No More Access

Well that free wi-fi in the building just got blocked therefore can’t get access to my internet in my Ottawa apartment – damn. It was just so handy to work on my Macbook with the free internet but now I have to do everything at work. No longer can I write on the blog, check and write emails, research ideas, organizations, ichat, send items etc. in the comforts of my little tiny apartment. It was just so bloody convenient but now… sadly it is no longer made available to me. It just doesn’t make sense to write this blog at work because there are just so many things to take care of at the studio. Anyways, there is nothing that I can do about it but to just accept the situation and to go search for free wi-fi in cafés around the city . Selfish bastards! (just kidding) In fact I don’t blame them for blocking their router as I probably would do the same thing in order to block them freeloaders.

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A piece (i think) after 2 weeks of work in Toronto

Well goddamn, I think I’ve got a piece after two weeks of work here in Toronto! As with my past works,  I’m again exploring a dark and intense place. The point of departure of this creation was to explore the states of rage, rants, anger, brutality in society and how it affects our psyche. There is no denying the fact that I’m pushing the limits in this creation with Dancemakers; it is disturbing, offensive, brutal but in the end I hope it leaves the viewer feeling reflective rather than destroyed.  After the showing on Friday afternoon, I believe no one was indifferent to the work or to the dancers’ performance. Some people approached me afterwards and told me how much it moved them, hit them in the gut, and how it left them feeling stunned. There were many who just avoided me, some skipped around the subject of the piece and out of courtesy mentioned certain images that they liked. In reality, the in your face tactic of the piece either captured or turned off the viewer. Some didn’t know how to react to the aggressive nature of the dance and perhaps was not prepared to have their senses assaulted on a Friday afternoon. After watching it with a public, it became obvious where things can be tightened, defined, changed, or even reworked. Overall however, I believe this creation was a huge success in many ways. I was able to explore and push beyond the safety zone because of one thing only; the trust of the dancers. The dancers were so fierce and so willing to go to this place with me and that was the reason why we were able to achieve this with only just 2 weeks of work. Thank you to the generosity of Benjamin Kamino, Kate Hiliard, Kate Holden, Steeve Paquet, Clinton Draper, the dancers of Dancemakers, you rock and it was a privilege to create with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

After the first week of creation with Dancemakers Company

dancing@ Dancemakersdancing@ Dancemakersdancing@ DancemakersCan’t believe I’ve already been here a week working with the dancers of Dancemakers! It has been such a pleasure to work with these generous and hungry interpreters. We’ve been just churning out some awesome material that has been very satisfying to the senses. Been working in a non-linear world of dark fantasies and chaos while subjecting the dancers to various forms of ‘torture’ and as a result, 30 minutes worth of material has been generated. There are still many things to try, manipulate, and change but already there is a ‘piece’ growing out of it. The work has a brooding nature to it but doesn’t feel heavy at the same time. I’ve linked sections together and worked out some transitions on Friday, will look at the video on Monday to determine if it makes sense to me. There are parts that I am questioning and not sure of but it was good to put it all together and to see it as a whole. It has become a very physical dance with lots of changes in rhythms.  I’m excited about where next week will lead me as I want it to go to a sexier, darker, and riskier place!