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Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie – Living Dances and Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada – 60 Years of Rhythm & Movement

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November 16, 2011
Reviewed by Paula Citron

Living Dances
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
Choreography by James Kudelka
Ryerson Theatre
Nov. 12, 2011

60 Years of Rhythm & Movement
Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada
Choreography by Mi Young Kim
Toronto Centre for the Arts
Nov. 15, 2011

Recently I attended two very different dance performances that were each very satisfying.

The contemporary dance group Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie have become the all-important conservatory of smaller works by James Kudelka. Their concert, Living Dances, was presented in honour of Ryerson Theatre School’s 40th anniversary.

Kudelka’s Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, Soudain l’hiver dernier, and In Paradisum were presented together on the same program in Toronto for the first time. The dancing was magnificent, and the chance to see these three classic works together was an unforgettable experience.

Another celebratory concert honoured Mi Young Kim’s 60th anniversary as a professional dancer. Kim is the doyenne of Korean dance in Canada.

The show, 60 Years of Rhythm & Movement, featured gorgeous dancing and costumes. Particularly ambitious was the piece Journey, which described Kim’s autobiography through dance.

Sadly, each production was on for one night only, but both concerts did reinforce the fact that Toronto is home to all kinds of splendid dance companies, be they contemporary or multicultural.

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