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.
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.
Paul and Fawnda take in a jam-packed weekend of dance performances, starting off with the double bill Retake, comprised of “Memory Folds” by Anastasia Maywood and Krista Posyniak‘s “When I Told You Everything I Lied and Drank Heavily.” And, opening its 30th season, Mile Zero Dance invited their far-flung friends Fine 5 Dance Theatre from Estonia to perform the award-winning triptych, Phases.
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!
When Paul flees to Toronto, special guest-host Jen Mesch joins Fawnda in the blanket fort to chat about the Good Women Dance Collective’s Convergence showcase.