d: mic/fac presents
Light & Shadow
Early Bird Registration

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**Early Bird Registration available until July 15th!**

Light and Shadow is a new initiative and professional development opportunity presented by dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d: mic/fac). Two workshops, running August 13th and 14th, will culminate in a public performance on August 16th at 8pm, at the Winchester Street Theatre.

This is our first off-year event, and we are very excited about it! Light and Shadow is a tremendous hands-on learning opportunity for all levels of dance and theatre artists, designers, and professionals who wish to become better acquainted with the specifics of design for dance.

Join us and help make this series a great success, so that we can continue to develop d:mic/fac’s programming in the coming seasons. More details, as well as the registration portal, can be found HERE.

EARLY BIRD registration at the discounted rate of $60, is available until JULY 15TH!

d: mic/fac 2013 Award Winners Announced

Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, on behalf of princess productions and guest curators Serge Bennathan and Cylla von Tiedemann, is pleased to announce the award winners from this year’s dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac), the cutting-edge contemporary dance festival which had a popular and critically successful run August 14-17, 2013 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.

New this year, the festival initiated Audience Choice Awards (ACA) for each of the MainStage Series and What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Late-Night Series, with prize money raised through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign divided 60/40 between the winners from each series.

The MainStage Series Award goes to Benjamin Kamino, who performed an excerpt from his solo Nudity. Desire. He receives a cheque for $692.

The ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series is Throwdown Collective (Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson). The Throwdown Collective receives a cheque for $461.

Amy Hampton, whose Middle Distance was featured in the lottery-drawn What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Series at d:mic/fac, is the winner of the 2013 Paula Citron Award and receives a cheque for $100.

Among the outstanding Canadian dance creators contributing to three different MainStage Series were Benjamin Kamino (Montreal), William Yong (Toronto), Femmes du Feu (Toronto), Louis Laberge-Côté (Toronto), Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg), Mocean Dance (Halifax) and Blue Ceiling Dance (Toronto). Following the MainStage programming was a Late-Night “What You See is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) Series with Jamee Valin of Vancouver and Toronto-based artists Amy Hampton, Shannon Litzenberger, skindivers dance company and Throwdown Collective. (Arts Encounters, a visual art exhibit, community line dance, live video dance installation and other happenings rounded out the festival.)

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More details on the winners:

This year’s d:mic/fac featured a new prize – the Audience Choice Awards (ACA). Audience members had the opportunity to vote for their favourite artists in both the MainStage Series and What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get Late-Night Series, with prize money raised through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign divided 60/40 between the winners from each series.

The ACA winner from the MainStage Series is Benjamin Kamino, who performed an excerpt from Nudity. Desire., a solo embodying the theological framework of the “first nude” or “fall” as a potential origin of language and birthplace of desire as explored by contemporary philosophers Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Žižek and Erik Peterson.

The ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series is Throwdown Collective (Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson), whose Various Concert explores the dynamic form of the trio as a choreographic structure. Playing with the tension of partnering, weight sharing and manipulation, a fluid and changing dynamic is found and used as the background.

Benjamin Kamino receives a cheque for $692 while Throwdown Collective collects $461.

In 1996, dance critic Paula Citron inaugurated a prize to recognize choreographic artistry at the fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Since then, the Paula Citron Dance Award has been variously conferred on choreographers selected from Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, Fresh Blood (a showcase of emerging choreographers) and the biennial d:mic/fac. The winner of the 2013 Paula Citron Award is Amy Hampton, whose Middle Distance was featured in the lottery-drawn WYSIWYG Series at d:mic/fac. Performed by Hampton and Brendan Wyatt, Middle Distance explores a relationship through the lens of physical proximity and the spaces between us. “Amy Hampton is a very physical dancer,” Citron observes, “so it is no surprise that she is also a very physical choreographer. The very traits that make her one of the most sought after independent dancers in the city can be found in Middle Distance – precision placement, firm control, and strong expression.” Hampton receives a cheque for $100.

Download the press release: DMIC 2013-PR-AWARD WINNERS

Interview with Susanne Chui, Artistic Director of Mocean Dance

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Photo by:  Nick Rudnicki

Tell us about yourself, location and company.

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mocean Dance was founded in 2001 by dancers Carolle Crooks Fernando, Sarah Rozee, Sara Harrigan, Alicia Orr MacDonald, and Lisa Phinney Langley. Currently led by Artistic Director Susanne Chui and Artistic Associate Sara Coffin, Mocean Dance is recognized nationally as a leading contemporary dance company from the Atlantic region.  The company’s work is rooted in the core values of collaboration, versatility, technical and emotional depth, professionalism, and a commitment to the work’s integrity.

Mocean has produced and presented new shows annually (8 full-length productions), and has created over 25 new works with choreographers from across the country.  The company is also dedicated to community outreach and the development of future audiences.  Mocean has developed residency programs bringing contemporary dance to communities across the region, and has performed and led workshops for thousands of students.  Mocean has appeared to acclaim in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, in theatres across Nova Scotia, and in the United States.

Mocean is committed to being based in Nova Scotia and contributing to its growing dance and arts community by providing opportunities for creation, performance, collaboration, development and education.

What is your dance background?  What drew you to it?

Mocean is made up of dance artists from a variety of training backgrounds. We hire dancers on a per project basis. The majority of our dancers were born in Nova Scotia and did their pre-professional training in Halifax. They have trained professionally across the country at schools such as TDT, LADMMI, SFU, and in the United States at North Carolina School for the Arts, and the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Some of our dancers live in Nova Scotia, and some share their time between NS and other cities. We also hire guest dancers from outside of NS. Last season we hired Darryl Tracy from Toronto.

The company was created by five young women with a dream to create an innovative sustainable, contemporary company built by Nova Scotian dancers.

Describe your approach to movement and your creative process. What is your favourite part of your approach?

Mocean commissions national and international choreographers to create work on the company. We also commission local choreographers and company members. We enjoy working with choreographers whose work is highly physical and those who incorporate theatrical elements. Our dancers are very collaborative and bring a wide range of skill and talent to the creative process. In general we like to laugh and have fun in the studio but also work hard and find authenticity in the work and the process.

Is there a Canadian artist/organization who has really had an impact on your artistic development and career?

Mocean is a home-grown dance company with a unique support system deeply rooted in our community. All artists involved contribute to the evolution of the company, including the local dancers and commissioned choreographers.

In our 11 year history we have worked with many choreographers who have had an impact the company’s artistic development, in particular Tedd Robinson (Ottawa), Sharon Moore (Toronto), Susie Burpee (Toronto), Estelle Clareton (Montreal), Lesandra Dodson (New Brunswick),  Michael Trent (Toronto), Roger Singha (Montreal), Sara Coffin (Halifax), Lisa Phinney Langley (Halifax) and Cory Bowles (Halifax).

Barbara Richman, an arts administrator has played a key role in developing Mocean from the beginning and helping to make Mocean a successful and sustainable dance company.

Kathy Casey of Montreal Danse has been a mentor to the company over the years and has had impact on company’s creative direction.

In 30 words or less, define yourself as an artist.

A committed, passionate, hard-working dance company, who aim is contribute to on-going evolution of dance in Canada from the Nova Scotian perspective.

What was it that attracted you to being involved with d:mic/fac?

A great performance opportunity in Toronto!

We want to share our work with Ontario audiences, interact with the broader dance community, see other shows from across Canada, and take classes and workshops.

What advice do you have for aspiring dance artists and choreographers?

-       In the unofficial words of Gandhi: Be the change you want to see in the world.

-       Believe in what you do.

-       If it’s something you think you should do, do it.

-       Ask for help.

-       You’re only in competition with yourself.

Briefly tell us about your newest projects. What can we expect from your performance at d:mic/fac 2013?

New projects:

In September we will be collaborating with Here Hear Productions on a site-specific performance called Burnwater, involving dancers, musicians, storytellers and  a blacksmith/sculptor named John Little on his property in East Dover, NS.

We are creating a new trio with the company’s Artistic Associate, Sara Coffin, which will premiere in Halifax April 24-26 2014, presented Live Art Dance Productions.

We will hold our 2nd annual Choreographic Lab CLEaR Forum (Choreographic Lab, Exploration & Research) in collaboration with the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning, NS.

From our d:mic performance you can expect to be delighted, mesmerized and you may even find yourself tapping your feet to the music. Kid-friendly!

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Mocean Dance will be performing Canvas 5 x 5 at d: mic/fac as part of the Von Tiedemann Series:

August 15 at 7:00pm
August 16 at 9:00pm
August 17 at 9:00pm

In a timeless world of grace and wonder, Tedd Robison’s Canvas 5 x 5 is a masterful intertwining of the familiar with the excitingly new. Set to a traditional maritime soundscape, the piece blends striking contemporary imagery and contagious kinetic movement, interplayed with Robinson’s signature use of elegance and beauty.