Welcome to e-mocean newsletter, Fall 2014.

It's a brand new season...
Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
Aug. 21-23
Festival of Dance - Annapolis Royal (FODAR)

Annapolis Royal, NS
FODAR presents Mocean Dance performing Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson on a shared evening with Teen Angels by Randy Glenn.

Sept. 13
The Muted Note workshop with visiting guest artists: Susanna Hood and Scott Thomson.
Presented in partnership with Suddenly Listen (Sept 12 Performance Presenter).

Sept. 29
Contact East, Pictou, NS

Showcase Presentation of Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson.

Nov. 8
Shenkman Arts Centre

Ottawa, Ont
The Shenkman Arts Centre presents Mocean Dance performing Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson on a shared evening with Tara Luz Danse.

Nov. 18-29
Labrador Creative Arts Festival
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

Artistic Director, Susanne Chui and Artistic Associate, Sara Coffin will travel to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador to teach for 10 days at the Creative Arts Festival and work with a group of local student dancers in an after school choreography program entitled Let's Dance.

Dec. 1-12
First creation period with Serge Bennathan

Mocean's season dancers join Serge Bennathan in the studios at Halifax Dance to create a new 40min work for our Spring Mainstage Performance.

Jan/Feb - 3 weeks, dates TBD
Emerge Creation Process and Mentorship with Artistic Associate Sara Coffin

Mocean Dance will launch a new education and outreach program for emerging  young professional dance artists comprising of a paid collaborative creation period and artistic mentorship with Artistic Associate Sara Coffin. Stay tuned for more details and the application call will be released mid-October.

Mar. 6-8
Mount Allison University Performing Art Series
Sackville, NB

The Mount Allison Performing Art Series presents Mocean Dance performing Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson and Body Abandoned by Sara Coffin.

Apr. 1-24
Creation with Serge Bennathan

Creation with Serge Bennathan continues at our home studios at Halifax Dance.

** April 30-May 2 **
Home Season Mainstage Presentation
Dartmouth, NS

Mocean Dance performance in their Home Season Mainstage Presentation at Alderney Landing. Three performances running Thursday, April 30 to Saturday, May 3, 8pm
Box Office: 1-888-311-9090

June 2015, dates TBA
Choreographic Lab- CLEAR Forum, Canning, NS
Our annual community professional development forum for choreographic inquiry and research. CLEaR Forum  will be offered with our partnering host organization Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Look for our application call for choreographers and dancers in the early spring.

Support Mocean Dance

This season, consider becoming a part of our Choreographer's Circle, and support this season’s new creation with nationally acclaimed Vancouver  choreographer Serge Bennathan.

For a minimum donation of $100, you can be a member of ‘the Circle’ and enjoy firsthand experience of the creative process through:

· Invitations to attend in-studio showings of new work as it is being created, along with opportunities to meet and talk with the dancers and choreographers;
· Recognition as a Choreographer’s Circle member on our website, creation blog, and at the première of the new work in the show program;
· Discounts on company classes and workshops offered throughout the year.

For more information, call Susan at 425.4908.

Photo credits for this e-mocean newsletter: Header (dancer Jacinte Armstrong); photo of Serge Bennathan courtesy Les Production Figlio. All others by Mocean Dance staff & friends.


Follow Mocean's creative process and touring adventures on our blog:
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
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