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Live Art Dance Productions Presents the World Premiere of Mocean Dance’s These Versions of Us

Live Art Dance Productions closes its 35th Anniversary season with a bang -- the world premiere of These Versions of Us by Halifax’s own Mocean Dance, April 26-28 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These Versions of Us is choreographed by award-winning Canadian choreographer, Heidi Strauss (Toronto), and features an original sound score by Strauss’ long-time collaborator Jeremy Mimnagh. A playful intersection of contrasting realities and ways of being, These Versions of Us asks us to notice how we understand each other and share experience. The piece mixes our past, present, and future selves in a way that we understand, but at the same time cannot fathom.

Mocean Dance, now in its 16th season commissions original works from Canadian choreographers annually.These Versions of Us marks Mocean’s 36th original creation and is the first time Strauss’ work has been shown in Halifax. “Heidi is a bright light in the Canadian dance scene”, says Mocean’s Co-Artistic Director Susanne Chui “her work  captures what it means to be human, the joys, sorrows and complexities of life, and she does it in a way that is thoughtful and surprising.”

The new quintet features Mocean’s Co-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui & Sara Coffin, newcomer Julie Robert (Halifax) and guest dancers Naishi Wang (Toronto) and Lukas Malkowski (Toronto). For this project we wanted to shake things up; add fresh voices and bring in some guest artists to challenge our dancers and force us to see each other in a new light,” says Coffin, “The piece echoes what it’s like to work with a new group and get to know one other, but it also seeks to uncover the multifaceted strata of who we are now and the potential of the unknown.  The work asks us to explore the many versions of ourselves -- private, social, performative – so that we really take a moment to discover and communicate the poetics of human complexity.

Founded in 2001, Mocean has earned critical acclaim and a national reputation as one of the leading professional dance companies in Atlantic Canada. Collaborating with many of the country’s leading contemporary choreographers, the company tours nationally and has conducted residencies and workshops in both Canada and the United States. Mocean is the recipient of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Art Award, the first dance company to win the prize in the eleven-year history of the award.  
“We are pleased to present Mocean Dance’s collaboration with Heidi Strauss to close our 2017-18 Season,” says Randy Glynn, Artistic Director of Live Art Dance Productions. “Heidi’s powerful and exquisite movement is a great match for the fervour of Mocean’s artists; the result will no doubt be electric. A perfect close to Live Art’s 35th anniversary season.”

These Versions of Us runs April 26-28, 2018 at 8 p.m. at Sir James Dunn Theatre. Tickets available through Live Art Dance at 902-420-0003 or visit www.liveartdance.ca/booking.


Dan Bray, Outreach Coordinator (902) 902 5223 liveartdance.ca

Randy Glynn, Artistic Director (902) 420 0003 liveartdance.ca

Susanne Chui, Mocean Dance Co-Artistic Director (902) 430 2028 moceandance.com


Photograph by Holly Crooks