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Edmonton’s Good Women Dance Collective premiere two new works at kick-off event in their first-ever, full-length season

EDMONTON, AB — Good Women Dance Collective’s 2015/2016 Season begins with Convergence running November 26-28, nightly at 8pm in L’Uni Theatre (8627-91 Street). The showcase marks the continuing success and growth of the company, with the launch of its first-ever, full-length season. The event features two world premieres, one by Montréal-based choreographer Mélanie Demers from MAYDAY Danse. The work, We’ll be fine, was created with GWDC artists Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Kate Stashko, and long-time collaborator, Richard Lee. Work on the new 30-minute piece began in August, when the GWDC dancers spent three weeks in a residency with Ms. Demers in Montréal, Québec. The creative process continues in Edmonton this week, when Demers will hold the final rehearsals. The world premiere of the work will also feature an original score by Montréal composer Mykalle Bielinski.
For media interested, there will be a photo opportunity on November 25 during rehearsals, more information to follow.

MAYDAY Danse is also providing professional development opportunities for Edmontonians, in partnership with GWDC. Anne-Marie Jourdenais, rehearsal director of the Montréal-based dance company, will lead a professional workshop based in Action Theater, from November 16 to 20, at 9:30-11:30am at the Sugarfoot Ballroom (8116-105 Street). The workshop, Through Inner Borders, will incorporate elements of Action Theater, a technique that allows the artist to evolve and let go of habits, limits and fears. No pre-registration is required for the classes. Participants can attend one, some or all of the classes. The cost for the classes are $20 (class) or $75 (all five classes).

The second debut at Convergence is A Necessary Fable by Kayla Henry. 
Ms. Henry is a Calgary-based emerging choreographer who has connections with the company. She trained alongside GWDC artists Ainsley Hillyard and Alida Nyquist-Schultz at the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She first presented an initial version of this work at the collective’s 2015 What’s Cooking? event. GWDC was so interested in her work that they invited her to present at Convergence.

Audiences can attend this performance with the purchase of 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 for $20 (general) and $15 (students/seniors/CADA Members) are also available at Tix on the Square or from any of the GWDC artists. A 2-for-1 deal is also available for GWDC members, the free membership is available online.


For more information or interview requests, please contact:

Sarah Hoyles
GWDC Communications Consultant

Good Women Dance Collective (GWDC) is a creation-based company that has been committed to helping create a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton since it was founded in 2009. The collective’s artistic focus is on creating and producing innovative new works. GWDC also dedicates a large part of its season toward offering performance, education and professional development opportunities to artists working in Edmonton.