James Kudelka’s Four Old Legs
October 11, 2019 | 7pm
With Talk-Back after the performance
The Capitol Theatre
(121 University Ave W, Windsor, ON)
Riverfront InterArts presented the Canadian-US border premiere of Canadian dance luminary James Kudelka’s (Citadel + Compagnie) Four Old Legs
Citadel + Compagnie’s resident choreographer and Order of Canada appointee Kudelka has created this poignant performance piece celebrating time, memory, and experience. Ballet icon Evelyn Hart and acclaimed dance artist Zhenya Cerneacov eloquently explore the premise that growing older is something better practiced by young people.
Four Old Legs is a series of vignettes that explore long-term love, after the heady thrill of infatuation has faded. A series of solos and duets are danced in a sparsely furnished space, each one providing a glimpse into the shared life of a couple, weaving the emotional threads into the rich and varied tapestry of a longstanding relationship. Set to 16 songs by artists as varied as Chopin, the Talking Heads, Judy Garland, and Serge Gainsbourg, the music indicates the passage of time and helps to illuminate the gifts and challenges of the aging process. With lighting design by Simon Rossiter, projection design by Jeremy Mimnagh and costumes by Hoax Couture, Four Old Legs represents a collaboration of experienced artists at the top of their game.
“Growing old is something better practiced by young people.”
James Kudelka’s Four Old Legs is a duet to fall in love with…Kudelka has the eye and maturity to sketch the long-term relationship experience in subtle, yet very legible shades. – NOW Magazine
The lure of ballerina Evelyn Hart is irresistible. – Paula Citron
A profoundly moving duet. – The Globe and Mail
Gathering for Mass Culture
August 9th, 2019
1:00 - 3:00pm
Taisa Petruk hosted an in-person Gathering for Mass Culture, a non-profit national organization committed to ensuring all communities have the ability to mobilize and benefit from arts and culture research.
This Gathering discussed the future of national cultural research as it relates to how Arts Policy (specifically Creative Canada) affects rural border regions. A select group of people - engaged in this topic at different levels and in different sectors and industries - met for a lively, informal conversation facilitated by Taisa Petruk (Riverfront InterArts) and Mary Jo Mullins.
They look forward to having more discussions with organizations and community members in the future.
ParkDances: a festival of dance
Photos of Pixelated Squid - Tentacle Tribe and Gregory Thane and Emmanuelle Le Phan as part of ParkDances by George Wonsul
July 29th, 2018
1:30pm – 6:00pm
(78 Riverside Drive, West, Windsor)
In Partnership with: Windsor and Region Dance
The first-of-its-kind regional festival featured artists of all levels from across North America, including Tentacle Tribe of Montreal (CALQ Award recipients), known for their electric duet Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, and Barbara Selinger representing DDCdances (Detroit). Joining them was 10-year old cellist and composer Jivan Ramesh (New York). Included, among other performances, was a remounting of a work by Anh Nguyen, a Windsor-Essex local and internationally recognized choreographer, and HNM Dance Company. Several other local ethnic groups, emerging dance artists, and students participated in this biennial event.
"ParkDances: a festival of dance is a celebration of movement and culture. This event focuses on presenting new works, cultural dance styles, and creating connections with dance communities and artists from outside of the Windsor-Essex region,” says Taisa Petruk, Director of Riverfront InterArts. “We feel very honoured and humbled to be able to present such talent in Windsor.”
We welcomed all community members to this free, family-friendly outdoor event. This event was generously supported by Dance Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Header photo of ParkDances by George Wonsul