March 2006 – Free Flow Update
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2006! It has been a very busy year so far for us and we have several major events in the works. Winter is still rearing its ugly head out here on the prairies but the days are getting longer and the sun is fighting its way through.
We are very happy to report that our first ever calendar sales fundraiser has been very successful. All of the limited edition calendars have been sold and are happily hanging on peoples walls across Canada, into the US and even as far as Scotland and Thailand!
Frank Engel recently worked with the company dancers during a three weekend Mime intensive hosted by Free Flow Dance Theatre. Born and raised in West Germany Frank moved to Saskatoon in April 2003. He first trained in Ballet and Modern dance at the National Theatre in Wiesbaden before he came into contact with the art of modern Mime Theatre. Frank has taken lessons in mime, pantomime, acting, dance, directing and choreography in Paris, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Wroclaw Poland. In 1989 he received his diploma in Mime, Acting and Dance at Die Estage School for the arts in Germany. Since his graduation he has worked as a Mime, an actor, director choreographer and teacher in Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, Holland, Bosnia, Denmark and Canada.
Jackie Latendresse and Kelly Van Damme both created and contributed Art Bras for the annual Art Bra Charity Auction hosted by the Her-icane GoDiva Festival on March 8th. It was a terrific way to celebrate International Womens Day and proceeds went to charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society.
People are shouting out BINGO! in their sleep all over the city in anticipation for the Second Annual Saskatoon Erotic Bingo hosted by Free Flow Dance Theatre!
Erotic Bingo arrives on Friday March 31st. The festivities begin at 7pm at 205A Pacific Ave. (Dance Saskatchewan Centre) The Door Fee is only a mere $5 and bingo rounds start at the bargain price of $2. There will be a cash bar with wine, beer and cocktails - waitresses are from the Dance Company. (Please note this is not a BYOB event!) There will also be door prizes for the first 25 people and raffles for incredible arts prizes! A special draw will be made for the one of a kind Creepie Stuffies made by Jackie Latendresse.
The fundraiser promises to be a super fun night out. We have an Excessive amount of prizes so your chances of winning something are pretty darn good! We have had prizes donated by the following: Lil’ Devil Adult Video and Toys, Positive Passions, For Lovers Only, White Cat Books, The Refinery, 25th Street Theatre, The Broadway Theatre as well as many others. Prizes range from very classy to extremely sassy! You will be provided with a brown paper bag to take your prizes home in. Come early for special door prizes!
All proceeds from this event go towards the Free Flow Dance Theatre “Vaudeville Dances Project”. Come on out and support your local arts groups and have a terrific time as well! Hope to hear you shouting BINGO oh oh OHHHH! real soon!
Modern Dance 101 is an entertaining and educational romp through the land of contemporary dance. Designed to be fun and to promote dance literacy this new work is presented as a Theatrical faux lecture led by Professor “Ruby Von Laban”, played by Michelle Fisher complete with live demonstrations by her eccentric TA’s.
Two brand new Contemporary pieces will also be presented to help you hone your new found dance viewing skills. 3-2-1 is a solo work featuring local performer Kelly Van Damme which delves into the quirkiness of the human body as it moves through space. Vertical Horizontal features the music of local composer Allan Parson and dancer Van Damme is joined by newcomers to the company, Sylvia Gibson and Jasmine Randall. Although created completely separately in the tradition of Merce Cunningham and John Cage’s collaborations, the music and the choreography of this work both take up the same time and space finding some unusual connections and moments of syncronicity.
Don’t know a thing about Modern dance? You are not alone! This show is for newbies and dance veterans alike!
FadaDance is a prairie contemporary dance troupe that is fresh, fiery, and fantastical. FadaDance’s repertoire includes fire dancing, Kathak, and comedic dance; with an eye to fuse these various dance styles using inspiration from the natural environment and folklore. They collaborate extensively with musicians in order to explore the natural connections between dance and music. Much of the work is rooted in the folk festival circuit where they have joined forces with musicians from the UK, Scotland, and Canada. FadaDance has been seen at events throughout Saskatchewan and as far as Salvador, Brazil. “FadaDance presents an eclectic arrangement of contemporary dance works in Side Show.” Sideshow is a collection of dance linked together in a carnivalesque fashion. From the echoes of Poland, the nostalgia of Vaudeville, to the forests of faerie folklore, the dancers will transport you through a collage of folk dance, representing dance of peoples here and now. With a spark from the past, FadaDance will offer you an evening of innovative, accessible, and diverse dance. Sideshow is a premiere of repertoire from FadaDance’s upcoming summer festival tour that will unfold nation wide. The show features: Heather Cameron, Fran Gilboy, Monica Dalidowicz and Misty Wensel.
International Dance Day Celebration 2006
Once again Free Flow Dance Theatre will host a grand performance celebrating the many forms of dance in our area. Please join us and thousands of other people around the world on Saturday April 29th to Celebrate the art of dance! Performances are at 7:30 pm at the DSI Centre, 205A Pacific Ave. Door fee is only $5 for DSI members $6 Non-Members.
This year’s program features:
The performance is supported in part by Dance Saskatchewan Inc. and is a terrific way for people to get a little taste of many of the dance forms that are available in this city. From Traditional to Contemporary styles, there is something in the show for everyone! Thank you for celebrating Dance with us.
Things to note!
Webmaster Alan Page has been working very hard on many updates for the Free Flow Dance Theatre web site including posting some sneak preview pictures of Vertical/ Horizontal. So be sure to look around the site for new items. You may also notice a small line drawing of a man on the home page… If you click on him you will find the instructions to the repertoire work “a small piece of sky”. This work is being produced on a larger scale at Burning Man 2006 and there is an open call for participants who are attending the event. See their web site at www.burningman.com
Jackie is currently working with a select group of artists on a project with the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon. The group is designing a Tableau Vivant (living picture) in conjunction with another created by Toronto’s SAVAC group. The performances are to take place in Saskatoon at the AKA Gallery on June 24th. Stay tuned for more details!
I would also like to include here a review recently published in Dance Saskatchewan’s Footnotes
Review by Jackie Latendresse
Ballets Russes – Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, Tues Feb 7th 2006
Fame, Glamour, Ego, Politics, Money, War, Love… and Dance
A new session of Modern Dance classes with Jackie Latendresse is being offered at the Refinery Theatre. They begin on Monday March 27th at 6:30 pm. The session runs for 5 weeks and the cost is $50.00. This is a multi-level class.
Company classes are open to advanced dancers and take place on Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 pm at the Saskatoon Pilates Centre 610 Broadway Ave. The drop in fee is $10. Please note that the time has been changed to 5:30 pm on Sundays.Jackie has also been busy teaching Medieval Dance workshops for grade 6 at Buena Vista School and is currently working as an invited artist for the Arts Smart Grant Project at North Park Wilson School. The project is set to take place on May 5th.
On a Personal Note:
I think we are all ready for spring and the changes that come along with it. The whole company is looking forward to our many projects over the next few months with enthusiasm and excitement! We value your continued support and encouragement and hope to see you at many of our events! We are continuing with our efforts to raise funds for the Vaudeville Dances Project and are submitting grant applications as well. Please se the new section on our web site for ways to contribute to this mammoth project. I hope you enjoy the longer days and nicer weather and look forward to getting your letters and emails!
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