The Firehall Arts Centre presents Les Productions Figlio’s Just Words, a genre-bending dance performance. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Just Words is a mash-up of genres told through movement and poetry by Serge Bennathan, and dance artists Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell.
2. According to the Firehall’s artistic producer, Donna Spencer: “Serge’s creativity goes beyond dance into the visual and written arts, and although this work is entitled Just Words, it is filled with powerful physical movement and a interwoven sound score of text and music.”
3. Just Words was originally performed as a work in progress at the Dancing on the Edge Festival last year, and this will be an opportunity to see where Bennathan and his dancers have taken it for this premiere of the complete work.
4. Choreographer Serge Bennathan’s pedigree is impressive. He is the recipient of the Canada Arts Council’s 2014 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, and was Artistic Director of Toronto’s Dancemakers from 1990 to 2006, where he received Dora Mayor Moore nominations for a dozen of his works.
5. Les Productions Figlio’s mission is to create challenging works that take creative risks, allowing the audience to experience something new, challenging our collective idea of what it means to make a work of dance.
Just Words plays at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St, Vancouver) April 27-30. Visit http://firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.