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For a Quartet

Fifteen Years of Mocean Dance

 

Professional contemporary dance in Nova Scotia has come a long way in fifteen years, thanks in large part to Mocean Dance.

The company, founded by five dance artists – Carolle Crooks Fernando, Sarah Rozee, Sara Harrigan, Alicia Orr MacDonald and Lisa Phinney Langley – in 2001, has brought choreographers and collaborators to Halifax as well as travelled nationally to expand the company’s growing repertoire. For this year’s anniversary show, Mocean Dance – now led by Co-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin – is bringing back the theatrical Our Unfortunate Deaths by Toronto’s Sharon B. Moore as well as two new works, For a Quartet by Montréal choreographer Danièle Desnoyers and 15 for 15. The video above features For a Quartet with dancers Jacinte Armstrong, Elise Vanderborght, Rozee and Coffin, but it’s 15 for 15 that really celebrates this anniversary milestone. Composed of fifteen one-minute works, 15 for 15 brings together fifteen choreographers and fifteen dancers to showcase the Halifax professional dance community. The compilation is directed by Coffin and Cory Bowles, a dance artist from Nova Scotia.

Mocean Dance Presents: Fifteen runs September 22-24 at Sir James Dunn Theatre, presented by Live Art Dance Productions.

To learn more about Mocean Dance and see what their fifteenth year holds, visit moceandance.com.

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