Alberta Dance Festival
Calgary’s Dancers’ Studio West (DSW) opens its 2013-14 season with their annual Alberta Dance Festival. For 32 years, the two-weekend festival has celebrated contemporary choreography from emerging to established Alberta artists. It serves as an important space for local dance artists to hone their crafts and present new dance works to audiences, while laying stepping stones that shape their individual careers.
This year’s festival features 11 choreographers, in two distinct programs, each weekend. Under the artistic direction of Davida Monk, resident dramaturg Zach Moull will also be engaging with artists and audiences throughout the creation and performance process. This year’s festival program, dubbed the Dramatic Impulse, challenges participating choreographers to pull inspiration from other artistic disciplines. Expect to see works inspired by Margaret Atwood’s fiction, Shel Silverstein’s poetry and Frida Kahlo’s paintings. The two weekends will be varied, with participating choreographers hailing from backgrounds in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, African dance and theatre. All shows are at 8 p.m. at the DSW Theatre (in the alley at 2007 – 10 Ave. S.W.)
Calgary International Flamenco Festival
The featured artist at the third annual Calgary International Flamenco Festival is Cordoba-born and Madrid-based flamenco dancer, Olga Pericet.
A very interesting flamenco artist at the moment, she works from a deep foundation of traditional classical Spanish dance, the Spanish bolero school of dance and flamenco, yet with a contemporary perspective and approach. She has recently been collaborating regularly in several performance, creation and teaching opportunities with one of the current leaders of the avant-garde movement for flamenco dance in Spain, Juan Carlos Lerida, at venues such as London’s Flamenco Festival and Barcelona’s Flamenco Empirico experimental flamenco festival.
Pericet can probably sit comfortably within the worlds of both dance and flamenco, which is not often so common among flamenco dancers. Her small frame makes her movement quick, precise, direct; she possesses a dynamic energy in her movement that is unique to her. Her performance in Calgary offers a distinct opportunity for audiences here to experience the artistry of a Spanish flamenco artist making more and more of a distinct mark on the world of contemporary flamenco dance. Pericet performs on September 27 at 8 p.m. at the Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre (1515 – 93 St. S.W.)
By Rosanna Terracciano
Photo: Tim Nguyen