Possible Dances began in 2010, when I created the The Possibility Dance.
In this original solo, the physical metaphors of presence and absence were used to explore the experiences of loss and hope. Both initial and subsequent stagings of this dance used different costumes, settings, and music to consider the relationship between context and content and the way these two elements interact to create meaning for audiences.
In 2013, with the encouragement of my project mentor, Holly Small, I embarked on a research project with five collaborating artists: choreographers Susie Burpee, Deborah Dunn, Susanna Hood, Heidi Strauss and dancer Brendan Wyatt. Each of my collaborating choreographers was charged with the task of using her own artistry to express what seemed essential to her about my original dance. In our work together, my original solo was re-imagined: three times as a new solo and once as a duet.
I have been constantly fascinated by the processes and results, by the intricate connections and the divergences, and, finally, by the way each dance developed to become its own distinct work.
I was pleased to be able to share the results of our work at the intimate Intergalactic Arts Collective Studio in Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, May 28 – June 7, 2015.
It is my hope that these works will continue to have a life on informal and formal stages for some time. Please contact me or join my mailing list to find out more about this and other upcoming projects.
For a bit of back-story, please have a look at Lucy Rupert’s interview with me on her blue ceiling dancer blog