Dance and music meet on stage in CoexisDance, curated by Olivia C. Davies, Artistic Director of O.Dela Arts. Dance artists and musicians share short improvised works in an intimate evening of live performances, culminating in a group jam.
Photos: Julia Carr/Peter Eastwood; Matthew Ariaratnam/Jack Perkins; prOphecy sun/Tristan Becker; Jenna Berlyn
This is the second Western Canadian edition of CoexisDance, which was pioneered in Toronto by the late Colin Anthony in 2006 with the format ‘no more than two dancers, no more than two musicians, at least one of each.’ Davies says: “The format can encompass multiple interpretations of improvisational scores that are nurtured through short creation residencies for each artist to get to know one another and foster trust prior to performance.” For this edition, the call went out to musicians who create experimental and electro-acoustic compositions, and emerging to mid-career dance artists. Davies initiated the first Western edition in December 2018 as part of her season-wide Dance Centre residency.