Constantin Patsalas was a former resident choreographer with the National Ballet of Canada. His Canciones (1980) is an exquisite miniature composed of a series of dances, each with a distinct temperament, and set to classical Spanish music sung by the renowned mezzo-soprano, Janice Taylor. According to Patsalas, Canciones is "an intimate look at the many sides of love ... with the passionate and soulful warmth of the songs setting the mood for this muse."
MOZE MOSSANEN (writer, director, producer)
Moze Mossanen is one of Canada's pre-eminent directors of dance film dramas whose work has been honoured by many awards and shown around the world. His first dramatic shorts, Illegal Acts and Canciones, brought him to the attention of the CBC where he directed his feature-length documentary film Dance for Modern Times. The film was released theatrically, nominated for a Genie Award and won the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film Festival.
Other works include The Golden City and My Gentleman Friends, both of which received Gemini nominations for directing and writing, respectively. My Gentleman Friends, a 72-minute television drama, was singled out by The Globe & Mail as one of the outstanding dramatic programs of the 1999 season. In recent years, Moze has created a body of popular and critically acclaimed work that has included a unique blend of drama, music and dance. These films include: The Rings of Saturn (CBC/Bravo!); Year of the Lion, a contemporary adaptation of the novel Dangerous Liaisons, which won three Gemini Awards and the Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film Festival (CBC/Bravo!); From Time to Time, nominated for three Gemini Awards (CBC/Bravo!); Roxana, an adaptation of the novel by Daniel Defoe, winner of two Golden Sheaf awards, the CSC Award for Cinematography and two Gemini Awards; and, mostly recently, the dance-drama Nureyev (Bravo!/CTV), which earned six Gemini Award nominations and for which Moze received the award for Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series.
The Dancemakers - Constantin Patsalas