Solo Dances/Past into Present

Solo Dances/Past into Present
Solo Dances/Past into Present

November 20, 2020 to November 21, 2020

8:00 pm / 9:00 pm


Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Steet, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2G6 Canada

The Dance Centre


Two generations of Canadian contemporary dance artists come together in an evening of vibrant solo works helmed by Mary-Louise Albert.

Having retired from a performing career twenty years ago, Albert is reviving three solos she commissioned from leading Canadian choreographers, for a new generation of outstanding female performers. This inspiring and deeply personal project celebrates the equal creative fusion of dancer and choreographer and pays tribute to the enduring cycle of lives in dance, and to the continuing evolution of choreography itself. Peter Bingham’s Woman Walking (away) will be danced by Livona Ellis; Tedd Robinson’s (oLOS) features Vanessa Goodman, and Allen Kaeja’s Trace Elements will be performed by Rebecca Margolick. Joyful, yearning, vivacious, and dramatic, these eclectic, beautifully crafted solos encompass a world of emotions. Albert herself returns to the stage at the age of 65 for the premiere of phase one of Empreintes, a new solo work commissioned from Serge Bennathan.

“These solos that I commissioned have not been performed or remounted since I last performed them 20 years ago,” says Albert. “The process throughout, past and present, attests to the equal importance of dancer and choreographer to the creation of artistic work. As a dance professional, I feel strongly that it is important to revisit them, and put them back in repertoire on Canadian dancers who have the versatility and desire to develop, enjoy and share them. The artistic and intellectual curiosity, generosity, and talent that Vanessa, Livona and Rebecca bring to dance and in particular these works have been personally and professionally inspirational. Tedd, Peter, Allen and Serge’s understanding of and unwavering commitment to continue to explore their choreographic artistry, and their support of this project and these amazing young women, quite frankly gave me the confidence that I too could continue to explore through dance.”

These performances will be presented in line with public health guidelines and The Dance Centre’s comprehensive COVID-19 protocols, to very small, physically-distanced audiences.

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