Danièle Desnoyers work Là où je vis (Here Where I Live) brought dance back to Halifax as Live Art Dance kicked off it”s 28th season on Sept 30. Here Where I Live is a masterfully crafted work that casino online uk blends gorgeous visuals with terrific dancing. The cast of six (5 dancers and a media artist) delivers a stunning performance that is at times profoundly tender and brutal. Andrea Nemetz at the Chronicle Herald and Sue Carter Flynn at The Coast each had wonderful things to say about the work. The show closes Oct. 2 and is definitely worth checking out.

Live Art Dance launched a new season last night (Sept 30), not to mention this brand new website. For the occasion, Danièle Desnoyers’ five gorgeous dancers filled the James Dunn Theatre with an inspired performance of Là où je vis (Here Where I Live). Amongst them was Cape Breton native Molly Johnson, who earned some of her stellar dance chops in YoCo (the Young Company) at Halifax Dance. Desnoyers’ choreography is at times driven by a consuming sense of urgency, and this plays well as multiple layers of imagery are overlaid, rendered live visually by media artist Manon De Pauw. So many layers, like the masks we wear in the public realm, all brought to head by Clara Furey’s text: “I want to be well again”. The dance is sublimely furious, the visuals are mesmerising; Le Carré des Lombes delivers!

Welcome to Live Art Dance’s new blog! We’re really excited about having this as it allows us to introduce subjects and ideas not strictly about our main activities (though we will be writing about those as well!) We’re here to break news, inspire, and connect the dots on all things dance. If it moves with passion, intention, and commitment it’s fair game. Numerous contributors will be posting here so check in often; we look forward to reading your comments and sharing ideas originating from the wide world of dance!

To jump right into the thick of things I am compelled to relate that, after years of telling newcomers (Brandon, our programming genius at Norex is the latest) that contemporary dance doesn’t necessarily communicate a narrative, I find myself confronted by the latest news from ScienceMag. For the past 3 years, scientists from around the world have teamed up to create dance videos based on their graduate research. Dubbed “Dance your Ph.D.”, this year’s finalist have been announced and 2 Canadians figure into the mix. The concept is simple, express your research, ie. selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment, through dance. It would seem specific and complex ideas MAY be the subject of dance after all!

You can see (and vote for!!) the work of the four finalists, one each from the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and social sciences, at: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/09/dance-your-phd-finalists-announce.html

For my part, Australia’s Steven Lade (Physics) and Canada’s Anne Goldenberg (Social Sciences) have delivered some pretty exciting stuff… maybe they should consider career changes!

Join Live Art Dance for a 28th season of incredible dance performances. Seven different shows and seventeen performances! With three World Premieres, and performances in a variety of spaces around the city, the 2010/11 season features gifted performances that will make dance lovers jump with joy!