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Friday, April 22, 2016

Listen to this hot Doin' Damage playlist by DJ T-Woo

Get ready right now for the monthly rap-only dance party tonight at Gus' Pub

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 12:57 PM

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  • DJ T-Woo (Trevor Wood)
  • Andrew Donovan/Phototype

Tonight at Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola, 10pm, $6), Halifax's monthly 100 percent rap night returns with DJ T-Woo (AKA Trevor Wood). It's time to start Doin' Damage. For this special stay-trill occasion, T-Woo has put together a new playlist to get you turnt up on this beautiful day, which will surely be a beautiful night. You can watch me whip (whip) and then watch me nae nae. 

On this hour-long mix, Wood puts together very sweet rap tracks like Drake's "Summer Sixteen," some Ginuwine, "Trap Queen," Rich Homie Quan then "Hit the Quan" and then possibly one of my favourite T-Woo mixes ever: Fetty Wap's "679" bleeding into Biggie's "Going Back to Cali" and then into my anthem "IDFWU" by Big Sean. This is the rap mix from every rap fan's dreams. 




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Friday, February 12, 2016

Interview: 11 Questions with Jay Mayne

Dartmouth rapper performs tonight with Thrillah and Matty Boh

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Tonight, Dartmouth rapper, skateboarder and #choptrees advocate Jay Mayne returns to The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen) for a show with his doggies Thrillah Kane and Matty Boh. It's been a minute since The Coast caught up with the smokey-voiced rapper, but he's been on the hustle as usual and he's stoked for the show. Check out these 11 Questions with Jay Mayne.

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  • Jay Mayne
  • Ian Ripley

What's up Jay Mayne, what's new? 
Just kickin' it, I've been workin' on new music. Also tryna break into the production world. 

Why now for this Seahorse show?
I feel like the city needed this show. It's been a minute since ODOD touched the people. Also my boy Jason Wadley is moving so we had to show him love. Can ya feel what I'm saying.

What's the hottest track so far this year?
We only early in yet. I'm still listening to Yo Gotti's CM8 and Freddie Gibbs (Shadow Of A Doubt). Saw a dope Uncle Murda freestyle though (haha) that count? (Editor's Note: Yup).  

What's your favourite blunt wrap?
I went hard with Swishers, but they took them and Pom Pom's off shelves. Found a plug, tho.

New Yeezy Boosts or new Jordan 4s
Neither. Nike SB Stefan Janoski's or some dunks.

Young Thug or Rich Homie Quan?
Both got joints. Young Thug has more plays.


Cool Ranch Doritos or Ketchup Doritos?

Cool Ranch but I can never finish a full bag. Ketchup (is) ill though.

What's your favourite Snoop song?
Prolly "G'z Up, Hoes Down" bonus on Doggystyle.

What's your second favourite Snoop song? 
All of Doggystyle and The DoggFather. 

What skate clips have you been grinding lately?
I watch skateboarding every day so it's hard to pick a clip.
But Daewon Song just did some next-level stuff.

What do you usually drink in the club? 
Usually I drink water in the club. Anything else, they might catch me off my pivot. #ChopTrees. 



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Friday, January 15, 2016

A 90s Quiz with That 90s Night

DJs Jeff Pineau and Trevor Murphy share their favourite 90s things

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • Jeff Pineau

*Joey from Blossom voice* Woah! Did you know that DJs Jeff Pineau and Trevor Murphy (Quiet Parade) have been bringing Halifax one of the most nostalgic dance events, That 90s Night, since July 2012? *Jesse from Full House voice* Have mercy!  Well, it's true and it's giving me Goosebumps. Tonight at The Seahorse, they're gonna hit you baby, one more time

"Musically, we stick to the overarching theme of just playing 90s jams," Pineau and Murphy tell me, "From time to time, we'll throw a theme party — like the Saved By The Bell Beach Party or Neon Night — but that's more about atmosphere and it doesn't really have any impact on the music we choose. We're 90s kids, so we have both a nostalgia and a fondness for a lot of these songs. Never really thought we'd be so psyched about S Club 7 when we were 14, but here we are."

To get you pysched for this next nostalgia trip, we're quizzing Pineau and Murphy on their favourite things from the 90s. There's nothing like a Big Shiny Tunes 2 & 3 down memory lane.




Most Listened-To Genre of the 90s
PINEAU: Grunge
MURPHY: Rap Rock

Best Fashion Trend of the 90s
PINEAU: Bleached hair
MURPHY: Snap bracelets 

Best TV Channel of the 90s
PINEAU: Much Music
MURPHY: Much Music

Best Halifax Band of the 90s
PINEAU: Burnt Black
MURPHY: Burnt Black 

Best TV Show of the 90s
PINEAU: The Simpsons
MURPHY: Boy Meets World

Best TV Family of the 90s
PINEAU: The Simpsons
MUPRHY: The Aunts from Sabrina

Best Political Event of the 90s
PINEAU: Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton scandal
MURPHY: Chrétien's "Shawinigan Handshake

Best Software of the 90s
PINEAU: MSN Messenger & ICQ
MURPHY: mIRC (Internet Relay Chat)

Best Sports Event of the 90s
PINEAU: Tyson biting Holyfield's ear off
MURPHY: Blue Jays winning 92/93 series 

Best Musical Genre of the 90s
PINEAU: Hip Hop
MURPHY: Hip Hop

Best Snack of the 90s
PINEAU: Fun Dip!
MURPHY: Hostess Chips with WWF Stickers






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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

UNITY Charity's breakdance launch at the Library tonight

New weekly programs for youth in breakdancing and beatboxing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 5:24 PM

FREEDOM PHOTOGRAPHY (RYAN STACEY)
  • Freedom Photography (Ryan Stacey)

Tonight at the Halifax Central Library (6pm, free), UNITY Charity will announce its new partners in bringing Halifax youth weekly breakdancing and beatboxing sessions, with the Charity's founder Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez." The national community organization has made its way to our city via Branden "Haste" Taylor and Matthew "Testament" Jones, leaders of the breakdancing sessions at the Library every Monday evening. The goal of the program is to create safe, engaging and positive spaces for youth in Halifax, to cope with anger and stress through the arts, as well as flourish in hip hop. For more info, click here


Artists, beatboxers, dancers and musicians can apply to volunteer! 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sweet Talk with DJ Festive Special (and a dance mix!)

The scoop on snacks for Andrew Neville's Saturday night dance party, Sugar 2

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 4:19 PM

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Hey out there, The Coast got you covered. Here's what's up Saturday night: you're gonna get turnt with your friends, drink some of that purp, and then get greasy at Sugar 2: Deep Fried Fun. It's the next episode of a very sweet dance party hosted by DJ Festive Special (Andrew Neville), with bass-heavy DJ Fadzwa and the trap king DJ James Reid. It'll be a party-mix of pop, hip hop, house, dance hall, R&B, new wave and "whatever." And you better know by now that I'm down for whatever. 

If you were at the first Sugar, you'll remember that Gus's Club was jammed to the max. Once again, it'll be tight. To get you pumped up for the sweetness, we've got some sweet talk with the Festive Special himself. We also asked the super chef to whip up a deep-fried dance mix, which you can taste below. Get your sample on and see you there.


What snack would Young Thug be?
Surati Delight. It’s this Indian-Canadian snack mix you can buy at Indian and Asian grocery stores. It’s got some nuts and some potato sticks and peas and all kinds of other salty treats. It’s a really complex and rich snack mix.

Which fast food item would Drake be?
Flamethrower Burger from Dairy Queen, obviously.

Would you rather be in Mumford & Sons or U2?
U2 make more money and it’s probably less work and they at least have, like, five good songs. The Mumfords can’t really hold a candle to Bono, Edge and the rest of the guys.

Which Canadian band would you go on tour with?
Drumteeth

Get shreked at Sugar 2 - CREDIT: NATHAN DOUCET
  • Get shreked at Sugar 2
  • Credit: Nathan Doucet

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Strictly CGI and voiced by Jon Lovitz

What's your mall Food Court kiosk go-to?
Manchu Wok* hands down.  *Editor's note: TRUUU

What's your favourite place to dance in Halifax?
I don’t know. Anywhere that is actually like a club always kind of scares me because I’m worried some 20 year old is going to say something snide to me or punch me or something. Gus’ Pub is actually a pretty nice place to dance if you supplement the PA a little bit.

What three songs best represent you?
American Football - Never Meant
Cap’n Jazz - Yes I Am Talking To You
The Promise Ring - Why Did We Ever Meet?

What's your favourite sweet treat?
Caramilk Bar

What's your favourite salty treat?
Covered Bridge Salt N’ Vinegars

What's your favourite anime?
Neon Genesis Evangelion

What member of TLC are you?
Theresa Caputo



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Friday, September 4, 2015

Sunday Jam: The Okay Day Patio Party Playlist

Summer hits handpicked by some of your Okay Day DJs

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 1:21 PM

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This Sunday, 13 Halifax DJs and some special guests will ROCK YOUR FUCKING BODY all day and all night at The Argyle Bar & Grill ($10, 3pm to close). To celebrate this special event (and $3.75 drinks), we present The Okay Day Patio Party Playlist to start your weekend. 

Brought to you by OKAY TK, in partnership with Red Bull, Okay Day will support Feed Nova Scotia (bring some cans, baby) and raise awareness for the MS Society of Canada, a cause close to TK Thorpe's heart. Photos will be taken by Phototype. "Come hang out, eat food, listen to great music and enjoy the day," says Thorpe, one of this year's Red Bull Thre3style finalists. 

And hey, if you can't wait til Sunday, if you're ready to party NOW, then you can get groovin' to some of Okay Day's DJs tonight at Bleu Nuit: Back 2 School Edition ($6/$8, 10pm) at The Seahorse. Until then, check out this dope playlist and feel this goddamn good music.

Last weekend of the summer. Hands up if you can't wait to puke off that patio. 

1. Cam Anderson: "I" - Kendrick Lamar
2. Dezza: "Down Under" - Dezza
3. DJ IV: "It's the Summertime" - DJ IV
4. Lee Fraser: "Push the Feeling" - Night Crawlers
5. Loukas Stilldrunk: "297787" - Body Move
6. OKAY TK: "Thinking of Soul" (Doc Adam Bootleg) - Sister Sledge
7. Petey Punch: "Memory Lane" - NAS
8. Scout: "Roof Garden" (Father Funk Remix) - Al Jarreau
9. DJ T-Woo: "Antidote" - Travis Scott
10. Tony Haze: "Stole the Show" - Kygo
11. Zora the Sultan: "Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin


Okay Day: Patio Party Playlist by Adriayoung on Mixcloud



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Friday, August 28, 2015

Dark Arts: Matt Samways' gothic lounge this Saturday night

The multidisciplinary art and music event challenges time and experience

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Sleep and Longevity: a sensory-sound party Saturday at The Khyber - MATT SAMWAYS
  • Sleep and Longevity: a sensory-sound party Saturday at The Khyber
  • Matt Samways


"The more you sleep, the less you live. It's pretty simple really," says Matt Samways, electronic artist and the head of Halifax-based avant-garde label, Electric Voice Records.

On Saturday night, Samways presents Sleep and Longevity, a multidisciplinary sensory-sound party at The Khyber (10pm, $5). With previous performances at Halifax's outsider art festival OBEY Convention, Samways has shifted his artistic practice from analog and digital electronic-experimental songs — heavy, dark, disorienting, passionate — to a live band. He'll sing six songs from his repertoire of releases backed by the instrumentation of Jeremy Costello and Nick Dourado (Special Costello), with Seamus Dalton and Josh Salter (Monomyth). 

Sleep and Longevity, a "gothic lounge," also features electro-artist JFM (performing as GIA): "Bass-heavy and trashy," says Samways. There will also be performances by drone-experimentalist Moss Harvest and oblique-house music by DJ Claire Dragon, with a set by fresh scrap-jazz band Kurt Inder and live visual projections by Alex van Helvoort. The collaborative and engaging event is inspired by Samways' somber, challenging and consistent aesthetic principles. 

"By taking up the components of my electronic instruments and transcribing them to acoustic and electric instruments and saxophone, we maintain the overarching aesthetic but it is presented under a different vibe," he says, "It's the same principle but in a different voice." As someone who operates on the fringes, who consciously rejects societal norms, Samways says "Sleep and Longevity" is inspired by his inability to sleep — his periods of insomnia cause periods of creation. 

"Our biological and internal clocks are trained by society to function in a certain way. They shouldn't be," he says, "You can retrain the body and get more from life by changing your relationship to time. Because this is subversive as an idea, the expression of myself through my art is also going to be subversive, transgressive and sometimes perverse." His practice is thus motivated by his development and experience of each present moment: "It's about living the most you can while you can, because eventually we're all going to disintegrate ... thankfully." The event will be an exposure to the painful aspects of chronological experience. Wear black. 


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Friday, December 5, 2014

A Friday night

Some options to take or leave

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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Picture this like Sliding Doors, you pick one option, meet the person of your dreams, start your own PR firm. You pick another and you're headed out to San Francisco on your own, something that didn't happen in the film Sliding Doors but maybe should have?

Option 1: Matthew Samways, Unreal Thought, DJ Brett Wagg at the Khyber, 8pm, $5. Dark, ambient, minimal, electronic, cold, wave, wow

Option 2: Live Art Dance presents Usually Beauty Fails, Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup, 8pm, Sir James Dunn Theatre, $30/$25/$20. There are two more chances to see this amazing performance (tonight and tomorrow). Hilarious, impressive and delightful—Usually Beauty Fails is a mix of music (loud, electric, soft, acoustic and some harmonica for good measure), and the very best kind of contemporary dance, Gravel and his group do not take themselves too seriously here. It's a smorgasbord where transitions are part of the show, either with Gravel's charming monologues or complete costume changes on the lit stage. There is champagne, but you can't have any. Instead you get to laugh until you cry and on a dime marvel at the power and proficiency of GravelArtGroup.

Option 3: Cry over Christmas, together with BSide Gallery's Sad X-Mas opening tonight at BSide Gallery, 7:30pm. Read more here! Click! Cry!

Option 4: Pop and you don't stop with Reference Desk, Psychic Fair, Construction & Destruction and Moonsocket at Gus' Pub, 10:30pm. $4 before 11, $7 after. Tender, funny tunes with pals. If you have no pals don't forget Party Mix will never turn its back on you.

Option 5: Gilmore Girls is still on Netflix. Just so you know if you pick this option your life will be the most boring path of all these sliding doors. That said, I am living for Rory's Season 4 look these days. Nice bob, girl!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Live Art Dance's 2014-2015 season announced

Take a video peek at Live Art's 32nd season.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Fun stuff goes on at Live Art Dance, like Marta Marta Productions' Speaking in Ligeti
  • Fun stuff goes on at Live Art Dance, like Marta Marta Productions' Speaking in Ligeti

Here's your year of goosebump-raising contemporary dance planned, Live Art Dance's 2014-2015 season, season number 32, has been announced.

Here it is at a glance:

Peter Trosztmer's (Montréal) Eesti: Myths and Machines is a solo performance with a moving sound sculpture. Sept 25-27, 2014 8pm at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. He says: "I'm exploring disruption, because I believe trauma causes disruption."

Grand Poney/Jacques Poulin-Denis (Montréal)'s Cible de Dieu (Target of God) is another solo piece full of raw sincerity. Oct 9-11, 2014 8pm at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. He says: "I work within human themes and feelings, human experiences that everyone lives through. It's what brings us together and what sets us apart. That's really what's at the heart of my work." (video in French, translation mine)

Jacques Poulin-Denis, Directeur artistique de Grand Poney from Diagramme on Vimeo.

Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup's (Montréal) Usually Beauty Fails brings the noise with a rock and roll, pop culture jam on gender, love and beauty. Choreographer/dancer/musician Frederick Gravel says: "The discussion we have between all these art forms make this kind of group so that's why it's an art group, it's not a dance group, it's not a music group."

Danse Danse 12-13: Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup - Usually beauty fails - ENG from DANSE DANSE on Vimeo.

Sinha Danse + Constantinople's (Montréal) Sunya features themes of cultural migration as expressed by Indo-Armenian dancer/choreographer Roger Sinha and Iranian-born musician/composer Kiya Tabassian. Jan 15-17, 2015 8pm at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. Excerpts below.

Ballet BC will demonstrate where ballet is headed with three works from some of Europe's groundbreaking choreographers. Feb 11, 2015 8pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Click here to see a clip from Johan Inger's Walking Mad (and get Ravel's Bolero stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Out Innerspace's (Vancouver) Me So You So Me is inspired by manga and I think that should be enough to convince you, but if not, here's a video. April 23-25, 2015 8pm at the Sir James Dunn Theatre.

Marta Marta Productions + Microcosmos's (Vancouver) Speaking in Ligeti offers real bang for your dance buck, a string quartet AND an innovative, celebratory take on György Ligeti's "Quartet No. 1." May 29-30, 2015 7pm- Sir James Dunn Theatre.

Subscriptions for the 2014-2015 season are on sale now. And there are packages! "The Dance Fiend" gives subscribers the full season for $140 (subscribe by July 31 and receive your subscription for only $125). "The Dance Lover" allows subscribers to choose any four shows in the season for $95.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Check in with Kinetic

Kinetic Studio Series 2014 launches this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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Your body may not need warming up with these unseasonably warm temps, but don’t forget about that pesky soul. Kinetic Studio simultaneously feeds your spirit and launches its 2014 Studio Series with a weekend of contemporary dance from choreographers Don Rieder, Janice Jackson and Liliona Quarmyne (January 18, 19 8pm at DANSpace, 1531 Grafton Street, $5/$10). Jackson and Quarmyne, both recipients of Kinetic Explorations—assistance from the studio to develop new work. Jackson’s work in progress is titled Oppression and features dance artists Jacinte Armstrong, Susanne Chui and Elise Vanderborght. Quarmyne’s solo offering is Tide (excerpt), “a personal journey that explores connections between her home country of Ghana and her current home in Antigonish.” Don Rieder, master teacher and Cirque du Soleil alum shows off physical theatre and the art of clowning with two parts of his Heartbreak Pajamas trilogy.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Danse Lhasa Danse—one night only

Live Art Dance brings a tribute to Lhasa de Sela to the Cohn

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

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Live Art Dance’s latest production, Danse Lhasa Danse is a multi-discipline tribute to platinum award-winning songwriter and performer Lhasa de Sela. More of a music show than a dance performance, and slightly out of the ordinary compared to Live Art’s regular fare, Danse Lhasa Danse features vocalists Alejandra Ribeira, Karen Young, Bïa and Alexandre Désilets and choreography from Montreal’s Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, Pierre Lecours, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Edgar Zendejas, David Rancourt and Roger Sinha with the talented performers of PPS Danse. It’s one night only, so don’t hit snooze. Friday, November 8, 8pm, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Ave, $25-$40.

Danse Lhasa Danse :: promo tournée 2012 from Coup de coeur francophone on Vimeo.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three's a crowd for Mocean Dance

Lesandra Dodson's The Trilogy Project features a trio of works, and a world premiere commissioned by Mocean

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Susanne Chui performing Her blameless mystery - CHRIS GILES
  • Susanne Chui performing Her blameless mystery
  • Chris Giles

Mocean Dance’s involvement with Fredericton-based choreographer Lesandra Dodson’s The Trilogy Project (presented by Live Art Dance January 17-19, 8pm, Sir James Dunn Theatre) isn’t only a world premiere, it marks the reunion of trusted collaborators.

The Trilogy Project features three duets—Her blameless mystery, In two days a man can change and A leash for two hounds—two of them starring Susanne Chui, Mocean’s artistic director. “One of the reasons Lesandra wanted to do the project was to explore the idea of duets. My solo is kind a duet with film and video featuring the writing of Emily Dickinson. So it’s kind of a female-female duet.”

This is the fourth time Chui has worked with Dodson. “She's like the first person I worked with after graduating, I’ve really been able to develop my ability to understand her movement style and aesthetic.”

Dodson has also worked with Mocean before, and this Thursday’s premiere of A leash for two hounds communicates what Chui calls her signature style. “She makes work that's layered with images and movements. A lot of the works have text, some have video. She likes to pare down ideas to essentials, she uses a lot of gestural movements and quick clipped fast paces. It’s in the realm of quirky, really fun and fast and unique.”

The Trilogy Project also features original music by Christine Fellows, film, animation and performance art, and performances by Darryl Tracy and Ric Brown.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SHIRTS + SKIRTS: a tournament of many skills has some fun on the Common

All the sports!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

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Let the game begin! Which games? All of them, at the same time!

Bored of the same old Olympic sports? Check out SiNS Dance Collective perform their new outdoor performance piece, SKIRTS & SHIRTS: a tournament of many skills. It’s a quirky and competitive combo of contact dance, improv athletics and park games. Soccer meets handball. Blind sumo wrestling meets synchronized dance. Fun meets more fun. Final performance is today at 5pm and 5:30pm at the George Dixon Centre (2502 Brunswick Street). Check out the video below for a sneak peek.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chouinard returns tonight, at the Cohn

Sensual, statuesque contemporary dance from one of Canada's top choreographers.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:49 PM

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If you want to see a big gun perform, Marie Chouinard is like the Wayne Gretzky of the Canadian contemporary dance scene. The award-winning choreographer's company returns tonight, in what's almost become an annual visit, with two pieces: 24 Preludes by Chopin and The Rite of Spring. It's worth a trip through the rain in your duck boots, over to the Cohn.

Both are older works that use existing pieces of music as starting points (Chouinard generally commissions new music, inspired by movement). If you saw the film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, you know how obscene audiences thought Vaslav Nijinsky's ballet, performed to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, was back in 1913. God only knows what they would have thought about Chouinard's abstract, non-narrative piece, and its sensual, statuesque nudity.

When I spoke to Chouinard, way back in 2005, the then-50-year-old choreographer responded to questions about how she keeps relevant after almost 30 years on and off the stage: “I’m very interested in things that will bring my own curiousity alive, for my own sense of adventure, pleasure and excitement,” she said on the phone from her home in Montreal. “I’m interested in what’s challenging my mind or in finding myself in the discovery stage. That’s why things are not ordinary or banal, I guess.”

Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $17-$35, 494-3820.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Dance review: Burpee and SINS

Get greedy with two impressive premieres on one bill.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 8:41 AM

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Perhaps the most striking thing about last night's two premieres, presented by Live Art, was their differences. The minimalism of Susie Burpee's Apple Darkness, performed by Danielle Baskerville, seemed almost pious compared to Sometimes in Nova Scotia's over-the-top ode to greed, only emphasizing its glorious excessiveness even more. No surprise: Apple Darkness was inspired by the life and teachings of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century nun and saint, who preached chastity over all.

Using only the front of the stage, in front of the curtain, Baskerville successfully makes the space seem intimate, almost claustrophobic, then expansive, as she includes the far walls, doors, stairs and the mysteries behind the curtain in her domain. Props are used to great effect: Electrical cords are plugged in, pulled out, stretched and grabbed like a one-person tug-of-war. An apple is half-eaten with great aplomb, then tossed to the ground. Gorgeous a cappella choral music is played off a laptop sitting on a plain utility cart, and Burpee also uses one of the most effective but simple lighting techniques I've seen: a floor fan with a stage light behind it (lighting is by Ken Schwartz of Ross Creek, where both pieces were developed in residency).

If this is a piece about "contemporary notions of sex, gender, power and faith" as witnessed through a female body, we're living in confusing times. Baskerville lopes around amusingly like a gorilla, but also crumples, almost convulses on the ground. But she is uplifted by an invisible audience on the other side of the curtain who loudly applauds her arrival. In the age of social media, maybe we're seduced by the applause, too.

At the beginning of SINS' Hungry Like the Wolf, choreographed by Vancouver's Daelik, Jacinte Armstrong, Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin and Elise Vanderborght strut out in matching heels and cropped fur coats, carrying white handbags, like a scene from Sex in the City. But out come the wolf masks and soon the four women are moving like animals across the front of the stage, their purses standing up on their backs like tumours. Knowing this piece is about the deadly sin of greed, I kept thinking about popular but cheap fashion stores like H&M and our behaviour in them: There's an animalistic thing that happens as people circle the sales racks; just watch next time you're in there. More than anything though, these wolves (a symbol of greed) act as a chorus to this theatrical morality play.

Then the curtains open to a set, stacked and scattered with rows of about 100 white boxes. The striking effect is part warehouse, part cemetery. Cory Bowles—physically, it's great to see a solid masculine presence mixed into this piece—is obsessed with these boxes. He stacks them, they fall. He continues making towers: there's no end point to his greed. Each of the women unsuccessfully try to enter his world: there's a great, humourous scene of Armstrong and Bowles moving one tower to another location using all parts of their bodies, except for their hands. Such a futile journey: Greed has no endpoint. Vanderborght brings almost a broken sadness, and Chui, a sexy violence to her encounter with Bowles, while Coffin carries strength in her solo.

The constant carrying and moving of boxes does come very close to monotonous, like a busy assembly line, but when SINS gets to that point, they pull it out, with bursts of energy and movement that pulls you back in again. I really love these guys: they bring such a youthful perspective to local contemporary dance, and they're not afraid to take risks. I only wish that Sometimes in Nova Scotia, was All the Time in Nova Scotia. But that would make me greedy, wouldn't it?

The Live Art double-bill continues until Saturday.

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