Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival '11 Preview
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Established in 1998, the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival is committed to providing Canadian contemporary dance artists with the opportunity to perform outside major metropolitan areas as well as providing our audience with challenging, state-of-the-art contemporary dance from across Canada.
This years featured performance group Montreal based Muriva Dance Company, perform an excerpt from Sisi. Sisi (“Sister” in Muriva's native Shona language), merges the rich physicality of traditional African dance with the rigour of ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Told from the point of view of a refugee, crossing many continents, Sisi is a cry from the heart for the oppressed, notably for women the world over who may have little say in shaping their destiny.
Choreographed by Gibson Muriva. Gibson Muriva was born and grew up in the slums of Harare, Zimbabwe, as the son of a dance teacher. He began his professional career at age of 17 by joining the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, where he studied many types or dance. He went on to work with several companies in Zimbabwe, England and Canada. His choreographic work is deeply influenced by the images and phonographs that inspire his narrative. Since he arrived in Montréal in 2007, he presented Sisi at Tangente, the MAI and in Art Council of Montréal Tour and also created a solo, Nyau.
Join us for a preview of this years festival, scheduled for June 2-5 at various venues around Guelph.
Thursday, March 17