Michael Sean Marye, Justine Chambers, Michael Trent, Ron Stewart, Heidi Strauss and
Mike Moore. Photo by John Lauener.
“This piece touches the soul.”
– The Globe and Mail
“The dance contains no explicit narrative, yet it has the emotional impact of great drama… Beauty marks the coming of age of a remarkable choreographer.”
– The Toronto Star
“Depicting galloping wild stallions and orgasmic sexual encounters, Beauty is Sasso’s most audacious, honest and revealing work to date.”
– Eye Magazine
“Gutsy, full-blooded movement that sweeps and rolls across the stage.”
– Michael Crabb, The National Post
Choreographed by Julia Sasso
An abstract meditation on the meaning of beauty, this bold dance work was an exciting collaboration between choreographer, dramaturg and six dancers. With spirited physicality and mercurial grace, Beauty brings to life a landscape of desire in which Sasso’s dancers explore the possibility of beauty in every kind of human encounter.
Audience response to the sold-out premiere in Ottawa in June 2002 was excellent, and the five day run at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2003 was greeted with rave reviews and standing room only performances.
Beauty was a co-commission by Nightswimming, Harbourfront Centre and Julia Sasso Dances.
Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa
June 11, 2002
Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
January 28 to February 1, 2003
Choreography by Julia Sasso
Dramaturgy by Brian Quirt
Featuring Justine Chambers, Michael Sean Mayre, Mike Moore, Ron Stewart, Heidi Strauss and Michael Trent
Music by Geoffrey Bennett and TTG Music Lab
Design by Heather MacCrimmon and Hugh Conacher