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Place des Arts to feature a show you can hold in the palm of your hand

The downtown arts centre and Carrefour Francophone are offering short performances at local restaurants of Danse K par K’s choreographies

Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury and the Carrefour Francophone are hosting a virtual event Sept. 8-11 that will allow Sudburians to hold a performance in the palm of their hand, all while exploring downtown Sudbury.

It’s not only a chance to showcase choreography from Danse K par K, a Quebec-based dance troupe known for mixing dance with other forms of artistic expression, but a chance to see what may be available when Place des Arts officially opens, and to enjoy the patios of downtown while the weather is still on side. 

From Sept. 8 to 11, between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., when you walk by La Fromagerie, Wander Food & Wine, Respect is Burning Kitchen & Bar, Cedar Nest or Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury's temporary offices at 139 Durham St., you’ll be met by a projector, and a small spot where it will be the best place to view the projection. 

Place your hands in front of you, as if to carry something in your palms, and the image of the short dance will be projected onto your hands for your viewing enjoyment. Though you are welcome to use bare hands, Sylvie Mainville, project co-ordinator with Place des Arts, told bringing white gloves or a scarf to drape over your hands will offer an excellent canvas with which to view the performance. 

Mainville said an event in the downtown with the local business was a natural fit for them, the chance to offer virtual and accessible arts to the community, as well as support their downtown neighbours after what has been a challenging time for both arts and culture and service industries. “We wanted to do something that would not only allow us to collaborate with our neighbours,” said Mainville, “but also, to support them with our first initiative.” 

Mainville said that at the five locations there will be five different short choreographies for viewers to enjoy when they stand on the specific location. It’s a chance to enjoy a meal or a drink at one of the restaurants and take in a show as well, again, all in the palm of your hand. 

The performances are by Danse K par K and choreographed by the groups artistic director, Karine Ledoyen. Founded in Quebec City in 2005, Danse K par K is described as a company dedicated to the research and creation of contemporary dance and offers its structure for important cultural mediation projects. Projects like the cultural aspects of bringing dance to the masses, in an extremely accessible, virtual way, all while allowing viewers to enjoy dinner and a drink. 

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Jenny Lamothe is a reporter with She covers the diverse communities of Sudbury, especially the vulnerable or marginalized.
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