poems for body and breath
poems for body and breath is a performance piece brimming with potent and evocative images that celebrates cultural diversity within the context of community. a version titled four poems for body and breath 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 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 section of the dance is inspired by a single word – for example, flower / fire / feet / cloud / key – and the text is delivered in brief phrases and single words, spoken in the array languages known by the performers.
(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.)
four poems for body and breath, Orchesis Dance Group, University of Alberta 2015. Photography by Marc J Chalifoux Photography.