Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Jacinte Armstrong and D'Arcy Gray Pop Up Twice with Music and Dance

Past scholarship recipients Jacinte Armstrong and D’Arcy Gray do the Duo Drum Dance to celebrate our 75th Anniversary with two Pop Up performances in rural Nova Scotia. 

November 3 at 3:00 p.m. 
295 d'Entremont Road 
Meteghan River
(Private property ... look for markers)
postponed from September. 


Sept 28, 4:30 p.m.
Truro Farmers Market
Cooperative Space
15 Young Street, Truro

Free and open to the public. 
(photo credit: Louis-Charles Dionne)

Duo Drum Dance blends improvised sound, movement, music, dance, and jocularity. The audience will surely wonder: who’s dancing, who’s playing music, and what the heck is going on so that I am enjoying this?! 

The exciting collage of artistic expressions compliments the range of artistic disciplines the Nova Scotia Talent Trust supports.

We thank alumni Jacinte Armstrong and D’Arcy Gray for participating in our 75th anniversary celebrations and RenĂ© Belliveau in Meteghan River, plus Melissa Page-Webster and Amanda LaRusic of KickTalkDance Productions in Truro for hosting and organizing the events.

About the artists:

Jacinte Armstrong is a Halifax-based dance artist who has worked with many collaborators locally and across Canada. Receiving her early training at Halifax Dance, she went on to study at Dalhousie University and at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.

Jacinte is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio, and performs regularly with Mocean Dance, SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaboration with architects, visual artists, radio producers, filmmakers, and musicians. She has worked with many choreographers, including Cory Bowles, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Veronique MacKenzie, Lisa Phinney, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Denise Fujiwara and more. (bio from Mocean Dance website)

D’Arcy Gray joined the Symphony Nova Scotia administrative team as Education and Community Outreach Coordinator in March 2016.

D’Arcy is a very versatile musician who has played a great deal of orchestral, solo, chamber music, interdisciplinary, and free improv shows in many countries over the last 20 years. Originally from Amherst (well, Tidnish actually) here in Nova Scotia, he studied percussion at McGill University and the Juilliard School. He also studied electronic music with David Tudor in New York and at STEIM in Amsterdam. In the last 10 years he has given first performances of over 100 new pieces.

As an educator, D’Arcy has been teaching at the university level since 1991. He has been a guest artist or given workshops at many prestigious institutions like the Banff Centre, New Music Concerts, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Cal Arts, and the Lincoln Centre Institute. He taught percussion at McGill University from 1991-2008.

D’Arcy moved back to Nova Scotia in 2008. Since then he has mostly been teaching at Dalhousie University (The Fountain School of Performing Arts), playing as an extra with Symphony Nova Scotia, and enjoying other collaborations with Suddenly Listen, MusIkon, and many other local artists. (Bio from Symphony Nova Scotia website

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In 2019, the Talent Trust is celebrating its 75th  anniversary featuring former scholarship recipients with a travelling art exhibition, pop-up events in theatre, music, and dance, film screenings and more.

The 75th anniversary activities are supported by the province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, The Craig Foundation, Canadian Federation of Musicians, and Margaret and David Fountain. 

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