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four poems for body and breath

four poems for body and breath  is a performance piece brimming with potent and evocative images that celebrates cultural diversity within the context of community. It premiered in January 2015 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Orchesis Dance Group at the University of Alberta, performed by a fantastic cast of 18 recreational dancers.

This 15-minute work combines spoken word with choreography, and it can be staged for teen age dance students, adult recreational dancers, or a mix of both, during a week-long residency. Each of the four sections of the dance is inspired by a single word – flower / fire / feet / cloud – and the text is delivered in brief phrases and single words, spoken in the array languages known by the performers.

(four poems for body and breath explores movements, images, and sound that originated in The Perfect Word, a 12-hour dance installation by Peggy Baker that premiered in Toronto for Nuit Blanche in October of 2014.)