Open Stage features dance works spanning a varied range of styles and approaches by Anya Saugstad and Artists, Lamondance, Linda Hayes, and Rachel Maddock.
Open Stage offers an opportunity for dance artists to present short works in an uncurated, shared performance.
Presented by the artists with the support of The Dance Centre
Photos by: Daria Mikhaylyuk, Miles Clark, Liz Rosa, Andi McLeish
Anya Saugstad & Artists present an excerpt of Paper Mountains (of Memory) [filmed version], a work about loneliness, that was built from videos of choreography made in solo during the first year of the pandemic. Choreographed by Anya Saugstad and performed by Daria Mikhaylyuk, Eowynn Enquist, Nasiv Sall, Sabine Raskin, and Shion Skye Carter, with an original score by Stefan Nazarevich.
Lamondance presents an excerpt from Black Feather with choreography by Artistic Director Davi Rodrigues. Inspired by the power imbalances in today’s society, the work is described as a slightly spookier spinoff of the classic Swan Lake. Lamondance was founded in 2009 to support emerging dancers at the start of their professional careers; the company has performed in Canada, Brazil and Germany.
Linda Hayes presents a pair of works: Sabor Cubano is a contemporary/flamenco piece using a traditional Spanish dance form, guajiras, which originates from Cuba; and Vivaldi en movimiento, a mantón (shawl) piece inspired by the music of Vivaldi. Choreographed by Hayes, the works are performed by Allyson Riley, Daniela Erewa, Amanda Helen Collinge and Gillian Hogg, with musicians Yunesky Sanchez, Jesus Hiererrezuelos, and Yoandry Trujillo.
Rachel Maddock’s Proximity is a trio performed by Maddock with Hana Rutka and Damian Kai Norman with an original sound score by Dean Thiessen, which investigates spatial relationships and communication in a time that has fundamentally changed how we are together in space.