TITLE OF SHOWS: Just Dance
LENGTH OF SHOW(S): 60-minutes, NO INTERMISSION
THEME [one sentence description]: A celebration of contemporary dance of solo performances: the theme is human emotions.
CONTENT [brief description ]: This show is a genuine, versatile exploration through nine dances of the range of human emotional experience, taking its inspiration from folk-traditions, newspaper articles, nature, paintings, scripts and arias, through the expressive range, depth and energy of human movement. The dancer is on stage throughout the entire performance, wiping his face with a towel, sipping water, powdering his feet between pieces while he gives a brief explanation of how the next dance came to be it is ?just dance?.
GOAL [he purpose of this show]: To make accessible, understandable and meaningful the art-forms of dance which often audiences say they do not understand or that they fashionably say they do not like; to give the audience an experience with dance they will never forget.
POINT OF VIEW OF ARTISTS: That dance is a comprehensible, compassionate and accessible art-form that deeply moves and enriches our lives as much today as it ever has.
PRESENTATION [skills used to present show]: JUST DANCE is done on a completely bare stage with black surrounds, one white chair, a grey towel and a sports, drinking bottle for water. The costume is simple, a white leotard, shaded at the legs and arms from black to grey to white with black leg-warmers. The mood of each dance is enhanced by coloured, patterned light. The body is left absolutely clear to express the forms, ideas and emotions.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Festival, Adult and Teen-age audiences. The show has played successfully overseas because of the emotionality of the pieces, the clarity of the presentation of the movementl vocbulary, the universality of the dance itself and the understanding of intonation, music and spirit in the dance. It has played as well as in community series, festivals and Fringes. But, we want to target people who don’t like dance why preach only to the converted? They will really enjoy it anyway but new-comers, teen-agers who struggle with or think that modern and classic dance is for sissies or for egg-heads this show will change their thinking and dispel many misconceptions and prejudices.
CAST: [Mr.] Dana Luebke (dancer-actor)
LANGUAGE(S) IN WHICH SHOW IS PERFORMED: English; one dance is done to the Spanish text from Garcia Lorca’s BODAS DES SANGRES [BLOOD WEDDING].
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WHERE SHOW HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED OR WORLD PREMIERE, ETC.: This show was premiered in Calgary during Sun.Ergos’ Subscription Seasons, in Singapore, Indonesia, Croatia and Canada, in festivals and community series and in Fringes.
REFERENCES FOR SHOW:
Joan Flood, Director, INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jasenka Ramljak, Associate Director, MEDUNARODNI DJECJI FESTIVAL, Sibenik, Croatia
Nick Richardson, Director, INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, United World College of Southeast Asia, Singapore
Ibu Gedong Oka, Director, CANTI DASA ASHRAM, Canti Dasa, Bali, Indonesia
WORDS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED TO DESCRIBE THE SHOW:
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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance
130 Sunset Way
Priddis, Alberta, CANADA T0L 1W0
TEL 403-931-1527 TOLL FREE 1-800-743-3351