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Artword Theatre: Seven Duets +Night Journey by Learie Mc Nicolls, June 21-23

May 21st, 2017
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Wednesday to Friday, June 21 to 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 advance (call 905-543-8512) / $15 at door. Artword Theatre presents a Contemporary Dance Showcase, curated by dancer-choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The program will be repeated for three evenings.
Featured is a new work, Seven Duets, choreographed and danced by Learie Mc Nicolls with Tanis Macarthur, exploring the lifts and falls in dance that can only be done with a partner.
Learie will also perform a new version of his solo work Night Journey, choreographed to selected recorded music by solo bassist Wilbert De Joode. This work was first presented in February. Lighting and visual design by Judith Sandiford features real-time projections.

Dance, Event, Theatre

DANCE: Night Journey, Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thurs, Feb 22-23

January 5th, 2017
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Wednesday February 22 and Thursday February 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Artword Theatre presents a Dance Showcase, featuring a new work called Night Journey, by dancer/choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, choreographed to selected recorded music by solo bassist Wilbert De Joode. Also a new duet with dancer Tanis Macarthur, with soundscape by Learie Mc Nicolls. Visual design by Judith Sandiford.

Dance, Event

Big Dance Little Stage, Wed & Thurs Oct 5 & 6, 8 pm

August 25th, 2016
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Learie_BDLS_0196_cWednesday and Thursday, October 5 & 6, 2016, 8 pm, $10. The next edition of Big Dance Little Stage, our ongoing contemporary dance showcase series hosted by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The BDLS showcases are an exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations. Line-up includes a new work in progress by Lisa Emmons with dancer/violist Anthony Rapoport, a new work performed by Angela Del Franco, belly dance by Jackie Pullar and Nimmi Kalra-Brenzil (Wed only), Megan English with Dale Morningstar (Thurs only). Live visuals by Judith Sandiford.

Dance, Event

Trinite, Roots en Route events at Artword, Mon Sept 26

August 19th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
Dance-Trinite_cMonday, September 26, 2016, 8:30 pm. $20 (advance reserve 905-543-8512), $25 door. Trinite dance trio:
Nickeshia Garrick ,(Canada); Collette Murray (Canada);
Shelly Ann Mc Leod (Trinidad). These three women entertain and educate, through movement and song.

Dance, Event, Music, Music-World, Special event

Dance: Learie Mc Nicolls, Roots en Route at Artword, Sun Sept 25

August 18th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
artword_box_0990Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8 pm, $20 (advance reserve 905-543-8512), $25 door. Artword Theatre presents a dance double-bill:
Once I Lived in the Box (30-minute version) is choreographed by Learie Mc Nicolls, performed by dancers Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur and Learie Mc Nicolls. “Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box… ” The piece is a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that reveal different aspects of isolation and connection, vulnerability and trust. Learie_McNicolls_0194_cThe full length version of this stunning work premiered at the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2016, to rave reviews.
The Parrot of Paradise is a Caribbean tale told in dance and spoken word, written and performed by Learie Mc Nicolls. This is the premiere of a new work. It tells a story of a individual chosen to tell a short tale of a particular incident on a particular island. The story draws on Learie’s own experience growing up in the Caribbean, and is partly autobiographical, partly historical. Duration 20 mins.

Dance, Event, Theatre

“the best thing you see at the Fringe this year” review by Amos Crawley

July 21st, 2016
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Once I Lived in the Box
Review by Amos Crawley, Published July 20, 2016   https://raisethehammer.org/fringe/2988/once_i_lived_in_the_box

Once I Lived In The Box is a dire warning. It’s a tired and nearly, nearly defeated voice crying out in the middle of a windy, terrifying night. It is by turns haunting, sensual, humorous, distant and visceral. Like the Otis Redding version of A Change Is Gonna Come that scores a marvelous solo, it’s a show that never once apologizes for the pain of being alive.

It is a shared experience in that way – it’s us who are being warned: STOP! We hold on to our faked generosity, our small ownerships, our secret hate for dear life as if we ourselves are not part of a continuum-as if we do not all break the same way.

The show begins with the razor edge feeling of a situation that can’t possibly end well. Then quickly we are in the hustle and bustle of a life where life is that which gets swept away-hidden.

The show moves for the most part with the undeniable pulse of heartbreak. We are perhaps doomed and our inner turmoil is a result of the lack of faith we put in one another, of a true generosity of spirit. That’s the price we all gotta pay. Isn’t it a pity?

Mc Nicolls and his gifted, dedicated performers unselfishly make the political personal so that at the turn of a phrase or a fade in the music (the evening is accompanied by some of the most exquisite music of the 20th century) we have gone from the world at large to the most intimate trials and tribulations of a love affair.

It may be a warning, but it is not a hopeless warning. There is always joy available. We’re gonna end up in a box anyhow-why live in one too?

It may be a warning. It may also be the best thing you see at the Fringe this year.

Amos Crawley is an actor, director and acting instructor who lives in East Hamilton with his wife, actor and director Cadence Allen, and their young son.

Dance, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

“Visceral, raw strength…” “passionately and creatively written and performed”

July 21st, 2016
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Once I Lived in the Box Review in View Magazine July 21 2016 by Heather Baer

Visceral, raw strength are words which came to mind while watching Once I Lived in the Box, a full-length dance work passionately and creatively written and performed by awarding winning choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. Joining him are four beautiful women (Jamila Bello, Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, and Tanis Macarthur) equally talented in their own right and each having a background in various movement forms from hip-hop to yoga and everything in between.

Once I Lived in the Box was inspired by a 10 page poem of the same name written by Mc Nicolls (“…because I have a lot to say”, quips Mc Nicolls when asked at a Q&A session after opening night) and reveals issues of vulnerability and trust as show through a series of solos, duets and quartets interwoven around, in, on and through movable pieces of “the box”.

The passion for and commitment to the piece and to their craft was expressed by the artists in every move from the fluid cadence of limbs to the exact placement of fingers as well as tell-tale glances and nods sometimes working in harmony and other times in opposition.

Come and enjoy this unique exposition. The artistry continues for the rest of the weekend at Artword Artbar.

Dance, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Gary Smith rave reviews for Box and Toller

July 16th, 2016
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Out there on the Fringe: Three plays that take us on a journey of discovery
Gary Smith  The Hamilton Spectator, 16 Jul 2016
Gary Smith has written on theatre and dance for The Hamilton Spectator for more than 30 years.

There’s diversity on The Fringe. Take Once I Lived in the Box, a contemporary dance drama that asks you to feel drama through movement. Or Toller, a second look at a troubled genius who made skating look easy and life look hard. And then there’s Anybody Else, Ryan Sero’s biting comedy about art versus commercial success. Even Sigmund Freud turns up in that one.
These are three distinctly different, but compelling human journeys that tell us we’re alive and thinking somewhere on The Fringe.

artword_box_0990Once I Lived in the Box is an intimate, intensely personal dance drama where movement says what words cannot. Learie Mc Nicolls and four outstanding female performers take us to the edge of personal discovery, forcing us to escape theatrical stereotypes and confront our personal psyches. Mc Nicolls’ choreography gives his dancers freedom to express who they are; each being a different and skilled artist who lets movement take her to a private, enigmatic place.
Angela Del Franco, statuesque and lean, has something of a Martha Graham sensibility about her, warm and cool at the same time. Sharon Harvey is a compact firebomb of a dancer who eats space. And somewhere in between such polarities is Tanis Macarthur, a pale presence who moves like a spectre connecting this world with some other time and place.
Mc Nicolls’ world of demons and darlings, set free in a performance that’s honest and pure, is enticing. And when the man himself puts on his familiar black derby he moves like a cross between a Bengal tiger and some latter day Mr. Bojangles: pure honey dripping from a spoon. Jamila Bello adds occasional words of wisdom via spoken raplike passages that bookend the performance.
Sophisticated and startling, Once I Lived in the Box plays at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., July 19 to 22 at 9 p.m. and Sat. July 23 at 6 and 9 p.m.

Back in Hamilton for a second time is Sky Gilbert’s poetic drama Toller. If you missed it before, this is a perfect chance to catch one of the best works of the season. A tortured genius, Toller Cranston was a remarkable painter and a brilliant ice skater. He was a man who saw life through the opposite end of the telescope. His own emotions, sexual identity and theatrical attitude were simply part of his genius and Gilbert’s play. Here is a dazzling picture of the artist as a troubled human being. Imaginatively directed by Gilbert, and acted with great understanding and simplicity by David Tomlinson, Toller is luminous. It’s something Hamilton Fringe should be proud of. It’s at Artword Artbar, July 16 at 4 and 8 p.m. and July 17 at 2 p.m. For goodness sake, go see it. Read more…

Dance, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

DANCE: Once I Lived in the Box, FRINGE: July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

June 10th, 2016
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FRINGE LOGO 2016_c Artword_Box_July2016_8x11posterSIX SHOWS: Tues- Fri July 19-22, 2016, at 9:00 pm; Sat July 23 at 6:00 & 9:00 pm. Running time 60 minutes.
Tickets $10: hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
or at door.
Artword Theatre presents Once I Lived in the Box, a dance work by Learie Mc Nicolls,  for the 2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival.Box_P1270889_c Dancer and choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls has created a full-length dance piece about vulnerability and trust. The piece is danced by Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur, Jamila Bello and Learie Mc Nicolls, in a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that reveal different aspects of isolation and connection. Judith Sandiford is producer and lighting designer. Box_P1270852_c
“Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box… ”

Photos right are from the presentation at Artword Artbar in Feb 2016.
REVIEW: “Learie Mc Nicolls’ newest creation, Once I Lived in the Box, at Artword Artbar [Feb 3, 4 and 5, 2016], was a powerful, yet intimate, piece of choreography… This piece touched the heart. I hope it will be remounted; it deserves a longer run and a larger audience.” Ellen Jaffe, Ontario Arts Review

Dance, Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thurs June 15-16

May 15th, 2016
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Learie_McNicolls_BDLS_Apr21_2016_0094Wednesday June 15 and Thursday June 16, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #11 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. An exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations . Line-up: Jamila B. movement, Jackie Pullar and Nimmi Kalra-Brenzil, belly dance, Susan Robinson and Will Gillespie (dance and music), Julia Garlisi dance. Live visuals by Judith SandifordLearie Mc Nicolls performs a new solo dance work-in-development “The Night Journey”, with recorded tracks by bassist Wilbert de Joode, about “sinking deep into your unconscious and bringing what you find there up to the surface.”

Dance, Event

Big Dance, Little Stage, w. Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thurs Mar 23-24, Thurs Apr 21

February 13th, 2016
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BDLS_2015_12_03_0815_c680Wednesday March 23 and Thursday March 24, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #9 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. An exciting opportunity for dancers to showcase new work, explore improvisations, and build new collaborations . Line-up for March 23 and 24 (Easter edition) includes: Sharon Harvey, Megan English, Anderson Langille, Jackie Pullar, Pearl Lall (Thurs only), and Learie Mc Nicolls. (Photo Anderson Langille and Orange McFarland, BDLS, Dec 3, 2015.)
Next edition of BDLS, Thursday April 21, line-up: Tanya Langille, Nimmi Kalra Brenzil and  special guest jazz vocalist Sophia Perlman singing “Isn’t It a Pity” to Learie’s choreography. Learie is also premiering an excerpt of his new solo, The Night Journey..

Dance, Event

DANCE: Once I Lived in the Box, by Learie McNicolls, Feb 3, 4 & 5, 2016

December 10th, 2015
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Learie_Box_poster2Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, February 3, 4 & 5, 2016, at 8 pm, $15. BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Artword Theatre presents three performances of a new full-length dance work Once I Lived in the Box by choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls, for Black History Month. Performed by dancers Angelo Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur and Learie Mc Nicolls with music by Edgardo Moreno.

Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box /
raged at the box /
the box was shiny/ the box was misery/
the school of hard knocks/ pulled up mah socks

Learie Mc Nicolls has been a key figure in the contemporary dance scene in Toronto since the 1980s. He has danced with Toronto Dance Theatre, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Read more…

Dance, Event, Theatre

Big Dance, Little Stage, host Learie Mc Nicolls, Thurs Dec 3

November 1st, 2015
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BDLS_Learie_McNicolls_Oct29_0238_cThursday December 3, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. One night only! Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #8 of Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. New choreography, improvisations, live visuals. Line-up for Dec 3:
* Anderson Langille,
* Julia Garlisi
* Megan English with musician Dale Morningstar,
* Learie Mc Nicolls

link to Learie’s trailer on Facebook

Dance, Event

Big Dance, Little Stage, Learie Mc Nicolls, Wed-Thurs, Oct 28 & 29

September 17th, 2015
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BDLS_Apr29_2015_Lisa_Emmons_cWednesday & Thursday October 28 and 29, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. Choreographer/dancer Learie Mc Nicolls curates and hosts edition #7 of his on-going series Big Dance, Little Stage, an evening of contemporary dance works for a small stage. New choreography, improvisations, live visuals. “This event has been an essential tool for me to take risks, grow and get out there!” Megan English (dancer/choreographer):
The Oct 28 & 29 edition features improvisations with musicians.
* Dancer Alyssa Nedich with musicians Kevin Fournier, Greg Chambers & Nimal Agalawatte
* Dancer Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, solo
* Dancers Tanya Langille and Anderson Langille,  with musicians Robin Lajoie, Orange McFarland and Nick Michas.
* Learie Mc Nicolls with musician Edgardo Moreno
Live visuals by Judith Sandiford
(Photo right: Lisa Emmons, BDLS, April 29, 2015)

Dance, Event

Choreographic Workshops, Wed Sept 23 and Wed Sept 30

August 16th, 2015
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Learie_Nov20_0345Wednesday, September 23 and 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm.
Workshop with choreographer Learie McNicolls and theatre director Ronald Weihs, for dancers, movers, actors, performers.
How to put together a performance piece with movement and structure in a theatrical space. Learie and Ron will share their secret processes to help you develop a short work. The second workshop is a continuation of the first one.
Cost: $10 per workshop.
Reserve: email Learie <leariemcnicolls@gmail.com>, or
email Artword <artword@artword.net>, or call Judith Sandiford 905-543-8512. Or you can join the event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/700491216747798/
Location: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St, on the theatre stage.
Time: Please arrive by 6:15 to get ready. We will start right at 6:30 pm. We will finish at 9:30.
Bring: Comfortable clothes and soft footwear that you can move in.

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