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José Navas, Personae


About two weeks ago I saw José Navas’ Personae. Since I’ve been on a poetry jag for a while, I wasn’t quite certain how I would write about it in humorous verse. But then it occurred to me, instead of humorous verse, I could write a sonnet.

Sonnets are not easy.

And this isn’t a sonnet either. It’s got four too many lines, the meter is all over the place. It also probably could be helped with some judicious editing. But instead of having it hanging over my head, like so many other things, I made the executive decision to get it out.

I have no idea if there are still tickets, but he’s still performing it at the Cinquieme Salle until the 28th.

José Navas sits quietly before
Dancing solo in his piece personae.
It is constructed in six parts not four.
Saw it at Cinquieme Salle not Corona.

The first image to try and remember
Are the amazing muscles on his back.
After watching I hope it will recur
A great way to start, we’re on the right track.

Arms waving, arms moving, return to start.
Next part is a divinely danced salsa.
Channeling Merce is deep in his heart.
The next one borders on erotica.

Some swaying and impressive pirouettes
Wolf’s head and noises like a panting dog
Water over rocks as good as it gets.
His moves a triumph of the analog.

Small vignettes, tiny, precious, intimate.
Danced with grace, I’d call them/him passionate.

Lys Stevens, Stephanie Felkai


Episode 256: [58:30]
(Download: MP3 70MB, Flac 579MB, Ogg Vorbis 37MB or Stream)

In this episode Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand, Jenn Doan and Bettina Forget talk to Lys Stevens and Stephanie Felkai, founders of Movement Museum.

The theme song of the week is Barbie‘s version of Do You Want to Dance, the dance poem of the week is The Dancer by James Stephens, This Week in Dance History highlights José Navas, and the music played during the show is from Subtle Lip Can.

Stephanie Felkai


Lys Stevens


Originally published on Movement Museum

José Navas & Mark Lanctôt


Episode 136: [64:02]
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In this episode José Navas talks about the creation his pieces Villanelle and S as well as discussing his practice and dance in general. Before, both José Navas and Mark Lanctôt discuss the Tacita Dean piece Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage’s composition 4’33” with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 that is at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal until January 3, 2010.

The theme song is sung by Petty Booka, the dance poem of the week is The Empty Dance Shoes by Cornelius Eady and the music played during the show is from Invisible Cities by William Beauvais.

Allison Elizabeth Burns, Gwen Fisher and Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand

Pierre Paul Savoie, Studio 303, José Navas and Compagnie Flak


Episode 132: [58:55]
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In this episode Pierre Paul Savoie’s Diasporama, Resistance at Studio 303 and José NavasCompagnie Flak performance of Villanelle and S are reviewed, and there is a brief discussion on teaching (and learning) choreography. The theme song is performed by the Secret Swizzles, the poem of the week is from The Art of Dancing by Soame Jenyns, and the music played during the episode is by Ensemble nu:n from their CD Salutare.

Originally published on Movement Museum

Louis Robitaille, Jose Navas, Merce Cunningham, Robin Henderson


Episode 86: [60:54](MP3 78MB, Flac 285MB, Ogg Vorbis 46MB, Stream)

In this episode Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand interviews Louis Robitaille, artistic director of BJM Danse and Jose Navas of Compagnie Flak about Merce Cunningham, Part two of five of the Robin Henderson interview is played and Rachel Ni Chuinn and Zeke discuss the Awesome Montreal Dance Calendar and upcoming auditions for dancers in Montreal.

Originally published on Movement Museum