“In the fall of 2009 I premiered a dance installation called move for Nuit Blanche in a quietly lit studio at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. The audience response to the piece was ecstatic, and I was immediately inspired to imagine other situations in which the work could be presented. A powerful community engagement project for a residency, move can be situated beautifully in a wide variety of alternative spaces, performed by members of the local community.”
- Peggy Baker
move is as an event for 16 performers, working in pairs, that explores basic dualities of caregiving and also of dance practice. It is performed in a cycle of four repetitions, with each episode rotated to use a new front, and with the partners alternating roles. The complete cycle of the work takes 70 minutes. It can be staged in just 17 hours of rehearsal, broken up into five 3-hour sessions and a final 2 hour rehearsal prior to the presentation. It may be performed by dancers, actors, or even martial arts or yoga practitioners. The presentation requires a performing area of 32′ x 32′ set in a space that allows audience members to circulate and watch from all four sides. The piece ends with each pair of dancers bringing a pitcher of water and two bowls into the performance area for a tea ceremony - and we have sometimes involved local ceramics groups to create these pieces for the presentation.
Community presentations of move have been hosted by Brock Centre for the Arts in downtown St. Catharines in their Market Square building (2011); at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in association with the Fredericton Playhouse (2014); at the Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning in Kingston (2015); at the Husky Oil Great Hall of the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary (2016); at the Art Gallery of Burlington (2018); and with the Socrates Project in Hamilton (2019).
The sonic environment for move is an electro-acoustic score by Toronto musician and composer, Debashis Sinha. move calls up a multitude of ancient and timeless images; earth being plowed, the molding of clay, the kneading of bread, a midwife at work, a storm gathering, the swell of an ocean, the movement of a glacier, the heaving of a continent, the passing of time…
Presenters with a password may view the full length video here.
Read about move in The Dance Current here.
For bookings and information on staging move in your community, contact Meredith Potter.
move, Art Gallery of Burlington, 2018. Photography by Andrew Ryan
move, Kingston, 2015. Photography by Paul Webster
move, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2009. Photography by Omer Yukseker.