March 10, 2017





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In association with Harbourfront Centre

World premiere

Saudade is a vague, constant desire for a reality that does not, and probably cannot, exist. It is the love that remains after someone is gone and describes a deep emotional state of profound melancholic longing, often carrying a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. To feel saudade is to feel a deep incompleteness and recognize it as familiar.

Saudade features six male dancers, with collective recent credits of Netherlands Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet BC, La La La Human Steps, Twyla Tharp, Sasha Waltz and Sharon Eyal/L-E-V, and music by Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir.

Choreography: Joshua Beamish
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir
Lighting Design: Mike Inwood
Performers: Joshua Beamish, Lloyd Knight, Daniel Marshalsay, Kévin Quinaou, Dominic Santia and Scott Schneider

Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish founded MOVETHECOMPANY in Vancouver in 2005 and his works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Outside of the company, he has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, Cape Town Opera, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, The National Ballet of Canada’s YOUdance, Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico, Cape Town Opera, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for Pierced, Toronto Dance Theatre, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, Purchase College at SUNY and The Juilliard School. Joshua choreographed for the CBC Radio Canada reality series Ils Dansent with Nico Archambault, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games, the Cultural Olympiads for both the 2010 and the 2012 Olympics and with Cirque du Soleil for World EXPO Shanghai. As a performer, Beamish recently commissioned new solo works from Canadian creators Ame Henderson of Public Recordings and Noam Gagnon of The Holy Body Tattoo/Co Vision Impure.

Joshua is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. He is an alumni of the New York Choreographic Institute – an affiliate organization of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee. Notable recent presentations include Chicago Dancing Festival, The Joyce Theater in New York, The Royal Opera House in London, Princeton University, London’s The Place, New York’s Guggenheim Museum, a Jacob’s Pillow world premiere, a Fire Island Dance Festival Commission, Chicago’s The Harris Theater, Artists in Action in Mumbai and a 24-dancer evening for MOVETHECOMPANY commissioned by the Bangkok International Festival to celebrate 50 years of Canadian and Thai political relations.

Joshua is a founding member of The Joyce Theatre’s Young Leader’s Circle Committee. He most recently premiered Surface Properties, a collaboration with ten artists from American Ballet Theatre, as the opening event of The Joyce Theater Ballet Festival 2015 and Reimagining Giselle, a contemporary short form version of Giselle for The Royal Ballet.