Next week, the O2 Dance Company will present their newest dance show….and I need you to see it.

Truthfully, I don’t go to a lot of dance shows, but I always go to an O2 show. The first time I went, it was because some of my friends were helping to organize it and I probably got sucked into saying yes, likely because I always make them support the blog by donating to some campaign or voting in some competition. But after, I’d say, twenty minutes of the first show, I was totally hooked. Why?  Well, because I understood it.  Because there aren’t really words or a script, dance shows and I haven’t always gotten along.  “What is happening? “What is the point?” and “Did any of you even practice?” those are the thoughts that often go through my head.  But these shows, which are choreographed by the non-profit’s artistic director Sarah Dolan is the closest thing to a play that I’ve seen.  Likely because of Sarah’s experience as assistant to Sean Cheesman on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, she’s perfected the ability to make a show that is both interesting for fans of dance and for fans of TV shows and the short attention spans that come with years of me wasting time in front of the television.

As some one who likes to dabble in fiction writing, (maybe I’ll let you read something sometime,) I have a huge appreciation for how Dolan is able to pull stories from songs, likely in a way that even the people who wrote  them never even thought. Love, heartbreak, anger and everything in between are perfectly on display for all to see and yes, understand.   Seriously, I never understand dance shows. That’s why I love O2’s shows so much!

Watch the video above and tell me you aren’t instantly in love.

O2′s Brand New Fall 2013 Show – ANSWERS runs NOV 7, 8, & 9 at Theatre Junction GRAND.
Ticket details available here. 
Contest:
So I don’t want you to just take my word for it, I want you to see the show for yourself.   I’ve got two tickets to giveaway.  To enter, just leave a comment about the above video. Tell me you love it, you’re intrigued, curious, happy, sad, whatever you want!  The contest is open until Tuesday, November 5th at 11:59pm.   Good luck!


Mike Morrison

15 Comments

  1. This piece is absolutely breathtaking! Sensationally emotional. And those are only the first couple of adverbs that came to mind. However it also reminds me of when I used to dance, and makes me think that maybe, just maybe, it might be time to get back into it!

  2. Passion, disappointment, and love are all portrayed eloquently in this segment. I love dancing and watching contemporary dance. This genre is able to express emotions in such an intense manner and just hits the dancer and the audience with feeling. The costumes are spot-on minimalist as well, allowing the audience to observe the movements of each dancer instead of it being hidden underneath costumes that hide the dancers’ bodies.

  3. Everything in this is from the heart, movement is truly the unspoken word. Reminds me of a favorite Helen Keller quote “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” This is dance. I love this.

  4. Love how it went from one to a large group. The way dance can communicate so much through movement and without words is incredible. In this case, power and strength in numbers and community- big or small.

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