Press Release: Blind Date, July 30, 2011

Contact: Susan Heather Cook

For Immediate Release: 

Blind Date: Halifax Meets Washington DC Through Dance

Susan Cook has physicality that belies her fragile appearance, and intensity in her dancing that brings gasps from audiences.  Malcolm Shute flies around the stage, long, thick dark hair arcing through the space, with an ease and lightness that underscores his swarthy, pirate-like appearance.

The two have never met. Cook, a former ballet dancer, lives outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she teaches Pilates, bikes, gardens, and studies Capoeira. Shute, a modern dancer, lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where he teaches dance, dance history, and writing, runs his own dance company, and raises his 3-year-old daughter, Maya.

But, in a special dance event Saturday July 30 at 7 pm at Kinetics Studio in Halifax, the two will co-create an evening of dances about relationships, encounters, controlling and letting go.

Amanda Abrams, Malcolm Shute, Alexander Short, and Mary Szegda in Icarus

Shute brings his company of 4 dancers, Human Landscape Dance, to Nova Scotia, featuring his duets and trios charting human relationships through touch: a hand closing a pair of eyes, feet rising over a shoulder, a figure standing upon another's back.

Cook, a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, professional dancer, certified Stott Pilates & Gyrokinesis teacher, and a passionate student of Capoeira, will improvise a duet with Shute as a part of the concert. Both are interested in how such differently-trained dancers, from two different parts of the continent, moving together for the first time, will find common or perhaps, uncommon ground.

The two are also co-teaching a workshop for area dancers and martial artists on Saturday morning, at least some of whom will perform a structured improvisation on the evening program.

In addition, Human Landscape Dance will share three recent works: Odysseus Comes Home, Icarus and Daedalus, and a section of Closet Dances titled Security Chain. All three works focus on human relationships in contention and reconciliation.

Tickets for the concert alone are $10.00; for the workshop and concert, $20.00. Pay at the door.