Aesop’s fable ushers in new family series at Farquhar

Sursaut Dance Company performs The Cicada and The Ant Sunday at UVic theatre

The Sursaut Dance Company will perform The Cicada and The Ant Sunday at the Farquhar Auditorium.

The Farquhar Auditorium’s new family series kicks off the season on Sunday with a performance of The Cicada and The Ant.

Quebec’s Sursaut Dance Company’s re-telling of Aesop’s famous fable is a choreographic work for young and old that casts a glance at the world of art and agriculture.

“I’m very excited to kick of the Farquhar’s Family Series with this beautiful dance theatre piece,” says Farquhar director Ian Case. “Sursaut Dance’s work is both engaging and accessible and I’m delighted to be partnering with Kaleidoscope Theatre to bring this work to Victoria audiences.”

The Cicada and The Ant is a testament to the maturity of choreographer Francine Châteauvert’s artistic approach. Having received the CALQ – Work of the year award for the Eastern Townships in 2014, the production has been presented on tour in Quebec, throughout Canada, as well as in China and Mexico and continues to seduce audiences everywhere it is presented.

“Dance is a universal language. The Cicada and The Ant casts a glance at the world of art and of agriculture – its subject matter transcends cultural barriers. Audiences will experience the poetry of movement,” said Châteauvert.

From the sowing of the seed to the harvest, the production paints a down to earth, poetic vision of the world of the artist and of the small farmer. The Cicada and The Ant is the perfect introduction to modern dance for children and adults alike.

The Cicada and The Ant is at the Farquhar Auditorium Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $15.50 to $22.50 and are available at the University Centre Ticket Centre at 250-721-848 or ticket@uvic.ca. For more information visit www.uvic.ca/auditorium.

The Farquhar Family series continues Dec. 4 with children’s musician Will Stroet of CBC’s Will’s Jams. Axis Theatre’s production of Hamelin, A New Fable will run Jan. 15. All performances are ideal for children 12 and under. The Farquhar Family Series is presented in co-operation with Kaleidoscope Theatre.

 

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