by Tara Thorne
The local arts scene was dealt a sizable blow in October with the passing of Matthieu Keisjer, the guiding force of DrumFest, about to throw down beats for its eighth year. This year’s event, which is being produced by Keisjer’s son Jonathan, has been turned into a tribute to its late founder.
The line-up includes Mark Currie, Glenn Coolen, Ken Shorley, Mark Adam, Samba Nova, Brian Knockwood and Fola. The evening will be hosted by Olga Milosevich and begins at 8pm on November 4 at Saint Matt’s, 1479 Barrington. Tickets cost $20 ($15 for students, kids under 12 free) and are available at the door, or by calling Halifax Dance at 422-2006.
Dartmouth Players’ 2006 season kicks off this week with the Geoff Ball-directed comedy Nunsense, which runs from November 8 to 25.
“These five lovably wacky nuns will rise to the occasion producing a benefit musical show. Five live-wire characters bring real life to the stage through song, dance and comical dialogue, endearing themselves to you as very varied individuals,” the Players promise.
Tickets, available online at dartmouthplayers.ns.ca or by phone at 465-PLAY, cost $12, or $10 for students. The first two nights of the run are already sold out, so use divine intervention or whatever else you need to get there.
Tune into the Gemini Awards this weekend and you might see some local faces pick up statues. Cathy Jones—who has 14 Geminis already, for Codco and This Hour Has 22 Minutes—is up again with her 22 Minutes mates Gavin Crawford, Mark Critch and Shaun Majumder for Best Ensemble Performance. 22 Minutes’ huge writing staff is also up for a writing nod (against old castmate Mary Walsh’s Hatching, Matching and Dispatching). Much-missed Halifax writer Mark Farrell is up for a couple of comedy nods with Corner Gas and Norma Lee MacLeod of CBC local is up against Mansbridge and Global’s Kevin Newman for Best News Anchor.
The Geminis air on Global on Saturday November 4, at the coveted timeslot of 10:30pm. If you’re wondering why Canadian television is such a hard sell to Canadians, there’s clue one. Look up the winners on Sunday at www.geminiawards.ca
As we mentioned briefly last week, this Sunday features lots of tights, much twirling and total awe (from the audience) as the action-packed Dance Gala ’06 kicks off at the Rebecca Cohn.
Or should we say the kicking begins outside the Rebecca Cohn. On your way in, stop and check out Kinetic’s Three on the Court, three performances in the sculpture court, natch. The Vertigo Awareness Up/Down Players—that’d be Ruth Minnikin, Craig Buckley and Ali Gratian—perform An Ode to Lucille, followed by Susan Cook and Rob Estey-Willik’s Dance Soup. Then, Veronique MacKenzie leads a troupe around the garden’s bust of Norman in an aptly titled piece, Uncle Norman.
Once inside, you’ll be treated to a mad display of skills—including modern, flamenco and breakdance—from the likes of Mocean, Jacinte Armstrong of Verve Mwendo, Maria Osende, Fusion Dance, La Baie En Joie, Step Bruthaz and Kym Butler.
Tickets are $25—$15 for students—and are available at the Cohn box office (494-3820 or www.artscentre.dal.ca ). The show starts at 7pm.
Dollars for dancers
In other dance news, Live Art is taking applications for the inaugural Diane Moore Creation Scholarship until November 15. Named after Live Art’s late founder, who died in 2003, the award will be given to a dancer for “a creation or a workshop towards a creation.”
“Diane Moore was fiercely committed to Atlantic Canada’s dance community, and particularly towards making resources available for working artists,” says Live Art’s artistic director Paul Caskey. “It is to honour Diane’s dedication to the creative spirit that Live Art has created this new award.”
To apply, visit www.liveartproductions.ca/diane_moore.html to download an application. You can also send an email to Live Art at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 420-0003.
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