Josh Martin on tap, birds, and beer

What is your favourite city to visit on tour?

Josh Martin by David Cooper
Josh Martin by David Cooper

My favourite is whenever I can go somewhere I’ve never been before. I like to explore a bit while traveling. Touring interior/northern BC is always beautiful and a lot of fun. But I also really enjoy performing work in bigger hubs like Toronto, with larger audiences and usually a chance to see some friends and family while visiting.

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

I took a tap class first, but soon after my older brother went into a “street jazz” class (with the inclusion of “street” simply being a successful ploy by the studio to get more male dancers enrolled), and I begged my mother to put me in his class. He quit the next year because it was embarrassing dancing with his little brother, but I kept going.

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

Ornithologist, because for some reason I have an unexplainable passion for learning about and helping endangered/exotic birds, OR an astronomer of some sort, because I can’t imagine ever being bored in that field.

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

Before – Half a club sandwich and a small salad.

After – Beer and Poutine (and whatever was left in the greenroom).

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Release The Beast.

This interview was edited for length and content.

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Shay Kuebler on theatre, karate and curiosity

Shay Kuebler by David Cooper
Shay Kuebler by David Cooper

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

At the age of 5, I studied theatre and karate, which would lead to my beginnings in dance. My first dance lesson was in hip-hop. 

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

I’m very interested in working in film as well as with music production. From my theatre background, I’d be very interested in working in film in front of and behind the camera, as well as working in theatre as an actor or director. With my current producing and choreographing, I’m also finding a great passion in creating and editing music for stage and performance.

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

Depending on the physicality in the work, I tend to eat some fruit, seeds and nuts over the course of the day to keep my energy up. I will then eat some pasta with a vegetable juice or smoothie a couple hours before the performance. Directly after the show I like to get some sugar and protein in my body. I traditionally do some form of vegetable-based protein powder mixed with coconut water. After the immediate protein and sugar boost, I will traditionally eat some animal protein with some starches like potatoes or sweet potatoes. A beer is also a nice way alleviate some of the tension in the body and stimulate circulation.

What is your favourite city to visit on tour?

I especially like touring because we get to visit and spend time in cities, and with communities that are new and unique. This process of discovery and learning about the communities we perform in, along with the development of the connection between the artists and the audience is one of the greatest returns from touring. Although I haven’t performed or toured in this city, my favourite city to tour to would be Tokyo. I’ve always had a great connection to Japanese art forms and disciplines and, from travel and training in Tokyo, I believe that it would be one of the greatest experiences to share work with Japanese audiences and to immerse your artistic practice in Japanese culture.

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Visceral responsiveness, raw and curious humans.

Ever wonder why it is called the 605 Collective – Lisa Gelley answers the question

Lisa Gelley by David Cooper
Lisa Gelley by David Cooper

What is your favourite city to visit on tour? 

We just got back from performing in New York, and I think that will probably always be up there with my favorite cities to visit on tour. But, I like any city that I’m visiting for the first time. The great thing about touring is getting to discover places you wouldn’t otherwise visit. For example, this tour, we get to perform in Summerside, PEI. I’ve never been to PEI, so I’m really excited about that. 

Why is your company called the 605 Collective? 

Before 605 Collective was a company, we were just a group of peers getting together to train as a form of professional development and an outlet for creative experiments. We met in a work/live studio that Josh and I lived in, and it was Apartment #605. For our first small performance, we were asked what the name of our group was over the phone, and without too much thought, we decided to be 605 Collective, and it stuck. 

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

My first lessons were in ballet at the age of 5. 

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

If I weren’t a dance artist, I would like to work with other peoples’ bodies in a more human form, ideally an osteopath and naturopath combo. I’m interested in and inspired by the power our bodies have to heal ourselves with guidance from professionals. 

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

My ideal pre-show meal is fairly bland and easy to digest. I am a fan of avocado on toast, or a piece of salmon and some greens. After the show, I’ll go for pretty much anything. New Animal in particular is one of those shows that I need to eat right after. Something about the lemons we eat in New Animal gets my digestive system going!

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Letting your inner animal escape.

This interview has been edited for length and content.

 

with a trace as seen through the lens of Jeremy Mimnagh

The first Mainstage production starting the season off with “wall to wall dance.” Paula Citron of the Globe and Mail wrote of with a trace, “Match three strong performers with three acclaimed choreographers, and the result is an evening of compelling, wall-to-wall dance … There is something very satisfying about dance that is substantive on all levels – physical, intellectual and emotional.”

Photographer Jeremy Mimnagh documented the production: here are some of his stunning photos.

Kate Holden in Brahms Waltzes, Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Holden in Brahms Waltzes, Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Franklin in Gotta Go Church, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Franklin in Gotta Go Church, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Holden and Marc Boivin in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Holden and Marc Boivin in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Marc Boivin and Kate Holden in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Marc Boivin and Kate Holden in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Holden and Marc Boivin in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Kate Holden and Marc Boivin in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Marc Boivin and Kate Holden in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh
Marc Boivin and Kate Holden in WOULD, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh