Dancing It Out of Sight

Confederation Centre of the Arts presents Dance Umbrella’s annual showcase performance on Saturday, May 5 in the Homburg Theatre.

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A cherished spring tradition, participants in the Dance Umbrella programs showcase the amazing results of a whole year’s worth of training in a special end of year performance. Dance Umbrella celebrates dance as an enriching art form for beginner and emerging Island dance and musical theatre talent. This year’s matinee includes junior and elementary classes, while the evening features the intermediate and senior students, with a new special performance by the Afro-Jazz students.

The show is titled “Dance It Out!” and reflects how so many times we can be stuck for words, but can find comfort dancing through our emotions and challenges.

Please join us:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts

145 Richmond Street Charlottetown, PEI

Show times: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $11 for matinee, $13 for evening, and $18 for both

 Buy tickets: https://boxoffice.confederationcentre.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=dushowcase

Special thanks are extended to Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

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A Stacked Sobeys Season

Confederation Centre has pulled back the curtain on a dazzling lineup for the upcoming season of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. Centre officials are proud to present their most dynamic season of LIVE to date, including contemporary dance, chamber music, Indigenous performance, choral concerts, rock’n’roll, family fun, and live theatre.

The advance ticket sale for Members of the Centre’s Founders’ Circle is available as of noon on Monday August 14. E-news subscribers will be able to purchase tickets as of Tuesday August 15 at 9 a.m., while tickets for the general public will be available as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday August 16.

 

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The ’17-18 season kicks off on October 16 with major pop-rock icons, The Barenaked Ladies and their Canada 1-FIVE-0 TOUR, presented by the National Arts Centre. October 24 marks the return of Canadian troubadour Joel Plaskett, joining his father Bill Plaskett for a collaborative show in the Homburg Theatre to celebrate their duo album, Solidarity.

November is jam-packed month with 11 shows on deck. These include Liam Corcoran’s album release for Nevahland; the Island premiere of A Passage to Bollywood, a rollicking family musical experience; the return of Classic Albums LIVE with the prog-rock classic 2112 by Rush; and a one night only musical comedy performance of the international hit, Menopause the Musical.

The holiday season is equally busy in December with Tomato/Tomato’s A Maritime Christmas channeling old school holiday concerts with special guests Heather Rankin and Dave Gunning. From December 14-16, Adam Brazier’s Holiday Spectacular variety show brings big laughs, guest stars, stunning dance and musical numbers, and sketches to the mainstage.

Sprinkled throughout December, the Choral Music Programme – under the direction of Donald Fraser – presents three beloved annual concerts, with Handel’s Messiah, Sing Noël, and Sing Along Messiah.

The 2018 portion of the LIVE calendar is equally exciting, and more stacked than ever with the theatre renovations now complete and no more closures planned. January offers critically acclaimed Indigenous artist Susan Aglukark as well as the return of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). TDT has produced an exceptional body of original Canadian choreography and had a major impact on the development of national dance audiences.

Other highlights in 2017 include Island artists The East Pointers, Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling, and The Atlantic String Machine. The Songwriters Series also returns with three heavy hitting raconteurs from Canada’s East Coast: Old Man Luedecke, Hillsburn, and Fortunate Ones, each performing for one night only in the intimate listening space of The Mack. Fellow Maritimer, Classified makes a rare Charlottetown appearance on April 14, with a special acoustic performance with guest artists entitled Classified and Friends.

The Centre’s own dance umbrella program culminates their 2017-18 instructional season with four public performances — musical theatre romps The Nifty Fifties and All the World’s A Stage in March and April at The Mack, and the matinee and evening Annual Showcases, May 5 on the mainstage.

For ticket information and the entire Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season calendar please visit confederationcentre.com/live or contact the Confederation Centre box office at (902) 566.1267 or toll free, at 1-800-565-0278. Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; as well to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

Let’s Dance, eh?!

dance umbrella’s 28th season will draw to a dramatic finale on Saturday, May 6 with the annual end-of-year showcases performed at Confederation Centre of the Arts at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Being the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the challenge put out to the dance instructors this year was to have every piece reflect something Canadian, be it a Canadian composer, musician, our elemental existence, or who we are as a people.

“The annual performance is always the highlight of the year for students and teachers alike,” remarks Peggy Reddin, director of Arts Education at the Centre. “This year’s instructors cover five decades in age some were raised on the Island, others from across our nation, and some from other countries, so our experiences of ‘what is Canada’ are fairly broad.”

Reddin continues, “You will see everything from a Tragically Hip tribute, to ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’ to ‘John. A.’s Dream,’ and lots in between. So as to not to take ourselves too seriously, the show is entitled “Let’s Dance, eh?!”

The matinee performance will showcase the junior and elementary classes, as well as selected works choreographed by the students. The evening show will feature the intermediate and senior students, including the musical theatre students displaying their talents.

“Let’s Dance, eh?!” is one of the final presentations of the 2016-17 Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100. dance umbrella is long-standing pillar of arts education at Confederation Centre, having merged with the Centre’s programming in 2006.

Tickets are $11 for the matinee, $13 for the evening or a package price of $18 for both performances. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 1-800-565-0278, or online at confederation.com.

Dance Umbrella Adds Umbrellas

Kylie Fudge-Jensen is the newest addition to the core teaching team for dance umbrella – a program of Confederation Centre – as well as the Holland College School of Performing Arts (or SoPA), presented in partnership with the Centre. Officials at the Centre are also pleased to announce Sion Irwin-Childs as a guest instructor this week for both children’s camps and evening workshops with adults.

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“I am thrilled to be welcoming these new instructors into our programs,” says Peggy Reddin, Director of Arts Education at Confederation Centre. “Whether it is for workshops of shorter duration or long-term commitment, we strive to enrich the local community by hiring teachers with a depth of training and experience. A fresh perspective and new ideas are always inspiring and exciting for our students.”

Originally from Victoria, B.C., Ms. Fudge-Jensen is a graduate of George Brown Dance and has been performing, choreographing, and teaching in the Toronto area for the past five years. Her specialization is ballet and contemporary with experience in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and modern dance. She has a strong base in movement improvisation and dance-for-camera work and in addition to creating her own collection of works, she has performed in solo pieces, duets, and a variety of group work including as backup dancer for international touring artists. “I am thrilled to be starting a new chapter with dance umbrella and SoPA,” she offers, “and am very excited to be back living on an island!”

Mr. Irwin-Childs will be teaching with the Centre’s dance camp from August 22 to 26 and also conducting workshops in the local community, with a focus on choreographic practice. He is a critically acclaimed choreographer, performer, and instructor currently on a coast to coast teaching tour. He carries a dance M.A. as well as an English degree from York University. After many years of teaching dance composition for Ballet Jörgen Canada and George Brown, he recently left to pursue equestrian interests and help nurture dance at a grass-roots level across the country. His touring workshop is based on a highly-rated Ballet Jörgen Canada Summer School series, gleaned from 13 years of experience.

“I have designed my workshops to be broadly inclusive and to require only a willingness to participate,” Irwin-Childs explains. “Students do not have to be fantastic dancers or imagine themselves continuing in dance to find a use for the skills that I bring to the table. My students develop a greater sense of confidence and a strong voice when given an opportunity to assert ownership over their respective skill sets. The positive impact of this outcome has been noticed in other classes, by parents and teachers and this is what I would like to bring to the Centre community.”

dance umbrella and SoPA classes begin the first week of September. For more information on summer dance camps and other arts education programs at Confederation Centre, please contact Kayla Shaw at 902.629.1175 or performingarts@confederationcentre.com, or explore online at confederationcentre.com.

Dancing Umbrellas at The Mack

The musical comedy Flapper! by dance umbrella is on tap this week at The Mack.

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A showcase for the Intermediate II and Senior Musical Theatre classes, this madcap adventure celebrates the Roaring 20’s in song and dance, following young flapper Polly Pepper in the era of mobsters, Ziegfeld girls, zoot suits, and the Charleston.

Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday March 12 at The Mack.