40 years of DanceWorks! A brief interview with the intrepid curator Mimi Beck
DanceWorks is 40 years old. A champion of Canadian choreographers and companies, of artistic experimentation. A organism that has morphed and changed, grown and streamlined, riding massive changes in the dance community within and without Toronto, and political shifts that have rocked the arts over this time.
Mimi Beck, DanceWorks' curator who is kind, thoughtful and rebellious in a subtle, cheeky way answered some of my questions about the upcoming 40th anniversary celebration performance November 16-18, at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
LR: I remember that. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen. The dancers were so....just in it. No over-expressing, no tears. It felt like a crystallized performance. Few performances will ever touch that...
MB: I'm going to direct you to an interview by Catherine Romano with DanceWorks' co-founder Johanna Householder.
LR: Thanks. Rather than summarize that, I'll just put the link here. What a great read! I didn't know much of the history, even though I worked for DanceWorks for six years! But I love hearing that there was a dose of feminism and rebelliousness from the start. And that there was such a strong relationship with music, composers and experimenters of the time.
MB: I hope the organization will continue to embrace change and be a relevant, positive part of the community.
The improvisation component of Fujiwara’s work reflects the original intent of the series, when it was titled DanceWorks / Improvisations. Parachute Club’s song Rise Up that closes the piece was performed by band member Lorraine Segato in an early DanceWorks program in a performance with one of the founders, Janice Hladki.
Enrique and de Souza take their stellar partnership to a new level, engaging us in the rhythms of both Flamenco and Kathak dance. Adding the haunting vocals of Arabic music, they cross cultural boundaries.
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November 16-18 at 8pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
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all photos courtesy of DanceWorks