A work-in-progress showing of a new contemporary dance piece, created and performed by Jen Aoki, Jess Ames, Jobina Bardai and Jenn Edwards. Featuring live music by Zane Barratt.
What defines home? Geographical origins, houses, apartments, family members, partners, cultural practices, food, smells, music, memorabilia, furniture, routines, hobbies and personalities. These things all remain in flux; even our own bodies, the most essential of homes, change and betray us with time. How do we cope with these changes, and this feeling of displacement that seems to plague everyone in some form or another? We all long to feel at home, both in our own bodies and in our external environment, and often struggle with this elusive concept.
These thoughts and questions inform the creation of The Home Project, which began development in the spring of 2014. With two dancers working from Berlin and two from Vancouver, the material pulls from fragments of their own lives and their distinct relationships with the notion of home. Since then two duets have been created with an ocean between them. Now, with all four dancers will be in the same city, and with the help of a creative residency at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, these duets will become one quartet.
Please join us in the Birmingham Studio. Your presence alone will be immensely helpful to our creative process, but we also welcome you to stay for a short talk-back session, during which you can ask questions, share your impressions and give feedback to the artists.
Entrance: By donation ($5 suggested)
Hope to see you there!