I have been working since January with Suzette Sherman and Michele Green – two extraordinary dance artists celebrating 40 years of friendship in a program entitled Passionate Heart.
This is the real thing. This is the art form alive and well – brimming with challenges and rewards.
Together we have created Within Walls, a new work which studies the difference between lonely and alone. The piece is set to Jeff Bird’s new interpretations of melodies by Hildegard von Bingen.
The full program includes 4 duets, 2 solos, and time for discussion – all within an hour.
I hope you will be able to see it. David
Women’s stories through Dance
In 2017, Suzette Sherman and Michele Green joined forces for a performance at the Guelph Dance Festival. Forty years had passed since they last danced together professionally. Friends for many decades, the connection they felt as mature dance artists and the way dance has enriched and informed their lives led them to question what part they could play in the future. In lieu of more formal stage performances, they looked for a way to link dance presentations of emotional integrity with small, intimate audiences.
"We will explore memory as the place where our vanished days secretly gather and acknowledge that the passionate heart never ages."
- John O'Donohue
"The Passionate Heart event is born out of our desire to share what we find so compelling about dance, to initiate new audiences to this language of modern dance and to offer dance as the potent story telling medium that it is. We believe the transformative power of this art form can aid in processing emotional experiences in powerful, nonverbal ways offering healing, comfort or simply a moment of quiet peace in people's fast paced, complex lives."
SUZETTE SHERMAN - Born and raised in Chicago, Suzette began training with Stone-Camryn School of Ballet, continuing her studies in New York City. Her career includes two years apprenticing with Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and one year performing with Saskatchewan Dance Theatre. Suzette then joined Toronto Dance Theatre and for nineteen years toured worldwide dancing major roles. Since its inception, Suzette has been a principal dancer with Dancetheatre David Earle. A teacher throughout her career, Suzette is proud to work closely with David Earle teaching his technique and repertoire. Suzette has appeared in several film and television productions. Currently continuing teaching and performing, she is exploring a newer creative voice choreographing.
MICHELE GREEN - Michele’s professional dance career began with Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers (1971-73). She co-founded Saskatchewan Dance Theatre with husband, Jim Green and former teacher Lucia Pavlychenko (1973-1976). In 1980, Michele, Jim and their two children moved to Stouffville, Ontario where she opened The DanceCentre successfully teaching until retiring twenty years later. Turning her sights to writing, Michele worked for a decade as a core writer for In The Hills Magazine. In 2006 Dance Collection Danse Press published her book David Earle, A Choreographic Biography. In 2017 it was an honour to return to the studio to work with Suzette Sherman in the Guelph Dance Festival.
Passionate Heart is produced in association with Dancetheatre David Earle