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Friday, April 12, 2024

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13apr4:00 pm5:30 pmOver the Ridge Event Organized ByMassey TheatreEvent Type Dance4:00 pm - 5:30 pm(GMT-07:00) Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster, BC, V3M 2R2, Canada

Over the Ridge

Event Details

In 2020, Vancouver acoustic folk-roots group The Fugitives released Ridge, a musical storytelling film that examined the WWI Canadian soldier experience during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

In this world premiere of Over the Ridge, The Fugitives – headed by songwriters Brendan McLeod and Adrian Glynn along with Christopher Suen (banjo) and Carly Frey (violin) – collaborate with choreographer and Ballet BC dancer Jacob Williams to expand this narrative through dance. Over the Ridge explores the misconceptions and offers reflections on the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The story is told through direct address, historical readings, dance, and new re-imaginings of the songs WWI soldiers wrote in the trenches.

“As soon as we started workshopping this and I saw Jacob’s incredible choreography and the dancers’ fantastic interpretation, I realized this was a good way of giving voice to over 20,000 WWI Canadian soldiers who were underage,” says McLeod. “Their youth is embodied on stage in a way that is both literal enough to understand and abstract enough to be aesthetically compelling.”

Developed in partnership with the Massey Theatre Society, with help from Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella, Over the Ridge adds original contemporary dance to storytelling, spoken word and live music, resulting in a kinetic ride through history that delves into our strong connection to the past and passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives.

Massey Theatre’s Executive Director Jessica Schneider says, “We are so eager to witness Ridge transform into Over the Ridge. Seeing artists dream bigger and push further in their vision for their work is deeply inspiring. We can’t wait to share this world premiere with you.”

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

april 20, 2024 4:00 pm