For 3 ½ decades, Live Art has brought the world’s finest dance to the stages of Halifax.
The sublime, the absurd, the beautiful, the raw, the powerful – local, national, and international – we deliver it all in fine style.
Season 35 brings together a variety of the best dance from Toronto, Montreal, and Spain, along with World Indigenous dance.
7 companies and 55 of the world’s finest dancers will tell their stories through movement,
addressing issues of contemporary society by baring their hearts, souls, and bodies.
We invite you to join us as we celebrate 35 years of presenting the best of today’s dance with you, the audiences of Halifax.
The Line Up
As beautiful as it is arresting, Santee Smith’s ground breaking piece Re-Quickening explores the intersection of indigenous and new dance performance. Created through a process unique to her culture, Sante Smith’s Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence—a piecing together of shards of knowledge that tip colonialism on its head. Provoking, conceptual and visceral, this work is a timely call for reawakening. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies renowned for its artistry, creative excellence and collaboration – a chance to experience the best of the contemporary indigenous dance movement now taking the world by storm.
Haunting, beautiful, human, unique – all words that begin to describe the work of Compañía Sharon Fridman. This remarkable contact-dance based company from Madrid – led by award winning Israeli choreographer, Sharon Fridman – has toured Europe and Asia extensively. With their roster of 7 dancers and a live musician, we’re thrilled that they are beginning their first North American tour here in Halifax, providing us with the rare opportunity to see this engaging European company.
Powerful, mesmerising and completely original, this internationally renowned company is one of Canada’s leading exponents of contemporary world indigenous performance in dance, theatre and music. Raw and riveting, Backbone is a cutting-edge dance and live music creation inspired by the ‘spine’ of west coast North and South America. Featuring eight dancers, it combines contemporary dance with pure athleticism to produce a performance of remarkable power.
Who can resist seeing one of Canada’s finest dance companies presenting a full evening of work by James Kudelka – one of this country’s finest choreographers? We welcome Citadel+Compagnie (formerly known as Coleman Lemieux et Compagnie) back to Halifax for a magical evening of three works including the iconic The Man in Black – a celebration of American working-class grit and the man whose voice embodied it so movingly: Johnny Cash. Founded in Quebec in 2000 by Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, C+C has distinguished itself through innovative, unbridled artistic vision.
We are pleased to welcome TDT back to Halifax. For half a century this world renowned company has remained one of Canada’s most vibrant and adored. In 2017 the company will mark its 50th anniversary by showcasing Christopher House’s unique contribution to Canadian dance scene with a mixed program of masterworks from his career.
Live Art is hugely pleased to bring Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance back to Halifax with a mixed program as classic as it is outrageous — as athletic as it is visually arresting. A pure expression of human sensuality and spirit.
Live Art is pleased to welcome Atlantic Canada’s premier dance company, Mocean Dance, to our 35th season with a world premiere by award winning choreographer Heidi Strauss. One of Toronto’s most prolific and successful creators, Strauss is currently resident choreographer at the Theatre Centre in Toronto. She makes mesmerizingly beautiful work addressing the ‘realness’ of where we are and who we are.