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PROXIMITY – a collection of short works

Showing on Feb 25–Mar 11

Playing at Online

Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY (Canada/USA)

This performance includes two of Joshua Beamish's 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.

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.

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.

 

When

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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