Inspired by Rachel Meyer’s two-year-old daughter’s question: “Do we die when we sleep?”, this work explores the emotion of wonder. Imagination and dream-space infiltrate responsibility and conformity, as some necessary invitation to possibility.
“As we age and change throughout our lives, we undergo an iterative process of defining and redefining our reality. It is a matter of survival, or comfort, or artistry. We seldom notice that any act of definition, however poetic, relies on establishing limitations. The path narrows as we go; our world shrinks, becomes more and more banal. There are less and less surprises.”
This online showing will share excerpts of work in progress, and a conversation with the choreographer.
Choreography: Rachel Meyer in collaboration with the artists
Dance: Stéphanie Cyr, Josh Martin, Rachel Meyer, Calder White
Creative Assistant and Rehearsal Director: Heather Myers
Composer: James Maxwell
Costumes: Kate Burrows
Lighting Design: James Proudfoot
Set Design: Rachel Meyer
Set Construction and sound engineer: Sylvain Senez
Filming and Editing: Peter Smida
Photo: David Cooper
Supported through The Dance Centre’s DanceLab interdisciplinary research program
Rachel Meyer trained with St. Louis Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Northwest Dance Project. She received her BFA at the University of Utah and was awarded a Princess Grace Award in 2010. Rachel has been a member of the Utah Regional Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, the Michael Clark Company, and Ballet BC. As an independent choreographer, she has self-presented two full length works, Quartet (March 2017) and Transverse Orientation (July 2018). She was commissioned to create a new work for Ballet Edmonton. my shadows premiered in Edmonton in March 2019. In July of 2019, Transverse Orientation was remounted as part of the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, and her short film Excerpts of a Work in Progress was presented at the 2020 Dancing on the Edge Festival. Rachel is currently a Resident Artist at Left of Main, a creative hub for the live arts community in Vancouver.
Special thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, The Dance Centre, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, Left of Main, The Dance Deck and The Dancing on the Edge Festival for their support in this project. Thank you also to Brandon Lee Alley, Bynh Ho, and Olivia Shaffer for their initial contribution in the research of this work.
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The stream can be played on any screen: on your PC, Mac, laptop, phone or iPad/tablet. Just click the link provided, and the stream will open in your default internet browser. For the best experience, we recommend using the largest screen possible, or connecting your laptop to a TV using HDMI cable or Chromecast.
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You can watch at any time in the streaming period, and you can pause, rewind and reopen the link as needed.