Free Flow Dance Theatre Company's Works In Progress Series is raising funds for the mentor program for the Works in Progress New Dance Series. This season our mentor is renowned choreographer and dance artist Mr. Graham McKelvie.
McKelvie is a native of Saskatchewan, Canada. He started his training in movement as a competitive figure skater. At age sixteen he pursued his dance training at the National Ballet of Canada then attended the School of London Contemporary Dance Theatre in England and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Mr. McKelvie is a former company member of Toronto Dance Theatre and has performed with Dancetheatre David Earle since its formation in 1997. Gaining a reputation for his expansive lyricism and exotic masculinity, he has inspired major roles in works by David Earle, James Kudelka and Patricia Beatty, among others. He continues to teach as a guest teacher nationally and internationally and is currently in residence as the Head of Contemporary Dance at the School of Alberta Ballet.
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What does the mentor do for the WIP program?
- The mentor attends the “Works in Progress” showings in June and September at the Free Flow Dance Centre.
- The mentor uses their experience and knowledge in a mentorship capacity for participating choreographers.
- The mentor generates feedback and comments for each of the choreographers and performers participating in the series.
- The mentor meets individually with each artist/group to discuss and aid in the future development of the work.
- The mentor is available to the artists for further consultations during the season.
- The mentor writes an assessment on the 2018 series in general.
The Mentor Program is invaluable!
- Mentorship is invaluable to dance artists especially in SK as there is currently no professional dance training school or institution located in the province.
- Mentors provide significant insight into the development of young artists work and are important in the honing of their craft.
- Local Mentor programs help us to develop and maintain our homegrown talent.
- This program attracts the attention of national choreographers who travel to SK to participate and bring new work and inspirations to our province.
A bit about the organization:
Mandate: We endeavor to advance dance as an accessible art that can be appreciated, experienced and enjoyed by everyone.
Vision Statement: Free Flow is a leading edge, contemporary, Canadian Dance Company. The driving philosophy behind the company's projects is that dance should be accessible to people of all ages and interests. The Company strives to create and present innovative, experimental and relevant contemporary dance works in the province of Saskatchewan and beyond. Our community development programs such as the W.I.P. Series help to promote dance as an art and develops audience appreciation and understanding of the art form as well as provide a place for artists to develop their craft.
Contextual Information and Services for the W.I.P. Series: Free Flow works within the contemporary dance milieu in Canada. We engage with both emerging and professional dancers, independent choreographers and small companies. Our program is a part of the dance ecology through its support services and performance opportunities. The Works in Progress New Dance Series plays a vital role in supporting and nurturing contemporary dance in Saskatchewan and across the country. It is a much needed service in this geographically challenged area.
- Focus on professional development of the local/national dance community.
- Provides a venue for workshops and master classes for the W.I.P. New Dance Series participants and the general dance community and public.
- Provides a venue to work on the development of new choreographic works to participants.
- Provides mentorship programming for each participating choreographer and their dancers.
- Provides performance opportunities for local dancers and choreographers as well as other provincial and national artists.
- Provides artists salons and receptions for creating connections between artists and community members.
- Provides a dance series in which to present “work in progress” for peers and audience.
The Nature of Our Support
The WIP Series provides professional development, creation development leading to potential performance opportunities. The series is designed to provide a venue for both emerging and professional choreographers who are working in the area of contemporary and experimental choreography and is open to all artists working in this vein in both the province of Saskatchewan and across Canada. The series was developed to address the need for professional development, learning and performance opportunities in Saskatchewan.
Previous Mentors for the program include:
Danny Grossman, Frank Engel, Tom Bentley-Fisher, Marie-Stéphane Ledoux, Jackie Latendresse and Patricia Dewer.
The series began in 2003 and is currently going into it's 14th season.