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Debbie Patterson and Johanna Riley roll across the stage at the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers Studio Tuesday during a dress rehearsal for

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Debbie Patterson and Johanna Riley roll across the stage at the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers Studio Tuesday during a dress rehearsal for "Crutch". Photo Store

Earlier this week, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers performed the première of artistic director Brent Lott's new full-length work titled CRUTCH.

Theatre artist Debbie Patterson, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 14 years ago, joins WCD dancer Johanna Riley on stage to explore new ways of moving through the world.

The diagnosis hasn't stopped Patterson from growing as an artist.

"My experience with MS has changed the way I approach everything. I notice my relationship with performance changing, primarily as a spectator. When I watch a dancer I feel like I can move. I feel my body moving with what I'm seeing," Patterson says.

Evening performances, at the Rachel Browne Theatre, are tonight and April 3-5, beginning at 8 p.m. There's also a 3 p.m. performance on Sunday.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 0

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