Visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario a few years ago I was struck by an architectural detail on the second floor: a wall slicing a gallery in two so that the action on both sides could be viewed simultaneously from the hallway. I thought about different versions of the same dance taking place on either side of the wall, and that led to the idea of different versions of the same music playing on either side.
I had been waiting for an idea that would present an entry point for male/female duets: a kind of split screen, covers of the same song, and two male/female couples. It is a little unnerving to be dealing with a duet form (male/female relationships) than can so easily devolve to cliché, but the tension is good: my critical faculty, compositional premises, and instinctive impulses all slightly at odds.
The first rehearsals have dealt with the two women, Sahara Morimoto and Sarah Fregeau, and one couple, Sahara and Sean Ling. Benjamin Kamino, who dances with Sarah, joined us later. The sensitivity of the dancers, the simplicity and candour with which they approach the material, make the work a joy.
For information on tickets to Split Screen Stereophonic, part of the Peggy Baker Dance Projects Stereophonic concert in Feb/March 2013, click here.