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Talented men and women can dance

Sudbury Living Magazine November 1, 2009 Arts No Comments on Talented men and women can dance

Celebrating Greater Sudbury’s progressive dance history dating back almost 80 years, adelheid and earthdancers co-present an evocative and exciting mixed program of contemporary dance works choreographed and/or performed by Sudbury-born dance artists Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario. The performance is called where we are / où nous sommes.

Created specially for this performance is a new work for Sudbury dance artist Denise Vitali of Sudbury School of Dance. She returns to the stage in a solo work created for her by her former student, adelheid’s Heidi Strauss.

Sudbury’s own contemporary company, elleQ dance factory, premieres choreographed and performed by artist director Lauren Pero. Starting off with the idea of confinement, the new solo reveals the artist in a space that both limits and frees her.

Guest artists will include Dora- and Gemini-nominated Brian Solomon, an outstanding performer whose work with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in Toronto, and Karen Jamieson Dance Company in Vancouver, have garnered him acclaim across the country. Sudbury-born Solomon is a choreographic talent as well. Full of the unexpected, Solomon will present a new work entitled solo no.0025, created in collaboration with composer and media artist Christopher Willes.

Founding member of the decade-old Company Blonde dance projects, Sunny Horvath, remounts two heart-warming works on the 5-woman Toronto-based company: Molly (2008), an over-the-top, rabble-rousing work about LOVE, and Tramp Champs (2007) a charmed time-warp dance with bounce.

Strauss, who is considered one of Toronto’s most highly regarded indie choreographers and dancers, will perform a solo excerpt of her work titled as it is that premiered this past May at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. It was created in collaboration with media artist Jeremy Mimnagh and said to “express the inexpressible” by NOW magazine’s Glenn Sumi

Accompanying the performance, adelheid and earthdancers are thrilled to announce the official launch of an online-publication by dance-artist and researcher Julye Huggins. Dance Community: Training, Education and Performance outlines an important lineage of Sudbury’s early dance heritage, between 1930 and 1990. This original research is now an enjoyable read for students and the community: www.issuu.com/julye/docs.

Recognizing the rich cultural landscape that enabled all of these artists simultaneously celebrates what exists now, and what is the future of contemporary dance in Sudbury.

Sudbury’s earthdancers was founded in 1989 by Sunny Horvath (Dixon) and Heidi Strauss. It has had an impressive history in combining charity and the arts, over the years raising nearly $70 000 for environmental advocacy through producing dance performances. In 2005 the company’s current artistic director, Denise Vitali was distinguished with the honour of a Community Builders Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Toronto-based adelheid was founded by Sudbury-born dance artist Heidi Strauss, whose choreographic work has been presented in Europe and Canada. Strauss has also taught and toured internationally with independent dance companies and is currently artist-in-residence in Toronto’s Factory Theatre.

There will be four performances, three evening shows starting at 8 pm Dec. 10, 11 and 12, and a 2 pm matinee Dec. 12. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, is located at Lasalle Blvd. next to College Boreal. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students and senior. Tickets are available at Black Cat, Sudbury School of Dance, or at the door. For more information, phone 674-0190.

Photo: dancer:Denise Vitali
choreography Heidi Strauss
company: earthdancers
title: The lilies in her eyes
photography: Jeremy Mimnagh

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