The dancers of Senior Company perform at the Vancouver Playhouse May 25 & 26. Photo:Chris Randle
At Arts Umbrella Dance, the combination of beautifully trained young dancers with world-class choreographers creates a vocabulary that truly is new. Celebrating 20 years of a program that she started as the artistic director of the school, Artemis Gordon, the Apprentice and Senior Companies, concurs.
"The quality and sophistication of the choreography and the dancers' interpretation exceeds anything that has happened before."
Catching her in conversation between a busy schedule that includes teaching four classes a day and administrating the companies (approximately 25 in the Apprentice Company, about 40 in the senior company and over 450 dedicated dance students in the school) her passion for the art form sizzles.
"It's extraordinary, the depth and sophistication of the work," she said. "It will change dance."
Having seen the Sunday Performance Series on May 6, which showcases selected pieces that will appear at the Vancouver Playhouse on May 25 and 26, this writer can tell you that Gordon is not exaggerating.