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The Yukon Arts Centre kindly invited me to facilitate
six (6) free, mixed-ability, FREE,
one-hour, lunch-time dance workshops this winter,
for people from all levels of dance training.
Thank-you Yukon Art Centre!
No previous dance experience or training required!
Dance is magical, dance is life-affirming, dance is necessary -- open your new decade with dance.
Noon-time FREE Dance Sessions
Monday, November 25, 2019
Monday, January 6. 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Place: Old Fire Hall, 1105 Front St., Whitehorse.
Time: 12 noon to 1:00 pm
You are welcome to come 15 minutes early to warm-up, settle in, have a cup of tea and a snack (we will have snacks and tea for you).
Because the floor is a little hard and a little cold at the Old Fire Hall, I recommend bringing comfy, secure, light, shoes to dance in.
I'll guide you through an uplifting and useful warm-up, then we'll explore easy and fun dance improvising techniques. Some exercises involve music, some are sans music.
These sessions are for all/mixed-abilities -- if you're dancing with wheels or other mobility assistants, or attendants, please dance with us!
Photos taken at left from the November and January sessions at the Old Fire Hall. Thank-you dancers!
I was happy to participate as a cohort/co-designer for Nakai Theatre's summer project Landscape Theatre, this August.
It was an exciting ten days! Here's more detail from the Nakai Theatre:
"In pursuit of “Theatre that can only be made here,” Yukon’s Nakai Theatre is launching an ambitious new program this summer that asks, “What is the theatre that matches the scale of our landscape?”
Jacob Zimmer created a responsive post about Trace Dance Practice's role with in Landscape Theatre process here on the Naki Blog -- here!
This first year of a multi-year project includes community build nights (July 24 and 31) at Yukonstruct’s Makespace, hosting Outdoor Theatre Workshops for Youth with Kwanlin Dün First Nation Youth Recreation (August 7-9) and the inaugural Landscape Theatre Residency (August 15-25) at the Yukon College - Cold Climate Innovation wing in NorthLight Innovation, the Yukon Arts Centre and a range of outdoor sites around Whitehorse and Carcross".
Read more about it over here on the Nakai website!
Photos by Eric Pinkerton Photography.
My Interview with Marilyn Yadultin Jensen, leader of The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, made the cover of the September/October 2019, issue of The Dance Current!
It was an honour and a pleasure to catch Jensen for an interview in the height of the busy summer season for this issue. The headline is: "Electrifying dance and music in Yukon and internationally"; the interview includes a peek into how The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers stay energized. and Jensen's advice for other dancers. Featuring photos by Alistair Maitland.
Gunalchéesh ax een yéi jeeneiyí, Marilyn!
Check out the excerpt and online issue here!
I'm happy to announce the first Trace Dance Practice Workshops in Whitehorse this August & September 2019!
Thank-you, people who have previously participated in my dance workshops workshops in Whitehorse. You requested more -- here we go!
No dance training required! The workshop is also very useful for trained dancers and performers of all kinds.
See the workshop dates and details here!
Please register early!
Photo of August, 2019 workshop by Eric Pinkerton Photography.
Shorts Screening at Available Light Film Festival, 2019
The Flour Pull at Rendezvous Dir. Ingrid Veninger,
featuring Aimée and RP Singh, 2018, 5 min
North by Northwest: Yukon Short Films
Monday February 4, 2019 at 6:00pm, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse
If you missed the ALFF shorts screening, you can watch the movie here!
It was fun to meet filmmaker Ingrid Veninger while she was in the Yukon in 2018, when she was a guest at Available Light Film Festival (Whitehorse). We had met previously in the Yukon in 2014, when I wrote about Veninger's movie "The Animal Project".
We met again one cold February 2018 afternoon in Marsh Lake to shoot some footage. Ingrid invented a scenario for a faux-documentary about a man (JP Micheau, played by RP Singh) driven to win the annual flour packing contest at the Rendezvous Festival in Whitehorse.
The dialogue and dance was improvised under Veninger's direction.
It was great to see this short on the big screen in ALFF 2019!
Video stills from "The Flour Pull", 2018.