Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Huronia Cultural Campus presents variety of contemporary dance in Orillia

Coming up November 17 and 18, the Huronia Cultural Campus presents Gathering – a contemporary performing arts event at St. Paul's Centre in downtown Orillia.

Dance performances include artists Margie Gillis, Fides Krucker, Kate Hilliard, Heidi Strauss, Hanna Kiel and Tessa Kuz.  

There are workshops scheduled as part of the event too including a workshops with Fides Krucker Saturday November 18 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Heidi Strauss on the same day from 2:30pm-4:00pm.

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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. 


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! 🎶💕🕺💃🏻