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10 Gates Dancing (Canada)
Choreographer: Tedd Robinson
In conjunction with L’Agora de la danse

Reclusive Conclusions and other duets
April 27, 29 & 30, 2004
Agora de la danse

High excitement in prospect! Louise Lecavalier, Margie Gillis and Tedd Robinson bring a rare combination of charisma and maturity to their on-stage encounter in Reclusive Conclusions and other duets. It’s an artistic adventure not to be missed: choreographer Tedd Robinson, a man whose work is synonymous with elegance, has turned to two extraordinary muses—Louise Lecavalier, the dancer who almost single-handedly personified La La La Human Steps from 1981 to 2001, and Margie Gillis, the modern dance icon of the last three decades.

“They were inspiring,” he told Ottawa’s Le Droit. “What really fascinated me was their personal interpretation of my gestural vocabulary. They carried me far away, into territories I’d never before explored.” Reclusive Conclusions and other duets is the fruit of Tedd Robinson’s association with these two idols of the contemporary dance world. In it, he shares the stage with Lecavalier and Gillis in a series of duets. First danced in March 2003 at the National Art Centre in Ottawa, Reclusive Conclusions and other duets explores the extremes of contemporary existence, and invites the dance enthusiast—and the general audience—on a riveting journey, at once spiritual, compulsive and cacophonic, in the company of three exceptional artists.

Ottawa-born Tedd Robinson is today the artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing. After training at the Ottawa Dance Theatre School, he studied with Lindsay Kemp, the celebrated British mime and stage personality. Tedd Robinson also holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Toronto’s York University. His took off with his appointment as artistic director of the Contemporary Dancers Company, in Winnipeg, a position he held from 1984 to 1990. While with the Contemporary Dancers, he directed a series of ensemble choreographic works notable for their powerful theatrical thrust.

In 1990, Tedd Robinson returned to his hometown to launch his career as a solo artist. Today, he enjoys a strong international following as a choreographer, dancer and teacher. His unique contribution has won him such prestigious awards as the Chalmers Prize for choreography for his Rokudo: six destinies in three steps, in 1998.

Between 1994 and 2000, Tedd Robinson wore the robe of the Soto Zen order. Those six years had a profound influence on his life, and continue to nourish his relationship with his art.

April 2003

Photos: André Cornellier