• Dancers In The House

    The studio is a buzz with back to back rehearsals of Brent Lott and Johanna Riley’s world premieres.  We have dancers, Warren McClelland, Sam Penner, Brianna Ferguson, Jasmine Allard and Brett Owen in the house getting ready for the October 9th and 10th presentation of GORGE.
    Next week we welcome Calgary’s Helen Husak, Kate Stashko, Peter vonTiesenhausen and Kalyna Conrad as they arrive to present two Manitoba premieres of Helen’s work.
    And if that is not enough, we are thrilled to have Lesandra Dodson here, all the way from New Brunswick, working on her new piece which will premiere in our April show titled DUETS.  Joining Lesandra in the studio are dancers, Ali Robson and Aaron Paul plus singer /songwriter Christine Fellows.
    If you haven’t ordered your tickets yet for GORGE, please call 204 452 0229 and reserve today or Buy Online.
    See you next weekend as we GORGE on dance and thanksgiving dinner.
  • GORGE – Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 – Bring a Tin for the Bin

    As we give thanks for all of the bounty in our life on Thanksgiving weekend, WCD invites you to bring a non-perishable food item for Winnipeg Harvest. Below is a list of the most desirable food.

    • Canned fish and poultry – tuna, or salmon (packed in water) chicken or turkey
    • Canned fruit and vegetables (packed in own juice)
    • Canned stew, chili, brown beans
    • Peanut Butter
    • Baby Food – jars of chicken, beef, vegetables or fruit, infant cereal such as oatmeal, barley or rice, Formula with added iron (While donations of infant formula with added iron are needed, Winnipeg Harvest supports breastfeeding.)
    • Whole grain pasta/whole wheat pasta
    • Rice – brown, converted or parboiled
    • Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
    • Cereal – high fiber, non-sugar coated
    • Canned soup – lentil, pea, vegetable

    Please share what you can spare of these non-perishable food items.

    These food items reflect recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide and are supported by Manitoba Dietitians.

  • Cultural Dance Exchange


    with Monirah Hashemi

    In Partnership with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers

    Sunday September 13, 1:00-4:00pm
    Rachel Browne Theatre
    211 Bannatyne Avenue

    FemFest will be welcoming international guest Monirah Hashemi to Winnipeg and we are we excited to work with the dance community on an exciting cultural exchange! Monirah Hashemi is from Afghanistan but has been living in Sweden where she fled for her own safety. She is performing her play “Sitaraha” at the festival. The play explores the stories of three Afghan women throughout history and incorporates traditional dance.

    These women’s stories were passed on to Monirah in covert ways and in one case whispered to her from a prison cell. One of the dances, entitled Pish-Po, has been lost through time. Although it has been described to Monirah, no one has been able to show her how it is done. She knows its purpose and has been trying to recreate it in her show. She is keen to work with dancers and choreographers from various styles and traditions to both share traditional Afghan dance and to explore the possible interpretations of this particular lost dance. This will be a unique opportunity for learning about Afghanistan folk dance, exchange ideas and bring new life to historical movement practice. It is open to dancers and choreographers in all styles. The hope is to end the session with variations on the lost dance.

    Monirah along with any others who are interested will showcase the results at the Closing Cabaret of FemFest on September 19th at 9pm.
    204 586 2236

    Open to all experienced dancers and choreographers.