Deliverables (Remount 2015, 2012; 20 min)
Choreography: Shara Weaver with much collaboration from all of the dancers. Dancers: Sylvain Bouchard, Geoff Dollar, Amelia Griffin, Jessie Huggett, Liz Winkelaar, Steve Wint. Music Composition: Dominique Saint-Pierre
Presented by GCTC in association with Ontario Scenes at GCTC in 2015, and premiered at Richcraft Theatre Ottawa in 2012.
A humorous dance theatre take on the dysfunctional workplace … a playground of comradeship/isolation, motivation/subjugation and the hunger for power. Don’t forget your coffee cup!
As We Go (2015; 10 min)
Choreographed and Performed by: Renata Soutter and Nathalie J. Music: Bach, performed by cellist Brandon Wilkie
Presented by GCTC and performed in Fuse at the GCTC Studio Theatre, February 12-13, 2015
As We Go is a duet co-choreographed by two dance artists. The piece takes classical and contemporary dance movement and lines and extends these through the use of crutches as physical extensions of the dancers’ limbs. The crutches in this context make the dancers both vulnerable and powerful, giving traditional feminine balletic lines a “Transformer”-like quality and bestowing the ability to leap and run in slow motion, suspended on the crutches. The crutches also signal the need for support and the struggle between ideas of perfection and human realities of injury and aging.
Dream a Little Dream (2014; 20 min)
For ages 8+ (also suitable for adult events)
Choreographer: Sonsheree Giles. Music: Caroline Penwarden. Dancers: seven performers from the Propeller Dance Company
Inspired by the euphoria one might feel through exercise such as running or dancing, this piece indulges in the physicality and joy of dancing to music. You will notice everyday gestures (a hand wave, a high five, a shaking head) in layered and echoing patterns being deployed and explored. Social dances (the twist and various partner dances) filter through the non-linear meanderings in playful movement. The piece experiments with the use of voice by using words randomly, without their normal meaning, to become a sound element along with the music; leaving interpretation open to the audience members.
This piece was created thanks to the support of the US Embassy and in collaboration with MASC.
The Hockey Sweater (2014 and restaged 2017; 10 min)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter and Shara Weaver Dancers: Sylvain Bouchard, Amelia Griffin, Jessie Huggett, Liz Winkelaar. Costumes: Patrice Forbes.
Created for National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Family Adventures show The Hockey Sweater, and performed on Southam Hall stage with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Behind The Mask (2014; 10 min)
Choreographer: Moni Hoffman. Music: Mike Essoudry. Dancers: Amelia Griffin, Moni Hoffman, Renata Soutter
Created as part of the Emerging Choreographers Program. Premiered at Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) March 2014.
I Need You? (2014; 25 min)
Creative collaboration with Jesse Stewart. Performers: Bella Bowes, Sylvain Bouchard, Robert Chartier, Amelia Griffin, Moni Hoffman, Jessie Huggett, Renata Soutter, Shara Weaver and Elizabeth Winkelaar. Music concept and performance: Jesse Stewart
Presented by GCTC and performed in Fuse at the GCTC Studio Theatre February 2015.
Plug in, unplug, turn on, tune out, push and pull. This work explores our relationship with intimacy and technology — the lure of closeness and fear of getting too close. A unique installation piece suitable for an intimate gallery setting, as the audience sits or stands in a round and can move around the work. The dancers work with iPads to initiate spontaneous soundscape and movement.
Drifting Up (2013; 20 min)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter, in collaboration with the dancers. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre. Dancers: Melissa Addison-Webster, Kirsten Andersen, Robert Chartier, Jessie Huggett, Amelia Griffin, Liz Winkelaar. Video: Shaun Elie
Performed at Registry Theatre (Kitchener); GCTC Studio Theatre, premiered May 31, 2013 in Propeller Dance’s Aqueous show at Centrepointe Studio Theatre.
A luscious sensual space created on stage where dancers are the waves and the sea, emerge as gods and goddesses to battle through tumult and trail, finding solace in each other and pulling through grief and loss to fill themselves with healing and love.
Ebb and Flow (2013; 15 min)
Choreography: Shara Weaver with much collaboration from all of the dancers. Dancers: Melissa Addison-Webster, Bella Bowes, Rob Chartier, Amelia Griffin, Moni Hoffman, Liz Winkelaar, Steve Wint. Music Composition: Dominique Saint-Pierre. Video: Shaun Elie. Prop Concepts: Shara Weaver
Performed at Registry Theatre (Kitchener) Daniel’s Spectrum Theatre for Tangled Arts KidsFest (Toronto), and premiered May 31, 2013 in Propeller Dance’s Aqueous show at Centrepointe Studio Theatre.
Ebb and Flow is sensual, soothing, comedic and uplifting… enhanced by beautiful video projections integral to the work. “The lifts by both men and women, the hip hop breaks (courtesy of Steve Wint), projected quotes and dance party are great fun.” — Elemental Dance Current article by Mercedes Déziel-Hupé, April 1, 2015.
Explorations Exposed (2013; 20 min) Choreographer: Tara Brandel (Croi Glan Dance Company, Ireland). Dancers: Propeller Dance Company, plus guest dancers Frank Hull and Jenn Abrams
Performed at Propeller Dance self-presented show at Churchill Community Centre
Out of the Box (2012 duet version, 2013 youth version; 10 min)
For ages 8+
Choreographers: Jessie Huggett and Renata Soutter. Dancers: Amelia Griffin, Jessie Huggett
Performed at Centrepointe Studio Theatre, Daniel’s Spectrum Theatre Tangled Arts KidsFest (Toronto) and numerous other venues.
Dusk Dances Ottawa commissioned a youth version for five dancers (Amelia Griffin, Jessie Huggett, Ada Tsang, Heather Croisier, AJ Tyson) who performed the piece in Strathcona Park. The piece has also been performed at the Aviation Museum Theatre during Propeller Dance’s children’s show, Propeller Avenue.
Imagine a world where being yourself is a good thing; a world where people don’t put you in a box. If you ever feel boxed in, fight back… find your friends, build your community, be ready to deconstruct and build up again, and have fun and dance through the process!
Cycle (2012, 20 min)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre. Dancers: Bella Bowes, Phil Charbonneau, Robert Chartier, Amelia Griffin, Alan Shain. Video: Pixie Cram. Costumes: Carol Millett. Props: Mark Rehder and re-cycles.
Performed at Propeller Dance self-presented Attitude show at Centrepointe Studio Theatre May 2012.
Ricochet (2012, 20 min)
Choreographer: Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter. Performed by company dancers: Bella Bowes, Phil Charbonneau, Robert Chartier, Amelia Griffin, Moni Hoffman, Jessie Huggett, Renata Soutter, Shara Weaver, Liz Winkelaar. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre
Performed at Propeller Dance self-presented Attitude show at Centrepointe Studio Theatre, Ottawa May 31, 2012
Cycle 8 (2011, 15 min)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter. Dancers: Phil Charbonneau, Robert Chartier, Renata Soutter
Performed at the Richcraft Theatre, Ottawa.
Tracked (2011; 15 min)
Choreographers: Renata Soutter and Shara Weaver. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre. Dancers: Bella Bowes, Julia Gutsik, Alan Shain
Performed at Corps Atypik, Quebec’s first integrated dance festival, at Studio 303 in Montreal March 12, 2011 and during Propeller Dance’s self-produced show Cross Over at Richcraft Theatre, Ottawa.
Bounce (2011; 15 min)
Collaborative creation and performance by the Propeller Dance Company. Music: Mike Essoudry
Performed at Richcraft Theatre, Lumiere Festival Ottawa, and for numerous special events.
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz (2010; 15 min)
For ages 4 to 10
Direction: Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre; with voices by Michèle Francoeur, Dominique Saint-Pierre, and members of the company. Dancers: seven performers from the Propeller Dance Company. Sets and Costumes: Randi Cherry. Text: Liz Winkelaar and Shara Weaver
Here we have two short stories with truly Canadian characters not often seen in performance pieces. The stories feature black flies — lowly pesky black flies, and believe it or not, we actually create likeable creatures out of these pesky pests. In the first story we learn about how Hawk helped the Woodland Animals to make peace with the black fly, and in the second story we learn about how one black fly, who was different from all the other black flies, learned to appreciate his differences and befriend his community.
US (2010; 9 min)
For ages 10+
Choreographer: Shara Weaver. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre. Dancers: seven performers from the Propeller Dance Company
US is a dance work about personal identity. We all have likes/dislikes and beliefs that need to be valued and expressed. US allows the Propeller Dancers to speak to school learners directly with both their bodies and words. The work was choreographed by Shara Weaver, with input from all the dance interpreters, and is geared to a grade K-8 audience. The creative process involved explorations in text and movement, gesturing and rhythmic sequencing. The music was created by Dominique Saint-Pierre, using direct sound bites from each of the dance interpreters’ text, song, and sounding.
Reaction (2009; 15 min)
For ages 14+
Choreographer: Renata Soutter. Music: Dominique Saint-Pierre. Dancers: seven performers from the Propeller Dance Company.
Reaction is a stirring work about our human need for love and connection. The piece is about the similarities we share as human beings, and the base, primal emotional experiences that makes us human… that of experiencing love. The work explores how love express itself in movement, without words, how we show the many types of love… that of romantic love, or deep friendship, or the love between a mother and child. And the inherently duality of such a strong emotion, if there is love, there is also heartbreak, pain, rejection, abandonment, but hopefully affection, tenderness, intimacy reign?
Reaction has been performed in dozens of schools, and at Able Artists Festival in Kingston, and on the Irving Greenberg Theatre Stage, Ottawa.
ViewFinder (2008; 20 min)
Choreographed and Performed by: Alan Shain, Renata Soutter, Shara Weaver. Music: Chessie
Performed at Arts Court Theatre Ottawa, Studio 303 Montreal, Vertigo Studio Theatre presented by Momo Dance Calgary, National Gallery Theatre (2009), Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, and for the Society for Manitobans with Disability Conference Winnipeg (2010).
Past shows have also included: Lift (2009) at NAC 4th Stage, Shedding Light (2010) at Arts Court Theatre, Egress My Love at Canadian Space and Aviation Museum Theatre (2014); Children’s shows Propeller Avenue (2014) and Travel Bugs (2013); guest appearances at Alumni Theatre Ottawa University, VLN Reach gala at Museum of Civilization, and many more.