MAGDANCE 3: art + dance

January 28 to April 10, 2016

MAGDANCE 3: art + dance is a residency program and series of related events, talks and exhibitions intended to create dynamic spaces of convergence between visual art and contemporary dance. It arose in response to a simple question: what would happen if one invited a contemporary dance company to stage their season in a public art gallery?
The ongoing response has taken the form of a public conversation sparked in 2011 with
Robin Poitras, Artistic & Managing Director of Regina’s renowned New Dance Horizons (NDH) and Timothy Long, Head Curator of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in an initial three-month residency and exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

This public conversation offers visitors an opportunity to reflect on the deeper connections between contemporary dance and visual art. By inserting the “black box” of the dance studio into the “white cube” of the gallery, questions arise such as, “What does it mean to place a dance floor where sculpture usually sits, and an art exhibition where viewers usually rest as an audience of passive viewers?” “How does and invitation to ‘perform’ in the gallery change the perception of art and the world around us?” These, among countless other questions, reveal and blur the boundaries between stage and audience, and art and life.

One might also ask what it means to be truly interdisciplinary in art — a subject which Françoise Sullivan has probed with her provocative work for over sixty years. Alongside an exhibition of Sullivan’s works, the MacKenzie presents additional artworks that invite viewers to participate in this conversation — and physically interact with these works. One will find in adjacent galleries the Canadian premiere of Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone 2.0 as well as Rodney LaTourelle’s The Stepped Form.

The exhibition Françoise Sullivan: Les Saisons Sullivan highlights paintings and photographs by renowned multi-disciplinary artist, Françoise Sullivan. A co-signatory of Le refus global, Sullivan has created works of dance, painting, sculpture, conceptual art and poetry. Notably, her early choreographic works are considered the precursors of post-modern dance in Québec. Her life and work are a testament to the boundless possibilities radiating from the convergence of artistic disciplines.

For MAGDANCE 3, New Dance Horizons will present its 30th anniversary season, featuring innovative dance performances by Fortier Danse-Création, Daniel Léveillé Danse, and Benoît Lachambre, choreographers and dancers with deep ties to the visual arts, as well as the Stream of Dance Festival, featuring a new collaboration by choreographer Helen Husak and visual artist Peter von Tiesenhausen, plus a host of related programs and events.

All MAGDANCE 3: art + dance events will be held at the MacKenzie Art Gallery unless otherwise noted.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, January 27
Artist Talk with Choreographer Paul-André Fortier
Shumiatcher Theatre
12:15 pm (bring your own lunch)

Thursday, January 28:
Opening Celebration MAGDANCE 3: art + dance
and Françoise Sullivan: Les Saisons Sullivan
Join us in celebration of the opening of Françoise Sullivan: Les Saisons Sullivan followed by a conversation with Françoise Sullivan and curator Louise Déry.
Reception to follow in celebration of Françoise Sullivan: Les Saisons Sullivan, MAGDANCE 3: art + dance, Anthony McCall: Line Describing a Cone 2.0, Rodney LaTourelle: The Stepped Form, Maria Hupfield: East Wind Brings a New Day, and Expanding Horizons: Collecting the Group of Seven.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm (free)

Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30:
Misfit Blues by Fortier Danse-Création
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Sunday, January 31
Studio Sunday: Métis Dance Braid Project
Métis Jigging & Square Dancing led by Robin Poitras and special guests.
2:00 – 4:00 pm (free)

Monday, February 1
Misfit Blues by Fortier Danse-Création
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open 1:00 pm
Performance: 1:30 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Sunday, February 7
Studio Sunday: Métis Dance Braid Project
Métis Jigging & Square Dancing led by Robin Poitras and special guests.
2:00 – 4:00 pm (free)

Sunday, February 14
Cuban Valentine with Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet
Co-Presented with Regina Musical Club as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 1:30 pm
Performance: 2:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons
Dance party: 4:00 pm (free)

Sunday, February 28
NDH Blueprint Series: Vitruvian Recipes
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Guest artist Bill Coleman shares a sneak preview of his new work the DOLL HOUSE, premiering an interactive costume work created by visual artist Edward Poitras.
Leesa Streifler, Robin Poitras and Dominic Gregorio share first explorations toward pool of tears, setting the stage for curatorial dialogue around future festival ideas: Humans & Animals Dancing and A Crying Festival.

Doors open: 1:30 pm
Performance: 2:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Sunday, March 6
International Women’s Day Dance Party
1 – 3 pm: Free
Procession to Albert St. Bridge to follow

Thursday, March 10
Stream of Dance Festival: MacKenzie Presents: Stepped Forming
Presented by the MacKenzie and New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 7:00 pm
Performance: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10 (available at the door)

Sunday, March 13
Stream of Dance Festival: New Works Regina
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors: 1:30 pm
Performance: 2:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons
Performance action: 3:00 pm – 5:00pm (free)

Friday, March 18
Stream of Dance Festival: Prairie Dance Circuit I
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Friday, March 18
Art for Lunch with Peter von Tiesenhausen in conversation
University of Regina
Room: RC 050
12 noon: bring your own lunch (free)
Note: This event is at the University of Regina

Saturday, March 19
Stream of Dance Festival: Prairie Dance Circuit II
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Film Screening (A Good Madness in the Shumiatcher Theatre) 7:00 pm (free)
Performance and Discussion to follow: 8:30 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Sunday, March 20
Stream of Dance Festival: Prairie Dance Circuit III
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 1:30 pm
Performance: 2:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons
Film Screening (A Good Madness): 2:45 pm (free)

Monday, March 21
Stream of Dance Festival: Prairie Dance Circuit IV
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 1:00 pm
Performance: 1:30 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Sunday, March 27
Métis Dance Braid Project at New Dance Horizons
Métis Jigging & Square Dancing led by Robin Poitras and special guests.
2:00 – 4:00 pm (free)
This event is at New Dance Horizons (2207 Harvey St.)

Thursday, April 7
Solitudes Solo by Daniel Léveillé Danse
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Friday, April 8
Solitudes Solo by Daniel Léveillé Danse
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Tickets available from New Dance Horizons

Sunday, April 10
The End of Winter
A Rouge-Gorge presentation, created by Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras.
Featuring Ben Kamino.
Presented by New Dance Horizons as part of MAGDANCE 3: art + dance.
Doors open: 1:30 pm
Performance: 2:00 pm (free)