Thoughts from Alejandra Brossoit (CatchingART dancer 2014-15)

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“There’s just something special about having dancers and musicians collaborate together”!!

The CatchingART dancers rehearsing with the Lions Gate Sinfonia conductor, Clyde Mitchell, for Michael Conway Baker’s “Through The Lions Gate”. They are honoured to have Michael as their composer-in-residence!

The company performs this November 15th and 16th, 2014 at the Kay Meek to a recorded version and then again on April 11th, 2015 with the Lions Gate Sinfonia LIVE at the Centennial Theatre!

 

Its a wrap……….by Julia Findlay – CatchingART 2013-14

CatchingARTWell that’s a rap!! Today is the last show and we are all very excited but sad to see it is over so soon. Watching the show last night you could really see that all the girls have improved and grown so much! Every girl offers a different and unique style to the company. Today was a very successful show and after our nerves were over we were able to just enjoy being on stage and dancing our hearts out!  Everyone has put in so much hard work to make the show what it is and to be able to see it come together was amazing! I am so glad that I got this opportunity to be a part of CatchingArt! Today was a great end to the CatchingART show of 2013! Although the show is over the memories and experiences and friendships that we will take away from this opportunity will last a lifetime. Thank you for coming to support us and we hope to see you next year!

The show coming together – 2 days and counting by Jodie Herron

20130908_Catching Art, Park &Tilford Gardens SCO_2056Two days and counting!

It’s been a very exciting and exhausting two months of rehearsals and practices. And it has all come down to the last couple days until the premiere of the second Catching Art show! It’s been such a great experience working with all and the new choreographers and everyone should be expecting a great diversity among all the dances. A show that is very different from the last that includes classical to contemporary, and comedic to grim choreography.

I’ve been enjoying my “new” team mates in the company, and I’ve been enjoying the encouragement and support everyone gives. This is mine and Chloe’s second year in the company and we can both see how it’s been developing and becoming even more sophisticated than what it was from last year.

Tomorrow we have another dress which will be the second one we’ve had. All eight of us in the company are just tuckered out after jumping around from costume to costume. This is just extra assurance for us ; so that on the day we can just enjoy and relax and perform to the audience without any worries. Performing on stage has always been my favorite part of dancing and having a lively audience makes it that much better.

The dancers, teachers, and costume makers have been working extensively to make this show the best it can be and hopefully as many people as possible can make it out to Kay Meek this weekend for either one of the shows. Hope to see everyone there, wish us good luck on the next crazy few days!

1st Dress Rehearsal by Chloe Campbell

20130908_Catching Art, Park & Tilford Gardens SCO_3791_FINAL_CHLOE“Today we had our first dress rehearsal for the 2013/14 premier gala performances coming up this weekend! A full morning of running between rooms and changing in under a minute before dancing again and again. We had some minor costume problems… Jodie and I looking quite magnificent with our crazy and fluffy swan headdresses – interesting times trying to make those… but now that we know how they are supposed to look we will fix them up for the show 🙂 The rehearsals went great, the dances seem to come together even more once everyone is in costume. The excitement is also starting to rise as the show days come nearer and nearer…

Only a couple more days before the first show time. We are all extremely excited! I am especially excited because performing on stage is my favourite part. I feel like the dances come alive, with the fancy lighting, the diverse costumes, and the fact that you just have to go for it since you only have one chance.

This is my second year with CatchingArt and I am very excited to perform with our new team! It has been difficult for us all to come together and dance as a group since some of us have never danced with each other before. But it has been a great adventure and we have all learnt so much. I am so proud of the company this year, as we have all worked so hard. I think we are going to have an amazing year working together.

I hope everybody reading this is coming to one of our shows this weekend the 16th and 17th of November! It will be a performance you do not want to miss! There are so many different styles of dance and ideas it will be magnificent.  Also when we have full audiences it makes it that much more special to perform and share our passions with everybody.”

Costume sagas with Aine – CatchingART dancer 2013-14

20130908_Catching Art, Park & Tilford Gardens_1302_FINAL_AINEHi, I’m Aine! This is my first year as part of CatchingART and I am loving it so far. It’s been great to work with these amazing guest choreographers, we’re so lucky to have these opportunities. As the show draws near, you can see the frantic look in the eyes of the teachers and moms sewing costumes for us.

Two of Pro Arte’s finest, Ms Kim and Ms Sarah, have been drowning in red tulle all week!  Such brave souls. My mum is also helping out with a few costumes, so needless to say the dinning table has been taken over with sewing supplies and there are several dresses hanging up in our bathroom..

I’m pretty sure the award for best soon-to-be Halloween costume goes to Ms. Kim, who has found herself a large tube of fabric and is going to be Martha Graham. Now, if this makes no sense to you, I suggest you go search up Martha Graham “Lamentation”.

We’ve taken a few looks at the program drafts, and the posters for the show were printed this week, and as always, everyone is as critical about themselves as ever. Personally I think everyone looks really lovely and this only makes us realize how close the show is getting! Cross our fingers we don’t explode in anticipation before the show comes ’round!!=