Helix Dance Theatre is collaborating with Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon to create a fusion of sound and motion.
The pre-professional dance company debuts Movement and Muse at the Malaspina Theatre Saturday (April 13). The performance has four pieces, including an opening improvisational piece danced to McMahon’s live performance.
“We’ll be bringing art forms together. I’m happy to see it come to fruition,” said Sarah DeVito, artistic director and a founder of the company.
McMahon said in an e-mail that he’s a fan of audio art.
“To be able to be part of a fusion of both my music and dance of an exceptional calibre is seen as another opportunity to grow as an artist,” he said.
Dancers in the performance range in ages from 11 to 22 years old and will dance a modern contemporary style. There are several pieces being performed including one created by the DeVito, called Do You Remember?
“I’ve wanted to create a piece of work dedicated to my parents,” she said. “It’s a piece about Alzheimer’s and dementia, so that is a piece that comes from my heart.”
There is also a performance about bullying.
“We like to have the girls explore social issues in a context that is appropriate,” said DeVito.
Movement and Muse starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$12 students available at Arbutus Music, calling 250-954-4194 or on the Helix Dance Facebook page. Tickets are $20 at the door.
The performance is a fundraiser for group, a non-profit company.
The show allows youth to gain more experience and exposure.
The dance company is currently in its fourth season of operation and includes dancers from various studios from across Vancouver Island.
For more information about Helix Dance Theatre please go to www.helixdance.org.