This is one of our best loved events of the season. Come join us for and informal presentation series featuring various dance artists and their work in development. Enjoy food and refreshments while discussing artist work. This program will give audiences a sneak peek at ora:cle, a work in development by Mary Jo Mullins for the Niagara Dance Company and two new solos by company members Erin Amadio, Emma Kerson and Hannah Robinson.
Friday, January 18 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 pm
Uprising by Erin Amadio
This dance work is inspired by the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and Bob Marley and their courage and willingness to live and speak their truth. This dance tells a story of a woman’s quest for freedom and her struggle to overcome oppression.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Loop by Emma Kerson
A very new solo work in process, Loop is currently an investigation of circles, rounds, repetition, and loss. The music, “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” by Jessica Lurie, Nels Cline, Scott Amendola & Todd Sickafoose and edited by Emma Kerson, has been an attraction of the choreographer’s for quite some time now and she has layered it for her new work so that it plays in a round.
“Circles and repetition can be infinite, but I am playing with what happens when loss occurs within a loop, both structurally and conceptually.” Emma Kerson
ora:cle by Mary Jo Mullins
Originally a solo exploration for the choreographer, it is currently undergoing it’s 2nd transformation while it expands in length and scope. True to the original process by which it was conceived, it will be developed as a work in process through the dancers, an audience and the choreographer. A new version for four dancers will be formally presented by the company in our main stage production of World to Come on June 7th, 8th & 9th 2013.
The first experimentation of this work occurred during the James St. Night of Art in St. Catharines in 2009 at Stella’s on James St. The audience watched the work through the glass from the sidewalk while they had access to the choreographer’s notes:
“You are witness to a creative process. This is an improvisation. It is an exploration of an idea, a concept. You will be witness to my thoughts. I may speak, dance with music. I will perform this way three separate times, each one will be unique. I may even use different music. I will follow where I am lead. In another space and time, I will develop these movement visions, echoes, blurbs“.
Those notes also included a long list of words or phrases that seeked to describe its inspiration and essence, originally including choroegraphers Ruth St. Denis and Margie Gillis, elements of nature such as wind, rocks, stone and tree branches and the words “knowing” and “no editor“. The significant prominence of female voices within the music choices was also essential, the imagery of white light, the practice of ritual and seamless physicality were a deep inner focus. The work has continued to be a both a vision and an echoe in the choroegprapher’s heart and mind.
New source material for the work will include photographs taken during a personal trek in Nepal in 1998.
Rose by Hannah Robinson
“This work is inspired by my Grandmother, Roseann Kiyawasew, who was taken from her home at a young age and placed in a residential school, stripped of her family, her heritage, her language, and her culture. And yet her spirit, despite having such incredible hardship, was not destroyed. This piece is not a social commentary, not a judgement of the government, the church, or even the individuals responsible for what my Grandmother, and so many others, endured. It is simply a story of one woman surviving, finding dignity and strength, forgiveness and faith, and the legacy she has created for the women who have come after her. It is meant to give hope and encouragement in a time when it would be easy to fall prey to despair. This predator has stalked the First Nations people for too long, and it is an honor to offer this work to the community as we work towards a future that accepts that though we can not change the past, we can rise from a dark place into a bright and vibrant one.”
The first of three sections will be presented in Seeds in Time.
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