if applicable) and a detailed budget (template will be provided).

    The successful Artist will be notified by mid-June 2017.

     

    SUPPORT MATERIAL GUIDELINES (ROUND 1 APPLICATION)

    Please supply up to two samples of recently produced work (past 5 years) of the following support materials that best represent your recent work:

    • Up to 10 minutes of video and/or audio
    • Up to 15 still images
    • 1 sample of published material (book/publication)

    If you work in more than one artistic discipline, you may supply up to two of the above-noted samples, in each of your disciplines.

     

    Audiovisual specifications:

    Image files must be:

    • JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg) format
    • RGB colour mode
    • No larger than 1.5 MB

    Audiovisual files must be:

    • Playable with VLC media player (consult www.videolan.org/vlc/)
    • A maximum 60 FPS
    • A maximum resolution of 1080P (or frame size of 1920 x 1080)
    • No larger than 4 GB

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Web links to media via Vimeo, YouTube, or website content are acceptable, as long as they correspond with the support material specifications. Artists are also welcome to submit hard copies of media on BD, DVD, CD, or USB key.

    Please send submissions to: submissions@wcdancers.ca

     

     

  • Three films by director Danielle Sturk screening in February

    MOUVEMENT Written, Directed, Produced by Danielle Sturk 2014, Canada, 09:10 min, Dance

    An excerpt from the feature film A Good Madness – The Dance of Rachel Browne (2014), ‘Mouvement’, is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting ‘The Little Deer’, capturing the last moments of a creature fallen prey in her own natural environment. Choreography by Rachel Browne, performed by Kristin Haight. Thurs, March 23 / 7 pm Alliance française du Manitoba 934 Corydon Ave Plays with feature film: Neither Heaven Nor Earth Website: https://agoodmadness.com This film is made possible due to the generous financial support of: Canada Council for the Arts | Manitoba Arts Council | MTS TV Stories From Home | Manitoba Film & Music | Winnipeg Film Group | Video Pool | William F White

    SOUL SISTERS Directed by Danielle Sturk Produced by Buffalo Gal Pictures Joanne Levy, Producer 2016, Canada, 55 min English & French w/ English subtitles Nominated for a 2017 Windy Award for Best Documentary (Awards held on February 25th at Cinematheque) An intimate glimpse into the lives of the Catholic Sisters of Manitoba, this documentary is a testament to the deep and permanent imprint they have left and continue to leave in our communities. Stories of the sisterhood and their ground-breaking work for social justice are laced with humour, feminism and compassion. Screenings at Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) this week and next! Fri, Feb 3 / 7 pm Sat, Feb 4 / 3 pm & 7 pm Wed, Feb 8 / 7 pm Fri, Feb 10 / 7 pm Sat, Feb 11 / 3 pm & 7 pm Plays with: Les Filles de la Croix / Directed by Dominique Rey, 2012, Canada, 10 min VIEW TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/199711232

    CLEAN Written, Directed, Filmed and Narrated by Danielle Sturk 2015, Canada, 02:45 min, Super 8 mm, English

    Screening as part of “Women’s Pictures, Women’s Lives” at the Moving Images Film Festival Plays with films by, Danishka Esterhazy, The Ephemerals, Sharon Alward, Shelagh Carter and Deborah Schnitzer. February 6 – 11 The program is screened on a continuous loop Monday to Friday: noon – 4pm Saturday 1 – 4pm Gallery 1C03, 1st floor, Centennial Hall The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/art-gallery/programming/2016-17/moving-images-screening-programs.html

     

  • AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS

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    AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS ~PROGRAM

    THE RACHEL BROWNE THEATRE

    DECEMBER 31, 9PM & JAN 5-8, 8PM

     

    Inspired by the poetry of Jaik Josephson, the work and social activism of visual artist Keith Haring (silenced by AIDS in 1990) and the events of the AIDS plague,

    AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS is Brent Lott’s reflections on the equation

    SILENCE = DEATH; the rallying cry of ACT UP (AIDS COALITON TO UNLEASH POWER).

    PRE-SHOW MUSIC: ARTHUR RUSSELL (silenced by AIDS in 1992)

    CHOREOGRAPHY: BRENT LOTT in collaboration with WCD dancers:

     

    JOHANNA RILEY

    SAM PENNER

    BRIANNA FERGUSON

    JASMINE ALLARD

    WARREN MCCLELLAND

    ALEXANDRA WINTERS

    BRETT OWEN

      

    Brent is very grateful for the contributions made by all the artists who helped realize this production especially the dancers, jaymez, Dean Cowieson, Shirley Grierson and Jaik Josephson whose poetry inspired this work. He is also grateful to all those who gave him feedback throughout the creative process: Vanessa Macrae, Jaik Josephson, Faye Thomson, Gaile Hiley, Stephanie Ballard, Charlene Kulbaba, Paula Blair, Xemena Munos, D’Arcy Phillips, Chris Curpen and to the VERGE 2016 dancers Emma Beech, Jennifer Bonner, Samarah McRorie and Aaron Michael Paul who contributed much to the creative process.

     

    ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION: SHIRLEY GRIERSON & WILL GRIERSON

    LIVE MUSIC: ASHLEY AU

    VIDEO DESIGN: jaymez

    LIGHTING DESIGN: DEAN COWIESON

    POETRY: JAIK JOSEPHSON

    COSTUME DESIGN: ALEX ESPINOSA

     

    Songs:

    I REALLY LOVED HAROLD: MELANIE SAFKA

    IF IT BE YOUR WILL: LEONARD COHEN

     

     

    WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS:

    ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: BRENT LOTT

    COMMUNICATIONS AND ADMINISTATIVE DIRECTOR: VANESSA MACRAE

    PRODUCTION MANAGER / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: JAMES JANSEN

    STAGE MANAGER: PAIGE LEWIS

    HANG AND STRIKE CREW: MIGUEL FORTIER, HALEY MUMMER,JAMES THURMEIER

    PHOTOGRAGRAPHER: LEIF NORMAN & FRED MCEVOY

    ARCHIVAL VIDEOGRAPHER: KAYLA JEANSON

    MARKETING DESIGN: CHRIS LEE

    SPECIAL THANKS TO: The School of Contemporary Dancers, Nafro, Grant Guy, The Peasant Cookery, Aaron Paul, Investors Group, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council, Investors Group, RMTC, Cercle Moliere, Masterworks Dance Studio + Royal Dance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Dance Current ~Roots and Wings

    brent_lottRoots and Wings By Holly Harris

    Now celebrating his twelfth year as artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), Brent Lott has brought his wealth of experience working with other significant Canadian artists to the Prairies. At WCD, Lott celebrates Winnipeg’s dance roots while lifting up a new generation of dancers. Read More »Holly Harris met with Lott to discuss his tenure at WCD, the importance of Winnipeg’s dance roots and his desire to support and lift up a new generation of dancers. This December he premieres a new full-length work, As Though I had Wings, inspired by the poetry of Jaik Josephson, who is also his partner. This work initially grew out of Lott’s deepening concern over increasing public and political censorship and how certain communities are effectively silenced by crushing political forces – drawing a comparison, for example, to the tragic dismissal and denial of members of the LGBTQ community during the early, panic-fuelled days of the AIDS crisis. In addition to his own work and ensuring the continued vitality of WCD, Lott hopes his legacy will be the new generation of dance artists he has shepherded into the profession through projects such as Verge, a developmental company for students emerging from the School of Contemporary Dancers.  ~Les Prairies sont un terreau fertile pour les danseurs au Canada, et Brent Lott figure parmi le talent de la région. Il célèbre actuellement sa douzième année comme directeur artistique de Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD). Holly Harris rencontre Lott pour discuter son travail à WCD, l’importance de l’histoire de la danse à Winnipeg et son soutien d’une nouvelle génération de danseurs. En décembre, il présente sa dernière création intégrale As Though I Had Wings, inspirée par la poésie de son conjoint Jaik Josephson. Le processus est nourri de ses craintes en regard de la censure publique et politique et du silence imposé à certaines communautés par des forces politiques oppressantes. Il trace un parallèle au désaveu tragique des membres de la communauté LGBTQ pendant les débuts paniqués de la crise du VIH/SIDA. En plus de son travail chorégraphique et son dévouement à la vitalité des WCD, Lott espère léguer à l’art une nouvelle génération d’artistes de danse qu’il aura guidée dans le métier par des projets comme Verge, une compagnie de transition pour les élèves diplômés de la School of Contemporary Dancers. Brent Lott and Winnipeg choreographer Ming Hon / Photo by Leif Norman

    Source: Volume 19, Issue 6 | The Dance Current

  • NYE with WCD

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  • AGM

    WCD will hold our AGM on Monday October 24th at the Rachel Browne Theatre at 7:00pm.