Two local choreographers will have their short works remixed by visiting choreographers from Montreal and St John’s and local choreographer Amber Borotsik will travel to those cities to rework dances there. A Candance network collaboration with Montreal’s Studio 303 and Newfoundland’s Neighbourhood Dance Works.
October 13 and 14 at 8 PM – The work of Melanie Kloetzel’s “Room” (Cal) remixed by Sarah Stoker (St.John’s); The work of Rebecca Sadowski’s “Rain Dogs” remixed by Thea Patterson (Montreal)
Room is both a stage-based and a site-adaptive performance that involves movement, text, a portable set, and film. Created by Melanie Kloetzel, in collaboration with set designer Fergus Dunnet, the solo examines the limits and possibilities of our efforts to adapt to rapid environmental transformation, with a particular focus on individuals who are often left out of larger political and environmental discussions.
Melanie Kloetzel – Calgary Choreographer
Melanie Kloetzel is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York and now based in Canada. Since 1997, kloetzel&co. has presented theatre works, site-specific performances, and dance films across three continents. Kloetzel’s research focuses on performance, place, text, and characterization.
Melanie Kloetzel est la directrice artistique de kloetzel&co., une compagnie de Danse théâtrale fondée à New York et basée au Canada. Depuis 1997, kloetzel&co. a présenté des œuvres théâtrales, des spectacle sur site et des films de danse sur trois continents. La recherche de Kloetzel se concentre sur la interprétation par site géographique, le texte et la caractérisation.
Sarah Joy Stoker – St. John’s Remixer
St. John’s native Sarah Joy Stoker began her dance training as a child, graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 1996. She worked as an independent dance artist in Toronto and Montreal performing her own work and that of other choreographers and companies nationally and internationally. Upon her return to NL she formed a collective and production company, was heavily involved with Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Festival of New Dance from 2003 until 2010, and since continues to create dance and interdisciplinary work.
RAIN DOGS is a movement piece inspired by the music and lyrics of Tom Waits. The dance revolves around the art of the ironic and melancholy familiarity. Rain dogs are the lost ones. The misplaced creatures looking for home after the rain has washed away their trail.
Rebecca Sadowski – Edmonton Choreographer
Rebecca is a choreographer, performer, and dance instructor based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has choreographed for the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Nextfest Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Feats Festival, and the Common Ground Found Festival. Rebecca has also performed for the Expanse Festival and Dirt Buffet Cabaret. She teaches dance with dancED Movement Projects, the City of Edmonton, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and has performed with various theatre companies in Toronto including the Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, and Creativiva Incorporated. She is passionate about her Métis heritage, and has taught Métis and historical dances at Fort Edmonton Park. Rebecca is looking forward to presenting her solo work, “The Sash Maker”, at Mile Zero Dance this January. She will also be dancing with Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre in this upcoming season. Rebecca is a recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts 2017 Young Artist Prize, and is excited to take part in the Remix Creative Exchange Program with Candance this year.
Thea Patterson- Montreal Remixer works through expanded ideologies of dance and performance on a variety of projects with many beloved colleagues. Her solo project “the dance that I cannot do” was presented in New York, in Montreal, in Halifax and Parrsboro Nova Scotia and in Munich Germany. Thea completed her Masters at DAS Graduate School (2016), in Amsterdam where she created her new solo “between this is and the could be”. She is currently working on projects in Montreal, Portugal and Amsterdam.
Amber Borotsik Edmonton – Remixer: Travelling to Montreal and St John’s
Originally from rural Manitoba, Amber is an Edmonton based creator and performer keenly interested in the intersection between improvisation, theatre, and contemporary dance practices. All of her work lands somewhere on the dance/theatre continuum, but exactly where changes from piece to piece. It was at the University of Alberta (BFA, Acting) where Amber met her mentor Linda Rubin, who first introduced her to improvisation as a performance practice. To date, Amber has created three full length works (Scythe, Backwater, The Moon at Midnight) and numerous shorter works ( Here. Like this.) in collaboration with her husband Jesse Gervais. The Moon at Midnight was presented in Edmonton (The Brian Webb Dance Company), Winnipeg (Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers), Calgary (The Fluid Festival) and Regina (New Dance Horizons) as a part of the Prairie Dance Circuit.
Amber has performed, as both an actor and a dancer, across Canada, the United States and in Japan. In 2015 she received the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts, and has been working in integrated and inter-ability dance communities for five years.