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made in canada / fait au canada – Choreography by Susie Burpee, Jolene Bailie, Freya Olafson and Holly Small

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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Choreography by Susie Burpee, Jolene Bailie, Freya Olafson and Holly Small

made in canada/fait au canada

At the Betty Oliphant Theatre

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Every two years choreographer/dancer Yvonne Ng and her made in canada/fait au canada series presents opportunities for dance artists to show their work. She also includes people from out of town who are rarely seen in Toronto.

The two latest made in canada/fait au canada concerts were winners with works by Susie Burpee and Holly Small from Toronto, and Jolene Bailie and Freya Olafson from Winnipeg. All four choreographers share a love of visual imagery.

Burpee’s astonishing A Mass Becomes You used a truckload of boom boxes and Mozart’s Requiem to show the burdens of the world. Small fused video projections and live dance in her beautiful Radiant to explore the sweet thin line between life and death. Bailie’s stunning Switchback used a brilliant costume design to portray a warrior bird, while Olafson cunningly merged film and live action to evoke her Icelandic ancestors in New Icelander.

These were two shows that were satisfying on every level.

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