I recently completed another short teaser with the fantastic Vancouver-based dance company, All Bodies Dance Project, for their upcoming performance entitled “Trace”. It features choreography by Cherylann Buckman, Sarah Lapp and Harmanie Taylor, Diana McKenzie, and Adam Grant Warren and is directed by Naomi Brand. Performances May 18, 19, 20, 2016 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre in Vancouver.
I had the great fortune of having my short film, ALL BODIES DANCE: SEE AND BE SEEN, included in the Multiplié Dance Festival in Trondheim, Norway this year. With very generous support from DansiT, the organizing group, I was able to travel to beautiful Trondheim to attend the festival. This year, it was combined within the larger Minimalen Film Festival, a long running festival devoted to short form film-making.
I spent a week in Trondheim, watching an amazing selection of short films, exploring the stunning city, and spending time with my gracious hosts, Ingeborg Dugstad Sanders and Arnhild Staal Pettersen from DansiT. The two other members of the team, Eline Bjerkan and Tone Tronstad, were away during my visit.
I was able to attend and film a workshop, put on by DansiT, that involved two groups of dancers coming together with live musicians and a guest choreographer, Mia Habib, who took the all abilities participants through a range of activities and movements. I was moved by the incredible sense of enthusiasm and joy that she was able to bring into focus during the evening.
While in Trondheim I was interviewed by Anne Katherine Fallmyr, along with Ingeborg and Arnhild for the arts program Hovedscenen, for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, NRK. With moments to spare in my tight timeline, I was able to shoot a short interview with Ingeborg that I hope to include in a longer version of ALL BODIES DANCE that I am working on.
I am very glad to have made the connection with DansiT, and learn about the activities they support in dance and film. I was particularly honoured to be included with such an incredible range of fantastic dance films in the program put together for the festival.
I recently finished work on the film documentation of The Urban Cloth Project.
Sharon Kallis, Tracy Williams, Mirae Rosner and Rebecca Duncan worked together to make this project happen. It looks at how we can grow and process fibre to make cloth in our own community, and what is involved in the large-scale industrial production of clothing around the world.
Original music composed and performed by Clara Shandler.
I have been working with an amazing group called ALL BODIES DANCE PROJECT to produce a short documentary film. Here is the teaser I made for the project:
Over the past year I have been commissioned to produced several short films documenting the activities of local ecologically minded art collectives. At present, I am working on another group of similar shorts, all with the purpose to highlight the small, but significant activities of grass-roots, community based artists, particularly those that work outside the consumer/gallery model of western art. Most recently, I completed the first of three films that document the CONDUIT project, by the ART IS LAND NETWORK, an artist collective “whose shared connection is the use of natural and repurposed material to engage with the landscape.” The year long project at the DR. SUN YAT SEN PARK in Vancouver, involves three separate groups of artists, working with the public in different ways within this stunning urban park. The first component is called CONTOUR.
Another project that I covered in the past year stems from my previous involvement with URBAN WEAVER, a group formed by Sharon Kallis and Todd DeVries, working out of the McLean Park Field House in East Vancouver. YEAR TWO follows the many projects that the group undertook, including growing and processing flax into linen, traditional Haida cedar weaving, and erosion control methods using culled invasive plant material.
A YEAR AT ABERTHAU follows three artists in a community based project entitled FLAX = FOOD + FIBRE. Artists Caitlin ffrench, Mirae Rosner and Sharon Kallis held numerous public workshops that focused on the growing, processing and spinning of flax, and the ways that this ancient practice spill over into other art forms, including weaving, dance, music, and earth sculpture.
These projects embody a contemporary trend in the arts that highlights local landscapes, skills, and history over the monolithic forces of consumer culture, the international art scene and mainstream media-based culture. Participating in communal, hand-based art forms can be an awakening to another way of living and seeing the world.
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