Heels clack on the wooden floor and wrists twirl sinuously as electronic beats thump under the sound of Spanish singing. Hands clap, heavy skirts sway, and an enthralled line of observers surround the dance space. A special electric energy is palpable even through the lens of a camera.
Captured on film by Miguel Medina, participants in a six day composition and improvisation workshop are taking part in their final class with renowned flamenco artist Juan Carlos Lérida of Seville, Spain. Presented by Montréal-based company La Otra Orilla, the workshop welcomed fifteen performers from across Canada to take part in the unique event. The public was invited to view a presentation on the last day as part of Québec Danse. Raw and teeming with life, this is flamenco on film like you have never witnessed before.
Is there a work or a collection of Canadian dance works that stand out as highlights to you from 2016? Are there any themes or ways of working that stand out to you as interesting or unique? We asked this question to dancers and dance enthusiasts from around the country and this was their reply.
Principal dancer and resident choreographer with The National Ballet of Canada, composer, creator and, again this summer, artistic director of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur – an inspired meeting point of Canadian and international dance and music – Guillaume Côté describes himself as neurotic about dance.