Dances for a Small Stage 31

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October 25 2014, Ukranian Centre.

By: Tessa Perkins

First published in The Peak.

Collaborating with Music on Main, Dances for a Small Stage presented an evening that celebrated interdisciplinary work and the intersection of dance and music. Toronto’s Cecilia String Quartet opened the evening and remained onstage throughout, as maestro Billy Marchenski performed his emcee role, inspecting the musicians and moving around the stage with interest as they played.

The first half of the show featured the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky along with four dance pieces. Marchenski’s maestro was first, followed by Makaila Wallace performing Karissa Barry’s choreography. Almost as a fifth member of the quartet, Wallace’s movements had a direct connection to their music. Stewart Iguidez performed a piece inspired by street dance that was very popular with the crowd, and Vanessa Goodman’s piece was a unique interpretation of the music that emphasized its every note.

The second half of the show featured the music of John Oswald and performances by Holly Small, Jessica Runge, Vanessa Goodman, Sean Liang, and Stewart Iguidez. There was also great video footage playing on the backdrop of the stage, including a segment about Glenn Gould, and a video titled “paused on the threshold” that featured clips from many films and TV shows of people about to cross a threshold.

As part of Music on Main’s Modulus Festival, this show was a testament to the importance and benefit of interdisciplinary work, and it took place in the casual welcoming atmosphere of the Ukranian Centre, complete with perogies and a bar.

For more information: movent.ca.

Photo by: Robin Toma.

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