By Robin J. Miller, May 2016
Illustrating resilience, generosity and bravery, The Missing Generation opens our hearts.
THE AIDS CRISIS. For those whose lives were forever changed by it in the 1980s and ’90s, it was a searing, terrifying scourge––and it is by no means over. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that, at the end of 2014, 75,500 Canadians were living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. That’s an increase of nearly 10 percent since 2011. Yet for many, AIDS is a mere public health footnote, something that may have been important once, but today, who cares?
By Robin J Miller, January 2016
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre premières its latest creation in Victoria, January 29 & 30.
It’s mid-day on a Tuesday in late November, the day after David Raymond arrived home from performing in Crystal Pite’s Polaris at New York City Center. Raymond is still flying from the energy of 65 bodies on stage, the combination of a small core of professionals from Pite’s own Kidd Pivot company and dance students from New York University. “The audience loved it,” he says. “It was fabulous, amazing.”
By Robin J Miller, March 2015
Dance Victoria brings Compagnie Käfig to the Royal Theatre, March 13 and 14.
Compagnie Käfig is the second all-male dance company to arrive in Victoria as part of Dance Victoria’s 2014-2015 season. But do not expect this company to resemble the UK’s BalletBoyz in any way except for their explosive maleness. Unlike the (for the most part) classically trained Boyz, the 11 men of Compagnie Käfig come directly from the favelas—the notorious slums of Rio de Janeiro. And it shows.
Their movement is fiery and raw and full of personality: Each dancer is an individual with a story to tell. Yet they also work as a collective to move beyond mere physical virtuosity to present pieces with true artistic and emotional depth, and that is the work of the company’s French/Algerian artistic director and primary choreographer, Mourad Merzouki.