MOTUS O DANCE COMPANY
THE ENGAGING TRUE STORY OF TEENAGER MARINA NEMAT
A unique collaboration between Marina Nemat and MOTUS O Dance Theatre. A synthesis of dance, theatre and story telling that deals with social justice on the theme of Oppression and Freedom. The show is a multi-disciplinary performance based on her bestselling book, “Prisoner of Tehran”. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A with the artists, and dancers.
MOTUS O DANCE COMPANY
New Lady on the Prairie
Entwining traditional and contemporary elements, Lizzy Hoyt delivers a diverse evening of music with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.
Based on repertoire from her acclaimed album, “New Lady on the Prairie”, this show is a lyrical nod to the past — a collection of songs about Canadian history, immigration, women, war, love and family. Lizzy finely crafted songs for this album inspired by her maternal grandmother’s stories about their family tree. Due to her strong personal connection with the stories, Lizzy was able to create timeless songs that are touching, poignant and lyrically rich. For her work on this project, Lizzy was nominated for Songwriter of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards), Solo Artist of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards), and Story Song of the Year (Independent Music Awards).
Ô-Celli is a musical project, characterized by its originality and dynamic presentation in the world of classical music. Since its creation in 2010, through the initiative of Sébastien Walnier (Principal Cello of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels) and Alexandre Beauvoir (chamber musician), these eight musicians never fail to share their passion for the extraordinary richness of their instrument.
These celebrated chamber musicians are members of prominent European orchestras such as the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, National Opera of Paris, and the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
As with their adopted city of Brussels (Belgium), Ô-Celli is a cosmopolitan ensemble which is represented by five different nationalities.
Since its creation, Ô-Celli has had the honor of performing for numerous European festivals. Most notably, the International Cello Festival in Beauvais, the Flâneries musicales de Reims, the Festival Sully sur Loire (France), Festival Musiq’3 (Belgian National classical radio station), and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Belgium).
2017 was highlighted by Ô-Celli’s first international tour, performing from Ontario to Nova Scotia in Canada. In addition to this adventure they also broadened their horizons with concerts in Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Ô-Celli has already released two discs: “Ô-Celli fait son cinéma”(2013) and “Dances” (Fuga Libera-2015). A third recording is planned for 2018-2019 based upon the theme of Latino-Spanish music. The disc will be presented to the Canadian public during a tour of British Columbia in the Spring of 2019
SHAPES is a work which has emerged from the spaces between. Within interstitial meanderings, reflections, practical preparations and a constant revisioning of presence, the shapes I take are multiple. Formed and re-formed through repetition, tuning, undoing, re-doing, what is it that makes up a capacity to respond-interpret-perform? How can I ask for more? Ask differently? How can I listen in a new way? As a professional dancer performing internationally for the past 8 years, I’ve been working hard to understand the elements of establishing a “role”—interpreting an idea, a movement concept, a performed state, etc. and I am interested in how this often invisible work intersects with what one would see as the “choreographic”. Over the years I’ve considered my time spent ingesting, rejecting, expanding, internalizing and fantasizing within particular depths and angles of my work as an interprète in others’ work, as the very a "shaping" of my choreographic voice. In SHAPES I look to the materiality of my being. Histories, tangents and potentials collide into an emergence of this body, which has been shaped and re-shaped, is living and aging, and is here now in space and time.
Visual possibilities offered by Emily further invite a view of contrasting movements and textures, illuminating possibilities and limits of my body in practice and performance. The soundscape nurtured by Dae holds space for closer attention, suggesting shifts in time and space, and amplifying corporeal resonance. SHAPES beckons to new ways of seeing and being seen, and calls for a flipping of angles while celebrating time as a sacred opportunity to be here, willingly close to unknowns, and intimately together.
Challenging perceptions of dominance, vulnerability, and possibilities for cohabitation within the context of generating movement, new configurations can be forged. In acknowledgment of a perpetual onward, the movements of this work offer both fluid and definitive suggestions of corporeal questionings, and space for visual and aural explorations throughout a two-act progression.
Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world! 3x JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring band originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Huron Carol (with newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), a djembe-driven Little Drummer Boy, a Feliz Navidad ska party, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba Flamenca-fuelled Jingle Bells.
The band is joined on stage by guest vocalist Rebecca Campbell (Jane Siberry, Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn, Paul Quarrington, Parachute Club). Their companion Christmas Caravan CD landed the New York Times Christmas Hits list and the #6 spot on Billboard’s world music charts, and features such luminaries as The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney, platinum vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, JUNO winners Alex Cuba, Benoit Bourque of Bottine Souriante, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in The Rock, Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), a Turkish orchestra and more!
Vocal virtuoso, beatboxer, musical storyteller: Martin O. takes his audience on a wild ride with a constant stream of surprises, humor, emotion, and fantasy, centered around his incredible shapeshifting one-of-a-kind voice. Close your eyes and you hear a whole choir. Open them and all you see is one man on the stage. A captivating, charismatic performer, Martin O. pushes the boundaries of sonic possibility, leaving audiences breathless with all their senses and emotions brought to life.
Audiences can enjoy the colourful tones of “ A Glezele Vayn” , the Kootenay based trio featuring Martine denBok, Nicola Everton and Sue Gould, in an intimate program of chamber music, highlighting the rich repertoire for violin/viola, clarinet and piano.
Enjoying a unique versatility and passion for different musical genres, the trio is able to perform an extremely varied program that includes works for both violin and its larger cousin the viola, such as the playful French trio by Milhaud and the classic Kegelstatt Trio by Mozart as well as the folksy klezmer trio “Moldovanke”. Highlighting their passion for Klezmer folk style music, the second half of the program expands to form the Klezmeridian Ensemble with clarinet, violin, percussion, guitar, accordion and bass for a lively finale.