Choreographers & Repertoire

By Kendra Armstrong

Parenthesis
Season: 2016
Music: Feeling Good (Bassnectar remix) by Anthony Newley, Pennies From Heaven by Arthur Johnson & Johnny Burke

By Peggy Baker

Brahms Waltzes
Seasons: 2012, 2013
Music: Selections from Brahms Waltzes, Op. 39 by Johannes Brahms
Costume: Leica Hardy
Brahms Waltzes was inspired by Ms. Baker’s studies with the great American solo dance artist Annabelle Gamson, who has dedicated herself to maintaining the technique and choreographic legacy of Isadora Duncan.

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Vivika Ballard in Brahms Waltzes by Peggy Baker

Unfold
Seasons: 2014, 2015
Music: Selections from 24 Preludes, Op. 11 by Alexander Scriabin performed by Mikhail Pletnev
Costume: Leica Hardy
Created in 2000, her work Unfold was originally created as a self-portrait of Baker’s life and career to date. Ms. Baker has created a unique group staging of Unfold that elicits a personal connection to the choreography from each of the cast members.

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L to R: Hayley Bone, Emma Van Zeumeren, Julia Sarty, Lucie Schmidt & Elizabeth March in
Unfold by Peggy Baker

 

By Camille A. Brown

Been There, Done That
Season: 2013
Rehearsal Director for Ms. Brown: Francine E. Ott
Music: My Sweet Thing by N. Wilson, T. Edwards, G. Wilson
Been There, Done That is an excerpt from a larger work of the same name that was originally co-commissioned by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. This work tells the struggles of a dancing duo from the 1950/60′s.

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Rebecca Wolfe in Been There, Done That
by Camille A. Brown

By Leica Hardy

Bach Unaccompanied
Seasons: 2013, 2015
Music: Saraband, Menuett 1 & 2 and Gigue from Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major by J. S. Bach
Costume: Leica Hardy
A contemporary choreographic look at the emotional undertones and rhythmic playfulness of Bach’s composition.

Circlesong
Season: 2016
Music: Circlesong One by Bobby McFerrin
Costume: Leica Hardy
Circlesong celebrates feminine power, which is expressed through movements restricted to circular pathways and shapes. A human henge defines the perimeter of the space creating an abode for the soul.

Concordia
Season: 2012
Music: Concordia by Dave Brubeck
Costume: Leica Hardy

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L to R: Michelle Lehman, Emma Van Zeumeren in
Concordia by Leica Hardy

Dvořák Serenades
Seasons: 2012, 2013
Music: Moderato, Tempo Di Valse, Scherzo Vivace from Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonin Dvořák
Dvořák Serenades is a lyrically beautiful work that captures the delicacy and fluidity of Dvořák’s breathtaking composition.

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L to R: Rebecca Wolfe, Vivika Ballard, Anastasia Wiebe, Hilary Knee in
Dvořák Serenades by Leica Hardy

Interlaced
Season: 2015, 2016
Music: The Northern Three, Forked Deer, Brigitte, As We Pray, Hewlett’s & Box Man by The Fretless
Costume: Leica Hardy
Interlaced is a modern dance cèilidh to the joyful music of Canadian band, The Fretless. Patterns and movement themes from square and Scottish social dance, and Celtic knot-work give the work a feeling of community and sharing.

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L to R: Lucie Schmidt & Hayley Bone in
Group of 5 from Interlaced by Leica Hardy

Legacy
Season: 2014
Music: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel
Costume: Leica Hardy
Legacy is an ode to the freedom and beauty of classic modern dance.

Murmuration
Seasons: 2013, 2014
Music: Hello Night, The Last Bird, We Insist, Flying & Flocking by Zoe Keating
Costume: Leica Hardy
A murmuration is defined as a flock of starlings. Themes of flight and bird-like movements; murmurs of the heart and voice add a deeper layer of meaning to the work.

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L to R: Emma Van Zeumeren & Jillian Conrad in
Murmuration by Leica Hardy

Original Rag
Season: 2013
Music: Original Rag by Scott Joplin
Costume: Leica Hardy

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Julia Sarty in Original Rag by Leica Hardy

String of Pearls
Season: 2012
Music: Pearl by Jean-François Côté
String of Pearls is a tender work that portrays the emotional connectivity of a group of friends. The characters are formed and transformed by their changing relationships and emotions.

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Top to Bottom: Hilary Knee & Rebecca Wolfe in
String of Pearls by Leica Hardy

Tell It Like It Is
Season: 2012
Music: Tell It Like It Is by Tracy Chapman
Tell It Like It Is explores the rebellious honesty of Ms. Chapman’s lyrics and the adage that truth can hurt.

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Top to Bottom: Rebecca Wolfe & Hilary Knee in
Tell It Like It Is by Leica Hardy


Waterways
Season: 2017
Music: Selections by Ludovico Einaudi
The movements of water, fish and sea life become an abstract allegory for the emotional journeys of the company’s 12 dancers.The work is a balance of strictly choreographed work, thematic movements developed from guided improvisations and purely improvisational performances.

We Three
Season: 2014
Music: We Three, My Echo, My Shadow & Me by Robertson, Cogane & Mysels
We Three is the laughable story of a trio of gum chewing cleaning ladies en-pointe.

BY Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson

Ephiphanot (a non-epiphany)
Seasons: 2016, 2017
Music: Varianiuni, Cocek, NaftuleShpilt Far Dem Rebn by Lara St. John, traditional Jewish music arranged by Lara St. John & Matt Herskowitz
Costumes: Leica Hardy & Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson

One Needs A Little Courage To Live
Season: 2015, 2016
Music: Apocalyptic by Alaska, Violin Duet by Black Ox Orkestrar, Kook Aid River by Secret Mommy, Für Alina: 2 by Alexander Malter, Shiny Plastic Bags by Mark Berubé & the Patriotic Few
If you never step out of your comfort zone and take a risk, that zone will slowly being to shrink. It takes courage to take that first step again and again.

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Denver Scott in One Needs A Little Courage to Live
by Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson

To Pulsate
Season: 2017
Music: a Soft Throbbing of Time by Frank Bretschneider

BY Rebecca Lazier

Joy of F# Minor
Seasons: 2012, 2013
Music: Joy of F# Minor by Paul Lansky
A contemporary study in kinetic texture for seven dancers.

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The company in Joy of F# Minor by Rebecca Lazier

By Michelle Lehman

You Say Goodbye & I Say Hello
Season: 2012
Music: Hello, Goodbye by Paul McCartney
Costume: Michelle Lehman, Emma Van Zeumeren
“A true friend thinks you are a good egg, even if you are half-cracked.”
Hello, Goodbye was the winner of the 2011 Taking Steps To Fly Choreographic Competition for the 14-17 year old category, sponsored by Kinetic Studio & Dance Nova Scotia.

By Veronique Mackenzie

Vent
Season: 2014
“Try to relax and enjoy the crisis” – Ashleigh Brilliant

By Alexis Milligan

Ewigkeit
Season: 2012
Assistant Rehearsal Director: Petra O’Toole
Costume: Leica Hardy
In German, the word Ewigkeit has multiple meanings: eternity, immortality, forever, eternality.The piece was created and developed with the dancers through improvisational explorations on the subject of “beauty”.

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L to R: Hayley Bone, Emma Van Zeumeren, Lucie Schmidt & Jillian Conrad
in Ewigkeit by Alexis Milligan

BY SARAH MURPHY

PLAYGROUND
Season: 2017
Music: Partita No. 4 in D Major: Sarabande by Bach, Ingenue by Thom Yorke
The playground is an environment that individuals enter to meet, interact, play and are encouraged to explore their behaviour inside of a choreographic structure. Come play with us!

By Malika Srivastava

The Gossips
Season: 2012
Music: Raunchy Rita by Richard Davis
Costume: Leica Hardy
A theatrical mix of dance and improvisational dialogue that looks at teenagers and their penchant to “talk”.

By Darryl Tracy

Chiralities
Season: 2013, 2016
Music: Shift Register by Robert Henke
The title means chirality or an object that is not completely symmetrical and the same as another. It is often used when describing protons and molecules, but used also to describe handedness and the fact that a human’s left hand is never the same as the right in harmony. This is poetic when thinking of humans – we are all a bit different and unique.

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Jillian Conrad in Chiralities by Darryl Tracy

BY Lydia Zimmer

Moonlight
Season: 2017
Music: Path 5 (Digitonal’s Theo in Dreamland Mix) by Max Richter & Grace Davidson

Photos this page by Cathy McKelvey.