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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

International Choreography Competition at Saint-Sauveur

On the second day of my stay in Saint-Sauveur, FASS was offering the finals of their international choreography competition, the three finalists being Josh Beamish from Vancouver, Jennifer Hart from Austin Texas, and James Gregg from Montreal, each producing a work about 30 minutes in length. Unfortunately the program didn't give any information on who the dancers were or what the music was. Josh Beamish's Allemande, set to Bach cello suites, a piece premiered earlier this year at New York's Joyce Theatre, was first up. You can see it here:

Next was Jennifer Hart's piece, the most balletic of the three and my favourite, for I felt it fitted its music (pieces by Philip Glass, I think, at least one of them being from In the Upper Room) the best. It finished with a beautiful soaring lift. You can see more of her work here:

James Gregg's piece was last, and turned out to be the audience favourite and the winner of the prize awarded by the jury of two newspaper critics from Montreal and one from Toronto. Here's James's demo reel:

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