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Collisions with Karen Jamieson

by on Feb.20, 2011, under Events

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Last year, in 2010, I made a resolution to free my inner dancer, so I joined the Roundhouse community dancers, under the direction of Karen Jamieson. After several session of dance instruction and rehearsal, we performed “Collisions” as a work-in-progress, with the professional dancers of the Karen Jamieson Dance Company. “Collisions” is a site-specific work choreographed to reveal layers of meaning about the Roundhouse site and the human population that has developed here.

This will be a major work, with three music composers, projections and dancers.

What I really love is the warm-up and dance instruction. Karen’s site calls her approach to dance “primal and contemporary” and this fits in with my own artistic theories. I am working hard on developing one of my own projects and I want to tap into primal energies. My project has the constraint that no text or language will be used, only Sound+Light+Motion. With Karen, I am exploring Motion and I believe that Karen is helping me to connect with my body in new and better ways.

The official site, KJDance, contains photos of the event and rehearsals taken by Chris Randle under the “Gallery” title. As this is a flash site, I cannot place a direct link. It is difficult to convey the spirit of dance in photos, but Chris does an excellent job, as can be seen in his portfolio.I will request some photos and perhaps, I will be permitted to take some myself. I do find it difficult to photograph events I am performing in, but it is difficult to write about dance without a photo.

This year, the finished work will be presented July, 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2011 at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada, and I will be dancing!

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