Showcasing Steps in Time

dance umbrella Set To Showcase A Year’s Work With ‘Steps in Time: The Sequel’

Annual showcases take place Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre

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A cherished spring tradition returns next week: dance umbrella’s end-of-year showcases at Confederation Centre of the Arts. These spirited presentations present the amazing results of a year’s worth of training for beginning and emerging dance and musical theatre talent. The matinee showcases P.E.I.’s junior and elementary classes while the evening features the intermediate, teen, senior and adult students.

This year, Confederation Centre celebrate 30 years of dance umbrella, founded by Peggy Reddin and Julia Sauvé. dance umbrella’s first ever year-end performance showcase was entitled Steps in Time, held back in 1989 at the Mack, and this year students will perform Steps in Time: The Sequel. As the company grew, it became an official part of Confederation Centre’s suite of arts education programs, joining in 2005.

The public is invited to come out and celebrate this outstanding dance program that has helped build dance and movement skills, self-confidence, and creativity in thousands of young Islanders for three decades.

“It has been a joy to work with such talented and dedicated students and instructors over the years,” offers Reddin, now the director of Arts Education at the Centre. “As we look back, we feel a great sense of pride in the positive impact we have had on so many lives and we look forward to continuing to instill a love for dance in the young and not-so-young!”

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.  dance umbrella is a proud part of the Arts Education Portfolio at Confederation Centre. For more information, please visitconfederationcentre.com/artseducation

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Man With a Suitcase

Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada Presents ALIEN*

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CHOREOGRAPHY: Igor Dobrovolskiy
Join the international dancers of Atlantic Ballet Canada for Igor Dobrovolskiy compelling contemporary ballet Alien. ALIEN is an intimate exploration of the human side of immigration. As a newcomer to Canada in 2000, Igor understands well the many challenges that new immigrants face when they leave their home in search of new life. What happens when you leave your home behind? What happens when you are out of context? What happens when you lose your identity?Alien is part of the PEI Immigration Summit.

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Anne and Gilbert Are Back

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April 30, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm at The Guild

Experience Canada’s greatest love story in the critically acclaimed and widely loved musical Anne & Gilbert. Featuring a 20-member cast and orchestra, Anne & Gilbert has become a Canadian theatre sensation with the Toronto Star calling it “a marvel”and proclaiming “the joy of the experience makes this one a winner”.

Hailed in Variety as “delightful” and “utterly charming,” Anne & Gilbert is the story of Anne Shirley’s journey into young adulthood as she experiences her first job, university and a tumultuous romance with Gilbert Blythe.

Award-winning songs, memorable comedy and drama make Anne & Gilbert unforgettable family entertainment.

Based on the novels Anne of the Island and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.

Children under 4 will not be permitted to this performance.

 

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Black & White at the Guild

Black & White: Where Lines Can Take Us By LiliAnne Webster
At the Guild through April 30
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We have become all too familiar with the phrase “Black and White” meaning clearly defined
lines. This series explores the use of a line. LiliAnne’s goal is using black and white lines to
communicate more abstract thinking and to question how we interpret lines. Black lines on
white and white lines on black; the lines go from organic shapes that freely flow to purposefully
made marks that create figurative forms.
In this series LiliAnne explores her understanding of lines and pushes herself to look at what
lines mean and how they capture the natural flow of her environment. She limits herself to the
simple black and white palette thus challenging herself to look at the world differently. She
explores movement and emotion with new vision and insight. What began as a simple task with
ink pen on paper in a mindless act of meditation soon began to create form and shape that
echoed representative patterns. Continuing in this process faces appeared with almost
fingerprint patterning, trees grew in wood-grain patterns, lines of poetry evoked an artistic
response and flowers and leaves moved on page after page of exploration.

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Guitar Bliss at the Mack

Shaun Ferguson Brings Instrumental Guitar Bliss to The Mack

Sponsored by La Voix Acadienne, April 26 concert is one of the final LIVE @ the Centre events of the season

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Acadian musician Shaun Ferguson will be in performance with Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre next Friday, April 26. Through his modern and at times transcendent instrumental music, the guitarist and composer captivates his audience with soaring songs that enchant both music enthusiasts and less-experienced spectators.

Born and raised in Caraquet, in the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Ferguson has been navigating and exploring various musical fields for nearly 20 years. His latest album, Résilience, released last winter, is an acoustic album, mainly instrumental, rooted in a range of contemporary folk music. At its heart lies the guitar, “a beacon guiding other strings and sometimes vocals, bearing them up from the earth and into the ether” he says in a recent release on the album.

A self-taught musician, Ferguson has always relied on his instincts to learn how to play, compose and explore different musical forms, which are harmonized to his musical impressions. Through various collaborations, he was able to transfer his guitar-playing skills to many other string instruments, namely the cello and bass guitar, as well as various percussion instruments. With a true passion for art in all its forms, the Acadian loves to involve himself in projects that combine poetry, visual arts, dance, and music.

Through Intermède Média, a Montreal-based company, some of the artist’s pieces have travelled the world for the last decade. To this day, audiences have had the chance to hear samples of his compositions in documentaries broadcast all over the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Spain, France, South Korea, Japan, China, the Czech Republic and the United States. 

Shaun Ferguson performs at the Mack on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus fees and taxes, and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

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Hanging in the Balance

At the CCAG: Collections Show ‘In the Balance’ Explores Tension of Form and Content

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A new exhibition opens next week at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) focusing on the delicate balance in visual art between the material and immaterial. With selections gleaned from the Gallery’s permanent collection, In the Balance explores the tension between form and concept; ideas and matter; making and thinking.

Curated by Pan Wendt, this exhibition opens in the Upper West Gallery at CCAG on Saturday, April 27 and will be on display until the end of the summer, closing September 22, 2019. The works are primarily modern paintings that carry a very material quality.

“There is a long history in Western art of giving priority to design, to the mental picture, to drawing over colour, line over material, spirt over matter,” remarks Wendt. For example, in Renaissance Italy, where so many of our collective ideas about art were first articulated,  this manifested as two rival aesthetic approaches to painting—‘disegno’(design or drawing) versus colore (colour).

Continues Wendt, “We tend to think of perception in terms of the spiritual, or a disembodied experience of form, separated from its material basis, but in fact we are led by touch and other non-visual senses. And thought is itself intertwined with the whole body.”

Following the late 1960s, when this prominence of the formal, conceptual, and ‘optical’ were at their critical height, visual artists increasingly began to develop abstract pieces on the basis of a more materially-grounded conception of the work of art. That is, a process where there the idea stage and the material process were granted equal influence in the final product, and the physical process of making was emphasized.

Featured Canadian examples in the exhibition—from 1970s to the present—include works from: Ron Shuebrook, Harold Klunder, Aganetha Dyck, Ingrid Mary Percy, and Lionel Stevenson. For more information, please visit, confederationcentre.com/gallery

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