I am most excited about our upcoming presentation, The Next Generation of South Asian Dance, April 17 & 18. I began the journey of creating this evening of dance working with our city's international dance artist, Usha Gupta. Her last two works, Aalap and KHOJ, featured dancers and musicians from both Edmonton and India. These presentations made me realize that Edmonton's community of people from Indian descent is large, diverse, and encouraging a vibrant community of artists. It made me think, how could BWDC celebrate this fantastic evolution?Read More
It is with real pleasure that BWDC welcomes Paul-Andre Fortier to Edmonton for one last performance. Yes, these up coming shows will be the very last performances by this amazing dance icon. He is one of the dance artists that put Montreal on the map when it comes to experimental dance. Whenever he has performed in Edmonton, he and his famous outside eye, Ginelle Chagnon, have made themselves part of our dance community. It's hard not to be engaged by their wit, commitment and willingness to go all the way in making contemporary dance the vital art form it is.Read More
Ten years ago I met Jayachandran Palazhy and was introduced to his company, Attakkalari. It was obvious to me that he is a man with a vision! Since that time, Jay has toured his company all over the world, and finally they are in Canada with their piece,Bhinna Vinyasa.
Brian sat down with local dance artist Gerry Morita, to talk about her upcoming performance in the Prairie Dance Circuit, Second Hand Dances for the Crude, Crude City. The piece is inspired by Edmonton’s greatest punk band SNFU and asks, can art still cause a revolution?
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Yes, the Brian Webb Dance Company is about to begin its 40th Season. While I tend not to look back very much, I am honestly committed to, turned on by, and excited about the arts of tomorrow, so I will for one paragraph!
When I formed the BWDC with some great friends, I had no idea that it would provide me with the forum to express myself through dance for my whole adult life. HOW LUCKY AM I? I could not have done this without the support and encouragement of my community in Edmonton, Alberta and Canada, and all the people who have been part of my adventure! I am very thankful for support from all three levels of government, and even more so from all of you who have supported the BWDC's vision of contemporary dance. It is very important to me, and I do not take it for granted. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am very excited to be able to offer you a special summer performance - PLACE.
Brian Webb Dance Company was selected as the only Edmonton arts organization to receive an Alberta Foundation for the Arts 25th Anniversary Commemorative Arts Project. We are performing it on August 9 & 10 at the new Theatre Lab at MacEwan University's Allard Hall.Read More
I am having an amazing time rehearsing for Usha Gupta's dance that will premiere at the beginning of June. KHOJ is going to be pretty spectacular! I've been sitting in on rehearsals as the dramaturge for the piece.
The ensemble of dancers is really amazing. Everyone of them offers something unique and beautiful, but what is really something, is how they meld into an ensemble. This is especially obvious in a section that follows a very traditional concept, and yet it feels so contemporary. It's called BAITHOK, and is an improvisation in which the dancers play, compete and encourage each other to push their rhythmic prowess. It's similar to B-boying. The cypher, or circle, is alive with play and wildly individual dancing.Read More