Curated by Danièle Desnoyers, Yvonne Ng and Marc Parent
Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, on behalf of princess productions, co-festival directors Jeff Morris and Janelle Rainville, and guest curators Danièle Desnoyers and Marc Parent, are pleased to announce the award winners from this year’s dance: made in canada / fait au canada, the fourth edition of this biennial cutting-edge contemporary dance festival which had a hugely successful run August 17-20, 2017 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.
Audience Choice Awards (ACA) were established for the MainStage Seriesand What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Late-Night Series. Audience members have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artists in both series. This year, $1,200 in prize money was donated by arts lovers and it is divided 60/40 respectively between the winners from each series.
The 2017 MainStage Series Award goes to Toronto’s Hanna Kiel/Human Body Expression for the world premiere ofWelcome to Our Home – Tangled which drew on Kiel’s personal family experience and featured 11 dynamic dancers. Hanna Kiel/Human Body Expression receives a cheque for $720.
The 2017 ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series is Toronto’s Lucy Rupert/Blue Ceiling dance for Frankenstein Fragments which saw Rupert sew together a literal monster with a devilish sense of humour. Lucy Rupert/blue ceiling receives a cheque for $480.
Following the MainStage programming was a Late-Night “What You See is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) Series with creations by Toronto’sLucy Rupert/Blue Ceiling dance, Angela Blumberg (Toronto), Jasmyn Fyffe (Toronto), Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton) and Anne-Flore de Rochambeau (Montreal).
Among the outstanding Canadian dance creators that contributed to the three different MainStage Series were Ebnfl_h Dance Company’s Alexandra Spicey Landé (Montreal), Mocean Dance (Halifax), Action at a Distance’s Vanessa Goodman (Vancouver), Marie-Josée Chartier(Toronto), Human Body Expression’s Hanna Kiel (Toronto), Naomi Brand (Vancouver),Compagnie ODD’s Yvonne Coutts (Ottawa),Alias Dance Project (Toronto) and Sasha Kleinplatz (Montreal).
And 2017 sees the inaugural Moving Pictures dancefilm Award juried by the programmers. The inaugural Moving Pictures dancefilm Award goes to director Alan Lake for the 14-minute Ravageswhich wowed the jurors with a complex mix of violence and tenderness. Lake receives a cheque for $150.
The Arts Encounters programme – which animated the Betty Oliphant Theatre space with anarray of interdisciplinary work including art exhibits, hi-tech dance, post-show chats as well as the dancefilm series – rounded out the festival.
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