Dancing on the Edge Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to see performances at this year’s festival. I had the great pleasure of performing at the Firehall Arts Centre as part of EDGE One in Here on the Ground, a collaboration between Body Narratives Collective and Sarah Chase

In the duet Here on the Ground, we discover the unusual friendship shared between Julia and Meghan through the lens of their aerial dancing exploits, new motherhood, family name confusion, Platypus mating rituals, and ultimately the love and loss inherent in family cycles.

Choreographer: Sarah Chase
Dancers: Julia Carr & Meghan Goodman

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Plank Magazine review By Lawrence Kelson reads:

“‘Here on the Ground’, choreographed by Sarah Chase and performed by Meghan Goodman and Julia Carr was a physical theatre piece about the unusual real life friendship of the two dancers. With simple stage props, recorded music, spoken word and simple but elegant movement built around an invented visual sign language this piece charmed and captivated from the start. Goodman and Carr’s warm, open, and likeable characters shone through with clarity and grace as their stories unfolded before us. It was a performance that encapsulated something very real, current, and fresh, and was delivered with incredible clarity. This was a hugely appealing dance piece that moved its audience with its relatable naturalness and simplicity.”

and the Georgia Straight review by Alexander Varty reads:

“Two out of three aren’t bad.

Actually, two out of three are superb, although the third is only intermittently interesting. We’ll take those odds.

 The 2016 edition of the annual Dancing on the Edge festival (which runs to July 16) got off to a wonderfully warm start withHere on the Ground, choreographed by Body Narratives Collective and Sarah Chase. It’s a quietly sophisticated meditation on time masquerading as a sweet look at the friendship shared by dancers Julia Carr and Meghan Goodman, the collective’s founders, and it works beautifully on both levels.

At its simplest, it’s about two women who have much in common despite their very different backgrounds. Carr, tall and blond and Nordic, is the daughter of a successful gastroenterologist. Goodman, short and dark and Jewish, has to cope with a father who, technically speaking, is a manager in the family business, but who, with his guitars and books and vinyl, is an unfulfilled artist and dreamer. But both dancers have recently given birth to sons, and both share an easy intimacy as well as the kind of sunny optimism that beams off the stage.

There’s a funny bit about platypuses and a dreamlike image of a river made from a single blue rope. There’s a lot of illuminating discussion of Goodman and Carr’s work with the Aeriosa aerial dance troupe, and a funny display of the suitcase-full of togs and gear each carries on their excursions with child. There’s not a lot of outwardly impressive dance in this text-driven work, but there are a lot of finely honed gestures taken from everyday movement and then delivered, perfectly, at hyperspeed. And there’s a single, heartbreaking moment in which Carr reveals that her dad will never meet her baby, because he died 11 years before his grandson was born.

Poignant and lovely, Here on the Ground held the audience’s attention for all of its 28 minutes.”

And joined Aeriosa again for the first time since my son was born in:

Pseudotsuga – Earth to Sky

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Aeriosa Dance Society | Julia Taffe

Aeriosa’s new site work is an interspecies collaboration between vertical dancers, musicians and a beautiful grove of tall trees in Stanley Park. No need to choose between art and nature on a lovely summer afternoon.

Choreographer: Julia Taffe
Live Music: Lan Tung & Jonathan Bernard

The Georgia Straight’s Janet Smith writes:

Aeriosa flies hypnotically high at Dancing on the Edge

“Tourists looked rightfully awed when they stumbled upon Aeriosa’s treetop performances in Stanley Park, part of the Dancing on the Edge festival this week.

It was one of those uniquely Vancouver experiences where nature, art, and world cultures meshed in surprising ways. Aerial dancers, suspended from the heights of a grove of old evergreens, moved like animated totem creatures to the mesmerizing sounds of Lan Tung’s erhu and fellow Orchid Ensemble Jonathan Bernard’s drums.

The show was called Pseudotsuga—Earth to Sky, named for a genus of conifers that includes B.C.’s Douglas firs. And there was a definite feeling of sacred rite to the piece—a communing with nature that found the eight dancers, in their harnesses, clinging sculpturally to the trunks amid the rustling branches. In the work—choreographed by Julia Taffe, who has moved from downtown concrete structures to more natural settings over recent year—the performers sometimes gripped the bark upside-down like tree frogs, hung off the trees at 90 degrees, and interwrapped  themselves between the trunks like snakes.

The best vantage point was lying on the needle-carpeted ground below them, staring skyward at the moving forms. The show carried on Dancing on the Edge’s long tradition of site-specific work, commendably engaging the public in the art form in new—and highly unexpected—ways. The sizable all-ages crowd seemed hypnotized by the slow and meditative creation.”

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Body Narratives Performances 2016

 

Thank you to all who came out to support the premiere of Ties That Bind at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, April 20-23rd, 2016. Featuring new work by BNC (performed by Erin Lequereux, Jess Ames and Eowynn Penny-Huguet) and a brand new commission from choreographer Sarah Chase (performed by BNC Co-Directors Julia Carr and Meghan Goodman). A big thank you to the Shadbolt for the production residency and partnership that made this possible!

Ties That Bind

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dancers in rehearsal, left to right: Erin Lequereux, Jessica Ames and Eowynn Penny-Hugut

MascallDance Presents:
BLOOM – an hour of laughter, wine tasting and dance

MascallDance’s BLOOM is a provocative cinq-a-sept – a casual and playful, informal showing of dance wine and comedy. Three Tuesdays after work our 6 artists in residence will show 5-minute sketches of dance paired with a wine. Jennifer Griffin, our stand-up storyteller, interprets the dance for the audience. Join us at St Paul’s in the West End for an hour of laughter, wine tasting and dance.

Doors at 4:30pm | Show 5pm-6pm | Latecomers welcome
Tuesday February 16th
Tuesday February 23rd
Tuesday March 1st

$10 | Entrance and 6 wine pairings
Extra glasses of wine available at $5 a glass

1130 Jervis St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2C7

Choreography by:

Body Narratives Collective
Lily Cryan
Jennifer Mascall
Olivia Neill
Zahra Shahab
Claire Twiddy

The event: A sommelier selects a wine for each work based on adjectives each of the 6 choreographers uses to describe their dance. Spectators are invited to sip a soupcon of the wine while viewing a 5-minute excerpt of the dance. Then a kind but audacious stand-up comic tickles funny bones by interpreting the dance just viewed. The comic storyteller is able to wittily articulate what is crossing the audience’s mind and has the nerve to say it aloud. Interpretation is laid bare in a sensorial way.

The series: MascallDance’s creation and performance series BLOOM has been a feature of Vancouver’s West End since 1994. Emerging choreographers apply for BLOOM’s choreographic training, mentoring & editing by Artistic Director Jennifer Mascall, combined with use of the company’s beautiful west end studio. Over three studio performances, their work-in-progress is sampled by the public in an informal, cocktail hour atmosphere.

Returning to Work

Greetings from the baby bubble.

It’s been a wonderful summer of getting to know our little Sage and spending time with friends and family.

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I’m excited to announce that I’m slowly returning to teaching, Sunday night’s starting mid-September, and Thursday night’s beginning in October at Ocean and Crow Yoga. Both classes are Slow Yoga from 6-7:15pm. Hope to see you there.

I’ll be offering 3 workshops in October for the public on movement and photography at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster with Body Narratives Collective. See our Outreach Workshop page for more info, call 604 527 4640 or click here to register http://anvilcentre.com/register/

Sage and I have also been back to the dance studio, co-directing research through Project CPR. Body Narratives Collective (Julia Carr and I) are working towards a production, April 20-23rd, 2016 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Here’s a little video David Cooper shot and put together for us capturing a few moments from our process. Thank you to all the dancers, Joel Destefano for his musical contributions, and Claire French for her mentorship.

Dance around town

Thanks to all who came out and supported Aeriosa’s on-site rehearsal and performances on International Dance Day. If you missed the shows you can check out this great clip Shaw TV created for the event:

Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer
Photo by Raymond Fryer

In other news, dance artist and BNC co-director Julia Carr and I are working on a new piece to premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre this coming Saturday May 10th as part of the BC Buds Spring Arts Festival. Weather permitting, we will be in the outdoor courtyard at 7:15pm and 8:30pm. It’s a wonderful by-donation festival celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.

Be graceful in the wind is a solo dance created for Julia Carr, choreographed by Meghan Goodman as a Body Narratives Collective (BNC) collaboration. Both Julia and Meghan had the privilege of dancing in the stunning treetop canopy of the Tofino Botanical Gardens with Aeriosa Dance Society in August 2013. This experience has inspired them to explore the spirit, magic and mystery of the forest. The music composed by Phil Thomson is an excerpt from Filled with Light (created with the IMP Collective through the generous support of the West Point Grey Community Centre, Vancouver Park Board and Loco Moto Art Collective). Costume design and construction is a BNC collaboration with puppet theatre artist Maggie Winston.

Be graceful in the wind is an inversion challenge and salute to the majestic tree. 

Performed by Julia Carr. Choreography and photo by Meghan Goodman.
Performed by Julia Carr. Choreography and photo by Meghan Goodman.

 

Finally, here’s a glimpse of Longing and Forgetting an interactive artwork from research exploring how movement can be used more expressively and intelligently with interactive technologies. This collaboration between Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier was up from Jan 24-May 11, 2014 on the Urban Screen in Surrey.

 

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Longing and Forgetting is an outcome of research that explores how movement can be used more expressively and intelligently within interactive technologies. – See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
January 24 to May 11, 2014

Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain in Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst, and Philippe Pasquier’s new artwork.

The artwork runs as a generative video from January 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14522.aspx#sthash.T483cqfj.dpuf

News for dance fans

Happy holidays friends.

I’m feeling very grateful this year for the opportunities I have had to explore dance in so many unique settings. From working with the Vancouver Opera on The Magic Flute and Tea: A Mirror of Soul to dangling from the roof of the Shadbolt and Woodwards Atrium with Aeriosa.

This year I collaborated with fellow dance artist Julia Carr and musician extraordinaire CR Avery in an intimate performance for the In the House Festival, and had my first experience dancing in the beautiful treetop canopy in Tofino’s botanical garden.

The Body Narratives Collective’s produced  Dark Room, our first full length production working with a team of nearly 20 artists. Here is a link to a recently published article on the performance.

http://vandocument.com/2013/12/flashes-and-memories/

And I feel very fortunate to have participated in the epic adventure of preparing for and dancing 600 feet up on the Chief in Squamish this past August with Aeriosa.

Here is a sample of some of the footage captured on the Chief:

Aeriosa Dance Society – Being – GoPro Edit from Marc Dubé on Vimeo.

Thank you all for your support, it has been an amazing year!

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Come out and support some dance this fall

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I’ll be performing with Aeriosa  in the SFU Woodwards Atrium.

If you haven’t seen what we’ve been working on with bungee-lines, come check it out.

AERIOSA REFUGIA is an impressionable new site work that establishes zones of creative refuge in public. Bungee-lines provide elastic tension as the dancers explore horizontal and vertical airspace finding unexpected ways to inhabit common ground. This second installment of REFUGIA takes place in the Woodwards Atrium, an indoor plaza that houses two large-scale works of public art: a  massive photo mural of the 1971 Gastown Riots  by Vancouver photographer Stan Douglas, and a symbolic umbilical staircase by architect Gregory Henriquez.

DATES:
NOVEMBER 21, 22, 2013 at 5.30pm and 7pm;
NOVEMBER 23, 2013  at 12.30pm and 2pm.

LOCATION: 111 West Hastings, SFU Woodwards Atrium, Vancouver

FREE ADMISSION, suggested donation $5

Please call 604-803-2967 if you require special seating arrangements.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Choreographer: Julia Taffe

Dancers: Julia Carr, Meghan Goodman, Keely Sills and Cara Siu

Composer: Jordan Nobles

Set Designer: Peter Boulanger

Costume Designer: Kate Burrows

Lighting Designer: Mark Eugster

Riggers: Colin Zacharias and Will Stanhope

 Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver

AND…….

The Body Narratives Collective (co-directed by Julia Carr and myself) will be premiering Dark Room: the realm of symbols, science and memories December 4th and 5th at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Dark Room, is a unique theatrical experience which weaves together music, dance, science, technology and photography. We are really excited to share this work.

Tickets for the production are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.

$20 General/$15 Students, Seniors and CADA members.

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In the House Festival Performance “The Originals” and In the Air Again with Aeriosa

Having just wrapped up a two week residency at SFU Woodwards for research on Dark Room with the Body Narratives Collective, I am excited to announce that I’ll be performing next on Sunday June 9th at 7pm at the In the House Festival, in a new collaboration between The Body Narratives Collective and CR Avery.

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Having danced in the very first festival 10 years ago, I was invited back to perform in a showcase called “The Originals” along side some very talented artists who were also featured in that first year (namely, Naomi Steinberg, CR Avery, and Push3). The In the House Festival is an amazing East Vancouver event, featuring music, dance, magic, comedy, burlesque and circus. Over 3 days, 13 houses open up their doors and yards to host these unique and intimate performances.

For more information see:

http://www.inthehousefestival.com/index.php?article=thefestival

Tickets: http://www.inthehousefestival.com/index.php?article=purchase%20tickets

Also just announced is the first Aeriosa performance of the season, save the dates

June 21st and 22nd at 8pm at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Please come out and support these exciting events!!!

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