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In Saturday's Globe and Mail, statuesque ex-model (and new Project Runway Canada host) Iman says that her glammy rock star hubby David Bowie thinks that Toronto has the best modern dance in the world. Obviously Mr. Stardust hasn't visited Halifax (I'd know), or he'd be singing the praises of Live Art. The contemporary dance presenters are jamming their 25th-anniversary season with original productions and return visits from favourites like Vancouver's Crystal Pite and Kidd Pivot, who perform at Sir James Dunn Theatre (6101 University) from October 10 to 13.

Kidd Pivot brings Lost Action, an incredibly muscular piece involving four men and three women, who use no props other than winter jackets, which are tossed around and used as cover. Choreographer Pite writes that she's spent time working with the physical imagery with a quartet of men: "The kinetics of rescue: the shape of a man's arm clamped around another man's chest, the dragging legs, the sound of his body sliding across the floor, their breathing...and, since I'm investigating these images with bodies of men, I can't help but see the shapes and struggles of soldiers. The title Lost Action brings to mind that tragic phrase of war: lost in action."

Lost Action starts at 8pm. Tickets are $16 to $23, call 494-3820 to reserve or visit the box office.

Photo finish

If you missed Angela Carlsen's haunting photos of the decaying old Halifax Infirmary when they were at Lost and Found last November, you have another chance—appropriately at the new infirmary's library (1796 Summer)—in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. Shocking in their abandon—peeling paint, crumbling walls and mossy floors—Carlsen, who was born there, was surprised and pleased that the hospital took an interest in her photos as an archive of the site. "Before I thought that people who used to work at the hospital were sad and melancholy about it, and that people who liked my work liked art photographs."

Along with her boyfriend, Carlsen's current project, a microcosmic look at the world's shrinking population, involves photographing abandoned houses and buildings in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. "It's amazing what you find," she says. "Clothing, dishes. It's like people walked out and never came back." Check out the infirmary's past life from October 16 to 18, 8:30am to 4:30pm, in room 2201.

Story, telling

Bombings, race riots, profiling and murder: These days, it feels like violent racial intolerance is inescapable, and that a respectful multicultural society only works on paper. Politicians stumble through rhetoric, while experts offer loads of theory, without solutions. This year's CBC Massey lecturer, author Alberto Manguel, thinks we should seek answers in the library and the video rental store instead.

Manguel's lecture, The City of Words, which he delivers on October 12 at the Rebecca Cohn (6101 University), suggests that the key to building a better society might be hidden in our stories. From Margaret Atwood to The Devil Wears Prada, Manguel argues that poets, novelists and filmmakers—observers by trade—while they can't protect us from pain, can at least help us understand each other. Just one more reason for better arts funding.

The Massey Lecture, which over the years has attracted some of our greatest contemporary thinkers such as Jane Jacobs, Martin Luther King Jr. and Stephen Lewis, starts at 8pm. Tickets are $13 to $18, call 494-3820.

Bringing joy

Atlantic artists working in animation on film or digital media will want to take note of The Linda Joy Media Arts Society's inaugural Helen Hill Animated Award. Deadline is October 26. The jurors will be looking for works that "reflect the spirit of innovation that characterizes the films of Helen Hill," also a previous LJMAS-award winner. "Her particular style of creation, eclectic, inventive, adventurous and free spirited, was unhampered by convention, and was marked by a rarely found honesty and immediacy. Her clear and engaging presence can be felt in all her work, as well as an implicit and warm invitation to join in the sheer enjoyment of it, and the life from which it was drawn." For more information on the award and on Hill's incredible life, visit lindajoy.com.

Send your arts awards and your words to suec@thecoast.ca.

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