Halifax’s leading contemporary dance organization unveiled its lineup for the 2009-10 season Thursday.

Paul Caskey, artistic director of Live Art Dance Productions, announced the company will be presenting eight live shows in Halifax between October 2009 and May 2010. The performances, brought to town by dancers from across the country, include contemporary jazz, traditional Japanese drumming, and a dance show adapted from a children’s book.

“I find that diversity really exciting, that we’re able to keep audiences coming in and [keep them] curious about contemporary dance,” Caskey said.


The season launch event, which took place Thursday at Sir James Dunn Theatre, included a performance by Lisa Phinney, whose currently unnamed show will kick of Live Art’s season Oct. 1 to 3.

Phinney, who studied environmental science at Dalhousie, was inspired to create her dance show by a moment she experienced while doing field research on loon behaviour.

“It was a really misty, beautiful, early morning and I could hear the loons calling, and when the mist on the lake kind of lifted a bit I saw that there were nine loons on the lake and they were calling to each other,” recalled Phinney after her performance.

“It just moved me to create a dance that could elicit the same kind of reaction I had in that moment but in a dance theatre setting.”

Other performers coming to town include Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal on Nov. 18 and Denise Fujiwara on April 29 to May 1, both of whom have achieved international acclaim and reputation.

For a complete list of the upcoming season, visit liveartproductions.ca.

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