Guests galore on a big show week: Ainsley Hillyard drops in to chat about Shumka’s collaboration with Indigenous artists in Ancestors & Elders, while Laura Raboud enlightens us on the musical trappings of the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre production of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood. No spoilers, promise!
We’re going down—way down—to Hadestown, folks. Destined for Broadway after the Citadel hosts its Canadian stage debut, Hadestown is a new musical based on the eponymous album by folk superstar Anais Mitchell, developed for stage by director Rachel Chavkin. We caught some dance, too. Thoughts on Good Women Dance Collective‘s annual showcase, Convergence, come in after (wait for it) Hadestown spoilers. Join us the road to hell—it’s warmer than YEG for sure.
It’s a YEG miracle: Paul has never seen a Ukrainian dance show. So, we take him to Shumka’s latest production, KOBZAR. Incidentally, Fawnda also sees an intriguing collaboration with Good Women Dance Collective and ProCoro: Love/Fail.
It’s a stacked episode, folks. Fawnda recounts her hike to the Banff Centre for Ballet BC‘s stunning 30th Anniversary showcase featuring works by Cayetano Soto, Stijn Celis, and Crystal Pite. Then, she and Paul unpack their thoughts on Convergence, the opening show of Good Women Dance Collective‘s season. Let’s just say there are no apologies made. By anyone. Ever.
The Expanse Festival is upon us! Join us for the next four days as we record from the coat check of the ATB Financial Arts Barns. Day One: We chat with Festival Director Murray Utas, Lobbyist cat-wrangler (ie: Stage Manager) Julie Ferguson, the cast of Nancy’ McAlear’s The Contract, and visiting members of Washington DC’s The Dance Exchange.
Paul braves the blanket fort and Fawnda‘s head cold for a rousing conversation about BEARS, Pyretic Productions‘ latest theatrical work which featured so much dance, we couldn’t resist covering it. Also: The line-up for the Expanse Movement Arts Festival has been released, and we’re pretty darn excited about it.
It’s the Year in Review episode! Paul and Fawnda share their thoughts on the year in dance, particularly the highlights. Among other things, they discuss the most affecting show of the season, the dancer with the best name, and the gal in town with dragon balls.
We did it! Four days at Expanse and still kicking (even daylight savings time could not thwart us). In our final festival episode we recap what we saw throughout Expanse, what we thought of it, and provide some final beer-laden conjecture on what it all means for #yeg’s dance scene. Thanks for listening, festival folk!