Glynn debuts new and unique piece August 23-25 at King’s Theatre
Under the guidance of an award-winning Canadian choreographer, 12 untrained seniors bring their indefatigable strength and endurance to an intimate and playful piece.
Famous for its pivotal role in Canadian history, Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia makes dance history on Friday, Aug. 23 with the world premiere of acclaimed choreographer Randy Glynn’s newest work, Dancing in the Third Act.The premiere is the final event in the town’s weeklong lively arts festival ARTs Unleashed. The dance production will be presented at King’s Theatre August 23, 24, and 25.
As the saying goes, “Old age is not for sissies,” and Glynn’s powerful and thoroughly engaging piece is certainly proof of that. Working with 12 performers – all untrained seniors ranging in age from 60 to 75 – he has created a visually dynamic full-length work that is a poignant, dramatic, and powerful look at the ups and downs (literally) of aging. It’s also quirky and refreshingly upbeat. The choreographer was inspired by legendary avant-garde dance icon Pina Bausch’s “Kontakhoff” which premiered in 1978 and was remounted by Bausch on senior dancers in 2000.
Dubbing his performers ‘The Company of Angels,’ Glynn has been working with the dancers since June of this year. He has built his choreography around the performers themselves – their individual physical capacities, histories, and personalities – blended with his own creative vision.
“Dance can be many things from high art to good social foot-stompin’ fun,” reflects Glynn. “This remarkable group of dancers brings to the stage all the humour, dignity, and power that a life-lived can offer – along with, of course, a good dose of that foot-stompin’ fun,” he adds.
Those who have had a sneak peak at the work are quick to underscore the fact that production is a significant event in the world of Canadian dance. Susanne Chui, artistic director of Mocean Dance was overwhelmed by the scope, professionalism, and force of the piece. “ I was totally inspired. This is a professionally staged work created by one of a our country's celebrated choreographers – there’s nothing ‘amateur' about it.”
About Randy Glynn
Choreographer dancer and teacher, Randy Glynn has been a significant figure in the world of Canadian Contemporary Dance for over three decades. A principal dancer with the legendary Danny Grossman Company based in Toronto, he formed his own company, The Randy Glynn Dance Project in 1987, where he created 20 major works which were produced by his company as well as presented by companies in Canada, Ireland, and the US. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Award for Choreography. In the words one Globe and Mail critic, "You will be amazed by Glynn's vision and feeling, his ability to dignify and deepen ordinary experience."
Based in Toronto, Glynn and his wife Pamela Grundy spend their summers with their two children in picturesque Granville Ferry where for many years they operated a nationally recognized dance school – The Granville Ferry Summer Dance Program.
See trailer at: http://vimeo.com/71434694