National Dance Week 2021

posted April 21st, 2021

Mocean is celebrating National Dance Week!


From April 22-29, we will be sharing the dance videos created during the Staging the Screen Intensive, which can be viewed above or by clicking here!

This special video series was produced by six of Mocean’s 2020-21 Season dance artists during the Staging the Screen Creation Intensive held between December 7-18, 2020. Led by Lisa Cochrane, an established filmmaker and former dance artist, the intensive gave company artists practical, hands-on experience in creating dance for the screen. Participating dance artists were: Jacinte Armstrong, Susanne Chui, Julie Robert, Kate Houston, Anastasia Wiebe and Lydia Zimmer.

Congratulations to Lydia Zimmer, whose film EXTREMOPHILE was a Semi-Finalist in the London International Online Screen Festival (U.K.), AltFF Alternative Film Festival (Toronto), and was recently chosen for CAPSULE (The National Arts Centre, F-O-R-M and Dumb Instrument Dance), and Julie Robert whose film VOID will be part of the CAPSULE festival as well!



Join us for a Reconciliation Movement Workshop in collaboration with Sarah Prosper Wednesday April 28th!


Class Description: As part of moving into the future as dancers and as people, Sarah Prosper of Mi'kmaki has created a class in which you may discover your inner reconciliation through dance and movement. This workshop will offer you an opportunity to find a deeper meaning in reconciliation and what that means in relation to Mi'kmaq culture, Mi'kmaq ways of knowing, and our connection to the land. You will need paper (journal) and pen, and a blanket or scarf.

Workshop Date & Time: Wednesday April 28th from 12-3PM

Location: Danspace-on-Grafton, 1531 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B9

Fee: By Donation (suggested $10-$15) - No one turned away due to lack of funds

*LIMITED SPOTS - Please sign up advance here (maximum 14 people) - Please contact Julie at producer@moceandance.com for any questions!





Join us for the premiere of Woodlight along with a collection of short films by and about South Shore artists on May 1 - Reserve tickets here!

About the Event: Woodlight is a short film made in Mahone Bay by Hear Here Productions, Mocean Dance and Picnic Studios featuring the poetry of Alice Burdick. Made with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, we are so pleased to present this film and a collection of short films with a South Shore connection at the Cineplex in Bridgewater. This is event is family-friendly and social-distancing protocols will be followed. Ticket sales are limited to 40 seats and please arrive early to allow us to ensure that we can safely seat you. Thank you to the Awesome Foundation South Shore for supporting this event.

Hear Here Productions’  Woodlight (Field & Tree) is the first of a three part series of films that combine choreography, poetry and music in outdoor settings in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. This is a collaborative project created by Susanne Chui from Halifax's Mocean Dance (choreography, dance, artistic advisor), Alice Burdick (poet) and Erin Donovan (artistic director, musician, composer/sound designer). Woodlight is an invitation to renew and reflect on our own relationships with the land and offers us a chance to listen and reconnect. Set in Mi'kma'ki/Nova Scotia it is a call to action to care for and protect this land.





Mocean collaborator Meredith Kalaman will be leading creative movement classes over zoom for elementary schools across HRM,
in partnership with Halifax Regional Arts April 26-27!