Motus O dance theatre arrives at Capitol

Two performances at the theatre are scheduled for this weekend.

The Motus O dance company is celebrating its 25th anniversary — and performing at Nelson's Capitol Theatre this weekend.

The Capitol Theatre is presenting two performances by Motus O this weekend on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“For three years I’ve been trying to get this outstanding dance company to the Capitol stage,” says executive director Stephanie Fischer. “I am over the moon.”

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Motus O has put together a program of their most popular pieces that have entertained audiences across Canada. The show is comprised of 18 short pieces that promise to entrance people of all tastes and all ages.

“This is an incredible opportunity to check out dance theatre at its best,” Fischer says. “Their pieces are magical, honest and passionate.”

One example of works that will be performed is IMTA (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture), a collaboration of five dancers interpreting the 50 to 80 million-ton wild seafood shortage anticipated by 2030 that may be filled through aquaculture. Inspired by IMTA expert Dr. Thierry Chopin, this piece features voice over, video and music composed by Elliott Goldenthal, The Durutti Column, and Jonathan Elias.

In another piece entitled Me, Myself and I, four dancers interpret Parkinson’s disease to “Time Forgets” by Yiruma, and a single dancer performs Hangin’ By A Thread to the music of this Jann Arden song. This piece is also accompanied by a video component.

Motus O is not only in Nelson to perform, they are also engaging the community through dance classes with 25 young dancers ages six to 18. This local talent will be part of the Sunday family series show Alice, Motus O’s inspired interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s famous novels Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. This innovative, witty and vibrant work features Carroll’s eccentric characters, from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the vivacious Queen of Hearts with eclectic musical score in a fast-paced, beautifully choreographed production.

The Capitol also offers an adult workshop on Friday; there are still some spaces left. Call the Capitol Theatre at 250-352-6363 or drop by the theatre to register.

Ausdance Magazine writes that “Motus O performs with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Their work reflects and provokes contemporary thought simply and directly.”

Fischer says the dancers move between seriousness and satire with energy and skill.

“You’ll love it,” she says.

 

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