Dance Victoria’s Lola Projects grabs the stage

Jung-Ah Chung, Anne Cooper, Robert Halley, Iris Wing-chi Lau, Kyung Eun Lee, and Treena Stubel premiere Lola Projects

Treena Stubel performs at the Lola Projects Sunday evening.

Victoria Dance Days culminates with an evening performance of the Lola Projects.

The Lola Projects are named for the late Lola MacLaughlin, an important contemporary choreographer who worked with Dance Victoria producer Stephen White to devise a program that solicited proposals for new works from Victoria dance artists.

On Sunday evening, artists Jung-Ah Chung, Anne Cooper, Robert Halley, Iris Wing-chi Lau, Kyung Eun Lee, and Treena Stubel will take the stage to premiere new works forged under the guidance of the Lola Project.

“It’s an honour to be selected,” said Halley. “Unlike Vancouver, Victoria is a lot smaller outlet for professional dance artists.”

Halley has choreographed a piece called Shift Happens for the performance. “I’m a yoga teacher so I’m always about trying to feel lighter – stress free. So I thought I’d explore it in a theatrical-dance way.”

He has spent 10 years interpreting other peoples’ work and embraced the chance to express himself fully. “It was nice to be able to dabble in the creative and make my own work. It’s hard when you’re alone in the studio and you have a thousand thoughts of your own that are a source of inspiration – that’s where the joy of mentorship comes in.”

Halley and Stubel both benefited from the talent of Vancouver-based choreographer Joe Laughlin to help them prepare their works.

“We create it ourselves, but Joe Laughlin provides an outside eye,” said Stubel. “When you’re working on a solo work you’re doing things, creating and performing without having outside perspective – someone to bounce ideas off. In the time Joe was not here, Robert and I have been there for each other, watching runs, talking back and forth about them. It’s challenging to be alone, to have someone to reflect with is great – it’s a huge gift.”

The Lola Projects is presented by Dance Victoria, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Metro Theatre, 907 Pandora Ave. Tickets, $15, are available at the door. See a preview of Halley’s work at YouTube.com.

Did you know?

Dance Days – Dance Victoria’s annual city-wide event, Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, offers 70 free classes and demonstrations in studios all over town.

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich crash victim leaves behind pregnant wife and young son

The death of a Saanich man has left behind a grieving widow,… Continue reading

PACE concert raises $6,500 for Langford family

Cathy Shotton recently donated her kidney to her daughter, Nicki

Cigarette butts the main culprit in lagoon beach cleaup

Thousands of butts were picked up by the Greater Victoria Green team recently

West Shore fireworks courses start next week

Course required for mandatory permit

VicPD officers hurt in separate weekend incidents

Both altercations involved aggressive individuals encountered by police

Popular Halloween costumes of 2017

The Joker, Game of Thrones characters and more are on the list as some of the most popular costumes in Victoria.

Nanaimo man assaulted, tied up and robbed at his home

Incident occurred about 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at a home on Beverly Drive

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld, a representative for the BCSTA, published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

Red hot Vikes women to host playoff opener

UVic Vikes This Week: basketball season kicks off at home

Ex-employee describes alleged sexual assault by B.C. city councillor

Complainant was a teen during the alleged 1992 incident

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Sean O’Loughlin named Victoria Symphony’s Principal Pops conductor

American composer has built a career working with some of music’s biggest names

Most Read