CLOSE REACH Success and Upcoming Summer Festival Presentations
Mocean’s winter season was abundant with activity focused on creation and presentation centered around our 9th home season presentation of CLOSE REACH.
The magic and brutal strength of Sable Island,
by Serge Bennathan,
won the hearts and critical acclaim of our home audiences, while Rhonda Baker, told a new familiar story of cynicism and vulnerability in her portrayal of a disheveled rock star in the re-presentation of Live from the Flash
Pan by Cory Bowles.
Moving into the summer months we are thrilled to be participating in four summer festivals in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Magnetic North Festival
Kicking off our festival presentations, Mocean Dance is participating in two exciting projects this week in our nation's capital.
Mocean's Artistic Associate, Sara Coffin
paired up with Anthony Black, Artistic Co-Director of 2b theatre company
, to present a new collaborative duet, how short it is,
at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.
The premiere of how short it is
was wildly received by both the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Canada Dance Festival audiences. Congratulations to Anthony Black
who surprised his theatre colleagues in his seamless transition
between theatre and dance!
photo credit: Amy Mackintosh
Canada Dance Festival - This weekend!
On Saturday, June 13 at 2pm, Canada Dance Festival
patrons will spot Mocean Dance en route during Kaeja d’Dance’s Porch View Dances
, happening in Ottawa's Westboro neighbourhood.
Photo Credit: Cameron-MacLennan
Dancers Jacinte Armstrong, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Gillian Seaward-Boone,
and Artistic Director Susanne Chui
joined Sara Coffin
in Ottawa for a wild creation frenzy for a new a site-specific work commissioned by the Canada Dance Festival as part of Porch View Dances
. We are thrilled to be working alongside our national dance colleagues Kaeja d'Dance
and Tara Luz Danse
for this unique production that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers and performers.
Dancing on the Edge - Vancouver, BC
In July, Mocean Dance will travel to Vancouver, BC to present Body Abandoned
by Sara Coffin
. Mocean last performed in Vancouver in 2006 and Artistic Associate, Sara Coffin last presented her work there in 2011. Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker
, and Sara Coffin will reunite with the BC production design team, composer Phil Thomson
and media designer Andrew Hawryshkewich,
bring Coffin's new signature work to her old stomping ground. Look for Mocean Dance in Edge 4
at Dancing on the Edge
on June 8th and 10th, 2015 at the Firehall Arts Centre.
photo credit: Michelle Doucette
Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal - Annapolis Royal, NS
In August, Mocean Dance will return to Annapolis Royal for our second presentation at FODAR - Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal
. This year we will be working with Festival Director, Randy Glynn in a special heritage project to remount Randy's iconic work After Godot,
choreographed in 1984. This new incarnation will be performed by Rhonda Baker, Olivia Aubrecht, Susanne Chui
and Randy Glynn.
Also featured at the festival will be Danny Grossman's 1973 duet, Higher,
and new works by Toronto's Coleman Lemieux and Co
. and Belinda McGuire (Toronto/NY).
Introducing Mocean's New Administrative Associate Simone MacLennan
Mocean is pleased to welcome our new Administrative Associate Simone MacLennan
. Originally from Sydney, Cape Breton, Simone is a graduate of King's College's Theatre Studies program. An avid dance and theatre goer, she has worked and volunteered with Live Art Dance Productions, 2b theatre company, Shakespeare by the Sea and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.
A big thank you to our past Administrative Associate, Susan Malmstrom for her contributions to Mocean over the last three years. We wish her all the best in her new adventures in California.
CLEaR Forum - May 10-15, 2015
Mocean's 3rd annual choreographic lab CLEaR Forum (Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research)
welcomed regional choreographers Jalianne Li
(Moncton, NB) and Candice Pike
(Corner Brook, NFLD) for a week of choreographic inquiry at the picturesque Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
. This year's curatorial focus drew from the abundance of emerging and regional creative energy that is building in the Atlantic dance scene. Supporting the ecology of discovery and questioning was guest choreographic mentor Larry Lavender
from Greensboro, North Carolina, with program director Sara Coffin. Joining Candice and Jalianne in the studios, were Halifax-based dancers Olivia Aubrecht, Kara Friesen, Georgia Skinner,
and Michele Slattery
Mocean Dance 2014-2015 Season Sponsors
Header photo: Gillian Seaward-Boone with Jacinte Armstrong, Photo by Holly Crooks.