Risk It! We Dare You – Brian Webb Dance Company’s 41st Season!

Sep 13 2019

In addition to their $25 student rate, Brian Webb Dance Company is also offering an Industry Rate this year! Brian Webb Dance Company (BWDC) is pleased to announce their 41st Season of contemporary dance featuring Ralph Escamillan, Van Grimde Corps Secrets, a BWDC collaboration with artists Kyle Armstrong and Mark Templeton, Shay Kuebler Radical System Art and Fujiwara Dance Inventions. Season subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale now through Tixonthesquare.ca.

The season opens with a performance by Vancouver-based artist Ralph Escamillan. Ralph brings his award-winning Vogue dance style to Edmonton audiences with his show HINKYPUNK, October 11 & 12HINKYPUNK is a 50-minute solo dance work that is based on how identity is conflated with iconography and pop culture.

October 18 & 19, Van Grimde Corps Secrets returns to Edmonton with their final installment of EVE 2050. Eve 2050 is a multimedia triptych: a web series, which premiered in May 2018, an interactive installation, and a stage production. Eve 2050 combines the vibrant force of actual physical presence with the magical transformations and ubiquity made possible by technology. Nature and culture are reconciled in this meeting between the primal body—its ancestral heritage expressed through a visceral gestural vocabulary—and the body of the future, transformed by its connection with technology. Eve 2050 is co-produced with BWDC, the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council’s New Chapters Program.

An Alberta Foundation for the Arts 25th Anniversary Commemorative Art Project, Brian Webb collaborates with filmmaker Kyle Armstrong and sound artist Mark Templeton in PLACE, November 22 & 23. PLACE explores the impact of the environment, both physical and social, on our daily life. It defines us and reminds us that we never escape who we are. It is a celebration of identity.

February 14 & 15, Sherwood Park born Shay Kuebler brings his company Radical System Art, performing EPILOGOS.  Featuring a cast of eight dancers, “Epilogos was an initial exploration into moral codes, value systems and the appropriation of these systems. This would lead into the research of “the art of rhetoric“, says director Shay Kuebler. “Epilogos became the exploration into how our inter-subjective realities – what is believed but not seen – and how they are manipulated by the media and systems of power.

The 41st season closes with Fujiwara Dance Inventions’ EUNOIA, May 21 & 22. Based on Christian Bök’s award-winning and bestselling book of conceptual poetry, EUNOIA is built on the notion of constraining language to one vowel per chapter and tells stories in ways that are as pleasurable as they are ingenious. Denise Fujiwara’s adaptation of the book is a multimedia experience of dance, video, music and costume that employs similar constraints in such inventive ways that it has resulted in a ground-breaking performance lauded by audiences and critics alike.

All performances are at MacEwan University’s Allard Hall and being at 8 pm. Tickets start at $25 and are available at TixontheSquare.ca. For more information, please visit BWDC.CA.

Brian Webb Dance Company is an institution in Edmonton’s Dance Community celebrating 41 years of Canadian contemporary dance. BWDC is a community-minded, dynamic artistic builder creating through collaboration; fostering dialogue between dance artists and audiences; building bridges between established and emerging artists; encouraging communication among professional artists; and organizing interaction between arts organizations and educational institutions.