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YOU dance

2016/17 Season

Scherzo from a Midsummer Night’s Dream
Choreography: Lindsay Fischer
Music: Felix Mendelssohn

This dance for four people (pas de quatre) is inspired by the technical brilliance of Mendelssohn’s score, and the ideal world of dreams as expressed in Shakespeare’s play. In both the music and the play, the fantasy comes to an end, vanishing like mist as the sun rises. This is an opportunity to enjoy the power of imagination, however, not to express concerns over the necessity to differentiate between fantasy and reality. The dancers are challenged to imagine movement qualities that express the various characters in the play, both real and magical.

Vertigo
Choreography: Robert Binet
Music: Einojuhani Rautavaara

In Milan Kundera’s novel ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ he explores the idea of vertigo as “the fear of wanting to fall” and thoroughly explores the contrast of states of lightness and weight. This led the choreographer to want to create a piece that had the seed of a narrative, but the seed is fleshed out through ideas of weight and balance. This piece also explores this through the structure, using forms that expand and contract to change the feel of the space; The movement itself, creating something that has a clear gravitational force, or not, and trying to find as much variety within each as possible; and through the dancers relationships with one another, be it something weighted and real, or light and otherworldly.

Funeral March for a Marionette
Choreography: Lindsay Fischer
Music: Charles Gounod

This music was used as the theme for television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock worked often in black and white, rather than in colour film. In recognition of that, the dancers wear black and white costumes.  The ballet imagines what it would be like to be a puppet, the relationships one might have, and what would happen if a puppet transformed himself into a human.

Coppelia Pas de Deux
Choreography: Lindsay Fischer
Music: Leo Delibes

This pas de deux celebrates the wedding of Swanhilda and Franz.  This ballet wedding is very much like a real one, in that it is an opportunity for the couple to publicly announce their feelings for each other, and to make solemn, joyful promises about what they intend to do as a result.  The couple first dance together, doing movements and making shapes that emphasize what they can do because of their commitment to each other.  Then each dances alone, showing the personality traits that each feels the other has discovered.  For Franz, this is his capacity for daring, and his love of challenge.  Swanhilda shows that Franz has made her aware of her sense of humour and her zest for life. And finally they dance together once again to celebrate their belief in their future happiness.

Chinese (Mongolian) Folk Dance
Choreography: Hong Zhang after Traditional/Traditional
Music: Swan Goose 

This dance is set to a traditional folk melody played on modern, electronically amplified instruments.  The words of the song reflect the feelings of a person far from home, who knows he may never return, and most make a new home elsewhere.  The singer imagines that he is a great mythical bird, flying over the Mongolian Steppe, seeing the people and places he has left behind. The choreography echoes the words by incorporating movements that suggest flying and the proud posture of a people who spend as much time on horseback as they do on foot.

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