The YEG season is in full swing as the IDGI team dissects a variety of body language blitzes, from the showy embraces of Tango Fire to the confounding gestures of symphony conductors. With special guest, Laura “Boo” Raboud, who dishes on her experience of the Prairie Dance Circuit—from both sides of the stage.
It’s a stacked (man-heavy) episode, folks: Alberta Ballet‘s Dynamic Directions showcased choreographies by Wen Wei Wang, Aszure Barton, and Yukichi Hattori; EdMetro Chorus teamed up with Tony Olivares Dance and the parkour antics of FlyFree Movement; and finally we caught Brian Webb trouncing around with CLINKER (a.k.a. Gary James Joynes) talkin’ ’bout death and stuff. Whew.
Our hosts chuckled all the way through last week’s visit by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. An all-male comedy dance troupe, the Trocks dragged out all the sacred cows of the ballet world and beat them with lipstick and pointe shoes.
Alberta Ballet solves the annual writer’s dilemma of finding unique ways to cover The Nutcracker by casting our hosts in the opening party scene. Paul sees the show for the first time from both sides of the stage, and Fawnda gets hooked into a big, gold dress—all in this very special holiday episode.
Paul and Fawnda take in Alberta Ballet‘s The Three Musketeers, David Nixon’s new, slightly odd, and swashbuckling take on the classic, plus a rundown of all the dance happenings coming up in Edmonton (PS: There’s a LOT of dance coming up. And we’re not even talking about The Nutcracker yet.)
Season 2 is upon us! Paul and Fawnda spew a whirlwind round-up of the upcoming #yegdance season for the rest of 2014, and we offer a special interview that we had over summer with the ladies of Montreal’s weekly dance podcast Dirty Feet.