created by Brent Lott
The death of WCD’s Founding Artistic Director Rachel Browne, in the spring of 2012, was a devastating loss to many. The definition of the word ‘egress’ is a place of transition; a doorway between one place and another. This solo is my egress as I processed the impact of the death of Rachel to myself personally, her family, her friends and Canada’s dance community. I am very grateful to both Mark Medrano, on whom this work was created, and to Sam Penner for their faith in and commitment to this work. -Brent
performed by Sam Penner
Sam Penner has been a proud a member of Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers since 2013. After her graduation from the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers,she was first a member of VERGE,WCD’s emerging artist company,and from there was taken on as an apprentice,and finally a full member in 2014.
In her time with WCD she has performed works by Brent Lott,Peggy Baker and Johanna Riley and her dancing has taken her across Canada,from Charlottetown to Banff,Ottawa and throughout Manitoba. She is looking forward to her fourth season with WCD.
Brent was appointed the Artistic Director of WCD in June of 2005.As a choreographer, Brent has been actively creating for over a decade. His 2008 work STRUCK, set on WCD dancers, was called ‘a work of mystery by beauty’ by the Globe and Mail dance reviewer Paula Citron.
His 2011 contribution to the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Bash on Regardless, was given 5 stars by Alison Mayes and refered to as ‘ …anextraordinary heart-stopping fusion of movement and text.’
His other full length choreographic endeavours include Coming in to Autumn with actor Naomi Cooke, His Banner Over Me with clarinettist Lori Freedman and a co-production with Christina Medina entitled as long as now. Brent is a memberof the faculty of the Professional Program of SCD and a past faculty member of the Professional Program of RWB. Brent is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
Stage for Loss
created by Lise McMillan
Takes the audience on a journey through sudden grief and trauma and the connection between the conscious and unconscious stages of coping with loss. Stage for loss brings together creator and dancer LIse McMillian and WCD dancer Jasmine Allard as they connect as mind and body, conscious and unconscious,as a pair of lungs reaching for air.
Special thanks to WCD, Nafro Dance Productions, The School of Contemporary Dancers, New Dance Horizons, Shara Dueck, MTYP and David Graham
performed by Jasmine Allard, Lise McMillan
music: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
text: Pablo Neruda’s Ode to Life
Assistant Stage Managers: Jess Lepp &Brianna Ferguson
This work was generously supported by the Manitoba Arts Council and a research residency at New Dance Horizons under mentorship by Robin Poitras.
Jasmine Allard was born in a french-manitoban family that exposed her at a young age to the folk and dance culture from Winnipeg and the Prairies. She decided to continue her education at The University of Winnipeg through the School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program. Since graduating from the program in 2014 with a BAH in Dance from the U of W, Jasmine has worked with local and international choreographers such as: Odette Heyn, Constance Cooke and Brent Lott.
She is currently an ongoing company member of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers since 2015. Jasmine has been given the opportunity to dance alongside Lise McMillan in her new work and is thankful for being a part of McMillan’s creative and genuine process.
Lise McMillan is a contemporary dance artist based in Steinbach, Manitoba. Lise has performed in Canada and abroad with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-2014) in works by Sasha Ivanochko, Susie Burpee, Serge Bennathan, Brent Lott, and Rachel Browne, Sinha Danse, C. Medina Dance (Austria), Delfos Danza (Mexico), Alexandra Elliott Dance Inc. and several independent creators such as Luis Sala (Mozambique), Natasha Torres-Garner, Johanna Riley, Ali Robson, Treasure Waddell and Tanja Woloshen.Lise has produced and commissioned works by Serge Bennathan, Susie Burpee and Lesandra Dodson. She is one third of Collective Corps with Freya Olafson, and James Philips(Montreal) and Collective Corps’ work C.P.A [consistent partial attention] premiered in February 2016, and was supported by a research residency with Tedd Robinson of Centre Q. C.P.A has been pre-selected to represent Canada at les Jeux de la Francophonie in July 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.. Her own work Current Affair was presented by Young Lungs Dance Exchange in the 2014 Production Series. She has choreographed for local youth choirs, public schools and fringe productions across Manitoba. Lise has had the privilege of undertaking residencies at D.ID in Pinkafeld, Austria, and Delfos Danza in Mazatlan, Mexico and with Young Lungs Dance Exchange. Her work as an arts educator has brought her to school divisions across Manitoba intergrating dance into the curriculum through programs such as Learning Through the Arts, The Integrated Arts, Engaging Fusion and Music Champions. Lise is the co-director of TheDancePost.org, an organization serving Winnipeg’s dance milieu and was selected by Canada Council for the Arts to attend IETM’s 2015 and 2016 Spring Plenaries in Italy and Amsterdam. Lise holds her B.A Honours Degree in Dance, and is a graduate of the Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers.
Thank you: WCD, Nafro Dance Productions, The School of Contemporary Dancers, Jess Lepp, Brianna Ferguson, New Dance Horizons, Shara Dueck, MTYP, David Graham
Bodies move across the floor in a slow duet of shared care. Endless, incalculable and epic in its necessary monotony this central grind just keeps going… An intersection between dance, theatre and sound installation The Moon at Midnight, is a love letter to the experience of healing. And to monster movies.
Lin Snelling’s performance, writing and teaching is based in the qualities improvisation can offer as it applies to dance, theatre, and somatic practice. She toured the world extensively as a performer with Carbone 14 and has worked with many improvisation ensembles. As an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta she is presently teaching dance, experiential anatomy and composition. Her most recent dance collaborations include Performing Book with visual artist Shelagh Keeley at MoMA (New York), the Power Plant (Toronto) and Vancouver Art Gallery (2014-15). She works with choreographer Tedi Tafel and was part of Every Day,Life World and the Calendar Project in Montreal.
Pearl Edwards immigrated to Canada from Trinnidad in 1967. As a young girl, she always dreamt of dancing and being on a stage. It never happened, but the dream did not fade. After retiring, Pearl became a member of SAGE (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton), and GeriActors and Friends. She has performed in the GeriActors’ shows We Decide and Trains in Edmonton, Drumheller, Delburne, and St. Albert.
Laura Raboud is an independent theatre artist who is so honoured to be part of such an incredible cast and crew. This is her second time working with Amber Borotsik. She was lucky to work on Here. Like This. for the 2013, Expanse festival. Recent acting credits include: Letters From Battle River (Maa and Paa productions), Runcible Riddle (Catch the Keys Productions), Swallow (In Frente Productions),Subway Circus (Blarney Productions).
Bill Yong is honoured to share the space with you all today. Bill is a graduate from the University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts and Education program. Current company credits include: GeriActors & Friends, Rising Sun Theatre, Fool Spectrum Theatre and Mile Zero Dance.
Originally from Fort McMurray, Jeannie Vandekerkhove is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the contemporary arts. She was classically trained in her youth, studying at Arts Umbrella and Ballet BC’s Mentor Program. Jeannie has danced professionally in Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver and has performed both nationally and internationally, for a variety of renowned choreographers. Her work has been presented in Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver. Jeannie dedicates these shows to Eleanor Diehl.
Richard Lee Hsi is an Alberta-based performer/creator who works in contemporary dance and theatre. He has performed in works for Mélanie Demers, The Good Women Dance Collective, Citadel Theatre, kloetzl & co., Alberta Theatre Projects, and Mile Zero Dance, among others. Richard is a graduate of the B.F.A. Acting program at the University of Alberta.
Gianna Vacirca is an actor and dancer hailing from Edmonton, and holds a B.F.A in Acting from the University of Alberta. Recent credits include: Trunk Theatre’s In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Catch the Keys’ The Runcible Riddle, Punctuate Theatre’s Problem Child and Risk Everything, the bilingual co-production of Mercy of a Storm and La Fouette dans la Tempête with Northern Light Theatre and L’UniTheatre. The Ecstatics with Northern Light Theatre. Firefly Theatre’s Zodiac Arrest. Gianna also had the pleasure of joining Victoria’s SKAMpede Festival in her directing debut of Emily Etterson’s Economical Ecofriendly Water Service (for Charity!) with Two Little Theatre.
Brooke Leifso is a multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner, with a focus in Devised Professional and Community Art Performance. She has worked in various capacities with Theatre Yes, Northern Light Theatre, Latitude 53, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. Brooke is an Associate Producer with the Edmonton-based integrated dance company, CRIPSiE.
Amber Borotsik is an Edmonton based creator and performer keenly interested in the intersection between improvisation, theatre, and contemporary dance practices.
All of her work lands somewhere on the dance/theatre continuum, but exactly where changes from piece to piece. It was at the University of Alberta (BFA, Acting) where Amber met her mentor Linda Rubin, who first introduced her to improvisation as a performance practice. To date, Amber has created two full length works (Scythe, Backwater) and numerous shorter works (Here. Like this.). She has performed in both theatre and dance across Canada, the United States and in Japan. In 2015 she received the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts, and has been working in inter-ability dance communities for five years.
Jesse Gervais is an award winning Actor, Dancer, Street Perfomer, Voice Over Artist, and proud Edmontonian. Jesse has been a multiple nominee and the recipient of 3 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Independent Production. Jesse has a BFA from the University of Alberta. Enjoy the Show!
Julie Ferguson is an art enabler, dancer, and physical theatre artist from Westbank BC, who now calls Edmonton home. They trained in stage management at the University of Alberta. Julie is a jack-of-all-trades in the performing arts industry. They are the Operations Manager of Punctuate! Theatre and they regularily perform in weird cabarets across Edmonton.
Aaron Macri is an award-winning composer, sound designer, sound recordist, mixer, live technician, and multi-instrumentalist. He has created music & sound design on on live productions as well as nationally broadcast television & independent film & video.