CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – On Jan. 20, Toronto Dance Theatre’s “House Mix” will celebrate the past, present, and future of Christopher House, one of Canada’s finest choreographers, on stage at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.
Traditional dancers are trained to a degree of obedience, similar to athletes who train in a particular sport. The goal is to perfect the skill and as a result, deliver an exciting and impressive performance for the audience.
Contemporary dancers differ slightly in that while perfecting their skills, they’re also developing a sense of play, which results in not one performance being the same, similar to sports matches, where anything can happen.
“It’s one of those things that I think really attracts us to sports,” says House. “Decisions are made in the moment based on what comes up, and it’s interesting to create a situation with dance in which that happens.”
The choreographer says that in the digital world where much of our lives are dominated by technology, it’s a challenge to encourage people to come out and see live theatre. The advantage of contemporary dance, he notes, is that there is something intriguing and dynamic about watching people interact with each other in a live setting.
“Contemporary dance celebrates the body and group of people working together, but what is also interesting are the questions that come up that aren’t fixed in the narrative,” says House.
He goes on to explain, “If the choreography is really working, it’s making you sit forward in your seat with a sense of curiosity of what’s happening and with pleasure in knowing that you’re participating in the making of meaning.”
“House Mix” is a retrospective look at the works that House is most proud of and are also interesting for the dancers to perform. He is quick to point out that while the pieces are all different, the opening and closing pieces really take physical risks.
“The pieces have complexity, rhythm, and musical changes. The dancers need to know precisely where everyone else is at all times,” says House. “And let’s be honest, one of the great things about live performances is our recognition that there is potential for failure.”
For tickets visit: www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/369-Toronto-Dance-Theatre.
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