Saskatchewan

Dancing at a bus stop: FadaDance tries 'something different' in Regina

A Regina dance group put on several performances Sunday, but not at a traditional theatre. Instead, FadaDance used the city itself as a stage, dancing at a bus shelter and in an back lane downtown among other venues.

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A Regina dance group gave several performances Sunday, but not at a traditional theatre. Instead, FadaDance used the city itself as a stage, dancing at a bus shelter and in an back lane downtown.

"All the pieces are site-specific," Heather Cameron, co-artistic director for the FadaDance troupe, explained. "We wanted to try something different."

It's also really rewarding to hear birds when you're dancing.- Heather Cameron

The 10 dances were performed by members of the youth company, who also choreographed some of the pieces.

"We woke up some spaces in the city," she said. "Spaces that are sometimes overlooked because they're really mundane, like a bus stop."

Audience members were taken from venue to venue by bus, which also added to the experience, Cameron said.

Heather Cameron, who choreographed a piece for FadaDance, found lots of inspiration for movement at a Regina bus stop. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

"We've been really excited about this idea of bringing an audience together and creating an experience for them that is different from the usual theatre experience," she said. "They spend two hours together on a bus and conversations occur."

Ten choreographers designed dances for the 10 spaces visited. Cameron saw lots of movement possibilities after she visited a bus stop.

Watch out for gopher holes

Some of the other dances were put together in a studio and then re-worked for the actual space.

"It's very challenging for dancers to dance [outside a studio]," she added, talking about the hazards of a gopher hole in a field or an uneven surface. "But it's also really rewarding to hear birds when you're dancing."

In addition to the audience that moves from space to space, the dances also catch the attention of people in the area.

Some glance and move on, Cameron said. Others stay to watch the whole performance.

One of their pieces, in a skateboard park, even attracted some youngsters who were keen to be in the background and perform some tricks.

"It's awesome. It's really complementary to that piece," she said.

Members of FadaDance, a contemporary dance troupe, performed around Regina Sunday. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil

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