Collaboration is the key.
Over the nine years since its foundation, Lamondance has created eight remarkable productions that brought together a select group of artists from light and set designers, dancers, choreographers, volunteers and more from the Vancouver community. Collaboration became the key word within the company. Season 8 was marked for its diversity starting with the company dancers. The dancers came from around the globe – from France, The United States of America, Latvia, Brazil and Canada – and their combined experiences brought everything to another level for themselves, their mentors and the choreographers. Each dancer brought with them the ability to adapt and morph into a new world where the only universal language spoken was body language. Our mentors, Linda Arkelian, Lara Barclay and Reid Colton were a big component in the process of training the dancers. Every season they bring their own unique experiences to the company. The program is rounded out with guest choreographers Shauna Elton and Vanessa Goodman.
Lamondance’s final production of Season 8 2016/2017, was composed of five new contemporary pieces by Davi Rodrigues, Lara Barclay, Vanessa Goodman and Shauna Elton. Lara Barclay also remounted one of her original pieces from Season 4.
“The show featured the strength and fragility of HUMAN, as well as his foresight and grace, to illuminate the portion of humanity that is within each of us.”
Each choreographer used different strategic work lines to create these beautiful works. The dancers were able to absorb and enrich each creation to the maximum of their potential. The dancers were able to grow professionally in their awareness and their ability to self critique due to the success of the show and the support from the choreographers.
AROUND THE GLOBE
Season 8 was marked for its mix of nationalities having dancers from 5 different cities around the globe.
Brazil, Latvia, United States of America, France and Canada.
DANCE IS FOR ALL
Lamondance strives to provide dancers with partial or full scholarships, making dance as affordable and accessible for all.
A message to the world.
Closing the show, WE, the company performed the “Garden of Lights”, a reflective creation inspired by the photo Garden of Lights, as proposed for the 9/11 memorial in New York. In a very emotional speech by Lamondance artistic director Davi Rodrigues, he shared some very important details about the creation process of “Garden of Lights” guiding us with a powerful message about love. During the International Dance Seminar in Brasilia, Brazil in July 2016, Artistic Director Davi Rodrigues was invited to choreograph a piece for the closing gala of the Festival. A total of 44 dancers were invited to be in the creation of “Garden of Lights”. Dancers came from different companies – such as Dance 2000 from Brasila, Faces Ocultas from Sao Paulo and Lamondance from Canada. “Garden of Lights brings awareness to the world of the tragedy that happened 15 years ago in New York City.”
“I was touched so deeply when I visited the 9/11 Memorial in June 2016 that my heart and soul wanted to speak” – Davi Rodrigues.
“Garden of Lights” a simple way to remember the 2,982 lives that were taken away and a message to the world that life is short and there is no time for hate. The creation will be a part of the show “WE” for Lamondance Season 8 in Vancouver, BC.
The video was recorded February 4th, 2017 at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada. Lamondance were guest performers in the show for RNB Dance & Theatre Arts.
Giving back to the community
Lamondance and guests Performing Kauã at the international dance seminar in Brasilia, Brazil july 2017
To finish the Season, the Company went to Brazil as a guest company to close the acclaimed International Dance Seminar in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.
During three weeks, Brasilia host an intensive dance seminar with guests from all over the world. During these three weeks, dancers can take classes, learn and share experiences with dancers from Brazil and other countries and also participate in the competition that is also part of to the Seminar. Our Artistic Director Davi Rodrigues participates for the 4th year as a teacher and judge.
We were so proud to be invited to close the seminar performing "KAUÃ" a very Brazilian piece inspired by the Indigenous people from Brazil the "Tupi and Guarani."
Kauã that in the Tupi-Guarani language means "big Hawk” Portrays the reality of the rich indigenous Brazilian culture that disappears every day and sadly in the near future will become a legend.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lamondance has been participating at The International Dance Seminar since 2009.
The company performed as a guest company with the shows:
- YOU, ME AND THEM.
- ANJOS QUE CAEM (THE FALLEN ANGEL)
- GARDEN OF LIGHTS