Welcome to e-mocean newsletter, Winter 2015.

Fall Back: a reflection on our recent adventures

A quick trip back in time to revisit past programs and projects:

We toured our signature work Canvas 5 x 5 to Annapolis Royal for FODAR (Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal) in August; and to Ottawa, Ontario, performing at the Shenkman Arts Centre in early November. Both communities reported experiencing huge success for their first time presentations of contemporary dance.  Mocean is extremely proud to be a part of their success.

Community Residencies
Late November, Artistic Leadership Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin spent a twelve-day residency in Happy Valley-Goose Bay teaching at the 39th Labrador Creative Arts Festival; as well as creating four new community-based dance pieces for a public sharing presented by the O’Brien Arts Centre. Artistic Associate Sara Coffin created a new work for students in the HVGB Let’s Dance program, and Artistic Director Susanne Chui coached the young dancers in their interpretive and performance skills. You can read about the company's adventures in Coffin’s blog posting.

Photo Credit: Winnie Heley
In early December, Mocean began a new creation project with Serge Bennathan, along with some of the community’s most seasoned dancers. For two weeks, Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin, Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker and Gillian Seaward-Boone worked in the studio with Bennathan, testing their personal and collective strength and vulnerabilities, erasing their lines of familiarity to reach deep into the imagery and energy inspired by Sable Island. You can view the archive of our initial creative process via the company's creation blog and see the photographic story board of our work on Michelle Doucette Photography blog.
Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette Photography

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

Upcoming Dates

February 21 & 22
Emerge Creation Project at Kinetic Studio

Mocean Dance will present Cerebral, a new work created by the participants of the EMERGE Project at Kinetic Studio's Open Studio Series.

March 7
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.

** April 30-May 2 **
Close Reach with Mocean Dance
Home Season Mainstage Presentation
Dartmouth, NS

Mocean Dance performs Sable Island, a new work by Serge Bennathan and Live from the Flash Pan, by Cory Bowles.
April 30-May 2, 8 PM
Tickets available online at
Box Office: 1-888-311-9090

May 15-20 (dates TBC)
Choreographic Lab- CLEaR Forum, Canning, NS
Our annual community professional development forum for choreographic inquiry and research. CLEaR Forum  will be presented with our partnering host organization, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Look for our application call for choreographers and dancers in early spring.

With Thanks....
We are excited to note that we have some new sponsors and returning sponsors for our 2014-15 season:

Foundation Sponsor: RBC Emerging Artist Foundation
Silver Sponsor: Eastport Properties
Creation Sponsor: CIBC Wood Gundy
Presentation Sponsor: Office Interiors
Tour Sponsor: Fairley & Stevens and Ford Canada
Community Partner: Sarty Siding

2014-2015 Individual Donors (to date):

Patrons ($2,000+)
Margaret and David Fountain
Joan and Jack Craig

Benefactors ($500-1,999)
James A. Rogers
Charles Baxter and Nancy Mansfield
Anne Muecke
Ewa Jachimowicz-Quinn
Maria T. Jachimowicz
Dr. Thomas and Gloria Chui

Leading Supporters ($100-499)

Spencer Family Foundation
Deborah and Colin Richardson
Jan Sheppard Kutcher
Larry Hayes & Sharon Nicolle
Pamela and John Crace
Margaret Armour
Catherine Lazier
Colline and David Perrier
Duncan and Helen Armstrong
Jean Shaw
Kam Chung
Barbara Richman
Gay Osler
W. Michael S. Covert
Susan Young Mitton

Friends (up to $99)
Terry Brennan
Catherine Crocker
Donald Blakely
Dave Porter
Cliff Le Jeune
Dianne Milligan
Dr. Keith Walling
Elise Vanderborght and Paul Caskey
Marcella Abugov
Sarah and Joseph Abihanna
Don Rieder
Doug Cameron, Sr.
Gail Ceaser
Kevin Schwenker
Mary and Frank Miller
Sarah Douglas
L. J. Marie Seaward

Support Mocean Dance
Mocean is extremely grateful for our supporters.  You can join them today through our online, secure service, CanadaHelps.

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 (902) 425-4908.

Photo credits for this e-mocean newsletter: Header (dancer Jacinte Armstrong); all others by Mocean Dance staff and friends.

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.

The EMERGE 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 in 2016.

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: TicketproBy Phone: Alderney Landing Box Office (902) 461-8401, In person: Alderney Box Office
More info:, (902) 425-4908

Be sure Mocean Dance has your up-to-date mailing address on file so that you can receive our promotional materials by mail. Click here to stay in touch!
Special thank you to our presentation sponsor Office Interiors.

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 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   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   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   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   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
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