The Osprey Arts Centre presents Danceworks by Lisa Phinney and Susanne Chui on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Phinney and Chui are among the best young dancer/choreographers in Halifax.
Phinney recently had the honour to open Halifax’s renowned Live Art Dance Series on Oct. 1 with her choreography, Analogy for Solid Bones.
There will be three dances presented, the first of which is called Gavia, choreographed and danced by Lisa Phinney. The last loon left, Gavia faces her inevitable fate burdened with the memories of the young she could not carry on her back and her lost "mate for life". Inspired by the plight of the Common Loon as it struggles to survive amidst pollution and habitat destruction, Gavia is an intimate and engaging solo that takes the audience into the world of this special bird.
Shadows hold their breath is a solo co-choreographed by Fredericton-based choreographer Lesandra Dodson and Susanne Chui for Chui to dance.
Inspired by the solitary life of Emily Dickenson, Shadows hold their breath is the journey of a woman struggling to unravel a mysterious riddle. Featuring a “house in the distance; mysterious, misty and almost fading at the edges of reality”, a stage is set upon which the single dancer searches for a key. Her physical, quick movement is intertwined with arcane text and a fluid repetitive score. Dramatic sound effects also serve to lend the piece a filmic quality.
The World from a Place is choreographed by Lisa Phinney and danced by Jacinte Armstrong, Cory Bowles, Susanne Chui, and Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson with a spoken text by Ardath Whynacht.
This piece is described as a glimpse into a world that lies behind the simple pleasantries of acquaintances, a world where unspoken trysts, unraveled instincts, and lingering desires drive the action. The characters each have their own entry point to this world, and there is a sense that more has happened between them than we are witnessing. There is a rawness to their behaviour, but also a tenderness, revealing the complexities of relationships checked by the bounds of restraint.
Lisa Phinney trained at Halifax Dance and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has originated roles with CORPUS (Toronto) and Mocean Dance, which she co-founded in Halifax, and has performed the work of choreographers across Canada and the United States.
Her desire to create took hold while pursuing a master's degree in atmospheric science and simultaneously immersing herself in learning dance improvisation techniques. She trained at Maritime Dance Academy from the age of three, and went on to study professionally at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. From 1999-2006, Susanne was based in Toronto where she danced for many independent choreographers.
Since returning to Halifax in 2006, Susanne has wholehearted immersed herself the Halifax dance community. Susanne is a member for Verve Mwendo Dance Company and is co-founder of the cross-Canada Dance collective, SINS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia). Danceworks appears at The Osprey Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $5 for youth. They are available at The Whirligig Bookshop, 875-1117 or at the door.