Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Liándola

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Liándola

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Dance at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

The Registry Theatre

presents

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Liándola

 

A provocative journey into Flamenco’s beating heart.

Flamenco is the living music and dance of Southern Spain, and members of Fin de Fiesta Flamenco know that when it comes to capturing the passion and intensity of this uniquely vibrant art form, there is only one place to be: Sevilla.

On the cobbled streets of the cradle of flamenco, a jubilant, heart-wrenching musical art form comes to life. Artistic director and dancer Lia Grainger was happy to trade a stable job as a journalist and comfortable apartment in Toronto for two years in a rooftop garret in Seville’s old town and the freedom to spent long, hot days in the studio and longer, hotter nights on the city’s storied streets. Guitarist Dennis Duffin gave up a career in Astrophysics to journey to Seville, where’s he’s spent the last two years working with the city’s masters and jamming with the descendants of flamenco’s great founders on dimly lit corners into the early morning hours.

It was in these informal, improvised midnight sessions that the theme of this season’s show emerged: Liándola. It is the company’s fifth production since its founding in 2012, and a celebration of the uncontainable joy and mischievousness that is at the heart of flamenco. Fin de Fiesta will tour Liándola in France in July and then across Canada this summer and fall.

The production takes its name from a popular Andalucian figure of speech used to describe boisterously unrestrained behaviour, a playful fearlessness that cannot be contained. Simply put, Liándola means taking an ordinary experience and making it extraordinary. In Liándola, the searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of music director Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Canada). David Sampaulo (Italy) holds down the rhythm on cahon. Dancer and artistic director Lia Grainger (Canada), brings the stage to life with fierce, sensual choreography and improvisation. Acclaimed Vancouver-born dancer Deborah “La Caramelita” Dawson — now based in France — will join the group for select performances.

“Whether performing a joyful Alegrias or a tormented Caña, Liándola means hitting the stage at full throttle and giving the performance every ounce of heart and energy you’ve got,” says Grainger. “It also means having the time of your life while you’re doing it.”

Grainger and Fin de Fiesta Flamenco certainly know a thing or two about giving it everything they’ve got — the ensemble has been busy this year. Their debut self-titled album was released in November of 2016 and accentuates the group’s unique composition and fusion of jazz elements with traditional flamenco.

The six-track album features a range of exhilarating compositions and arrangements inspired by the great artists of flamenco’s past and infused with the contemporary sounds of flamenco’s future. It is an album, drenched in pulsing rhythms and energetic melodies, that journeys through flamenco’s traditional musical and cultural roots of southern Spain, all the way to its current, modern-day forms.

The album’s title track “Homanaje” pays homage to the work of Jorge Pardo (Flamenco flute pioneer) and Paco de Lucia (Flamenco guitar master). Foot-stomping rumbas (think Gipsy Kings), bring crowds to their feet while rhythmically complex and melodically subtle traditional flamenco palos (styles) dazzle and enchant

 


Thursday August 31, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door

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Old Men Dancing

Old Men Dancing

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Dance at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

The Registry Theatre

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Old Men Dancing

 

Average age – 50plus! Formal dance training – zero! Chutzpah – ∞!

Old Men Dancing are back at Dance at The Registry. OMD presents a programme of greatest hits, plus new works. They delighted the audience the last time they appeared at The Registry, and will once again astonish with their perfect blend of physicality, humour and theatricality.

Performance will include:

Holding On/Letting Go
Legacy
Choreography by OMD
Septet
Choreography: Marie-Josée Chartier
Under Canvas
Choreography: Tedd Robinson

 


 

Thursday May 4, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 in advance or Pay As You Leave For Enjoyment Received

 

For tickets call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

 

Series Sponsor:

heffnertoyotalexus

 

Made Possible With Support from the Ontario Arts Council – Ontario Dances program.

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Blue Ceiling Dance: dead reckoning

Blue Ceiling Dance: dead reckoning

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Dance at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

The Registry Theatre

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Blue Ceiling Dance: dead reckoning

 

Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica comes to The Registry stage. Blue Ceiling Dance artistic director Lucy Rupert unites with internationally-renowned ballet choreographer Peter Quanz. They perform, along with dynamo dancers Elke Schroeder and Sky Fairchild-Waller in an investigation of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account of a disembodied presence who guided him through a near-death experience in his disastrous 1914 Antarctica expedition. Using Shackleton’s own memoirs, and the collaborators’ personal experiences, the work follows Blue Ceiling’s path of passionate, imaginative and vulnerable performances. With original music by Jascha Narveson, and Walter Frank.

 


 

Friday January 20, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 in advance or Pay As You Leave For Enjoyment Received

 

For tickets call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

 

Series Sponsor:

heffnertoyotalexus

Made Possible With Support from the Ontario Arts Council – Ontario Dances program.

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Chartier Danse: petites danses

Chartier Danse: petites danses

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Dance at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

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Chartier Danse: petites danses

 

Three musical compositions. Thirteen performers. Six dances. Each a world of its own. Marie-Josée Chartier creates unique choreographic worlds that shape and reshape our perception of sound. The music is imagined through moving bodies – twice, resulting into two distinct choreographies that invite us to witness how movement allows us to see the beauty and the complexity of each musical composition. With an exceptional ensemble of professional dancers, as well as local performers, Chartier imagines and reimagines each instrumental score by creating a visual and physical landscape. petites danses is a collection of small dances with vast imagination. Set to the music of Linda C. Smith, Rodney Sharman, James Tenny, and Nick Storring.

 


 

Friday November 4, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 in advance or Pay As You Leave For Enjoyment Received

 

For tickets call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

 

Series Sponsor:

heffnertoyotalexus

Made Possible With Support from the Ontario Arts Council – Ontario Dances program.

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Porch View Dances

Porch View Dances

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Dance at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

Porch View Dances

Real people dancing in real spaces

Porch View Dances (PVD) is an award-winning community dance festival that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers and performers – many of whom have never danced before. Audience members travel from house to house to see new dance works created by professional choreographers and performed by local families in the front yards, and porches of their own homes. PVD is the vision of Karen Kaeja and developed with Allen Kaeja.

Led by a tour guide through the winding streets of Kitchner, audiences witness the stories of the neighborhood unfold through dance and music. The event will end with an invitation to participate in Karen Kaeja’s gentle audience inclusive Flock Landing, welcoming to all ages, skill levels and abilities!

Porch View Dances Kitchener Dates

June 25th, 2016: 1pm
June 26th, 2016: 1pm

Ticket Information: Pay-What-You-Can
Start Location: 53 Betzner Avenue North, Kitchener

Our Kitchener Choreographers include: Natasha Mansell and Augustine Wigle (Kitchener) along with Karen and Allen themselves! Natasha will be creating our vignettes you will witness along the route.

This year PVD has gone National – there will also be 2 other Porch View Dances this summer. One in Ottawa (June 4-5, 2016) and the one in Toronto (July 13-17). If you are interested in attending, stay tuned to our wesbite and social media for updates!

Presented in association with the City of Kitchener and KENA (King East Neighbourhood Association).

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Porch View Dances

Porch View Dances

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Dance at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

Porch View Dances

Real people dancing in real spaces

Porch View Dances (PVD) is an award-winning community dance festival that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers and performers – many of whom have never danced before. Audience members travel from house to house to see new dance works created by professional choreographers and performed by local families in the front yards, and porches of their own homes. PVD is the vision of Karen Kaeja and developed with Allen Kaeja.

Led by a tour guide through the winding streets of Kitchener, audiences witness the stories of the neighborhood unfold through dance and music. The event will end with an invitation to participate in Karen Kaeja’s gentle audience inclusive Flock Landing, welcoming to all ages, skill levels and abilities!

Porch View Dances Kitchener Dates

June 25th, 2016: 1pm
June 26th, 2016: 1pm

Ticket Information: Pay-What-You-Can
Start Location: 53 Betzner Avenue North, Kitchener

Our Kitchener Choreographers include: Natasha Mansell and Augustine Wigle (Kitchener) along with Karen and Allen themselves! Natasha will be creating our vignettes you will witness along the route.

This year PVD has gone National – there will also be 2 other Porch View Dances this summer. One in Ottawa (June 4-5, 2016) and the one in Toronto (July 13-17). If you are interested in attending, stay tuned to our website and social media for updates!

Presented in association with the City of Kitchener and KENA (King East Neighbourhood Association).

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