2015/16 Season Announcement


Collaboration at the centre of Good Women Dance Collective’s Season

The Edmonton dance company to create and perform with Northern Light Theatre, Pro Coro Canada, New Music Edmonton and more, in 2015/2016

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We’re delighted to unveil our 2015/2016 season, the first-ever full season for the company. Since its inception in 2009, GWDC and its four lead artists, Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Kate Stashko have been committed to helping create a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Alberta’s capital city. This year is not only a continuation but an expansion of this goal, as collaborations with several creators across artistic disciplines are partnering to present dynamic, genre-defying new work.

The season kicks-off with Convergence on November 26-28, 2015 at L’Uni Theatre. It’s our annual showcase of inspiring, athletic and thoughtful contemporary dance. Convergence 2015 will be a double bill featuring the premiere of a new work by Montréal’s Mélanie Demers from MAYDAY Danse company, and a solo work from Calgary artist Kayla Henry. Demers is known for her provocative, socially conscious work, and Good Women is thrilled to perform this new piece with their long-time collaborator Richard Lee. Rounding out the bill is Henry’s The Dead Amuse, a close look at control, intuition and rebellion.

Next, an exciting new collaboration between GWDC, Pro Coro Canada and New Music Edmonton for the performance Love Fail. Directed by Pro Coro Canada’s Artistic Director Michael Zaugg, the show is a modern retelling of Tristan and Isolde, which interweaves details of the timeless love story with contemporary sources. The score, created by Pulitzer-prize winning composer David Lang, will be performed live by an all-female quartet. Interacting with the musicians on stage will be a quartet of female dancers, choreographed and performed by GWDC. The work will be presented April 15-17, 2016 as part of New Music Edmonton’s season, under the direction of Ian Crutchley.

In the lead up to International Dance Day (April 29, 2016), GWDC hosts What’s Cooking, an informal gathering for sharing and dialogue on April 24, 2016. The event will bring artists of all disciplines together to share their in-process work and to receive feedback. It will take place in the PCL Studio Theatre at ATB Financial Arts Barns.

Our co-production with Northern Light Theatre, Wish, runs April 29 through May 7, 2016 with a preview on April 28. In it, the hearing son of deaf parents, J.J., agrees to teach sign language to the mysterious Eliza, a gorilla rescued from a research lab by animal rights activists. Eliza demonstrates a gift for signing and bonds passionately with her new teacher until they face an ethical conundrum. This theatre production will be presented in the PCL Studio Theatre at ATB Financial Arts Barns.

Audiences can attend all of these performances with the Good Women Dance Collective Season Pass. The subscription pass offers a discount for all the events in the 2015/2016 season. The pass can be purchased from Tix on The Square for $55 (general) and $45 (student/senior). Individual tickets are also available for all shows.

In addition to performances, GWDC is pleased to provide professional development opportunities to the Edmonton dance community through our classes and workshops.  Professional contemporary technique classes are taught by all four GWDC lead artists, and are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00-11:30am at the Sugar Foot Ballroom. Our 2015/2016 workshops include the November 16-20, 2015 session, Through Inner Borders, with Anne-Marie Jourdenais of MAYDAY Danse company out of Montréal. We are also partnering with Brian Webb Dance Company (BWDC) to co-present the Masterclass Series with 605 Collective, Daniel Léveillé Danse, Fortier Danse-Creation and more.

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