Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Trajectory: A noun, A Dance

by Chrissy King
Dancers: Carly Manuel, Jewell Cormier, Jaqui Brown
Photo Credit: Alyssa Zimmerman-Row 

Trajectory can mean few things depending on its use. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, trajectory could mean "a curve that a body describes in space," or "a path, progression, or line of development resembling a physical trajectory."













To me, these definitions describe not only the curation of Trajectory, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, freshest enthralling dance presentation, but the experience of being a dancer in the show. Lets start our blog trajectory with Curation.

To create a comprehensive journey, a trajectory if you will, the Artistic Director must look at all the works in the show and discover the through-line which connects them and a path that guides the audience through new experiences.
In Simcoe Contemporary Dancer's Trajectory, we are invited into a world that has both internal investigation and performative exploration. Each unique work creates its own world and deals in its own concept but connects together because of the moving bodies in space. The cast has been learning and moving with each other for quite a while to create this show and this body knowledge creates a journey we invite the audience to embark on with us. We create a through-line in our shared training and a fierce interest in bodies moving together. We explore how, regardless of theme, this basic concept draws the works together. 

This brings us further on our trajectory to Experience. 

As a dancer in the company, I can tell you that Trajectory is something new. The energy is electric, the passion to create is fiery and the artistry is on point. All of the choreography was created and is performed by women. Women from different backgrounds, different cities, different life experiences and different perspectives. This gives Trajectory a vigour and deep multiplicity of experience.

The choreographers and their personal trajectories create a show that is totally enthralling. Their divergent world views have seeped into their works, giving the audience something new to experience at at every turn. From emerging artists to, seasoned award winning choreographers, this show shares works by performers at every stage of their career and therefore, a variety of stages on their own trajectories. It is truly an experience not to be missed.


As a dancer in the show, I draw energy and empowerment from the different world views, dance experiences and personalities of all the performers around me. I invite you to do the same.

Let's finish our trajectory for today. To be revisited October 12-14 at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts.

I urge you to purchase your tickets for this spectacular event now

An entire show created and performed  by women is not to be missed.

Trajectory is fierce, it is circular but forward moving, it is a bold picture of where we have been and where we have yet to go. 

Join us on our trajectory. 

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Thank you for making Dusk Dances Barrie part of your summer


Thank you for warmly welcoming Dusk Dances Barrie to the line up of summer events in our city.

Helping bring this amazing festival to our community was an absolute dream come true. When Simcoe Contemporary Dancers began in 2009, our first project Get Out and Dance was modelled in some ways after being in the audience at Dusk Dances in Toronto. We created three pieces designed for outdoor spaces and travelled them along Lakeshore, Dunlop and Bayfield. Our goal was, and still is, to raise the visibility of local contemporary dance performance and help provide you, our community, opportunities to enjoy professional dance in your own backyard. The opportunity to partner with Dusk Dances helped us do this in a bigger way than we could ever do alone and we were thrilled to share this experience with you.

This event would not be possible without the generosity and dedication of our volunteers, funders, donors and community members. Thank you to Lindsay Babcock and Samantha Sircelj from The City of Barrie; Nancy Pottage and Steven Vanderschee for opening their home to artists travelling with the festival; KMH Dance Productions for providing a nearby rain location for rehearsals; and the Board of Directors of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for rallying behind the vision for this project and keeping us hydrated and fed. We are very grateful for the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of Barrie.

Last but certainly not least, thank you to our local cast and production team comprised of members of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, guest artists and talented community members.

Thank you to Dusk Dances Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard and the Dusk Dances team for your guidance and dedication. 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thunderstorms coming Thursday August 17

Attn: Despite our best efforts and creative solutions, we've had to cancel tonight's (Thursday Aug. 17) performance of #DuskDancesBarrie ⛈
See you tomorrow! 🎶💕🕺💃🏻

What you need to know about Dusk Dances Barrie

Dusk Dances Barrie opens tonight!



You've been calling and posting some great questions. We've compiled them here along with our replies.

Q: How much does if cost?
A: Dusk Dances Barrie is a Pay What You Can event with a suggested donation of $10/person. All contributions help support this community event.


Q:"What happens if it's raining?"
A: If there is rain, we will do our best to proceed with some aspects of the event where it is safe for you the audience and our cast and crew. 
If there is a risk of lightening we will stop. 

Q: "Can I take photos and videos?"

A: You are permitted to take photos WITHOUT FLASH however VIDEOS ARE NOT PERMITTED. We get it. Dance makes sweet boomerangs for Instagram, but you'll have to share a still image instead.





If you are sharing images online, please tag Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and Dusk Dances and/or hashtag #DuskDances2017#DuskDancesBarrie ... and we always throw in #barriearts 


Q: Can you tell me more about the dance workshops?
A: YES!

Each night at 6:00pm there is a different dance workshop.Thursday - Contemporary with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary DancersFriday - Limón Modern with Sarah Lochhead of Simcoe Contemporary DancersSaturday - Ballet with Andrea Marcucci of Orillia Dance AcademySunday - Movement Improvisation with Sarah Lochhead of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers


Q: Can you tell me more about the performances I'll see?
A: Sure thing!
The Performances
Each night there are five dance pieces performed, each in a different spot in the park. The host Nina Gilmour will lead the audience through the park each dances location. You may wish to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to take with you around the park.

BOUND
CHOREOGRAPHED BY LOUIS-MARTIN CHAREST
Performed by: Sylvie Bouchard and Brendan Wyatt
GADFLY
CHOREOGRAPHED BY OFILIO SINBADINHO
Performed by: Zhenya Cerneacov, Sebastian Hirtenstein, Molly Johnson, Kathleen Legassick and Meredith Thompson

RAWRABIDE
GADFLY
CHOREOGRAPHED BY OFILIO SINBADINHO
Music by: Ofilio Sinbadinho & Apolonia Velasquez - Adinhos 
Performed by: Zhenya Cerneacov, Sebastian Hirtenstein, Molly Johnson, Kathleen Legassick and Meredith Thompson


THE PLACE IN BETWEEN
LA OTRA ORILLIA
CHOREOGRAPHED AND DIRECTED BY
MYRIAM ALLARD AND HEDI GRAJA (LA OTRA ORILLA)
Performed by: Myriam Allard and Hedi Graja

ARRAY
CHOREOGRAPHED BY THE PERFORMERS WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM TANYA FAROOQ, ZARA FAROOQ, CHRISSY KING FACILITATED BY SARAH LOCHHEAD OF SIMCOE CONTEMPORARY DANCERS
Performed by: Chiara Bitonti, Natasha Booth, Amy Eakin, Wendy Hutchinson, Tynesha Jones, Sarah Kennedy, Eliza Pinney, Danielle Rogers, Shelby Thoms, Ruby Wessenger, Celina Whittaker, Kira Whittaker, Rachel Whittaker, Sydney Whittaker and Alyssa Zimmerman

LA GIGUE EN SOUVENIR
BOUCHARDANSE
CHOREOGRAPHED BY SYLVIE BOUCHARD
With Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa for the last section
Performed by: Zhenya Cerneacov, Sebastian Hirtenstein, Molly Johnson, Kathleen Legassick, Meredith Thompson and Brendan Wyatt


For more information on the pieces visit: http://duskdances.ca/en/season2017_Barrie.php