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Incubator Dance Lab takes a peek inside the creative process of Lesandra Dodson

by on August 7, 2012

In preparation for her new work titled The Trilogy Project, which debuts as part of The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series next January, Fredericton-based contemporary dance choreographer Lesandra Dodson gives us a rare peek into her creative process as she presents her new duet A Leash for Two Hounds as a work-in-progress at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre (CSAC). On Friday, August 10 at 7pm, be witness to the beginnings of an extended collaborative artist residency for Dodson and songwriter/musician Christine Fellows of Manitoba as they explore new artistic territory with music and dance.

Dodson looks to her residency with CSAC as a unification of her creative interests, which includes working with Fellows, one of her favourite long-time collaborators. “During this creative residency we’ll be developing the music for the duet, A Leash for Two Hounds with Halifax’s Mocean Dance, featuring interpreters Susanne Chui and Darryl Tracy,” explains Dodson. “We’ll also be laying the groundwork for an exciting new musical, Burning Daylight with Tania Breen, Lisa Anne Ross, Alex McMaster and Leanne Zacharias.” Dodson is hopeful that the opportunity to be artist-in-residence will also nurture community activity through outreach workshops and a new work with local pre-professional dance artists.

Bringing together exceptional dance artists from across Canada, The Trilogy Project features three exciting new pieces. Her Blameless Mystery, In Two Days a Man Can Change, and A Leash for Two Hounds, make up a series of unconventional duets that blend highly charged physicality with nuanced characterization. Dodson’s intelligently crafted choreography is delicate while remaining fearless in its droll and delicious take on human foibles. The unpredictability, mystery and subtle interplay of The Trilogy Project make this work exciting and evocative, and one not to be missed for fans of contemporary dance, film or performance art.

Dodson formally trained at Simon Fraser University and the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. As a gold medal winner in theatre and dance, she’s performed with Le Groupe Dance Lab (Ottawa), Winnipeg Dance Collective and founded Trip Dance Company (Winnipeg). She’s performed and created in Asia, Europe, Mexico, the United States and Canada. Since 2000, she’s participated as a choreographer at Le Groupe Dance Lab (Ottawa) and has been commissioned by Mocean Dance (Halifax) and Winnipeg Dance Collective. Her works have been recently presented at the Guelph Festival of Contemporary Dance and the Atlantic Dance Festival.

An avid interdisciplinary collaborator, Christine Fellows often works with visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers and musicians to create performance works, scores and spectacles. She was Composer-in-Residence at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-08), Artist-in-Residence at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in Winnipeg (2009), and most recently, Dawson CityMusic Festival Songwriter-in-Residence (2011). Along with visual artist Shary Boyle, she was awarded a Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground new works commission to create a performance work geared toward children, unveiled during Harbourfront Centre’s 2012 season, and in 2010 she co-founded the Correction Line Ensemble, a six-piece ensemble that bridges classical and contemporary music.

Dodson and Fellows’ work-in-progress on August 10 will be followed by a discussion between Dodson, the performers, and the audience – a rare opportunity to actually take part in the creation of a professional dance work.

Admission to the event is by voluntary donation. Spotlight Series subscriptions are on sale now, and single tickets for Lesandra Dodson’s The Trilogy Project go on sale August 20 at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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