Mocean's 14th season brings
touring, creation, and many new exciting opportunities
This season, Mocean Dance
hits the ground running, gliding across the stage at the King's Theatre in Annapolis Royal, NS, where the company performed in the inaugural summer festival FODAR (Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal
) from Aug 21-23.
Mocean's fourteenth season will also take the company to the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario to perform Canvas 5 x 5
on a double bill with Tara Luz Danse in November and later in the year, the company will travel to New Brunswick to perform Canvas 5 x 5
and Body Abandoned
as part of the Mount Allison Performing Art Series.
You can read about the company first tour stop in Annapolis Royal, on the company's Blog.
Welcome Home Artistic Associate, Sara Coffin
Mocean is pleased to welcome Sara Coffin
back to Halifax, after successfully completing her MFA in Choreography and Performance at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Sara will continue her role as Artistic Associate with Mocean Dance and she will spearhead the Education, Outreach and Professional Development activities for 2014-2015 season.
Company Class is back in Action!
Top of the list in the professional development category is the continuation of Mocean's Open Company Class! The studios at Halifax Dance have been bustling with extra professional activity, as Sara shares her seasoned teaching practice with the company dancers. Morning classes are scheduled throughout the year, which will also be taught by the company dancers and Artistic Director, Susanne Chui. The company is thrilled to provide this training so that the members of Mocean may share their artistic lineage and perspective with each other and the larger professional dance community. The full season schedule of company class is available on the Mocean Dance website
photo credit: Joshua Sugiyama
Save the Date: April 30 - May 2, 2015
Mocean's 9th Mainstage Performance promises to wow
Mocean is thrilled to announce that the company will be working with Serge Bennathan (Vancouver) to create a new 40-minute piece to premiere at Alderney Landing in the company's 9th mainstage production. In December, Mocean will be welcoming Serge to Halifax for the first creation phase, in which he will be working with dancers Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Gillian Seaward Boone, Sara Coffin and Susanne Chui.
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Dora Award Nomination
Mocean's dancers, Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Susanne Chui and Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, were recently nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for 'Best Ensemble Performance' for their performance of Canvas 5 x 5 (choreography by Tedd Robinson), at the dance:made in/fait au Canada Festival in Toronto in August of 2013. Although the company was not selected as the award recipient, Mocean is proud to be nominated for this prestigious award. The list of nominees for 'Best Ensemble Performance' was Mocean Dance, Toronto Dance Theatre, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Hannah Kiel, and winner, Ame Henderson/Public Recordings.
The Muted Note performs in Halifax
Thank you to Susanne Hood and Scott Thomson for their performance of The Muted Note
at 1313 Hollis on September 12 (presented by SuddenlyLISTEN), and the wonderfully facilitated workshop in which Susanna and Scott shared insight into their artistic practice on dance and music improvisation. Good luck to these incredible artists on their 40 city tour
of The Muted Note.
Watch for Susanna and Scott in a city near you.
Other Professional Development Opportunities on the Horizon
It's an exciting time in the HRM dance milieu, and Mocean is proud to boast the city now has three generations of dancers making and presenting work in the area!
Fittingly, to meet this new surge of activity, Mocean is pleased to announce a new professional development opportunity for Emerging Dance Professionals called Emerge.
Supported by The Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Communities and Heritage, the Emerge
program will offer a three-week paid work period for four young dance professionals. The group will co-author the creation of a new work under the mentorship of Mocean's Artistic Associate, Sara Coffin. The group will have the opportunity for skill development in choreography, partnering work, and multimedia work. The accumulation of the supported working period will end in a presentation at the Kinetic Studio's Open Studio Series (February). Application call will be released mid-October.
Header photo of Jacinte Armstrong by Andrew Hawryshkewich