Since its inception, ezdanza has been an expression of constant collaborative work, inspired by the creative energy between interpretive artists and director; this synergy is built on a foundation of reciprocal Respect, Authenticity, Equanimity, Unity, Integrity and Stability.

Now, 10 years later, ezdanza is celebrating its story of challenge and success, and would like to share a few creative moments from its first decade of life; a life that exists thanks to the dedicated cooperation, trust and talents from a rich community of artists, dancers, audiences, donors and friends.

STUDIO TWO
ECHOING PAST (WINSLETT/MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL)
REALMS OF AMBER (ZENDEJAS/Chants from the Valaam Monastery Choir)
MARCH 15–20, 2016

REALMS OF AMBER , new work.

Edgar Zendejas in residence in Richmond once again with Realms of Amber, a new work that is both deeply spiritual and soulful, while bearing his own unique sense of cool and enviable calm. First introduced to Richmond audiences though the New Works Festival in 2014, Mr. Zendejas has found inspiration in some of the beliefs that are closest to his heart for his upcoming world premiere. “I follow a very strong spiritual path, and I believe that the soul or spirit of anybody – a woman or a man – is actually female,” explained Mr. Zendejas. “There’s an energy inside of you that’s female, which to me, means there is something that is good. I’m very attracted by this beauty, and by the beauty of women. And in my culture, Mexican culture, we celebrate women. They are icons – our mothers, sisters, grandmothers. This female figure is very strong in our lives, and gives us a very strong sense of support. So I wanted to do a piece that was about the strength of women.”



Photo. Richmond Ballet dancer in Reife by Edgar Zendejas 2014. Richmond Ballet. All rights reserved. Photos by Sarah Ferguson.

Photo: Artists from École national de cirque. Montreal, January 2016.


After five months of creation and premiere of the DAI  SHOW in June 2015 as one of the members of the artistic team for Franco Dragone Productions in Xishuangbanna, CHINA; Edgar Zendejas returns to Montreal as an Artistic Director for the  École national de cirque' s ANNUAL SHOW 2016.


Photos: Dai Show creation. Franco Dragone Productions. China 2015 


École national de cirque. Montreal
2016 ANNUAL SHOW
May 31 to June 12
Director: Edgar Zendejas
Assistant: Julie Lachance 

An exceptional educational and artistic experience, the Annual Show is presented by the School’s students each June in the great circular hall at Tohu. It provides an ideal opportunity to integrate and demonstrate all they have learned in a large-scale production that attracts each year more than 15,000 spectators, producers and professionals from around the world. The show will be produced by a team of high-caliber professionals. It also serves as a special showcase for graduates, a chance to display their skills and personal creations in front of a large audience and prospective employers. All students in the upper-level training programs participate under the artistic direction and creation of Edgar Zendejas.

GRACIAS , MERCI, THANK YOU for our first tour, ezdanza Mexico City performances at Sala Miguel Covarrubias October 2015
 
Thank you so much to the entire team of ezdanza, Danza UNAM, Mexico, CALQ, CAM, CAC, Quebec, Canada our donors, guest choreographers Victor Quijada and Mauricio Nava, our production team, board of directors, and to the wonderful Mexican audience.
 
MERCI de croire en ezdanza!
Gracias por creer en ezdanza!
Thank you for believing in ezdanza !


My most sincere GRATITUDE to:

Mtra. Angelica Kleen, Luisa Sassano, Julie Lee, Laurence Paré-Seguin, Neelanthi Vadivel, Scott Elliott, Michel Cossette, Pps Danse, Claude Fontaine, Jocelyn Sicard, Lynne Fournier-Giasson, Guillermo Rocha, Rajesh Patel, Paco Trejo, Artescen U. de Guanajuato, Mtra Ema Pulido, Mtra. Martha Elena Welsh, Mtra. Selene Aguirre, James Kelly,
Jean-philippe Barrios, Owen Belton, Alejandra Rivera, Gilberto Omar Sanchez The Sconeck, Jasper Gahunia, Diane Piché, Claire Myers, Isabelle Rochon, Susan Alexandre, Mtra. Taina Morales, Mtro. Jesus Corrales, Jean-Yves Esquerre, Louis Robitaille, Anik Bissonnette, Rossetti De Montréal, Louis-Martin Charest, Géovanny Solis, Yen Lasalle, and Edouard Dumoulin.



Edgar Zendejas’s Common Ground returns in 2107

"...Zendejas managed to convey the intensely emotional experience it is to live. A beautiful balance of stillness and movement, alternating between intense and soft, was created with anywhere from one to twenty-one bodies. Zendejas and his dancers deserved no less than the cheers and standing ovation that the entire Granada audience did not hesitate to give, having presented one of the most beautiful pieces of work Santa Barbara has seen this year.
Sammy Gerraty, Daily Nexus

May 13th, 2015