I think we're a lot more contemplative. I think that we seem to examine larger issues. The movement is often more expansive.
—Brent Lott, artistic director
Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers are keeping it close to home for their upcoming show, Prairie Dance Circuit. Their performance features works by Winnipeg's Johanna Riley and WCD's artistic director Brent Lott as well as a new work, Hereafter, by Alberta's Tania Alvarado.
This is the third year for Prairie Dance Circuits, involving Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg. Lott feels the prairie provinces have a lot in common. "Definitely the landscape has a huge impact on who we are as artists," he says.
"I think we're a lot more contemplative. I think that we seem to examine larger issues. The movement is often more expansive."
Lott's own work, which he developed with solo dancer Mark Medrano, is called Egress, which means 'passage.' It grew out of his response to the death of founding artistic director Rachel Browne this past June.
At first, he didn't know where his movements were coming from. Then "I realized, my God, I'm choreographing what I'm experiencing -- what I'm going through right now -- my grieving process," he says. "Once we knew that, things just flew, came out of both of us."
A tribute performance of Browne's works is planned for early January.
Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers present Prairie Dance Circuit at the Rachel Browne Theatre Dec. 7 & 8.