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Seasons Greetings!

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It’s a snowy wonderland in Montreal… When it’s not raining.

Those of you who have been following my progress closely (I know… there are so many of you) might recall when I returned from New Orleans and I had committed to 6 affirmations to complete per week (“A look back on the summer”), in order to help me stay focused on my goals until the end of December.

With the help of these affirmations I have accomplished some big steps towards my circus goals.

Here’s what the last couple of months have looked like…

As promised I completed a new acro-dance number. It’s still a work-in-progress, but I’m proud of what I’ve put together so far.

Check it out:

Acro Dance_November Work-in-progress from Leda Davies on Vimeo.

I also submitted my audition tape to Cirque du Soleil! This is a big deal for me. Naturally, CDS has some pretty high standards and specific strength requirements and I’ve been working hard to meet those expectations.

Last week, as a way to unite and celebrate my recent achievements I performed in an intimate, and impromptu showcase at my training facility. What did I learn? Now’s the time for me to face those fears, trust myself and do what I do best… perform.


 

In the news…

There were a couple blurbs published about my circus journey. I’m flattered that people have found inspiration by my journey, and I humbly share what they had to say.

#1

“1000 women, 1000 stories” (www.onethousandwomen.ca.) is a campaign started by a company in Calgary called Urban Curvz Theatre to empower women, and female artists.

My stepmother, Christine Clements, was compelled by this initiative and chose to write a story about me.

You can read it here: http://www.onethousandwomen.ca/leda-davies/

By donating to the campaign and sharing my story Christine was able to support other female artists and empower Urban Curvz Theatre to continue sharing women’s stories.

If you feel inspired by a personal friend who has played an important role in your life, a relative who has inspired you with her courage or a hero from the past who paved the way for future generations of women you too can participate!

www.onethousandwomen.ca.

 #2

The University of Calgary Alumni Magazine also caught up with me last month, and shared some of my progress in their recent edition. Check out the online version here:

http://www.umag.ca/issue/fall-2014/article/update-news


 

What’s up next?

As of January I will be back in Calgary rehearsing for a new show with Quest Theatre called Snow Angel. The show uses large masks, movement and an original soundscape to tell the story of a little girl (Me) who uses random acts of kindness to repair the relationship between her neighbor and her older brother.

Snow Angel Promo Photo- Quest Theatre

If you are in Calgary you can check out a free performance at City Hall @ noon on January 28th.  For more information visit: http://questtheatre.org/our-programs/community-outreach/

But I won’t be staying-put in Calgary… Snow Angel kicks off its performances in Philadelphia before touring throughout Canada until mid-March.

Following the Snow Angel tour I will be heading to Toronto for a week in May to participate in Circus Sessions produced by Femmes du Feu with artistic partners CCAFT.

 

Photo by Anandam Dance Theatre

Photo by Anandam Dance Theatre

Circus Sessions is part of NextSteps 2014/15. For one week myself and 14 other selected artists will work at the Harbourfront Center with internationally renowned mentors exploring Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and Clown. The goal is to “encourage artists to engage in a creative dialogue that examines their evolving form, cultivates experimentation in performance, as well as networking, advocacy and audience development and engagement strategies.” (http://femmesdufeu.com/wp/circus-sessions)

The sessions will end with a performance on May 16th and 17th.

For more information on Circus Sessions and a great description of Contemporary Circus check out this article written by Zita Nyarady: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/blog/2014/12/contemporary-circus-can-be-_______/

 


 

Thank you for following my progress. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and I look forward to sharing with you all the magic the New Year has to bring.

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