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Lawrence Adams and the Brick
Artifact of the Month, February 2013

This month we present an extended edition of Artifact of the Month to pay homage to Dance Collection Danse co-founder Lawrence Adams. February 26, 2013 marks ten years since we lost Lawrence to cancer. He was an essential catalyst in the organization's birth and development and his values and dedication are traits that continue to be integral to our work at DCD. Learn more about this artifact and the life of an iconoclastic-turned-iconic individual in the Canadian dance world. (Click the "Play" arrow below to listen to the podcast and scroll down to view more images. Mouse-over the images to access "Pause" and other controls)

To view a video of Lawrence and Miriam Adams in Pas de deux, Click Here.

Acrylic brick constructed by Lawrence Adams, 1974 / Photo: Miriam Adams
Acrylic brick constructed by Lawrence Adams, 1974 / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • Acrylic brick constructed by Lawrence Adams, 1974 / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • Program for “Mr. & Mrs. Adams Present”, A Space, 1974
  • One of Lawrence Adams’s brick walls, c. 1975
  •  Members of 15 Dancers floating a Styrofoam brick on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa, 1975
  • Brick drawing for Lawrence Adams’s "Another One", 1975
  • David, Joy, Charlie, Lawrence, Stella and Joanne Adams, Winnipeg, 1943
  • Lois Smith and David Adams in David’s “Pas de deux Romantique”, c. 1960
  • Lawrence Adams’s dyed-blue ballet slippers for a National Ballet of Canada production of George Balanchine’s “Serenade”
  • Maureen Consolati, Lawrence Adams and Patti Powers with members of The National Ballet of Canada in rehearsal for Ninette de Valois’s “The Rake’s Progress”, 1965/66 season
  • Lawrence Adams performing in Ninette de Valois’s “The Rake’s Progress” with his sister-in-law Lois Smith, 1965/66 season
  • Lawrence Adams as Mercutio in The National Ballet of Canada production of John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet”, 1964
  • Vincent Warren and Lawrence Adams, detail of a page from a Les Grands Ballets Canadiens 1961/62 souvenir program
  • Members of the Joffrey Ballet on tour in Jordan with Robert Joffrey (front row, centre) and Lawrence Adams (back row, right), 1962/63
  • Miriam Adams, c. 1963
  • Miriam and Lawrence Adams on their wedding day, 1967
  • Lawrence and Miriam Adams in Miriam’s “Watch Me Dance You Bastards”, 1978
  • Lawrence and Miriam Adams with their dogs, Stanley and Mr. Dog, outside 15 Dance Lab with Jackie Malden, c. 1975
  • Poster for a Roberta Mohler show at 15 Dance Lab
  • Lawrence Adams catching a snooze between sessions at a Dance In Canada Association conference, 1970s
  • Cover for August 1982 edition of “Canadian Dance News”
  • Dancer Ginette Boutin and choreographers Françoise Sullivan and Jeanne Renaud with Lawrence Adams during the ENCORE! ENCORE! reconstruction project rehearsals, 1986 / Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann
  • Lawrence Adams at the 50th anniversary celebrations for The National Ballet of Canada, 2001 / Photo: Vanessa Harwood

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