• Performances

PROXIMITY – a collection of short works

Showing on Feb 25–Mar 11

Playing at Online

Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY (Canada/USA)

Part of The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connection Series

Acclaimed around the world as an exceptional choreographer and performer, BC dance artist Joshua Beamish brings together a program of thrilling contemporary dance pieces showcasing both aspects of his work in PROXIMITY. The performance features two of his own creations – the world premiere of Lost Touch, a new solo danced by Renée Sigouin (Kidd Pivot, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre); and Proximity, a duet performed by Beamish and Sigouin together. Beamish also dances two solos choreographed specially for him: Redemption, by the internationally-renowned Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Ablaze Amongst the Fragments of Your Sky by Ballet BC’s Kirsten Wicklund. The program also includes Falling Upward, a short film created by Beamish with dancer/filmmaker Scott Fowler and composer Stefan Nazarevich.

“This program is a series of encounters between myself and a single dance artist,” says Beamish. “Our current restricted state has imposed a focus on intimacy. It has been refreshing to offer my full investment to one creative relationship at a time. With this project, I am returning to the stage in works by two women whom I have long admired, local emerging choreographer Kirsten Wicklund and celebrated international dancemaker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. With the duet Proximity, originally commissioned by Fall For Dance North in Toronto, I am also performing the first work I have created for myself in five years. All five works touch on journeys through solitude, restriction, and contemplation, harnessing a reflection of our collective present, in service of investigation and growth.”

See below for details of each individual work:

Choreography: Joshua Beamish

Performance: Renee Sigouin

Lighting Design: James Proudfoot

This work was created with the support of The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Choreography: Kirsten Wicklund

Performance: Joshua Beamish

Lighting Design: James Proudfoot

Sound Design & Composition: Kirsten Wicklund

Sounds from The Sea Organ Sound Installation by Nikola Basic, recorded by Miles Copeland.

World Premiere: October 17, 2020 at Sechelt Arts Festival

This work was created with the support of The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Program and The Hamber Foundation.

Co-Directors: Joshua Beamish & Scott Fowler

Choreography & Performance: Joshua Beamish

Cinematography & Editing: Scott Fowler

Original Composition: Cloud Fractal by Stefan Nazarevich

World Premiere: October 17, 2020 at Sechelt Arts Festival

This work was created with the support of the BC Arts Council.

Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Performance: Joshua Beamish

Lighting Design: James Proudfoot

Costume Design & Construction: Georg Meyer-Wiel

Music Composition: Redemption by Lisa Gerrard

World Premiere: October 17, 2020 at Sechelt Arts Festival

This work was created with the support of The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Program, The Hamber Foundation, and the Samuel H Scripps Foundation.

Choreography: Joshua Beamish

Performance: Joshua Beamish & Renee Sigouin

Costume Design: Bregje van Balen

Costume Construction: Hermien Hollander

Lighting Design: James Proudfoot & Joshua Beamish

Music Composition: S.T.A.Y. by Hans Zimmer

Proximity, commissioned by Fall for Dance North, Toronto, was originally performed and created with Rena Narumi, with original rehearsal direction by Roger Van der Poel. World Premiere: October 3, 2020.The creation of Proximity was also made possible with the support of Het Dansatelier Den Haag, Lonneke Van Leth Dans, Theater De Nieuwe Regentes and the Samuel H Scripps Foundation.

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Artist Bio

Joshua Beamish

Joshua Beamish is a British Columbian dance artist who has achieved worldwide success as a prolific choreographer and an exceptional performer: this is a chance to see both aspects of his work. The program features two of his creations – the world premiere of a new solo danced by Renée Sigouin, and Proximity, a duet performed by Beamish and Sigouin. Beamish also dances in two solos choreographed for him: Redemption, by internationally-acclaimed Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Ablaze Amongst the Fragments of Your Sky by Ballet BC’s Kirsten Wicklund. Falling Upward is a dance film created by Joshua Beamish, Scott Fowler & Stefan Nazarevich.

Venue

Online

Streaming ONLINE: February 25 – March 11 | 7 p.m. PST

Ticket buyers will receive a link to access the stream by email and may watch at any time between Feb 25–March 11.

 

Showtimes

  • January 26 at Available at all times

February 25 – March 11 | 7 p.m. PST

Duration: Approx 60 minutes

Tickets

Proximity – A collection of short works 

Tickets: $15 from The Dance Centre.

Ticket sales close at 5.30 p.m. on March 11.

Access

For any access needs, please contact the Accessible PuSh Coordinator at access@pushfestival.ca.

Credits

Joshua Beamish, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, James Proudfoot, LIGHTING DESIGNER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, Taylor Janzen, STAGE MANAGER, Heather Dotto, REHEARSAL DIRECTOR David Cooper, PHOTOGRAPHER

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