LIVE DANCE: Double Bill by Meredith Kalaman (The Entertainer + the sea of my tomorrows)
With dancers: Sara Coffin, Amelia McGrath, Solène Bernier + Meredith Kalaman
Lighting Design: Benoit Gravel
Voice/Poetry: Gabby Bernard
Music: Al Bowlly, Sidney Bechet, Scott Joplin, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Mark Bachynski, Daniel Birch
Dramaturge/Mentor: Raïna von Waldenburg
What does a performer without an audience do? This has been the central theme of a work that was initially devised to reference the magic of past entertainers that have graced the stage. Now in a time when the entertainers role seems in question, yet more necessary than ever before, looking back to past entertainers who brought relief to their audiences through escapism and humor becomes a whole new exploration for the role of art as relief.
the sea of my tomorrows
A new work graciously supported by the Dancing on the Edge Festivals Covid Commission Grant and the King’s Theatre. The sea of my tomorrows is a new contemporary dance piece created with dancers from the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coast, taking its inspiration from these distant seascapes coming together to narrate an onerous journey across the water. This piece is ignited by the body’s capacity to hold and translate memories through water and the emotional and psychological role water plays in our lives.
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Meredith Kalaman is a two time Chrystal Dance Prize recipient, dance educator and enjoys both dancing in other artists work and creating her own. Choreographers that have left a particular influence on her include; John Ottmann, Noam Gagnon, Farley Johansson, Karen Jamieson, Peggy Baker, Judith Marcuse, Judith Garay, Julie Lebel and Kate Franklin. Her first full length work Femme Fatales toured to Victoria, Edmonton and and was presented at Ufertstudios in Berlin in 2017. Presentation highlights including sharing the stage with the Good Women Dance Collective, Dance in Vancouver 2017, Dancing on the Edge and New Works. Meredith is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program. Most recently she has been training with Raïna von Waldenburg in I AM ONE WHO which is based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski.
Sara Coffin is an independent dance artist, dance educator and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. She holds a MFA in Choreography (Smith College, USA), BFA in Dance (Simon Fraser University, BC) and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Dalhousie University, NS). An award winning dance artist and choreographer, most recently the NS Established Artist Award, Coffin has created over 30 dance works. Her choreography has been presented in many prominent Canadian dance festivals and in the United States. Coffin’s research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, technology as an extension of the body, contact improvisation, and the poetic junction between vulnerability, resiliency and courage. Her newest work Wild Within premiered with Mocean Dance late fall 2019.
Amelia McGrath is a dancer from Halifax Nova Scotia. She has been training at Halifax dance her whole life up until last year when she studied a year of a dance at Concordia in Montréal. She returned home in March due to the pandemic and has continued training at Halifax dance since her return. Amelia has previously performed as an apprentice with Votive, and is currently working with a few local artists on some upcoming projects.
Solène Bernier began dancing in her home province of Nova Scotia, Canada. While completing the Intensive Training Program at Halifax Dance, she explored the disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance and gained her first experiences as a performer. Eager to further her studies and to immerse herself in an artistic milieu, Solène moved to Montreal and obtained a D.E.C of contemporary dance at École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal (QC, Canada) in 2019. During these three transformative years, she had the opportunity to perform works by various choreographers such as Darryl Tracy, Ginette Laurin, Anne Thériault, Iker Arrue, Alan Lake and Marie Chouinard. Solène has since been involved in Montreal based projects as an interpreter and collaborator and has continued to work on her own choreographic research. She is excited to be living and dancing in Halifax once again.
Benoit Whitehead Gravel (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist and technician based out of Halifax/Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia/Mi’kma’ki. Growing up in the Eastern Townships/Missisquoi in Quebec, he has spent the last 10 years working with theatre and dance companies around the peninsula in various roles, from programmer to lighting designer to technical director to performer. Recent works include: Standing Alone, Facing You (ODDBox Ottawa 2021, touring TD and sound operator), petites dances (Dartmouth, 2021, TD and additional lighting design), Wild Within (Dartmouth, 2019, TD/LD) [with Mocean Dance]; this mess of ours (Dartmouth, TD/LD, 2021), Natural Forces (Halifax, TD/LD, 2017), In Pursuit (Halifax, TD/LD, 2016) [with Votive Dance]. Outside of theatre, he spends most of his time making art, practicing yoga, and training with Kaizen Pro Wrestling, having made his pro wrestling debut on November 13th’s “Full Capacity” at Alderney Landing. Support Maritime arts and wrestling!