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Exploring Terrain Dance

New York company aims for audiences to see "individuality and nuance" in its Scotia music fest pieces


Uniformly chaotic and elegantly deconstructed---these oxymorons piece together the concepts inspiring Rebecca Lazier's out-of-the-box choreography style. Originally from Halifax, Lazier is the choreographer and artistic director for Terrain Dance Company in New York City, and they're performing two of their pieces at the Scotia Festival of Music. "Artistically, the chance to collaborate with Scotia Fest and Live Art has been a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Performing with live music adds new dimensions to my choreography," said Lazier. Her first piece, "Coming Together/Attica," is a dark routine focusing on confinement and isolation, while her second, more uplifting piece "I Just Like This Music" was inspired by the idea of making movement that is not inevitable. Lazier thinks the contrasting routine designs and demanding rehearsals are tricky, but Terrain brings its A-game. "The dancers all have different backgrounds and movement styles," she said. "I want audiences to see individuality, nuance and the ways in which movement can be the same and very different."

Wed May 30-Sat June 2, 8pm,
David MacK Murray Studio,
Dalhousie Arts Centre,
6101 University Avenue

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