Chantal Doucett

If you ever have the pleasure of viewing Chantal Doucett’s work, it will leave a lasting impression. Trust me.

This young choreographers movement is what one would call: mature. It is clear age does not matter. Containing very quirky and sharp ticks, her choreography is very visual, pattern based with many rhythm changes. And get this: she will be presenting not just one, but TWO pieces in the Boston Showcase at 12pm.
One piece will be performed by the Urbanity Dance Summer intensive, while her other piece to the classic song, “Ave Maria,” will be represented by Urbanity Dance, whom she is a choreographer & dancer for. She explains how her piece with Urbanity is pushing & moving her into to push outside her comfort zone in the world of choreography,

 

“I tend to work with Dj beats, so the work I’m presenting for the festival is my usual choreography with a musical twist. I also strayed away from creating a comical work which is normally an unintentional outcome.  I worked hard to have zero comical moments!”

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival
Michael Seamans Photography, BCDF 2013


 
Doucett has had the opportunity to present work in the first inaugural and second Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.  This choreographer refers to the festival a “community of creators under one roof.” She explains what she has discovered in years past & what should hopes for this year’s festival,

 

“After participating in this festival for the past 2 years I have discovered so many new companies to connect with.  Every year I anticipate discovering new talent that inspires me. This year I hope to gain even more connections among my fellow participants. “

 

Besides BCDF, her work has also been shown at Boston GreenFest, Dance for Life, Urbanity’s NEXT, & Outside the Box Festival at the Boston Commons. You do not want to miss out on a chance to see her work.

 

Buy your tickets HERE to see Chantel Doucetts work!

 

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival
Michael Seamans Photography BCDF 2013

Katie Paquin

Katie Paquin is a young choreographer hoping to burst her way onto the dance scene, & what better way then presenting her work at BCDF?

In 2013, Paquin graduated college with a B.A. in dance & has been choreographing work ever since. She has the passion & determination, to one day build her own company, but until then she has a small group of dancers who will come together for her to set choreography on. Oh, the power dance has.
A  Rhode Island native, Boston is the closest big city to the choreographer. Question is, what does Paquin hope to gain from BCDF? She explains,

“As a relatively young freelance choreographer, I am hoping to gain lost of knowledge and exposure from this experience. I am trilled to have been chosen to perform my work and share the stage with so many talented companies. I hope to learn and grow as a choreographer.”

So, what work is Katie Paquin presenting at the 3pm National Showcase on August 16th? Well, this is a piece she holds close to her heart, as it will be performed in her honor her grandmother at the festival, who passed away after this piece was choreographed. She drew inspiration from her grandmother being such an incredibly strong women who overcame every obstacle that she was faced with in life.
Make sure to buy your tickets fast because you do not want to miss out on an opportunity to view this piece. 
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Laurie Sefton & Clairobscur Dance Company

Clairobscur Dance Company is all the way from one of the most iconic dance cities, Los Angeles. We are honored that BCDF with be the first time this company will get a glimpse of what  performing on the East Coast is like.

 

Founded by Artistic Director and resident choreographer, Laurie Sefton, she is committed to creating works that are emotional, unique and technical.Her work is grounded in versatile athletic prowess, yet topical and timely.

Girls Trio
“More Please,” Denise Leitner Photography

So, what will the company be presenting at our 7:30 pm National Showcase? Well, Sefton’s piece “More, Please” brings to life the constant inundation that women often experience in their struggle to have it all- relationships, work, art, sex, a full and fulfilling life. The choreographer explains,

“More Please” delves into our desire to do and be everything at once, to ourselves, and to others. Life is a constant juggle full of balance and shifting relationships, values and priorities- constant questioning and pushing. Time moves so quickly and as a woman in today’s society expectations are high. We must fulfill many roles and strive to have everything at once, to achieve our personal and professional goals and often be relied upon to be the emotional rock for many others. What about our desires, needs, disappointments?

So, the question is why “Clairobscur?” Well, its name is the French translation of chiaroscuro, a 17th century painterly term which means an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly an object. How intriguing is that? 

 

Make sure to follow Clairobscur on Facebook, Twitter, and their blog! 

 

More Please J&G
“More Please,” Denise Leitner

 

The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival Companies & Choreographers

BCDF is finally here!

So, what exactly is this festival? Well, on Saturday, August 16th at the Paramount Center, The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will bring a diverse array of contemporary dance artists from across the U.S. to Boston, for a performance opportunity like no other. With an audience capacity of 2,000+, there will be dozens of talented companies performing to raise well-deserved recognition for Boston’s Contemporary Dance scene. Tickets will be available soon, so make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter for updates on when they will be posted! For now, check out the outstanding Boston & national companies that have been chosen to perform:

12 PM: BOSTON SHOWCASE

OnStage Dance Company, The Legible Bod(y), Boston Dance Productions, Penumbra,

 Kinetic Synergy Dance Company

Danielle Pastuszak and Ryan Valente (Boston)

Allison Smith (Boston)

Angie Conte –  Angie Moon Dance Theatre (Boston)

Brian Washburn (Providence, RI)

Cayley ChristoforouExtensions Dance Company (Salem, MA)

Chantal Doucett (Danvers, MA)

Erica Ligeski – Company Four (Boston, MA)

Heather Budinscak – FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company (Bedford, NH)

Jessica Muise – Intimations Dance (Somerville, MA)

Sarah Katarina – Boston Community Dance Project (Boston)

Jennifer Gamache-Dublio – Eclipse Dance Company (Longmeadow, MA)

3 PM: NATIONAL SHOWCASE 1

Aaron Atkins – Ballet Inc. (NY, NY)

Elizabeth Shea (Bloomington, IN)

FATIMA Logan – Vashti Dance Company (NY, NY)

Hee Ra Yoo – Yoo and Dancers (NY, NY)

Jessica Taylor – DAMAGEDANCE (Brooklyn, NY)

Katie Paquin (Providence, RI)

Robert Mark Burke (Elmwood Park, NJ)

Sheena Annalise – Arch Contemporary Ballet (NY, NY)

Zach Law Ingram – 6 O’Clock Dance Theatre (Miami, FL)

Emily Mayer – (Great Barrington, MA)

Colleen Edwards – Dragonfly Ballet Theatre (Portland, ME)

Junichi Fukuda – Fukudance (Portsmouth, NH)

Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp  – inFLUXdance

Jean Appolon – Jean Appolon Expressions (Boston, MA)

7:30 PM: NATIONAL SHOWCASE 2

Andrea Dawn Shelley – iMee (Infinite Movement Ever Evolving) (Newport, RI)

Arielle Petruzella (Hoboken, NJ)

Dante Brown – Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance (Brooklyn, NY)

Ellenore Scott – ELSCO Dance (Long Island, NY)

Emilio Colallio – EmiMotion (Toronto, Canada)

Laurie Sefton – Clairobscur Dance Company (LA, CA)

Lydia Zimmer (Boston, MA)

Ayako Takahashi (Cambridge, MA)

Suzanne Beahrs – Suzanne Beahrs Dance (Brooklyn, NY)

Tara McCrystal – SPUNK and COmpany Dance (Reading, MA)

Margot Gelber (Houston, TX)

Michael Cerwinksi – Michael James New York (Brooklyn. NY)

Urbanity Dance with choreography by Andy Noble of Noble Motion Dance

Special Guest Choreographer – Andy Noble – Noble Motion Dance (Houston, TX)

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