Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Choreography by Jo Strømgren, Didy Veldman and Crystal Pite
Theatre Junction Grand
Fluid Movement Arts Festival
Calgary, Oct. 22 and 23, 2010
Reviewed by Paula Citron
Nicole Mion, curator of Calgary’s Fluid Movement Arts Festival scored a huge coup in presenting the Canadian debut of New York-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. In fact, she scooped Ottawa’s National Arts Centre where the company will appear Mar. 3 and 4.
I finally got to see what all the shouting is about. Cedar Lake is an international high flyer. Founded in 2003 by Wal-Mart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie, the 15-member company under current artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, has become a media darling. It has the big bucks to attract the best dancers and choreographers in the world.
Cedar Lake brought a knock-‘em-dead repertoire with works by Norway’s Jo Strømgren, Holland’s Didy Veldman and Canada’s own Crystal Pite. It is very sophisticated choreography, performed by sensational dancers, with basic ballet technique being manipulated into a complex art form.
Suffice it to say, an evening of Cedar Lake sets the bar very high for other contemporary ballet companies to emulate.