The 19th ROMP! FESTIVAL of DANCE features the premier of Vancouver-based Joshua Beamish’s Lone Wolf, an evening of solos.
Lone Wolf, on Saturday July 9 at 7pm at Metro Studio Theatre, is a world premiere program of solos created by Beamish, Vancouver’s Noam Gagnon of The Holy Body Tattoo/Company Vision Selective and Toronto’s Ame Henderson of Public Recordings.
“Beamish is an audience favourite and returns to Victoria after working in New York, California and England, as well as his home in Vancouver,” says artistic co-director David Ferguson.
Special to the festival, Beamish and Gagnon also perform Suddenly Dance Theatre’s writer/dancers series PRESENT/TENSE 10, in which writers read selections of their work while dancers improvise to the sound, syllables and multiple meanings.
“Each dancer is only given the first and last line of the written work before stepping onto the stage to create an electric, collaborative laboratory between improvised dance and the spoken word,” says Ferguson.
This year’s PRESENT/TENSE 10 features an international cast of dancers from Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Seoul.
Meagan O’Shea takes over the theatre July 9 at 9pm with We Don’t Need Another Hero, a provocative dance-theatre work inspired by the occupy movement.
The 2016 ROMP! Artist-in-Residence Hyoseung Ye comes to Victoria from Seoul, South Korea with dancers Hoyeon Kim and Min Jin Kim to perform, as well as work in-studio with Suddenly Dance Theatre’s Ferguson supported by his recent Dance Victoria Chrystal Prize-winning project We Are Diamonds.
ROMP! FESTIVAL of DANCE also welcomes a new, free outdoor program ROMP! in the PARK so audiences can enjoy dance in the City of Victoria’s garden oasis at Beacon Hill Park
July 16 and 17 at 8pm. suddenlydance.ca