With only a week’s pause, the studio is alive again with motion/mocean and creative energy!! This time familiar friends and long standing colleagues are in the studio, gathered from Toronto, Fredericton and of course Halifax to work with choreographer Lesandra Dodson.
Lesandra is creating a new duet for guest artist Darryl C. Tracy and the dancer Halifamous Susanne Chui (sorry Cory the challenge is on). Lesandra has previously choreographed for Mocean Dance creating “You Tackle a Staircase Face On,” in 2007 which has since toured regionally and quite extensively! We loved her so much, we wanted her back to continue supporting her distinctive creative voice.
There are no strangers in the studio, I first met Lesandra in 2003 in my graduating year at Simon Fraser. Susanne has worked with Lesandra in the past on a number of projects and first met in Toronto while Susanne danced for the TILT sound + motion company.
Darryl has also known Lesandra since 2003, and for this creation he gets to feel the contrasting blistering cold months of Halifax compared to his annual summer visits when here as teaching faculty for DANS Summer Dance. Darryl is no stranger to Halifax and we are thrilled to be able to host him on a more regular basis.
|Too quick for the lens!|
This project marks Mocean’s first inclusion of male energy on the stage, expanding beyond the company’s well-known territory of the female archetype. Tedd Robinson of course gave us a little prelude with the inclusion of our mysterious 'strapping young' bag piper guest for the Live Art Dance presentations.
I have been in and out of the studio this week preparing for upcoming grants and a wee research trip abroad, but already I see lightning quick gestures and relationships crafted through the pull of space.
Rolled rugs, exit signs, and a few four legged creatures..... more to come from inside the studio, stay tuned.