Showing posts from May, 2015

Possibilities: the articulate, honest and magical Jessica Runge

photo of Jessica Runge by Omer Yukseker
When I first moved to Toronto in 1996, Jessica Runge was one of the first dance artists I encountered. She was a blur of wonderful energy. She danced, she created, she made opportunities for other artists.  Her mind was speedy and imaginative. She seemed to live life in the same way she danced, exquisitely. I was more than a little in awe....

Almost 20 how-is-that-possible-years later, she still is one of those artists who is works tirelessly and embodies a vision where art and life cannot be addressed separately. In talking to her about her upcoming show "Possible Dances" it is clear she remains all those things I admired in her when I first met her. 

She has a marvellous way of speaking about her life and her work that reveals her as a visionary -- I don't say that lightly -- without really knowing it.  "Possible Dances" incorporates the spectrum of the vision and presents to us in an intimate way.

Her show is happening, a…

Collaborations: Dancing in the Third Act

Dancing In The Third Act is a unique seniors’ dance project created by award-winning choreographer Randy Glynn. Inspired in part by Pina Bausch's Kontakthof -- a work created on her Wuppertal company, then later staged on teenagers and seniors -- Glynn created originally  Dancing in the Third Act, or DITTA, on 12 untrained seniors in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. DITTA has been invited to tour to the US, opened the Quartiers Danses Festival in Montreal and been remounted on seniors in Orillia.   This month it is being mounted in Etobicoke. When Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts sent out a call looking for senior participants the response was unexpected. After an audition and interview process, choreographer Randy Glynn selected 12 dancers out 40 applicants ranging from age 60 to 86, each with their own unique life story.  

Under Glynn's guidance these seniors who have little to no previous dance training transform into accomplished dancers. They bring their indefatigable stren…