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Month: November 2012

Open Arts: Life in Miniature & Leblanc/Aldcroft duo TONIGHT

Part of tonight’s instalment of the ongoing Open Arts series is “Life in Minature”, Nadia Francavilla’s ongoing exploration of miniature solo works for violin, electronics, and video written by composers from all around the world. A related project was done during a summer 2011 Artists in Residence with Fredericton Arts Alliance. Twelve composers created miniature pieces for Francavilla to perform and visual artist Deanna Musgrave to respond to in paint. Composer Andrew Reed Miller created audio and video to be played back through loudspeakers to passersby.

Francavilla’ joins us from Montreal, where she plays with Bozzini Quartet and Ensemble Kore. She is a multi award-winning artist who has performed with numerous orchestral ensembles. Francavilla currently serves as Motion Ensemble’s violinist.

Improvisational guitarists Joel Leblanc of Fredericton and Ken Aldcroft of Toronto will be playing in support of their new CD “The Long and Short of It”. Aldcroft has taken his west coast jazz roots through an ever expanding array of improvisational works and collaborations. Most people will recognize composer Joel Leblanc from roots trio “Hot Toddy”. His unique sounds comes partially from playing his experimental jazz/rock/country blends through vintage tube amplifiers and effects pedals.

Open Arts is a Motion Ensemble production that began this past June. Tonight’s showtime is 8pm at the Sanctuary Theatre, 228 Germain St. in Saint John. Tickets are available at the door: 12$ regular and 8$ for students/unemployed.

Perspective: An evening of dance and discussion

Connection Dance Works presents Perspective: An evening of dance and discussion. This is the 2nd 2012 installment of Perspective, to be held in the spring and fall of each year.

Join them November 3rd at the Sanctuary Theatre (IACT building 228 Germain Street) for works-in-progress by local choreographers Nawal Doucette, Stéfanie Mayhew, and Sarah Johnson Power. Also performing are guest choreographers Kyle Davey (Australia/Moncton), and Janick Detcjeverry (Montreal/St. Pierre and Michelon), as well as emerging choreographer Gabrielle Pelletier with musical guest Mike Ross. I have been unable to verify this, but I was told Pelletier is all of 15 years old and is a stunning performer after only one year of dance!

Addendum: Mayhew’s choreography was performed by Natayu Mildenberger and Marcia Dysart.

Connection Dance Works is a non-profit professional contemporary dance company with the goal of growing the region’s contemporary dance audience and the dance community as a whole.

Visit their website at http://www.connectiondanceworks.com/ Showtime is 8PM with a cost of 15$ for adults and 10$. There will be a cash bar available.

Correction: I had mistakenly indicated Detcjeverry was from Moncton.