Mocean faces the wintry weather with an unstoppable Storm of Creativity!
Mocean’s fall season was abundant with activity focused on building community connections, creation, and personal growth. As we lean forward into the winter wind, the extent of our coming creative projects is beginning to heat up and we're excited share it all with you in this winter E-News edition.
EMERGE: New work in creation by HRM's next generation of dance artists
This February, Mocean Dance launched EMERGE,
a new professional development program for emerging dance professionals in our region.
Despite the many February snow storms that we have encountered, we are tending the soil of creativity to help cultivate a rich multi-generational eco-system for professional dance in the Atlantic region.
program offers a three-week paid work period for four young dance professionals. Within the program, the group has the opportunity to cultivate skill development in choreography, partnering work, interpretive skill, and career
management; while co-authoring the creation of a new work under the mentorship of Artistic Associate Sara Coffin.
Mark your calendars and catch this exciting new creation by EMERGE participants Olivia Aubrecht, Vivika Ballard, Sarah Hopkin, and Georgia Skinner. Performances of the new work, Gestalt, will take place Kinetic Studio's Open Studio Series on February 21st and 22nd at DANSpace-on-Grafton.
In rehearsal with EMERGE at the Halifax Dance studios
Read below to find out more about this year’s participants. You can also get a sneak peek inside the group’s creation process through the company's online creation blog.
The EMERGE Program is generously supported by The Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Communities and Heritage and the RBC Emerging Artists Foundation.
Mocean on the Road: Upcoming Performance at Mount Allison University
On March 7th, Mocean will finish its last leg of regional touring in Sackville, NB. The company will perform its signature touring work, Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson, along with Body Abandoned by Artistic Associate Sara Coffin at the Convocation Hall with Mount Allison University's Performing Arts Series. Sackville is just a short drive away, so please join us in New Brunswick for an evening of exciting contemporary dance -- and please -- spread the news!
Photos by Holly Crooks and Michelle Doucette
Special thank you to our tour sponsor Fairley & Stevens and Ford Canada.
There Might be Others: New Creation with Rebecca Lazier at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
Closing our February creation activities will be a winter residency at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
, with Halifax native Rebecca Lazier
. Mocean will be collaborating with New York-based Lazier on an international project involving five countries, plus a New York presentation of Lazier’s There Might Be Others
There Might Be Others
is a new choreographic work that evolves from the tradition of open scores -- the dancers compose the work in performance within a dynamic set of rules, contingencies, and games.
This project begins next week with a short residency at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, during which we are planning an open rehearsal day featuring a warm family meal on Sunday, March 1st
. Activities at the Centre are happening from 2-5 PM in Canning, NS. Stay tuned for more details, and count on joining in the fun.
There Might Be Others, by Rebecca Lazier in NYC. Photo Credit: Paula Lobo
Special thank you to our creation sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy.
Save the Date: April 30 - May 2, 2015
CLOSE REACH -- Mocean's 9th Home Season Mainstage Production
As we anticipate the spring thaw, we are looking forward to our MainStage Production, Close Reach
. This spring Mocean will unveil Sable Island
at the Alderney Landing Theatre, a new work by Serge Bennathan
; and we will be revisiting a company favorite, Live from the Flash Pan
, by Cory Bowles
. Our 9th
mainstage production will be a test of strength and vulnerability for seasoned performers Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin, and Gillian Seaward-Boone
. Tickets are on sale now
-- this wild and unleashed production is not to be missed!
Ticket Info: $25, $20 students/seniors/artists; $15 children (under 10) and dance students; $18 each for group purchases of 6 or more, *plus applicable ticketpro fees
Online: Ticketpro; By Phone: Alderney Landing Box Office (902) 461-8401, In person: Alderney Box Office
More info: email@example.com, (902) 425-4908
Special thank you to our presentation sponsor Office Interiors.
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Inside the Studio with Mocean Dance
Wild and unleashed: Click on the photos below to get an inside look at the creation process with Serge Bennathan. Photographer Michelle Doucette captured a beautiful photo story of our rehearsal day with Bennathan in December.
Photos by Michelle Doucette Photography
Special Artist Feature: 2014-2015 Emerge Program Participants
2014-2015 Apprentice (Serge Bennathan Project)
||Kathleen Doherty is a dancer, choreographer, improviser and teacher based in Halifax. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Votive Dance, and is also Administrative Director for Kinetic Studio. Kathleen is thrilled to be a part of Mocean Dance's Apprenticeship Program this season!
2014-2015 Emerge Participants
||Olivia Aubrecht was born and raised in Dartmouth, where she trained with Lisa Hart and Leica Hardy. In 2014, Olivia completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Ryerson University. Recently, Olivia has co-founded a Halifax-Toronto based dance company “Nostos Collective,” which performed its debut show at The 2014 Atlantic Fringe Festival. Eager to share her creativity, Olivia is thankful for the opportunity to be working under the artistic direction of Mocean Dance.
||Vivika Ballard trained at Halifax Dance, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Leica Hardy School of Dance. She has apprenticed with the RWB, Mocean Dance, and Phin Dance and is part of Nostos Collectives. She appeared as Clara in Halifax Dance's Nutcracker 2012-13 and enjoyed performing Peggy Baker's Brahm's Waltzes in KiDanCo's 2013 season. Vivika currently writes for the blog Montreal Rampage covering music and dance, and enjoys songwriting on the guitar.
||Sarah Hopkin graduated from the Ryerson University Performance Dance Program. She recently performed in Ontario's Dance Weekend with Tziporah Productions. She has choreographed for the Atlantic Fringe Festival and is currently choreographing for a collective she co-founded; Nostos Collectives Toronto. Sarah is excited to participate in Mocean Dance's EMERGE program!
||Georgia Skinner graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she worked with many esteemed dance artists. She has travelled to various Canadian cities for dance training during her years in school, and is currently basing her professional career in her hometown of Halifax. Currently, she teaches at Coastal Dance, works with The Woods Hip Hop Company, and is delighted to be working with other Nostos Collectives members on the Emerge project.
Header photo of Jacinte Armstrong by Andrew Hawryshkewich