by Paula Citron.
The Whole Shebang/Illuminations
Dreamwalker Dance Company
Choreography by Danny Grossman and Dana Gingras (performed by Andrea Nann, Dana Gingras and Sarah Doucet)
Music/Visual Art performance by Dark Hand and Lamplight (Shary Boyle and Doug Paisley)
Music Circle with Michael and Margo Timmins, Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize
Films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier (accompanied live by musicians Selina Martin and Martin Tielli)
Dancer/choreographer/producer Andrea Nann mounts the annual The Whole Shebang which this year was a potpourri of dance, music and film. Her goal is to showcase different art forms that feed into and inform each other. This Whole Shebang was called Illuminations because each of the arts sheds light on the human condition.
It was a particularly starry show. Nann herself performed Danny Grossman’s stunning 1988 Memento Mori, a moving dance of loss and solace. Vancouver’s Dana Gingras showed a slash and burn excerpt from her new work Smash up. She and Sarah Doucet hurled themselves on the floor amid a riot of graphics in a virtual dance of death.
Films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier explored storms with live music accompaniment, while Michael and Margo Timmins, with Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize performed melancholy but intelligent songs. Shary Boyle put on a delightful puppet show to Doug Paisley’s folk music.
The glory of The Whole Shebang is its multidisciplinary richness.
Photo credit: John Lauener