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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 - Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 Saturday Dance Film and Panel: 7:30 pm Sunday Workshop: 11 am The show must go on! That's the decision of Crimson Coast and choreographer Susanna Hood after a recent injury caused the production to be changed from a live performance to a presentation of the professionally edited film version of She's Gone Away. The opening performance of Crimson Coast Dance Society’s new season will dive deeply into the light and shadow of human sexual experience in this film version of the the award-winning production “She’s Gone Away” by Toronto choreographer and dancer, Susanna Hood. Her very recent injury now prevents her from presenting a live performance tour and she has honoured her commitment to be in Nanaimo where Crimson Coast will present this film version of the dance on the big screen. The presentation, held October 2 in the Malaspina Theatre at VIU is the third in a series of Hood’s dance creations about female sexuality with musician Nilan Perera. The performance is part of a multi-faceted Nanaimo presentation exploring sexuality, female power, healing and loss of innocence through the languages of movement, song, poetry and music. The work captures a moment of sexual suspension. Caught in mid-flight, a woman in the fragmented home of her mind battles to stay in her body. She spins us through a continuous cycle of animal states that simultaneously provide both the escape from and the clues back to her integrated self. This highly charged physical and emotional journey throws us into the depths of voracity, bravado, dread, despair, and release. The Toronto Star calls it, “A riveting, if disturbing and even repelling performance.” Music and sound for this work have been co-composed by Susanna and Nilan. They have worked together for over a decade, composing scores that meld live and electronically manipulated voice, feedback, and recorded sound. A post show discussion between audience, artist and local professionals will take place. Participating panelists include: Susanna Hood, Mehdi Naimi (Artist and Art Therapist), Carol Matthews (Haven House), Lynn Welburn (Daily News), Melissa Fryer (News Bulletin), Valerie Alia (Dance writer), and others from Nanaimo Men's Resource Centre, Nanaimo Family Life and family reconstruction. Crimson Coast Dance Society, with art therapist Mehdi Naimi, is also organizing a public participation, pre-show art event that collects thematically-relevant stories by people from our own community and weaves them into an art based, public ceremony at Bowen Park Recreation Centre on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7pm. Contribute your story anonymously at crimsoncoastdance.blogspot.com A workshop with Susanna Hood nurturing creative exploration and personal discovery will be held on Sunday, October 3, 11 to 2pm, and is open to dancers, actors, teachers, therapists and the general public at any level of experience. Cost: Adult: $12 Member: $10 At the Door: $15 Location: Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University Event Website: www.crimsoncoast.org