Fawnda’s away, leaving Paul to hold down the blanket fort as we continue our coverage of the 2016 Chinook Series. In this episode Paul chats with Ainsley Hillyard about the Good Women Dance Collective‘s New Work Award. They’re joined by last year’s winner Anastasia Maywood and this year’s recipient Aimee Rushton. Then we sit down with Stephanie Morin-Robert and Alastair Knowles to get the skinny on their show Half Inch Thick.
Day three at Expanse sees Anastasia Maywood, winner of the Good Women Dance New Work Award, visit the coat check. Then we catch up with Christine Frederick of Alberta Aboriginal Arts for a conversation about indigenous representation in arts, liberal sensitivities, and the complicated lines that art sometimes has to cross.
Expanse Day 2: We track down Lara Kramer and the cast of Native Girl Syndrome to talk about realism in performance, and Kate Stashko visits the coat check hot off the heels of her premiere showing of The Matryoshka Series in the East Meets West program.
A two-hour contemporary dance show is rare, and Toy Guns Dance Theatre’s latest—Fortuitous Endings (what to do when you wake up drunk in a BBQ cover in your neighbours yard)—lived up to the length of its title. Our hosts take on the show, the pile of sand, and discuss whether or not “accessibility” is a dirty word.
Fawnda regales Paul with tales from the Northwest Dance Project that include incidents of “snailing”, “slappy fights” and Sarah Slipper‘s duet that blows her mind — and tear ducts.
Plus, Paul sees Alberta Ballet‘s production of Giselle. It’s his first classical ballet and the experience leads him to debate with Fawnda about whether ballet needs to evolve to remain relevant. Have a listen and let us know what you think!