Seeing as I was the one who harassed these guys for a blog page on our fancy new website I suppose it’s time I write something.
I was hoping that these pages would be a point of departure for people to speak about art in the city, create a dialogue amongst artists. How can we improve what we have? Where can we grow? People keep talking about this being the “golden age for theatre in Calgary”. I guess I want to know what is golden?
On Saturday night, March 21st, I had the pleasure of going to “Dance Mainstage” at the University. This show is one of only three opportunities for dancers at the university to showcase themselves, the other to being Dance at Noon and Dance at Night. Dance Montage doesn’t actually count because it’s open to anyone from the community, although it is hosted by the university. This is a sad fact because theses dancers have so much to show. Although some of the choreographer’s visions might not always hit the mark for me, the dancers were a 10/10 as far as I’m concerned. I realize the university does not necessarily have the means financially, or the man power to put on more shows. My issue is not with the department but with the community. Who will foster these dancers? What opportunities are present for them?
I suppose my questions are somewhat selfish. Having recently graduated from the U of C with a minor in dance I’m finding myself being drawn to bigger city centers. Cities that have more companies, both independent and professional, with a strong focus on physical theatre.
If this is the “golden age of theatre” for this city, then what about dance? Where are the students coming out of school opening companies, pushing boundaries, and creating new work?