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Assemblée Internationale 2009

Assemblée Internationale 09

8:00AM - 9:30AM
Currie Hall
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Ballet classes
Studios, Celia Franca Centre
11:45AM - 1:00PM
Rehearsals for choreographic workshop
Studios, Celia Franca Centre
1:00PM - 2:15PM
Lunch break for students & staff
Mona Campbell Square, Celia Franca Centre
1:15PM - 2:45PM
"Think Tank/Brainstorming Sessions" over lunch, all Artistic Directors
Academic Building
2:15PM - 4:45PM
Stage work-through of choreographic workshop
Studios, Celia Franca Centre
7:30PM - 9:15PM
PERFORMANCE: Choreographic workshop presentation
Betty Oliphant Theatre
404 Jarvis Street

Interviews and Reports

AI09 Day 6

Philippe Braunschweig, Founder of the Prix de Lausanne, at AI09
by Jeff Melanson, NBS' Executive Director & Co-CEO

During the AI, I have had the exceptional opportunity to spend time with Philippe Braunschweig, Swiss industrialist and founder of the Prix de Lausanne. Philippe is an extraordinary visionary and he has spent decades as a key architect within the international dance community. It is an incredible honour to have Philippe here with us.

As much as it is amazing just to spend time with a person of such stature, I must say I have gained tremendously from his thoughtfulness and insights. He has provided a wide range of critical feedback and he has served to refine much of my thinking about the state of the arts and opportunities for the future. We had a fabulous time up at a motion capture studio on Wednesday and I look forward to many more dynamic exchanges of ideas throughout the week.

In addition to his insights and experience, it is also humbling and deeply gratifying to hear a person of Philippe's experience speak about our AI as being an unprecedented dance event on the world stage. Clearly, this needs to be the beginning of an ongoing international dialogue that brings more voices to the table and shares the incredible activity of this week much more broadly. I will expect to be enriched through the next iteration of AI and through what I hope will be many years of Philippe's ideas and insights.

AI09 Day 6

My AI Experience
by Tamara Tomic-Vajagic, Dance Writer & PhD candidate, Dance Studies Roehampton University London UK

This week of Assemblée Internationale has been an extraordinary and stimulating experience even for those of us who are merely spectators. Although I expected it in a way, it was still astonishing to feel the collective energy spread throughout the School. What a privilege to witness the artistic and communal spirit thrive across the studios and common areas of this hard-working celebration.

I found the students' adaptability and curiosity very empowering. One can easily sense everyone's readiness to embrace the diverse challenges and excitements thrown at them throughout this week. How thrilling must it be to learn from all the internationally celebrated teachers, and to get a taste of the methods and styles of many different international schools.

I think I learned a lot myself – both from the teachers, and from the students. Particularly, the students showed me how important it is to be stay open to new exploratory ideas, and not to be afraid to step outside the box in a studio – some amazing and surprising things may emerge – even when you feel your most tired! In this sense, I loved watching Shaun Amyot's improvisational collaboration with students, and hearing the dancers' answers to Shaun's question, "What did you think in your head when you performed that movement?" The studio was truly transformed into a vibrant playground, with the animated dancers as serious movement explorers on a common mission.

AI09 Day 6

Studio-to-Stage Transformation
by Michelle Murphy, NBS Student

By the end of the week, Shaun Amyot's improvisation piece started to take on structure and clarity from the dancers. We were given less than 15 minutes on stage for spacing, a run-through, and lighting cues. After, we were quickly rushed off the stage due to time constraints; other dancers were in the wings ready to use their allotted time on the stage before the first performance that evening. I was fortunate enough to see both the run-through and the performance that evening. The steps and structure of the piece were in everyone's body, but when an audience was in front of them the level of energy picked up completely. I was fortunate enough to watch this studio-to-stage transformation and it was completely magnificent. After seeing the piece numerous times, I was still amazed at the continual discoveries the dancers made on stage with their improvisational tasks. I think the dancers and audience were pleased with Shaun Amyot's creation. One member of the group said to me that after this experience she really hopes her school will start offering contemporary and improvisation classes.

Day 6 in photographs

AI09 Day 6
AI09 Day 6

Offstage Pre-Workshop

Offstage pre-workshop
AI09 dancers watch for their cue to go onstage from a live feed in Mona Campbell Square. (01:11)

The Beginning of Tomorrow

Interview with Veronica Tennant
Veronica Tennant enthusiastically describes the significance & vibrancy of the AI09. (08:16)

AI09 Blog

AI09 Blog

Read our AI09 blog & check back frequently for updates.

It was truly exciting...

to hear my students' impressions of the week, to see how much they had learned and how their perspective of themselves and their profession had grown. They all found the forum very stimulating and one of the girls said she was intrigued with the idea of putting on her own show.

Thank-you and congratulations from all of us to all of you!
Arlene Minkhorst, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

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