Urban vibe infuses Canada Dance Festival
T.S. Warren, Ottawa XPress
\”Club dancing is my generation\’s folk dance,\” observes Josh Martin, a member of Vancouver\’s innovative urban dance troupe 605 Collective.
\”It\’s got this really simple pulse that everyone is part of, and yet that one pulse allows for incredible individuality to spin out of that in short bursts,\” says Martin, 26, from Vancouver. \”And that\’s the vibe, that\’s the feeling that we want to have on stage a lot of the time, so house dance has been great to insert into the new contemporary work that we\’re doing.\”
As part of the Canada Dance Festival\’s showcase of Fresh Canadian Choreography, the three core artists of the 605 Collective (Martin, Shay Kuebler, Lisa Gelley) will perform excerpts from Inheritor EP (June 17) from their forthcoming Inheritor Album. It\’s a snapshot of the so-called millennials, generally those born between 1980 and 1995, including the dancers themselves.
\”There won\’t be any costuming, any street clothes, because we\’re just trying to be people, just trying to be us on stage.\”
Combining intense physicality with a stylish stage presence, the red-hot troupe refuse to brand what they do, choosing to let the different influences and training each has had, be it tap or hip-hop, affect the work.
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