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Motus O: Confessions of a Professional Dancer

wed10apr7:30 pmwed9:30 pmMotus O: Confessions of a Professional Dancer7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

Time

(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

Location

Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

1205 Pinetree Way

Event Details

ABOUT MOTUS O

It is strange to think how a gymnast, a sheep shearer and a figure skater could have their paths meet and eventually become Co-Artistic Directors of a dance theatre company in Canada. Yet, as it turns out, that diversity has become the essence of MOTUS O. Where backgrounds and talents collide and then reform, creating a dynamic team that explores the dramatic and relishes the physical – and all with a touch of humour. CONFESSIONS OF A PROFESSIONAL DANCER reveals the deep recesses of life behind the curtain of professional dance careers that have spanned over 30 years. With the nudging of a therapist, witness the absurd, the bizarre, the droll and the prolific stories of 3 journeyers who thought starting a dance theatre company was actually a good idea! Join MOTUS O as they embark on this, their last tour as founders of the company. 

The Artistic Directors of MOTUS O, James Croker, Cynthia Croker and Jack Langenhuizen, have been trained in several artistic disciplines with decades of combined performing experience in both street theatre and stage. This diversity, coupled with their collaborative style of creating, enriches the production values and constantly surprises the viewer. Each production displays their unique ability to be involved in the whole creative process. They create the story, design and build costumes and props, choreograph, shoot and edit film and if that is not enough, they perform. MOTUS O is Latin for “the method of movement”.

In the Artistic Directors words ‘we want to know the meaning of every movement and to move as if it has meaning’. Physical inventiveness, lightning action, grace and raw energy are all trademarks of their evolving style. Since their formation in 1990, MOTUS O has created thirty full-length productions for both family and adult audiences. The troupe continues to tour throughout North America, Europe and the South Seas, bringing with them their innovative and highly visual works to both small and large communities alike.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

JAMES CROKER | Originally a sheep shearer from Australia, James came to Canada to study dance, theatre and mime at Guelph University, Guelph Ontario, and the former Academy of Performing Arts School in Cambridge, Ontario. James worked for the Academy for over a decade, creating and performing productions in China, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America. Eventually James became the arts school director, teaching and training international young people in dance, theatre and mime. In 1990 James began his own company MOTUS O and has since been working the roles of Co-Artistic Director as well as Choreographer, Performer, Set and Prop Designer. James was also a teacher in dance and theatre, including working for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s “Learning through the Arts” program teaching school curriculum through the arts in Toronto, and working as an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in their Management/Leadership Program. James has created over 70 original works or 30 full-length productions for the company and has toured them throughout England, Australia, the U.S.A. and Canada.

CYNTHIA CROKER | Cynthia grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota studying all forms of dance ranging from ballet and jazz to tap dancing on dinner plates. She trained professionally in voice, flute and gymnastics as well performed in many musical theatre productions. After studying vocal education at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota she came to Canada and joined the staff of the Academy of Performing Arts School (Cambridge, Ontario) where she taught master classes in jazz dance, voice and flute and directed numerous productions internationally. Cynthia is a Co-Founder of MOTUS O as well as holds the positions of Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer, Teacher and Costume Designer. She has created over 70 original works for the company and has toured with them throughout England, the U.S.A. and Canada. Cynthia is currently developing movement workshops for individuals battling grief.

JACK LANGENHUIZEN | A former national figure skater, Jack began, at the age of 18, his training in dance at Toronto’s Roland and Romaine Dance School, including jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre and ballroom. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree he joined the Academy of Performing Arts School (Cambridge, Ontario) where he taught and continued his studies in dance now including modern and contact improvisation. He also toured with the Academy’s dance school in Europe, Central America and throughout North America. In 1990 Jack co-founded MOTUS O as well as took the roles of General Manager, Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer and Teacher. Jack has created over 70 original works for MOTUS O and has toured and taught with them throughout England, Australia, U.S.A. and Canada. Alongside MOTUS O, Jack is also currently working as a figure skating coach, creating and developing skater artistic expression.


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