Internationally renowned Toronto dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman provided a mesmerizing performance of a man descending into chaos during the presentation of Dollhouse, a contemporary dance and sound work, at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Jan. 25. The performance in Swift Current was presented by the art gallery in partnership with New Dance Horizons as part of the Saskatchewan tour of Dollhouse. Other performances took place in Regina and Saskatoon. The work was created by Coleman in collaboration with avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan. Coleman depicts a man out of sync with his surroundings. He falls apart while he stumbles around, stepping on mouse traps or tripping over various objects, while objects fall down around him and he gets soaked with water falling from an overhead device. Through it all there is a variety of unfamiliar sounds, which are created by Monahan through the electronic manipulation of different objects, including muscle sensors attached to Coleman's body and a set of bowls with boiling water on hot plates.



A celebration of Scottish culture took place at the annual Robbie Burns Night in Swift Current, Jan, 21. The event at the Legion Hall was hosted by the Swift Current Green Braes Pipes & Drums. People were able to enjoy haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, with their meal. John Leyshon delivered a passionate address to the haggis before the start of the meal. There was a band performance by the Green Braes Pipes & Drums and highland dances by students from The Dance Studio. This year's Robbie Burns celebration was dedicated to the memory of Ian Young, a member of the Green Braes Pipes & Drums who passed away last fall.


Rob Swan from Harvey Station, New Brunswick, visited southwest Saskatchewan on Jan. 17 to curl in Abbey, Hazlet and Swift Current. He spent a two-week period in Saskatchewan from Jan. 11 to 23 to visit communities around the province as part of his goal to curl at 100 clubs across Canada during this curling season. He is pictured during his visit to the Swift Current Curling Club on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17. In the last photo he is standing with members of the club after their game. From left, to right, Meinrad Hammel, Joel Cyrenne, Theo Lautsch, Stan Lautsch, Rob Swan, Tyler Weston, Phil Deobald, and Jordan Neufeld.

A celebration of Ukrainian culture took place at the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current on Jan. 13 with a Malanka event that included authentic Ukrainian food and a high-energy performance by dancers from Yevshan, a professional Ukrainian folk ballet ensemble based in Saskatoon. The evening's entertainment also included music by the acclaimed Saskatchewan polka band, The Western Senators. Malanka is a Ukrainian folk holiday that is celebrated on Jan. 13, which is New Year's Eve on the Julian calendar. The dancers started their performance with a Pryvit or welcome dance. Thereafter they presented a dance suite that depicted a portion of the traditional Malanka folk tale. Their final dance was the high-energy Hopak, a national Ukrainian dance.



Eight teams participated in the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts Invitational basketball tournament, Jan. 13-14. The Saskatoon Bethlehem Stars won gold after defeating the Moose Jaw Peacock Toilers 74-60 in the championship game. The Shaunavon Shadows won bronze with a 59-52 victory against the Weyburn Eagles. The Colts had a tough home tournament that started with a 70-68 loss to the Shadows. The Colts recovered from that defeat to beat the Estevan Elecs 83-57, but the Colts lost the consolation final 70-57 against the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings. Pictured, action from the consolation final between the Swift Current Colts and Vanier Vikings, and the bronze medal game between the Shaunavon Shadows and the Weyburn Eagles.



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