Mike Moore, Justine Chambers, Michael Trent,
Heidi Strauss, Ron Stewart, Michael Sean Marye
rehearsal photo by Kenneth
"Sasso's gutsy piece has been
the surprise hit of the festival…"
- Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
"Gutsy, full-blooded movement that sweeps and rolls
across the stage."
- Michael Crabb, The National Post
Choreographed by Julia
Dramaturgy by Brian Quirt
"This piece touches the soul." - The Globe and Mail
"The dance contains no explicit narrative,
yet it has the emotional impact of great drama...Beauty
marks the coming of age of a remarkable choreographer." - Toronto
"Depicting galloping wild stallions and
orgasmic sexual encounters, Beauty is Sasso's most
audacious, honest and revealing work to date." - Eye Magazine
An abstract meditation on the meaning of beauty,
this bold dance work has been an exciting collaboration between
choreographer, dramaturg and six dancers. With spirited physicality
and mercurial grace, Beauty brings to life a landscape
of desire in which Sasso's dancers explore the possibility of beauty
in every kind of human encounter.
Audience response to the sold-out premiere
in Ottawa in June 2002 was excellent, and the five day run at Toronto's
Harbourfront Centre in 2003 was greeted with rave reviews and standing
room only performances.
is a co-commission of Nightswimming, Harbourfront Centre and Julia
Canada Dance Festival at
the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, June 11, 2002
Premiere Dance Theatre,
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, January 28 to February 1,
Choreography by Julia Sasso
Dramaaturgy by Brian Quirt
Justine Chambers, Michael Sean Mayre, Mike Moore, Ron Stewart,
Heidi Strauss and Michael Trent
Geoffrey Bennett and TTG Music Lab
Heather MacCrimmon and Hugh Conacher
production and rehearsal photos...