By Geneviève Dale
CALGARY — Just like the theatre scene in town, the dance scene is reawakening at this time of year. There’s plenty to see and it’s just a taste of what’s to come to Calgary’s dance scene for the rest of 2014.
Follow Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on their Spanish misadventures in lively ballet dance. The ballet was originally developed in 1869 by the Russian Bolshoi Ballet Company with a boisterous score to match the exciting plot of the legendary story. It’s a performance you’ll like whether you’re a fan of the original work by Miguel de Cervantes or not: the world-renowned talent of the Alberta Ballet dancers will be a treat to watch.
The 33rd Annual Alberta Dance Festival
Dancers’ Studio West
September 11-13 and 18-20
Head to the Pumphouse Theatre for an exciting annual event from the long-standing Dancers’ Studio West. The festival runs over two weekends and features nine new contemporary dance works from twelve Alberta-based choreographers. The dances also feature local performers. Choreographers find inspiration in works of art, autobiographical events and just good old-fashioned impulse. For more than 30 years the festival has been a celebration of the work of some very talented Albertan artists.
The 4th Annual Calgary International Flamenco Festival
Various Artists and Locations
The Flamenco Festival brings together musicians, singers, performers and, of course, dancers from all over the world to Calgary. One highlight is sure to be La Cueva, a dance performance accompanied by live music. The project is inspired by the geography of Turkey. Photographs of the incredible rock formations found there will be a major visual aspect of this multimedia performance. Flamenco fans have flocked to this festival for its first three years, selling out nearly all of last year’s performances. So far, this one looks to exceed the expectations that 2013 had set so you won’t want to miss out.AB, Alberta, Alberta Ballet, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Calgary International Flamenco Festival, dance, Dancers’ Studio West, Don Quixote, Pumphouse Theatre