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Le Regroupement québécois de la danse: Québec Danse

Le Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) is setting things in motion with its first edition of QUÉBEC DANSE. Running from April 23 to 29, the event will offer over 200 free activities in Montreal and six other sites in Quebec — Magdalen Islands, Gatineau, L’Islet, Laval, Longueuil, Quebec City, Saint-Colomban, Sainte-Thérèse, Sherbrooke and Valleyfield. This highly stimulating week will feature a variety of encounters with dance: at schools, studios, libraries, on the street—and even in an hospital. In the company of the QUÉBEC DANSE ambassadors, come and join the movement, help to keep Quebec dance vibrant, and celebrate International Dance Day on April 29!

Dancer Margie Gillis will present the premiere of On Fairness, which relates to the standards of fairness governing a conference, a performance or a meeting with the public. Performed by Margie Gillis with music for flute, violin and cello composed by Alfredo Santa Ana, On Fairness underscores the inequality and precariousness caused by the global financial crisis, encouraging us to take action. In the words of Margie Gillis, “the body and spirit in the dance can energize and uncover hidden aspects of self, community, modelling healthy engagement and facilitating solution.”

More info available via the event website.

April 23, 2012 9:00 pmtoApril 29, 2012 9:00 pm

Love in Public: an Opera Cabaret

Love in Public PosterLove in Public: an Opera Cabaret

April 19 – 29, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
also April 22 & 29 matinees @ 2:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
B2 level, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
: $25 general, $15 student & senior
Available via: 2mevents

Music by David MacIntyre
Words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnets from the Portuguese


  • Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano
  • Megan Morrison, mezzo soprano
  • Frederik Robert, tenor
  • Warren Kimmel, baritone
  • David Boothroyd, piano
  • with dancers Kaylin Metchie and Juan Carlos Villegas

Directed by Peter Jorgensen
Designed by Marti Wright
Lighting by Barry Hegland
Produced by David MacIntyre

In a sophisticated blend of music, poetry, theatre and dance; Love in Public, a contemporary opera cabaret re-imagining of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese by Vancouver composer David MacIntyre, debuts in a new theatrical production directed by Peter Jorgensen.

Forty-four songs interpreted by four fabulous singers with an intoxicating piano-driven score, Love in Public invites audiences to contemplate the role of the love song in the 21st Century. What place does traditional courtship and the writings of romance hold in modern times where irony tends to triumph over sentiment and texting has replaced the love letter? Love in Public is a gorgeous musical journey into the intimate thoughts of a woman revivified by the power of love.

Love in Public stars acclaimed soloists of the opera/music theatre stage: soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen; mezzo soprano Megan Morrison; tenor Frederik Robert; and baritone Warren Kimmel. David Boothroyd, a nationally known performer with a twenty-five year career in opera, will collaborate on piano. This world premiere production is directed by Peter Jorgensen, a rising star in Vancouver’s music theatre scene, well known for his work with Patrick Street Productions. Student dancers from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts will round out the cast.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese, a highly personal collection of love poems, was published in 1850. Obscurely titled to deflect readers’ attentions from her love affair with Robert Browning, Barrett’s collection was a public telling of emotion, not all that different from modern online and reality television culture, where the intimacy between lovers becomes public. Contemporary audiences will revisit Barrett’s words in a new context, forever altering confessions such as, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’

“Love in Public is the perfect ‘date night’ for lovers of all ages and orientations,” says producer and composer David MacIntyre, “It’s like the first blog – 150 years early.”

Purchased your ticket already? Invite your friends to come via the Love in Public Facebook event page.


April 19, 2012 8:00 pmtoApril 29, 2012 8:00 pm