Two very different performances make up the 2007 Now Showing Series.
“We are bringing back the popular Ballet Jazz de Montreal [bjm_danse] and co-hosting Pan Pan Theatre from Ireland with One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo in Calgary. Now Showing strives to surprise, connect and entertain. These two productions certainly fill the bill,” says Lisa Doolittle, series curator.
Pan Pan Theatre’s presentation of Oedipus Loves You opens the season on Jan. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. in the David Spinks Theatre. This energetic and idiosyncratic performance dissects the original Greek myth where Oedipus unwittingly kills his father and then marries his mother. It also asks what the Oedipus story can tell us today.
“Pan Pan’s theatrical language – including punk-tinged live music, dance, theatre and video – connects ancient dramas, the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud and the force of popular media culture to unleash the power of the myth for contemporary audiences,” says Doolittle.
The widely travelled company has made an international reputation by adapting classic theatre works. Pan Pan Theatre returned from Beijing where the company produced a Chinese version of iconic Irish playwright J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World.
The internationally acclaimed [bjm_danse] takes to the University Theatre stage on March 4 at 8 p.m.
“The [bjm_danse] style is eclectic, dynamic and extremely physical,” says Doolittle. “This company’s performances express the creative energy of young choreographers and interpretive zing of its excellent dancers. We are thrilled to have a new work on the program by Alberta’s own Azure Barton, who is the choreographer-in-residence at the new Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York.”
Barton’s astonishing and humorous dance brings out what she calls the “intimate animality” of the dancers.
MAPA by Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, artistic director of the acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo, is also on the program. Pederneiras unites traditional Brazilian movements with classical ballet infused with his own artistic style. Audiences feel the exhilarating force of the dancing body – comic and joyful, but also violent and ambiguous – a body that has learned to dance in the streets.
Maintaining the series mandate to bring artists into direct contact with the community, each company will be giving free public talks and theatre and dance workshops open to the public.
Tickets for Oedipus Loves You by Pan Pan Theatre are $20 regular and $15 student/senior, while tickets for [bjm_danse] are $25 regular and $20 student/senior. Special ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more.
The [bjm_danse] performance has reserved seating, so get your tickets early.
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